• The Evolution of Energy Codes

    The Evolution of Energy Codes

    Energy codes establish the minimum efficiency requirements for new and renovated buildings. But how are these codes developed? And why are they becoming more stringent?

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  • Trends in Commercial Energy Codes

    Trends in Commercial Energy Codes

    Architects and designers are increasingly urged to consider the energy footprint a building leaves behind for both environmental and financial reasons.

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  • Finding the Right Glass to Eliminate the Green

    Finding the Right Glass to Eliminate the Green

    When specifying glass to achieve a desired aesthetic, design professionals know that clear glass isn’t completely clear—it has a distinct green hue when under light.

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  • What Contractors Want

    What Contractors Want

    What do general contractors want most from their glazing contractors? How do they view the importance of glass manufacturer certification programs?

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The Evolution of Energy Codes

 

The Codes that Guide the Evolution of Design

Energy codes establish the minimum efficiency requirements for both new and renovated buildings. Created and regulated by multiple governing bodies, codes are a primary driver in building design and specifications. These requirements influence everything from the way a building is heated to, of course, the architectural glass that is selected. But how are glass and glazing codes developed? What are some current trends that are increasing stringency of these codes? And most important, what can you do to meet or even exceed them?

Three Trends in Commercial Energy Codes

 

The Ever-Shifting Code

Despite being immovable, buildings must be incredibly versatile because the standards that influence their design are ever-changing. Continually, architects and designers are urged to consider the energy footprint a building leaves behind for both environmental and financial reasons.

Together, We See Further

 

The Same Reputation. A New Identity.

Two years ago, Vitro acquired PPG Flat Glass. Today, as one of the world’s largest global glass producers, the key to our success lies in the strength of our partnerships.

Jumbo Glass: Bigger is Just the Beginning

 

Building design is constantly changing. Today, strict energy codes and ambitious designs are urging architects to evolve their designs, and manufacturers must provide solutions for these emerging challenges. 

Why We're Giving a Pittsburgh Treasure New Wings

 

Great design is frequently inspired by nature, which is why Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is dedicated to its preservation.

The FYI on EPDs: Why Environmental Product Declarations Matter

 

Within the past decade, green building certification programs and sustainable design practices have become decidedly mainstream. Today’s architects and their clients demand not only greater transparency but also easily accessible resources to help them design more sustainable buildings and meet sustainable design benchmarks such as those outlined by the LEED® v4 rating system.

Green Id(EA)s: Earning LEED® Credits Through Glass Selections

 

Established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998, the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a premier benchmark for sustainable design.

How Vitro Architectural Glass & Walker Glass Are Saving Birds’ Lives

 

Each year, more than 600 million birds die in the United States due to collisions with glass. Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) and alliance partner, Walker Glass, are doing something about it. Enter: AviProtek® bird-friendly glass.