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Glass is one of todayâ€™s most versatile building materials due to its virtually unlimited aesthetic options and outstanding energy characteristics. The breadth of glass colors available is one reason why glass is so aesthetically versatile. But how does the industry determine how color is defined? And how do you read color in glass? Find out in the Glass Education Center.
As the world's built environment continues to evolve, fostering relationships with peers and networking with industry professionals becomes increasingly important. InspireScapes offers a collaborative space to read about, listen to and engage with content on topics pertaining to the quest of achieving timeless architectural designs using sustainable, high performing and aesthetically pleasing building materials.
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Glass is a breakable material, which when broken into smaller sharp pieces often called shards can cause serious injury. Safety glazing material, usually tempered glass or laminated glass, reduces the risk of injury. Safety glazing can be used in numerous applications, including both residential and commercial properties. Learn more about the benefits and uses of safety glazing.
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Specifications for DURANAR® Coatings by PPG Available on BSD SPECLINK-E® System
Specifications for DURANAR® fluoropolymer coatings by PPG are now available on the BSD SPECLINK-E® subscription-based master specification system from Building Systems Design, Inc. The specification writing, management and production system helps architects, engineers and design professionals in the construction industry to reduce specification development time for their projects and to learn about various building products.
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.
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 youâ€™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.
FEATURED PROJECTS. Great architecture can be found in every corner of the world and many times goes unnoticed. PPG InspireScapes seeks to raise awareness about the important role of design in our daily lives, and celebrates the accomplishments of those involved in the built environment. Browse our featured projects and find inspiration for your next commercial building design.
A LEEDÂ® Platinum certified project by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Tower at PNC Plaza is an 800,000-square-foot structure that features insulating glass units (IGUs) fabricated by J.E. Berkowitz. The exterior IGUs incorporated two lites of 5/16-inch StarphireÂ® Ultra-Clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) with a laminated interlayer, while inner units were constructed of 1/4-inch StarphireÂ® glass and 1/4-inch SungateÂ® 400 passive low-e on StarphireÂ® glass. Argon-gas-filled air spaces sealed with warm-edge spacers provided additional insulation.
The exterior curtain wall of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport contains more than 250,000 pounds of extruded aluminum panels, nearly all painted with Duranar XL fluoropolymer coating. Finished with a clear topcoat, the triple-layer Duranar XL coating system will enable the metal building panels to maintain their original metallic gray appearance throughout the life of the airport. Inside the terminal, where sweeping metallic lines and curves guide passengers through the building, Duracron coatings formulated in Bright White are used to frame wide expanses of glass and to resist damage from the building's high-traffic volume. The terminal earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The addition to and renovation of Chaffin Junior High is highlighted by colorful metal building panels interlaced with a custom aluminum tube "baguette" system. Originally constructed in 1969, the building's addition and renovation worksome of which features Duranar coatings in Hartford Greenwere designed to complement the existing brick façade while matching the school's hunter green and gold colors.
Designed to earn LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Mesa Community College Student Services Center incorporates PPG coatings and glass to help integrate the local landscape and 16 academic departments into its open space. The center's exterior batten seam metal panels and large, flat fascia panels are painted with Duranar fluoropolymer coatings in Butternut, Compatible Cream and Kaffee colors, providing color diversity and resistance to color fade, chalk and surface damage. Solarban 70XL glass optimizes the site's natural light and blocks solar heat, completing the center's energy-saving façade.
Formulated with proprietary infrared-reflective pigments that deflect solar energy from buildings, Duranar ULTRA-Cool coatings used on the metal roof at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort clubhouse help the building stay cool and consume less energy. Designed with a wood frame and metal roof to create an industrial look, the clubhouse includes a shop, dining and hotel suites.
Located in rural Tennessee, the Discovery Center at the Discovery Park of America stands out because of its sculpture-like structure and bright white finish. The three-story structure, which is home to a state-of-the-art science and history museum, incorporates more than 105,000 square feet of swooping, sloping and curved aluminum composite panels finished with Pure White Duranar coatings and Bright Silver Metallic Duranar XL coatings. The center's gutters and downspouts also were finished with Duranar coatings to match the rest of the façade.
The North Scottsdale Park and Ride, which is located on a six-acre site near the city's airport, provides parking for bus riders and features a 12,000-square-foot canopy over the passenger platform. The wing-like metal canopy was coated with Duranar VARI-Cool infrared-reflective metal roof coatings, which shift color according to ambient lighting conditions and offer exceptional color stability, chalk resistance, durability and flexibility.
