Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass launches new VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator design tool

New virtual tool lets users visualize Solarban® glass on five building types with a range of aesthetics

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator enables users to visualize and compare Solarban® glass products’ color, transparency and reflectance on different building types at various times of day and from both the interior and exterior of the building.

Pittsburgh, PA  April 26, 2021 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that it has launched VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator, a new virtual tool for visualizing architectural glass, at Developed for architects, this tool allows users to explore, visualize and compare Vitro’s Solarban® solar control low-e glass products across a range of building types.

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator enables customers to accurately visualize Solarban® glass products’ color, transparency and reflectance on different types of buildings at various times of day and from both the interior and exterior of the building.

“We hope that VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator will be a useful tool for architects because we know many of them are visual thinkers,” said Martin Bracamonte, vice president, Marketing & Innovation. “Now, with just the click of a button, they can compare facades featuring different Solarban® glass products, and when you can actually see what your product selection looks like on the type of project you’re designing, it’s much easier to choose the product that will fit your aesthetic goals best.”

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator presents renderings of five building facades, from convention centers to offices, hospitals and universities. The tool also allows users to explore what their façade selections may look like with both sunny and overcast weather conditions, which can have a major impact on how a façade is viewed.

VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator also connects users to relevant product data, literature and other Vitro glass design tools on to help guide product selections and start conversations about which Solarban® glass product will be the best fit for a given project.

The Solarban® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass family of products has been foundational to Vitro Architectural Glass for decades. Low-e glasses were developed to minimize the ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light transmitted. A microscopically thin, transparent coating allows low-e glass to reflect exterior heat in warm temperatures and hold in heat during cold temperatures, making buildings light, bright and energy-efficient.

Vitro Architectural Glass offers more than 10 variations of Solarban® glass. In 2021, Vitro introduced Solarban® R77 glass, which offers a crisp, silver-blue transmitted color on the building exterior and provides clear exterior views and soft, natural, neutral daylighting on the interior. Solarban® glasses can be used with Vitro’s low-iron glass substrates, Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass and Acuity™ glass, to optimize clarity and minimize green color hues.

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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

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