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The Benefits of Designing with Reflective Glass

When designing with glass, there are a wide range of options to choose from to create a truly unique project. One option in particularreflective glasshas some significant aesthetic and performance benefits. Even when transparent glass is in vogue, there are specific applications when tinted, reflective glass can be the superior choice. Today's reflective glasses have evolved and now feature varying levels of reflectivity that create a wide range of aesthetics. Visit the PPG Education Center to learn about the key benefits to designing buildings with reflective glass.


Updated Construct IGU tool helps designers build the perfect unit

The updated Construct IGU Tool uses LBNL Windows 7.3/IGDB v42 data to provide comparisons of different glazing configurations for use in Insulating Glass Units (IGUs). Architects, designers and glaizers can use the tool to enter IGU configuration factors like number of panes, pane thickness, air space, substrates, coatings, and frits to suggest up to nine glazing configurations.

Try the enhanced Construct IGU Tool.

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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SEE AND BE SEEN. Why tell you about PPG's global footprint and product capabilities when we can show you? We're collecting images of projects around the world that feature PPG IdeaScapes products and we need your help!


Legacy ER Emergency Care Center


Allen, Texas


5G Studios


Solarban® 67 Optiblue® Glass

The Legacy ER uses Solarban® 67 Optiblue® low-e glass to let soothing transmit abundant daylight into the emergency care facility while maintaining excellent solar control. The project won the Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman's Award in Overall Excellence and a 2014 American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) Healthcare Design Award.

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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