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
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