PPG Introduces SOLARBAN® 70XL Glass to Residential Market

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has announced that Solarban® 70XL glass, a new solar control low-E glass with a clear, color-neutral aesthetic, is now available to residential door and window manufacturers.

In a standard ¾-inch clear insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL glass provides a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27 and visible light transmittance of 64 percent. Windows fabricated from Solarban 70XL glass reduce the amount of summer heat that enters a house, according to information provided by the company. Consequently, homeowners can cut their summer cooling cost by as much as 25 percent compared to windows fabricated with insulating glass units made with clear glass, according to information provided by the company. Solarban 70XL glass also keeps homes warmer in the winter with a U-value of 0.24, which the company says is almost 47 percent better than standard clear insulating glass. In addition, the glass also decreases the amount of fabric- and carpet-fading ultraviolet (UV) light that is transmitted into the home.

While Solarban 70XL glass is new to residential window and door manufacturers, the product has been used in the commercial construction market since the summer of 2005. It is available in standard thicknesses of 2.5, 3 and 5 millimeters.

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