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Solarvolt™ BIPV and Solarban® R77 Glass by Vitro Architectural Glass Receive Architectural Record’s “Best Architectural Products of 2021” Awards

Building integrated photovoltaic lites and neutral-reflective low-e glass receive honors

PITTSBURGH, December 15, 2021 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced the Solarvolt™ BIPV glass system and Solarban® R77 glass have earned Architectural Record “Best Architectural Products of 2021” awards, earning two out of five slots in the “Best Building Envelope” category.

Judged by an independent jury of architects and designers, this annual competition recognizes the most noteworthy and innovative new products of the year.

Joining the growing BIPV market, Vitro’s new Solarvolt™ BIPV Glass Systems double as a building component to enhance sustainability and energy efficiency in commercial buildings, delivering high performance, aesthetics and CO2-free power generation while also replacing conventional building materials.

Available for classic glass façades, vision glazing and opacified spandrel glass, the Solarvolt™ BIPV glass system also can be seamlessly integrated with balustrades, balconies, overhead glazing and skylights. To meet specific design and environmental performance objectives, the Solarvolt™ BIPVglass system can be used with any Vitro glass substrate, including Starphire Ultra-Clear®, Acuity™ low-iron and performance tinted glasses, as well as any low-e coating.

Solarban® R77 glass offers a balanced, reflective quality. A great fit for facades and curtainwalls, the glass is designed to optimally capture the visual character of the sky and ambient environment. From the exterior, the glass delivers a soft silver-blue aesthetic and from the interior, occupants are afforded crisp, clear exterior views and soft, natural daylighting.

Featuring a magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) coating, Solarban® R77 glass delivers a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.25 in a clear 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU). It also offers exterior reflectance of just 25% and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 47% in the same configuration.

To learn more about the Solarvolt™ BIPV glass system and Solarban® R77 Glass, visit and To view the full list of Architectural Record’s “Best Architectural Products of 2021,” visit

Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.
Solarvolt™ and Acuity™ are trademarks owned by Vitro.

About Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA), is the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere, manufacturing a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient, high-performance products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses. Committed to continually raising the industry standard for sustainability, Vitro was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products earn Cradle to Cradle Certified® status and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and processed glass products. Additionally, as of April 2024, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material Global Warming Potential (GWP) threshold the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) established pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and related guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vitro operates seven glass production facilities across North America, four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada and one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit

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