PPG Introduces Solarban® 70XL Glass to Residential Market

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 window and door manufacturers.

In a standard ¾-inch clear insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL glass provides a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 and Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of 64%. This exceptional combination of performance characteristics allows homeowners to reap the benefits of abundant sunlight and the energy saving performance of high-performance solar control low-e glasses.

With windows fabricated from Solarban 70XL glass, the amount of summer heat that enters the home is greatly reduced. 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.

Solarban 70XL glass also keeps homes warmer in the winter with a U-Value (insulating value) of 0.24, which is almost 47 percent better than standard clear insulating glass. That means less work for the furnace and lower energy bills in the winter, as well as less condensation and window frost.

In addition to these significant energy savings, Solarban 70XL glass also decreases the amount of fabric- and carpet-fading ultraviolet (UV) light that is transmitted into the home. In fact, testing shows that windows made with Solarban 70XL glass block UV energy 90 percent more effectively than windows made with a standard clear insulating glass unit.

While Solarban 70XL glass is new to residential window and door manufacturers, the product is already a proven success in the commercial construction market since its first shipment during the summer of 2005. Testing has shown that buildings glazed with Solarban 70XL glass can, depending on their size, window type and geographic location, reduce initial investment in HVAC equipment by as much as 26 percent compared to other leading solar control low-e glasses. This reduced energy usage yields additional benefits once the building is occupied with on-going energy savings of 3 to 5 percent annually.

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