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 www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457). To view the full list of Architectural Products Product Innovation Award winners,visit www.arch-products.com.
About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit www.VitroGlass.com.
Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass