Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass updates two AIA continuing education courses

Content focuses on coated low-e glass applications, impact on energy efficiency

PITTSBURGH, September 28, 2018 — Two updated American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) registered courses can be accessed via Vitro Architectural Glass’ online “Continuing Education” portal.

“Understanding Low-E Coatings” shows how high-performance architectural glass can significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings while simultaneously reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions. The course examines how low-emissivity (low-e) coatings help manage the transmittance of solar energy into buildings, and how the coatings’ relative effectiveness can be compared using industry-standard glass-performance measures. Architects also will learn about the two manufacturing processes for passive and solar control low-e coatings, and how the energy, environmental and economic benefits of low-e glass have been quantified through advanced energy modeling.

“Glass Production, Processing and Performance” examines different types of glasses, including clear, tinted and low-iron glasses, and highlights common application processes for coated low-e glasses and their effect on buildings’ energy and environmental performance. Flat glass fabrication and processing methods also are featured, as well as technical considerations of thermal breakage, wind load, sound attenuation and size limitations for glass specification.

Robert Struble, manager, brand and communications, Vitro Architectural Glass, said the new courses not only support architects’ professional development but also meet their practical needs. “Vitro Glass is committed to providing critical continuing education content,” Struble explained. “As the energy efficiency and performance characteristics of glass become increasingly vital and ever more complex, it’s important that architects are equipped with the latest information to meet their design goals and optimize environmental conditions to enhance occupant comfort.”

Both courses are designated as providing Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) learning units by the AIA. They can be taken online for no charge at Hanley Wood University. “Understanding Low-E Coatings” also is available at BD&C University, AECDaily, Architectural Record Continuing Education Center and The Architect’s Newspaper CEStrong Platform.

In addition, both courses can be delivered onsite in a classroom setting by Vitro Glass representatives throughout the U.S. Instruction lasts one hour.

To learn more, visit or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457). For more information about Vitro Architectural Glass products, visit or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).

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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