PPG Architectural Glass

PPG Architectural Glass

Since 1883, PPG has produced quality glass products for the commercial construction market, serving the design/build community with energy-efficient glazing products that provide attractive exterior aesthetics and bright, comfortable interiors.

Today, PPG is on the leading edge of the global sustainable building movement. The company provides architects, contractors and building owners with a continuous stream of high-performance architectural glazings that dramatically reduce energy consumption through their ability to transmit high levels of visible light and severly limit solar heat gain. In addition to fulfilling these vital environmental prerogatives, PPG architectural glasses are available in a versatile array of clear, ultra-clear and tinted hues to meet the diverse aesthetic requirements of contemporary architects.

A pioneer in the development of environmentally progressive glass, PPG introduced the world's first heat-absorbing, energy-efficient glass in 1934. In 2008, the company became the first and only glass manufacturer in the U.S. to earn Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM for its entire collection of architectural glass products. View the complete list of Cradle to Cradle Certified architectural glass products.

Technology Leadership

For more than a century, PPG has been at the forefront of glass innovation and technology. Here are a few of the developments that have contributed to that legacy:

  • 1883 – First U.S. plate glass plant established.
  • 1910 – Built first glass research center.
  • 1934 – Launched Solex® (now Solexia® glass), glass first "environmental," green-tinted, heat-absorbing glass.
  • 1945 – Developed Twindow® double-paned insulating glass.
  • 1952 – Provided Solex® glass to the New York Lever House, beginning the era of the glass-clad building.
  • 1958 – Solargray® glass introduced.
  • 1959 – Solarbronze® glass introduced.
  • 1964 – Solarban® high-performance reflective coated glasses launched.
  • 1972 – Solarcool® reflective glasses introduced.
  • 1983 – PPG introduced Sungate® 100 Low-E glass.
  • 1989 – Spectrally selective, blue-green Azurlite® (now Azuria® glass) glass introduced.
  • 1990 – Ultra-clear Starphire® glass unveiled at GlasTec '90 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 1991 – Solarcool Azurlite® glass launched.
  • 1993 – Sungate® 500 Low-E glass introduced.
  • 1993 – Solargreen® high-performance tinted glass introduced.
  • 1995 – Sungate® 1000 (now Solarban 60 glass) glass introduced.
  • 1996 – Optigray® 23 glass introduced.
  • 1998 – Sungate® 1000 (now Solarban 60 glass) glass introduced to commercial market.
  • 2000 – Solarban® glass brand name resumed for new category of solar-control Low-E glass.
  • 2001 – Solarban® 80 solar control Low-E glass introduced.
  • 2001 – SunClean® self-cleaning glass introduced to residential market.
  • 2002 – Solarcool® Solex® (now Solarcool Solexia) reflective coated tinted glass introduced.
  • 2002 – Caribia® spectrally selective tinted glass is launched.
  • 2002 – Solarcool Caribia® reflective warm green tinted glass is introduced.
  • 2003 – Oceans of Color® , a collection of spectrally selective ocean inspired tinted glasses, introduced, including Solexia glass (formerly Solex® ), Azuria glass (formerly Azurlite® ) and Atlantica glass (formerly Solargreen® ).
  • 2004 – Solarban 60 Starphire® ultra-clear solar control coated glass is introduced.
  • 2005 – Solarban 70XL, a revolutionary solar control, Low-E glass is introduced.
  • 2006 – Extra Heavy Starphire glass is available in thicknesses of 16 and 19 millimeters
  • 2006 – Solarban z50, a steel blue/gray glass solar control, Low-E glass, is introduced.
  • 2006 – The new Vistacool collection is available in three distinct aesthetics: Vistacool Azuria (aqua-blue), Vistacool Caribia (aqua-green) and Vistacool Solargray (light gray).
  • 2007 – Solarban 80 + Optiblue, an architectural glass with a metallic gray-green exterior tint and neutral gray interior appearance is created by combining Solarban 80 with the new blue-green Optiblue glass.
  • 2008 – PPG Industries is the first architectural glass manufacturer in the United States to earn Cradle to Cradle Certification at the Silver tier for all its architectural glass products.

PPG maintains a strong commitment to be the technological leader in the development and production of high-performance glazing products.


PPG has long worked with the commercial and residential construction industries to identify and supply the optimum glazing product for every type of commercial building. When researching and developing new products, PPG works with owners and designers to meet their aesthetic and performance demands. The success of this "partnership" approach is manifest in countless landmark buildings around the world from New York's Lever House to PPG Place in Pittsburgh; Sears Tower in Chicago to the Hong Kong Convention Center; Atlanta's Peachtree Center Plaza Hotel to Los Angeles' Crocker Plaza; and from Trump Tower in New York to Leipzig, Germany's Messa Leipzig.

Resources at Your Convenience

  • An unmatched team of technical professionals working continually to give you the glass information you need for your project.
  • PPG Glass Certified Fabricators (PPG/CFP) encompass a nationwide network of select certified glass fabricators, subject to comprehensive audits, who participate in rigorous training programs on the processing of all PPG glass products. Other programs, such as the Certified Window Fabricators (PPG/CCWF), Certified Laminators (PPG/CLP), Certified Entrance and Interiors Fabricators (PPG/CEIF), as well as International Certified Fabricators (PPG/ICFP) and International Certified Laminators (PPG/ICLP) serve nearly every other facet of the global business market. More information can be found on www.ppgcfp.com.
  • EcoLogical Building Solutions , an exclusive collection of building products for sustainable design, was designed by PPG to help architects and specifiers construct "greener" buildings.
  • PPG's architectural website – www.ppgideascapes.com – is an online resource for architects, engineers and other construction product specifiers, which details product aesthetic and performance information and is accompanied with an updated photography library.
  • Samples are available online or by calling the Architectural Service Center at 1-888-PPG-IDEA.

When you want architectural products with a track record of proven performance, sustainability, color consistency and good looks, there's only one place to turn: PPG IdeaScapes .

PPG Industries, Inc.
PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center
400 Guys Run Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
Tel: (888) 774-4332
Fax: (412) 826-2299
E-mail: ideascapes@ppg.com
Web site: http://www.ppgideascapes.com