Ceramic Industry

Apartment Complex Uses PPG’s SOLARBAN and SUNCLEAN Glass

January 9, 2013

PPG Industries recently announced that the Radius Urban Apartment complex in Newport News, Va., is the largest single installation of windows fabricated with SOLARBAN®70XL glass and SUNCLEAN®self-cleaning glass by PPG. Project architect Grey Mason of Cox Kliewer & Co., Virginia Beach, Va., said the owner/developer of the Radius apartment complex chose windows made with Solarban 70XL and SunClean glasses to achieve ENERGY STAR®certification and to reduce maintenance costs.

Solarban 70XL glass is a transparent solar-control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass with visible light transmittance (VLT) of 64% and a solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 in a standard 3/4-in. residential insulating glass unit (IGU). By transmitting high levels of daylight while blocking the sun’s heat energy, windows made with Solarban 70XL glass can reduce summer cooling costs by as much as 25%. During winter months, Solarban 70XL glass can cut furnace heat loss through windows in half, which can lower heating bills.

SunClean glass is formulated with a proprietary coating that becomes “photocatalytic” and “hydrophilic” after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Photocatalysis enables the coating to gradually break down organic materials that land on its surface, while hydrophilicity causes water to sheet when it strikes the coating so that decomposed materials are naturally rinsed away when it rains.

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