Vitro Architectural Glass

VITRO introduces two new sample kit options for SOLARBAN® ACUITY® low-e, low-iron glass

PITTSBURGH, Thursday, June 9, 2020 – Vitro Architectural Glass announced that it has introduced two Solarban® Acuity® glass sample kits, each offering architects and building designers a different way to compare and evaluate these products during the specification process.

Solarban Acuity Pizza Box

A separate “Coating Evaluation Kit” enables architects to select four different Solarban® low-e coatings on 4-by-6-inch samples of Acuity® glass. This allows architects to see and compare the appearance of multiple options from the Solarban® family of coatings, which includes five distinct products with a range of solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), visible light transmittance (VLT) and exterior reflectance properties.The “Clarity Comparison Kit” kit contains two 4-by-6-inch samples, enabling side-by-side comparison of any selected Solarban® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) coating on both clear and Acuity® glass. Each 4-by-6-inch sample uses the coated and interior lite of the same glass to render the clearest, most accurate demonstration possible of the low-iron aesthetic.

Solarban Acuity Comparison Kit

Acuity® glass is available in 6-, 8- and 10-milimeter thicknesses and stocked at all Vitro facilities for immediate shipment. All Solarban® Acuity® glasses are available through the Vitro Certified® Network with similar lead times as other low-glasses.Up to 60% less green than conventional clear glass, Acuity® glass enables architect to optimize the cost, clarity and performance of glass building facades. Market research indicates that, nationally, the installed cost of a standard glass and metal curtainwall averages $90 per square foot. Upgrading to Solarban® Acuity® glass from a standard low-e coated clear insulating glass unit (IGU) will typically increase the total installed curtainwall cost by $1 to $2 per square foot, a fraction of the total cost.

In addition to office buildings, institutions, hotels and schools, Solarban® Acuity® glass is ideal for exterior applications from luxury condominiums and mixed-use buildings to entrances and storefronts. Solarban® Acuity® glass also is well-suited for distinctive exterior applications such as atriums, skylights and spandrel glass.

To select and order one or both Solarban® Acuity® glass sample kits, 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, as of April 2024, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material Global Warming Potential (GWP) threshold the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) established pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and related guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 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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Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass