Vitro Glass publishes North America’s first third-party-verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for architectural glass
Comprehensive sustainability reports on energy, emissions and material use now publicly available to help architects gain LEED® credit for projects
PITTSBURGH, July 27, 2017 — Vitro Architectural Glass has published third-party-verified, product-specific Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its flat glass and processed glass products, becoming the first architectural glass manufacturer in North America to do so.
EPDs are voluntary and transparent reports made by companies regarding the life-cycle impacts of their products on the environment. Reporting and documentation for product-specific EPDs address energy use and emissions associated with a product’s manufacture and packaging, as well as the extraction, transportation and processing of related raw materials.
Paul W. Bush, director of technical services, Vitro Architectural Glass, said publication of the EPDs highlights the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. “EPDs continue to grow in value as green building certification programs and sustainable design become more mainstream. Today’s architects demand greater transparency and Vitro Glass is committed to meeting their expanded requirements,” he explained. “As part of that commitment, we decided to pursue the publication of product-specific, third-party-verified EPDs and to post them publicly with the goal of making it easier for architects to confirm the information we provide and to include our EPDs in their sustainability and certification documentation.”
The product-specific flat glass EPD is valid for all annealed and untreated glass products manufactured by Vitro Glass. The product-specific processed glass EPD is valid for Vitro Glass products that undergo secondary treatment, such as the addition of magnetron sputtered vapor deposition (MSVD) coatings, heat-strengthening or fabrication into multi-pane insulating glass units (IGUs).
Both EPDs published by Vitro Glass are certified by ASTM International as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14025. Life cycle assessments (LCAs) for flat glass and processed glass products were performed according to ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and EN 15804 following the product category rules (PCRs) for each product type.
EPDs can help building projects earn up to two LEED® v4 Materials and Resources credits under the category “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization.” Vitro Glass also provides a pathway to LEED credit through the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ (C2C) Products Program under the same category. In 2008, as PPG Glass, Vitro Architectural Glass became the first U.S. glass manufacturer to earn C2C product certification and today offers more Cradle to Cradle Certified architectural glass products than any other company.
For more information or to download copies of Vitro Glass’s flat glass and processed glass EPDs, visit www.VitroGlazings.com/EPD. To request a hard copy, call 855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
Starphire Ultra-Clear® is a trademark and Solarban® and Sungate® are registered trademarks owned by Vitro.
LEED—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
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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 www.VitroGlassHub.com.