PPG introduces transparent-reflective Solarban R100 glass

PPG Industries has introduced Solarban R100 glass, a transparent-reflective, solar control, low-emissivity glass with, the US company says, improved performance compared to competing products in the s…

PPG Industries has introduced Solarban R100 glass, a transparent-reflective, solar control, low-emissivity glass with, the US company says, improved performance compared to competing products in the same architectural glass category. Because it is based on the same coating technology as Solarban 70XL glass, Solarban R100 glass delivers outstanding solar performance with colour-neutral exterior reflectance of 32%, and interior reflectance of 14%. Solarban R100 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 42% and a solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23, thus helping architects and building owners meet stringent building codes. The glass“ 1.79 light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio is up to 29% greater than that of competing transparent-reflective, solar control, low-E glasses. Because Solarban R100 glass has a lower SHGC than Solarban 70XL glass, it has the potential to generate even greater energy savings for building owners. Glenn T. Miner, architectural market manager, PPG performance glazings, said Solarban R100 glass was developed with input from architects seeking a better-performing transparent-reflective glass. Solarban R100 glass has the versatility to be used in privacy glass applications and harmonizes well with spandrels and other building materials because of its neutral appearance, he said. More importantly, compared to similar products, it helps building owners reduce the amount of energy they use for heating, cooling and artificial lighting.