Vitro Architectural Glass reinforces commitment to sustainability

By partnering with organizations and initiatives worldwide, Vitro Architectural Glass intends to raise the glass industry standard for sustainability

The Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA, USA, features Solarban® 60 glass and Starphire® glass, was designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) - Photograph by Tom Kessler Photography

Vitro Architectural Glass is dedicated to raising the industry standard for sustainability and has partnered with various organizations and industry initiatives to reinforce its commitment to the environment and help realize the full potential for environmentally friendly glass innovation on a global scale.

“Across North America and around the world, organizations are mobilizing manufacturers and like-minded companies to commit to innovation in green design, building materials and glass manufacturing,” said Nathan McKenna, director of marketing and innovation at Vitro Architectural Glass. “At Vitro, our goal is to foster continuous advancement and environmental responsibility through the built environment.”

Vitro Glass is a gold sponsor of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), a proud supporter of the Building Envelope Campaign (BEC), and a Façade Tectonics Institute (FTI) Corporate Associate since 2019. In addition, Vitro has participated on the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Products Hub advisory board, and Vitro products meet the criteria established in the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List of materials.

In the glass industry, Vitro is a member of the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) and Fenestration Canada. Vitro has representatives in the Fenestration Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), and the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) Board of Governors. Vitro is also part of the International Commission on Glass (ICG).

Vitro Glass’s product selection is Cradle to Cradle® Bronze certified and is featured in the mindful MATERIALS (mM) Library, Sustainable Minds® and the Building Transparency Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). Vitro has certification of “Industria Limpia” from the Government of Mexico Procuraduria Federal de Protección del Medio Ambiente (PROFEPA), and Vitro’s Fresno plant holds an ENERGY STAR® Plants Certification.

Vitro was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products recognized by the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ Products Program and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its Flat Glass and Processed Glass products. Solarban® solar control low-e glass and other glasses by Vitro have been installed on hundreds of LEED®-certified buildings, including three of the world’s 11 certified net-zero “living” buildings.