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Maximizing Transparency & Privacy

While glass technology is constantly improving, striking the right balance between specifying for maximum visible light transmittance versus providing occupant privacy is still a challenge. For this reason, subtle reflective coatings can make a superior choice when the goal is to provide a more uniform exterior appearance, reduce interior glare and external views of building design detractions (desks, paperwork, furniture, etc.).

Learn how subtly reflective glass helped achieve these goals while enhancing the comfort of building occupants through lowering overall air conditioning and lighting costs.


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See solar control Low-E glass in action

A simple model consisting of heat lamps, radiometers, an IGU of clear glass and an IGU of Solarban® 70XL glass by PPG demonstrates how low-emissivity or low-e glass works for solar control. Heat lamps simulate infrared light or heat radiation from the sun passing through the glass and touching the radiometers on the other side. The model shows solar control low-e glass blocks a great deal of the infrared light coming through the glass, while the clear glass allows it to pass through. The model also demonstrates solar energy being transmitted through clear glass and reflected off the solar control low-e glass. This means that, when used on a building in an air conditioning-dominated climate, solar control low-e glass will help keep solar energy out, enabling more efficient cooling and smaller HVAC systems.

To see this quick, informative video, look for Low-E Demonstration Video on the PPG Glass Education Center website.

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Successful Compliance through Thermal Energy Modeling

How does your building design influence energy consumption? How can your project better meet compliance standards for energy and carbon emission targets? To predict future building performance thermal modeling is often used to simulate energy breakdowns. These estimations are often critical in demonstrating to local authorities how proposed designs will meet their sustainability and low carbon agendas.

Learn how thermal modeling enabled the proper specification of building materials which resulted in one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the Southeast.


See the beauty, not the glass.
Starphire® Ultra-Clear Glass

When you're designing in clear glass, you want to be able to see right through it as if the glass isn't even there. You want lots of light and transparency. You want colors so true and natural that you’re struck by the view and not by the discoloration and distortion of the glass. Only Starphire glass lets you see the beauty, not the glass. Starphire is the most transparent glass available, and its beautiful blue edge makes it striking as it delivers true color fidelity. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for spandrel, skylight, interior, exterior, vision and security and safety glazings. And it's more affordable than you might think.


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Three PNC Plaza


Pittsburgh, PA


PNC Financial
Services Group, Inc.,




Solarban® 70XL/Caribia® Glass
Solarban® 60/Clear Glass
Solarban® 60/Starphire® Glass

Situated on a dense urban crossroads in downtown Pittsburgh, Three PNC Plaza serves multiple purposes as Class A office space, upscale condominiums and the Fairmont Pittsburgh luxury hotel. The architect used three different kinds of glass by PPG Industries to clearly demarcate the three portions of the building. Solarban 70XL/Caribia glass, which casts a soft green tint, was specified for the office and hotel, while two types of clear glass Solarban 60/clear glass and Solarban 60/ Starphire ultra-clear glass were selected for the condominiums, lobby and retail space. Thanks in part to the installation of environmentally advanced PPG glass, Three PNC Plaza was LEED-certified at the Gold level. More than 90 percent of the floor space has access to daylight and 95 percent has exterior views.

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Formawall® Dimension Series® 2" (51 mm) Horizontal Flat



  • Substrate & Core:
    • Standard – 22/26 gage G-90 galvanized steel face and liner with HCFC-free polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam-insulated core. Optional gages available.
  • Panel Width: 10" to 40" [254mm to 1016mm]
  • Panel Length
    • Smooth – 1’ [305mm] min. to 16’ [4.88m] max.
    • Embossed striated – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Embossed – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Duracast – 1’ [305mm] min. to 28’ [8.53m] max.
  • Panel Thickness/Depth of Reveal
    • 2" [51mm] with 1-3/16” [30mm] deep reveal – standard
  • "R" Value
    • 2" [51mm] panel with 1/2” [13mm] reveal – R14