PPG Industries, Inc., Flat Glas International

Shipments of SOLARBAN 70XL glass by PPG surpass 120 million square feet.

Environmentally progressive glass specified for more than 160 LEED certified buildings

Independent energy modeling shows that SOLARBAN(R) 70XL glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), pictured here on City Center Plaza near Seattle, can enable a typical eight-story, window-walled building in that city to reduce annual energy costs by nearly $45,000 compared to dual-pane tinted glass. Initial HVAC equipment costs for the same building were reduced by more than $350,000, according to the same study. (Photography by Tom Kessler)

The RBC Centre, Toronto, features floor-to-ceiling windows made with SOLARBAN(R) 70XL glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG). The ability of Solarban 70XL glass to block heat while transmitting high levels of light helped the 41-story tower become the first LEED(R) certified office building in Canada. (Photography by Shai Gill)
PITTSBURGH, March 14, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has now shipped 120 million square feet of SOLARBAN(R) 70XL glass, the industry’s first triple-silver-coated, solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass. To date, Solarban 70XL glass has been installed on more than 1,000 buildings in North America, including at least 160 that have been documented for LEED(R) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Glenn Miner, PPG director, construction, flat glass, said that Solarban 70XL glass is popular not just for its environmental performance, but for its color consistency as well. “From the beginning, development of Solarban 70XL glass was a collaborative effort involving input from architects and PPG experts from research and development and manufacturing,” he said. “Because of their teamwork, we were able to establish a systematic, repeatable approach to formulating and making Solarban 70XL glass so that it looks and performs the same from the first batch of glass to the last.”

Introduced in 2005, Solarban 70XL glass has created a new standard for solar control performance for architectural glasses featuring a clear-glass appearance. With a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 64 percent, Solarban 70XL glass has a light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37 that remains unsurpassed even more than six years after its introduction.

Solarban 70XL glass has been installed on several buildings that have earned green building of the year awards from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE). Recent skyscrapers that feature Solarban 70XL glass include RBC Centre in Toronto, One Bank of America Tower in Charlotte, N.C., Three PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh and City Center Plaza in Bellevue, Wash.

“Buildings represent the vision and personality of their architects,” Miner said. “At PPG, we understand that specifying the right glass is critical to turning their designs into reality. Architects and building owners value Solarban 70XL glass because the track record shows it places a high premium on aesthetic consistency and solar control performance, just as they do.”

To learn more about Solarban 70XL glass and PPG’s entire collection of CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED(CM) architectural glass products, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
LEED – an acronym for the phrase “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark of MBDC, LLC.