Volume 50, Issue 1 - January 2015

Distribution&Production

PPG, Pleotint Jointly Market Suntuitive, Solarban

PPG Industries and Pleotint LLC have renewed their agreement to jointly market a commercial window glass system that combines self-tinting Suntuitive glass by Pleotint with PPG’s Solarban low-E glass. The companies established the alliance in 2011.

“Pleotint and PPG have a proud heritage of innovation,” says Chad Simkins, vice president of Pleotint. “Over the past three years, we’ve made significant strides in demonstrating to architects the value of specifying a glass system that combines world-class low-E coatings with self-tinting dynamic glass to make buildings more comfortable and sustainable.”

“We are excited to continue our work with Pleotint on developing window systems that take full advantage of our complementary technologies,” adds Glenn Miner, PPG director of construction, flat glass. “We have been able to supply window glass systems for several significant projects, and I expect that trend to accelerate as architects, window manufacturers and building owners become more educated about their benefits.”


PPG Industries and Pleotint LLC have renewed their agreement to jointly market a commercial window glass system that combines self-tinting Suntuitive glass by Pleotint with Solarban low-E glass by PPG.


Envelop Receives Patent
for VIG Curtainwalls


Delafield, Wis.-based Envelop LLC was issued United States patent No. 8,910,453, titled “Vacuum Insulated Glass Units System.” According to a release from Envelop, glass curtainwall vacuum systems covered by the patent comprise “large structural vacuum insulated glass (VIG) units that are connected by tubing to each other and to a pumping station that establishes and maintains service vacuum pressures within a façade by removing the gas load from permeation and outgassing.”

“These types of façades can have area weighted average façade U-values as low as 0.23 W/m2K or 0.04 Btu/hr °F ft2 with a window-to-wall ratio of 100 percent, accompanied by very long service lives,” says Robert Jones, managing member of Envelop. “At these U-values, net-zero energy buildings with all glass façades become practical in climates with a high number of heating degree days. The technology stands out not just because of its high thermal, mechanical, and structural performance but also because of its feasibility."



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