PPG Expands Collection of Vistacool™ Subtly Reflective, Color-Enriched Glasses

PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, has added two new products to its family of Vistacool™ subtly reflective, color-enriched glasses: Vistacool Caribia ™ glass and Vistacool Solargray™ glass.
Like Vistacool Azuria glass, which debuted last fall, these two new products feature color-neutral, second-surface coatings that transmit high levels of daylight while enriching the tinted substrates underneath. As a result, the company says each product in the Vistacool glass collection delivers the energy savings and interior brightness of high visible light transmittance without the mirror-like glare of traditional reflective glasses.

Vistacool Caribia features the enriched color of PPG's popular aqua-green Caribia tint along with solar control performance. In a standard, one-inch insulating glass unit with a clear inboard lite, Vistacool Caribia produces a visible light transmittance (VLT) of 47 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.34. The result is a light to solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.38; the U.S. Department of Energy's LSG designation spectrally selective glass is 1.25 or greater.

Vistacool Caribia can be coupled with Sungate® 500 low-E glass or Solarban® 60 solar control low-E glass in a one-inch insulating glass unit. These combinations produce LSG ratios of 1.51 and 1.66, respectively, while still transmitting more than 40 percent of the available natural light.

Vistacool Solargray, which employs PPG's cool light-gray glass as a substrate, generates a VLT of 31 percent in a clear one-inch insulating glass unit. The insulating performance of this product can also be combined with Sungate 500 low-E Glass or Solarban 60 Solar Control low-E glass.

Monolithic Vistacool Caribia has VLT of 52 percent, but a reflectance of 19 percent. For Vistacool Solargray, the reflectance is just 11 percent, yet the glass has a VLT of 34 percent. Vistacool Caribia and Vistacool Solargray glasses are available through members of the PPG Certified Glass Fabricator Program™ (PPG/CFP) and from more than 100 glass fabricators throughout the United States and Canada. According to the company, the pyrolytic coatings on Vistacool glasses allows them to be easily laminated, tempered or heat-strengthened.

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