Vitro Architectural Glass Publishes
EPDs for Flat and Processed Glass
itro Architectural Glass has
product-speciﬁc Type III Envi-
ronmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
for its ﬂat glass and processed glass
products. According to the company, it
is the ﬁrst architectural glass manufac-
turer in North America to do so.
“EPDs continue to grow in value as
green building certiﬁcation programs
and sustainable design become more
mainstream,” says Paul W. Bush,Vitro’s
director of technical services.“Today’s
architects demand greater transpar- Vitro Architectural Glass has published EPDs for its ﬂat glass and processed
glass products, which have been used on a wide range of projects, such as the
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a solar technology company de-
veloping energy-generating windows,
as part of the department’s SunShot
In July, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based
Next Energy Technologies was selected
to receive the grant, which it will match
for a project budget of $5 million.
According to the DOE, the SunShot
program is a national effort aimed “to
make solar energy a low-cost electric-
ity source for all Americans through
research and development efforts in
collaboration with public and private
DOE) awarded $2.5 million to
Next’s technology has yet to be imple-
mented commercially. The company
hopes the DOE’s support will help
make that a reality.
The company’s coating technology
is the same type of dye coating tradi-
tionally used for photography ﬁlm. It
is applied on the No. 2 surface using
specialized coating heads integrated
in a fabrication line—after the glass is
cut, tempered and washed and before
it is encapsulated in the insulating
glass unit process.
CEO Daniel Emmett says Next has “a
joint development and license agree-
Next CTO Corey Hoven holds an ment in place for commercialization
Next, a startup company founded by 8-by-8-inch functional prototype.
a team of scientists and engineers, is
with a U.S. glass fabricator,” though he
could not specify the company. He ex-
developing energy-harvesting coatings color, as well as its cost-savings produc- pects “full-scale commercialization to
to be integrated into commercial win- tion methods, set it apart from other begin in mid-2020, and market prep
dows. The company claims its product’s building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) with alpha and beta installations in the
aesthetics, due to transparency and offerings currently on the market.
year or two preceding.”
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | September 2017