Volume 34, Number 11,  November 1999



Thanks—for the Future
by Debra Levy

So much happened at the interGLASSmetal/Fenestration world ’99 (iGm) in Atlanta earlier this month that it would be impossible to fit it all in this limited space, so you’ll see more coverage in our next issue. But I did want to alert you to the new energy-efficient products that both Pilkington LOF and PPG Industries introduced at iGm. It was gratifying to see the introduction of new products designed as value-added products with high levels of energy-efficiency.
Pilkington LOF unveiled a new Low-E glass called Solar E™ solar control Low-E glass. It is a clear Low-E glass that combines favorable solar control properties and thermal characteristics in a color-neutral, durable pyrolytic Low-E glass. It is designed to be used in
cooling-dominant climates.
“I think we did a pretty good job of creating the glass that our research said you wanted: a pyrolytic surface solar control Low-E glass that was color neutral,” said Paul Gore, residential products manager. Gore also said Solar-E meets both Southern Energy Code and Energy Star requirements and is resistant to handling and processing scratches. Since it is a pyrolytic, it does not require edge deletion and has an unlimited shelf life.
“Our tests showed no visible difference between the annealed and tempered product” said John Mulvanerty, president of Oldcastle’s Atlantic Glass Group (OAGG). OAGG tested some samples of Solar-E. “I can tell you from our own hands-on experience that Solar-E really does live up to its billing from a process standpoint.”
Not to be outdone, PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, made several announcements of its own. According to Richard Leggett, vice president for flat glass, the company will resume production of its popular Starphire glass in January 2000. It will be made at PPG’s Carlisle, PA, plant and will be supplied in thicknesses ranging from 2.5 to 12 millimeters.
PPG is also resurrecting the Solarban™ name and will use it on a new generation of solar control Low-E glass. Sungate™ 1000 will be renamed Solarban 60 and a new glass, Solarban 55, will be introduced. It will differ in appearance and performance from the old Solarban as it is less reflective, has a more neutral color and a higher level of visible light transmittance. “It is really the first high performance glass designed by homeowners,” said Leggett. It, too, meets Energy Star requirements.
PPG also announced the inauguration of two certification programs–one for Intercept™ insulating glass and window manufacturers and the other for glass fabricators. The fee-based Intercept program will provide on-site review and evaluation of a licensee’s Intercept manufacturing function. Certification will require that manufacturers test their units against certain performance criteria.
The fabrication certification program will provide some education and training to fabricators, but will also offer a PPG seal of approval. “Building owners and fabricators who specify glass from PPG-certified fabricators will know that the quality of the products they receive will be consistent and reliable,” said Leggett.
These new products can go a long way in moving glass from a commodity-based model toward a value-added model–a move for which the entire industry should be thankful.
And speaking of thanks, I’d like to extend a “Happy Thanksgiving” from all of us here at USGlass and Key Communications Inc. We are very thankful for all of you. Thank you.    -Deb


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