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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.

To learn more about VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator, 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, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material category based on standards set by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). 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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