A network of 4,000 solid aluminum plate panels painted with Duranar XL Crystal Blue coating provides the backdrop for PortMiami Tunnel, which travels under Miami's Biscayne Bay and connects the port on Dodge Island to the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island, as well as interstates 95 and 395. Though Duranar XL coatings are typically reserved for storefronts and other high-end architectural applications, it was specified for the tunnel project for the durable qualities that will enable the structure to maintain its color scheme and withstand harsh environmental conditions throughout its 150-year lifespan. The lattice-like framework behind the tunnel's panels is finished with Duracron acrylic-based coatings by PPG.
The George S. Eccles Student Life Center at the University of Utah features Solarban® 70XL glass. An advanced triple-silver low-e glass, Solarban® 70XL glass deliver an unprecedented combination of solar control and visible light transmittance, while enabling stunning views of campus and the surrounding mountain-scape to students and facility members. The project is currently being reviewed for LEED® certification.
The award-winning NASA Sustainability Base is a 50,000 square-foot, lunar-shaped government building with working office space and a showcase for NASA technology. Featuring Solarban® 70XL glass and other Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products, the two-story building was designed to meet LEED® Platinum standards and to be net-positive energy, meaning it supplies more energy than it needs.
The renovated Lawrence Public Library was designed with Solarban® 70XL glass, allowing natural light to penetrate deeply into facility to enhance comfort and functionality while reducing reliance on artificial lighting. Even after the construction of a 20,000 square-footage addition, the library is expected to use 50 percent less energy than it did prior to the expansion. The project is currently being reviewed for LEED® process.
The 450,000 square-foot expansion at Nemours Alfred I. DuPoint Hospital for Children was completed in fall 2014. Its ground floor glass façade features high-performance Solarban® 70XL glass, and floors two through five incorporate Solarban® 60 and Azuria® glasses, giving the building year-round comfort while saving on heating and cooling costs.
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.
The Bob Evans headquarters, a three-building complex in central Ohio, was designed to blend the history of the company with modern technologies. To meet energy efficiency goals, the project was fabricated with Solarban® 70XL high-performance glass and Duranar® Sunstorm® platinum coatings, which helped the building achieve LEED® certification at the Gold level.
The signature element of the Gores Group World Headquarters renovation is a two-layer façade featuring carved limestone and slumped glass panels fabricated with Starphire® glass. Composed of three double-paneled, bent-glass patterns sandwiched around a dozen different custom-printed interlayers, the multi-textured surface of the 135,000- square-foot building interacts with sunlight during the day and brightly speckled LED lights at night. The building's Starphire® façade floods common areas and working spaces with light, and it plays a critical role in modulating the building's indoor temperature and air quality.
The Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota-Duluth features large expanses of Solarban 60 glass located along the north and west exposures to minimize heating loads during the harsh winter months. The south exposure also is lined with clerestory windows fabricated with Solarban 60 to allow sun to penetrate and heat an open laboratory. The project was recognized as a 2013 top 10 "green" building by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).
The six-story Kean University Green Lane Academic Building, featuring Solarban R100 low-emissivity glass by PPG, is designed to offer occupants unobstructed views of the campus and to blend with the surrounding environment. The project has earned AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Gold awards.
A glass-and-metal rendition of the Sandcrawler vehicle featured in the movie "Star Wars: A New Hope," the Sandcrawler building is clad in Solarban 72 Starphire glass, which combines exceptional transparency and an ultra-neutral aesthetic with outstanding solar control performance. As the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, the Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific, the Sandcrawler building has been recognized with architectural awards in the future projects and global design categories.
The Museum at Prairiefire features Solarban z50, clear glass with a dichrotic interlayer and iridescent stainless steel to create a dynamic color-shifting structure that changes appearance depending on ambient light and the angle from which it is viewed. Designed to reflect tallgrass prairie and the prairie fire burns, the museum is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.
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Built as a “Knowledge Center,” the 90,000-square-foot Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia was designed to be the intellectual and social heart of a new college campus opened in 2006 &emdash; the first new four-year public college created in the nation in the 21st century. Architectural firm LEO A DALY chose to express that commitment to knowledge and openness with a brilliantly transparent faÃ§ade, fabricated from Solarban® 70XL Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass), which also contributes to the buildingâ€™s exceptional energy and environmental performance.
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