Comcast Center in Philadelphia Earns LEED Gold Certification
December 4, 2009

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects Comcast Center in Philadelphia, which stands 58 stories tall, recently became the tallest LEED-certified building in the United States. The tower features PPG's Solarban 60 Starphire glass, which helped it earn LEED points.

According to a PPG announcement, the Comcast Center earned LEED Gold Certification due in part to its extensive use of high-performance glass. One of the tower's signature elements is a 120-foot-high winter garden topped by a series of three, three-story atria overlooking a light-filled interior plaza. All are sheathed in Solarban 60 Starphire glass. This glass also is featured in the crown and corners that cap the 975-foot-tall building.

Solarban 60 Starphire glass combines transparent architectural glass with solar control, low-E coatings, resulting in a glass that transmits 74 percent of the sun's natural light and blocks 60 percent of its heat energy to reduce cooling costs and reliance on artificial lighting.

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