PPG showcased its advanced float glass technology, energy-saving low-e glass, solar control glass and the Oceans of Color collection of spectrally-selective tinted glass.
Jeff Yigdall, director of engineering and international business, PPG performance glazings said, “PPG has licenced high-quality float glass technology to a selection of Chinese glass manufacturers for several years. We will continue to bring advanced technology, such as our Ultra-Clear or spectrally selective tints to this growing market.” During the manufacturing process of float glass technology, PPG’s pioneering oxygen-fuel glass furnace was used, improving glass quality and reduced environmental emissions. Today, seven out of about 20 imported high performance float glass lines built in China are using PPG technology.
Jeff continued, “PPG will bring glass technology in the form of high-performance low-e glasses and solar technology to the Chinese construction market.” PPG has been leading the way in the development of low-e glasses. To date, PPG Solarban low-e glass is still manufactured in North America and is currently available through PPG International Certified Fabricator Program?ICFP?in China. The clear-glass aesthetics and environmental advantages associated with Solarban glass have made it a favorite among environmentally progressive architects. Acceptance of Solarban glass is widespread in the United States and increasing around the world.
When solar radiation passes through glass, it can be reflected, absorbed or transmitted. Thus, PPG designed high performance low-e coatings to deliver high visible light transmittance while blocking ultraviolet and infrared solar radiation. In addition, PPG has a long history of innovation in the development of stacked, thin-film coatings for glass. Over the past quarter-century, the company has continued to advance thin-film coating technology, which is now being directed towards the production of solar energy.
The high energy performance of PPG’s glazing products makes them the perfect candidate for sustainable green building projects around the world. PPG manufactures a variety of glass, coatings and paint products that help architects and building owners earn USGBC LEED credits. Bill Klingensmith, director of business development, PPG performance glazings international, said, ”We want to see PPG’s leading energy efficiency design being applied in new building projects throughout China.” “We will see how to transfer the technology and give operational support to this exciting and booming market.”
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Pittsburgh-based PPG (ppg.com) is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG).
Solarban is a trademark of PPG Industries.
USGBC LEED®LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.