Vitro Architectural Glass, formerly PPG Glass, has been named the first founding sponsor of the Living Product Hub in Pittsburgh.

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance (GBA) are establishing the hub, which will open April 18, “to accelerate the development of regenerative buildings and manufacturing,” according to a release from Vitro.

Co-located on Pittsburgh’s South Side with the GBA, the hub will serve as a center of education and outreach, connecting innovative buildings, communities and projects to ILFI’s global network. It will be one of four such centers in the United States.

ILFI administers the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a green building certification program that requires buildings to comply with 20 imperatives in seven building performance categories including place, energy, water, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty.

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, which uses Vitro’s Solarban 60, Sungate 400 and Starphire Ultra-Clear glasses, is one of the few buildings in the world to achieve the highest LBC certification.

“First as PPG Glass and now as Vitro Glass, our company has been part of the city’s fabric since 1883,” says Vitro vice president Richard A. Beuke. “Our products are integral to the performance of Pittsburgh’s most globally recognized green buildings, including the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, David L. Lawrence Convention Center and The Tower at PNC Plaza, considered the world’s greenest office tower. We look forward to supporting the ILFI and GBA as they promote Pittsburgh’s legacy as a center for green building innovation.”

The Living Product Hub in Pittsburgh will host an opening reception on April 18 at Phipps Conservatory.

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