PPG glass features among green building award winners

The American Institute of Architects“ Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named its top ten green building projects for 2008, and eight of them feature architectural glass and paint from EcoLogic…

The American Institute of Architects“ Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named its top ten green building projects for 2008, and eight of them feature architectural glass and paint from EcoLogical Building Solutions by PPG Industries. Six projects were built using low-emissivity glass by PPG. The four award winners which showcase Solarban 60 solar-control, low-e glass were: Discovery Center, Seattle (Mill Hull Partnership architects); Nueva School“s Hillside Learning Complex, Hillsborough, California (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects); Queens Botanical Garden Visitors Center, Flushing, New York (BKSK Architects); and Garthwaite Center, Weston, Massachusetts (Architerra architects). One award winner, the Cesar Chavez Library in Laveen, Arizona, was built with Sungate 500 glass, while another, the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingman“s Ferry, Pennsylvania, is glazed with Solarban 60 glass and Sungate 500 glass. The Cesar Chavez Library was design by Line & Space Architecture and the Pocono Environmental Education Center was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Solarban 60 and Sungate 500 glasses are used on many green projects because of their exceptional combination of visible light transmittance and solar heat control. These characteristics help architects design buildings with less reliance on artificial lighting and lower cooling loads. Solarban 60 and Sungate 500 glasses also have the transparent appearance many architects favor.