Vitro Architectural Glass

VacuMax™ VIG and Solarvolt™ BIPV Glass by Vitro Architectural Glass Earn Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards

PITTSBURGH, PA December 13, 2022 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that it received two Product Innovation Awards (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine for two of its recently-launched innovative products: VacuMax™ Vacuum Insulating Glass (VIG) and Solarvolt™ Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) glass.

The Product Innovation Awards (PIA) recognize innovative products and applications from across the design and construction spectrum. With judging and evaluation of products and systems by a distinguished panel of 17 designers and architects skilled in product evaluation, the PIA program awards manufacturers based on attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance beyond industry standards.

VacuMax™ VIG units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum air space. The units' slim construction and light weight allow them to be incorporated into virtually any traditional glazing system and significantly improve thermal efficiency, delivering insulation performance that is two to four times better than conventional insulating glass and up to 14 times better than standard monolithic glass.

Delivering R-values of R14+, VacuMax™ VIG units rival the thermal performance of traditional walls. Improved R-values in cladding materials are increasingly in demand as building owners and developers face imperative incentives to minimize their environmental impact, from new stringent energy code updates to Net Zero energy goals.

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™ BIPV glass system can be used with any Vitro glass substrate, including Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, Acuity™ lowiron glass and performance tinted glasses, as well as any low-e coating.

To learn more about products from Vitro Architectural Glass, visit or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457). To view the full list of Architectural Products Product Innovation Award winners,visit

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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