Satisfy Your Environmental Objectives with Vitro
Vitro Architectural Glass was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its Flat Glass and Processed Glass products.
However, Vitro's commitment to sustainability transcends certification programs into responsible manufacturing processes and large-scale energy reduction through the use of energy efficient low emissivity (low-e) glasses. In fact, Solarban® solar control low-e glass and other glasses by Vitro have been installed on hundreds of LEED®-certified buildings, including three of the world’s 11 certified net-zero “living” buildings. Meanwhile, Vitro continues to build new partnerships and establish new product brands to realize the full potential for environmentally friendly glass innovation on a global scale.
Making an Impact with Low-E Glass
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, low-e coatings reduce the energy lost through typical windows by 35%, resulting in about 1.5 quads in U.S. annual energy savings. Market share estimates suggest that about 0.5 quads—approximately 0.5 x 1015 BTUs—of that reduction is attributable to Vitro products.
With the addition of a new jumbo glass coater at Vitro's Wichita Falls, Texas, plant, we produce over 100 million square feet of high-performing low-e glass annually. Energy modeling estimates suggest our annual production of solar control low-e glass has the potential to reduce annual energy consumption in a U.S. building by 729,000 kilowatt hours and 55,000 natural gas therms—preventing more than 1.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering Earth’s atmosphere every year for the life of a building. Vitro also pioneered oxygen-fueled glass furnace technology, which cuts natural gas consumption by 15 percent compared to conventional air-fired glass furnaces, while reducing carbon emissions by 10 percent.
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Combining renewable energy generation with the aesthetic and performance benefits of glass, Vitro Glass manufactures Solarvolt™ building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass modules. Seamlessly integrated into the building structure, Solarvolt™ combines aesthetics, CO2-free power generation and protection from the elements for commercial buildings, all while reducing air conditioning costs and replacing cladding materials.
For the Latin American commercial and residential markets, Vitro produces LUMAX® reflective vision glass, which reduces heat gain by 33% compared to uncoated clear glass while transmitting six times as much daylight as uncoated reflective glasses. This new offering provides an affordable way to reduce energy demands for air conditioning and artificial lighting.
LEED Credit Categories
The LEED rating system designates multiple options for building projects to earn points in nine credit categories. Vitro Glass has the potential to help building projects earn LEED* points in at least seven. Click on the links below to navigate to the desired credit category.
- Integrative Process (IP)
- Location and Transportation (LT)
- Sustainable Sites (SS)
- Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
- Materials & Resources (MR)
While Vitro Glass does not offer Health Product Declarations (HPDs) or provide Declare product labels, our Cradle to Cradle™ v 3 Bronze certification satisfies the same LEED credit category under Material Ingredient Reporting (Option 1).
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- Innovation (IN)
*Please note credits included are for certification under LEED v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C): New Construction. Other green building rating systems may have parallel/similar credits to which Vitro Glass can contribute.