Vitro Architectural Glass

Solar Control and Passive Low‑E Glasses

Glass is one of the most popular and versatile building materials used today, and it provides a dramatic aesthetic. But the beauty of glass is pointless if the people inside the building are uncomfortable or if energy inefficiency makes the building too expensive to operate.

Low-emissivity (low-e) glass coatings were developed to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light that is transmitted. A microscopically thin transparent coating allows low-e glass to reflect exterior heat in warm temperatures and hold in heat during cold temperatures, making buildings light, bright and energy-efficient.

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) offers two types of low-e coated glasses: Solarban® solar control low-e glasses and Sungate® passive low-e glass.

Solarban® 90 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

The latest evolution in solar control low-e glass, Solarban® 90 glass conveys a neutral appearance similar to clear glass in both color and reflectance.

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Solarban® R100 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

A neutral-reflective low-e glass with an excellent solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 42 percent.

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Solarban® 72 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

Solarban® 72 glass builds on the advances of Solarban® 70 glass to provide even greater transparency with minimal sacrifice of performance.

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Solarban® 70 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

Backed by a coating trusted by architects for more than a decade, Solarban® 70 Glass (formerly Solarban® 70XL Glass) balances VLT and solar control.

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Solarban® z50 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

With its soothing, neutral, cool blue-gray appearance, Solarban® z50 Optiblue® Glass brings a distinctly different aesthetic to the Solarban® family.

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Solarban® z75 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

With its cool blue-gray appearance and high visible light transmittance, Solarban® z75 Optiblue® glass controls glare while offering superior solar control.

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Solarban® 67 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

Solarban® 67 glass combines excellent solar performance with a soft, neutral coating that provides a crisp, clean and brilliantly clear exterior appearance.

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Solarban® 60 Solar Control Low‑E Glass

Solarban® 60 glass features a color-neutral appearance that is available on clear glass, Starphire® glass or any Vitro tinted glass for an array of aesthetic choices.

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Sungate® 400 Passive Low‑E Glass

Sungate® 400 glass is a highly transparent, passive low-e glass designed specifically for use in heating-dominated climates.

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University Of Nebraska Nursing Lincoln Low E Glass

How Low‑E Glass Works

Passive and solar control low-e coatings can help achieve critical solar and thermal performance objectives. Learn about low-e glass and how it works in the Vitro Glass Education Center.

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