Vitro Architectural Glass introduces Solarban® 90 glass to residential market
High-performance commercial glass now available to window makers
PITTSBURGH, March 8, 2017 — Vitro Architectural Glass has introduced Solarban® 90 solar control low-emissivity (low-e) glass, a high-performance product previously available only for commercial applications, to the residential window market.
Based on proprietary multi-silver coating technology developed by Vitro Glass, Solarban® 90 glass combines the neutral-reflectivity of conventional clear glass with exceptional solar control. In a standard 3-millimeter insulating glass unit (IGU), Solarban® 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23, meaning it blocks nearly 80 percent of the ambient solar energy. The same window configuration with clear glass blocks less than 25 percent of the sun’s radiant energy.
When used as part of a well-constructed window, Solarban® 90 glass can significantly reduce cooling loads for homes in air-conditioning-dominated climates, while providing high levels of daylighting and transparency.
Brad Boone, residential segment market manager, Vitro Architectural Glass, said Solarban® 90 glass will appeal to homeowners in warm-weather regions who prefer the traditional look of uncoated clear-glass windows. “Window manufacturers seeking high levels of solar control for their products typically have to balance customer demands for high performance with the desire for a traditional non-reflective clear-glass look,” he explained. “Now they can offer homeowners the best of both worlds—energy-saving solar control and windows that have the same neutral appearance as regular uncoated clear glass.”
Because of its neutral appearance, Solarban® 90 glass harmonizes well with residential building materials such as brick, wood, stone, stucco and siding.
Vitro Architectural Glass produces Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses for residential window applications and licenses Intercept® spacer technology to enable high-speed manufacturing of quality, warm-edge IGUs for residential window and door products. For more information, or to request a sample of Solarban® 90 glass, visit www.vitrowindowglass.com or call 412-820-8500.
Solarban®, Sungate®, Starphire Ultra-Clear® and Intercept® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.
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