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 Products 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.
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 approximately 250,000 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 for every year for the life of a building. Vitro also has 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.
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)
- 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.