Mike Rupert Wins Shades of Green Leadership Award

Mike RupertMichael L. Rupert, director, performance glazings technical services and product development for PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, has won the Shades of Green Leadership Award from the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh.

Rupert was recognized for his leadership of the PPG team that developed Solarban 70XL solar control low-E glass. Introduced in 2005, Solarban 70XL glass offered an advance in glass technology with its combination of solar control and visible light transmittance in a transparent, color-neutral glass.

Solarban 70XL transmits 63 percent of the sun's natural light while blocking 73 percent of its solar energy in a standard one-inch insulating glass unit. The resulting light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37 represents a 29-percent performance enhancement over the previous solar control low-e glass. Even two years after its introduction, no other commercial architectural glass has approached this LSG ratio, the company reports.

Mark J. Orcutt, vice president of performance glazings for PPG, says he is proud of Solarban 70XL glass and the product development team.

"We are pleased to contribute significant savings to bottom-line energy costs for building owners and to be part of the building industry's on-going nationwide effort to reduce energy consumption," he adds.

Rupert is a 33-year veteran of the PPG performance glazings technical and product development team. The introduction of Solarban 70XL glass was the result of his three-year leadership effort, which encompassed every aspect of the product's development, from identifying customer needs and expectations to overseeing research and development to assisting in the product launch in the marketplace.

The Shades of Green Leadership Awards are given annually by the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh to highlight the efforts of distinctive persons in Western Pennsylvania who have contributed to the region's environmental transformation through green leadership.

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