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PPG Industries recently announced that it has surpassed 1,000 requests for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), documentation for its architectural glass products. According to five-year data from PPG’s flat glass business, one in five requests for LEED documentation support was for commercial buildings, followed by higher education (19%), K-12 education (12%), and federal and local government (11%) buildings. Other significant categories include retail (8%), military (6%), health care (5%) and institutional (5%) buildings. Nearly 35% of LEED documentation requests were for buildings in the Northeast, followed by 15% in the Northwest and 14% in the South Central U.S.
Glenn T. Miner, PPG director of construction, flat glass, said one trend to emerge from the data is that the amount of glass sold for each LEED-documented project seems to have shrunk as the number of requests has increased. “When we first started tracking LEED documentation requests in 2007 and 2008, the average amount of glass we sold per LEED project was about 24,500 sq ft,” he said. “By 2012, that figure had dropped to less than 13,000 sq ft, even though the number of documentation requests we receive each year has more than quadrupled. That seems to indicate that LEED certification and environmental sustainability is becoming a priority for owners of big buildings and small buildings alike, which is an encouraging long-term development for companies like ours that make sustainable building products.”
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