Sustainability, Cradle to CradleCM Certification and LEED®

Making buildings beautiful while preserving the environment

Sustainable architecture has forever altered the way buildings are specified, designed and constructed. Through PPG IdeaScapes, we offer the sustainable building products, resources and expertise you need to develop dynamic new and retrofit projects that save energy, reduce waste and harmonize with the environment without sacrificing beauty or durability. In fact, PPG was the first manufacturer to achieve Cradle to CradleCM Certification at the Silver Level for its entire collection of architectural glasses.

Whether you’re designing a brand new structure or renovating an existing facility on which you need to refurbish exterior metal, replace legacy glass or re-skin the facade, PPG has the sustainable building products and design support staff to help you get the job done.

PPG Architectural Glasses Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM

In 2008, PPG became the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver Level. Today, even as the standards become increasingly rigorous, PPG offers more C2C-certified architectural glasses than any other float glass manufacturer.

Developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard evaluates products and their manufacturers based on achievement in five categories:

  • Material health—Products ingredients are inventoried throughout the supply chain and evaluated for impacts to human and ecological health.
  • Material reutilization—Products are designed either to biodegrade safely as a biological nutrient or to be recycled into new products as a technical nutrient.
  • Renewable energy and carbon management—The criteria at each level build toward the expectation of carbon neutrality and powering all operations with 100 percent renewable energy.
  • Water stewardship—Processes are designed to regard water as a precious resource for all living things and, at each level, progress is made toward the expectation of all effluent being clean enough to drink.
  • Social fairness—Company operations are designed to celebrate all people and natural systems and progress is made toward having a wholly beneficial impact on the planet.

PPG’s dedication to achieving C2C Certification at the Silver Level for its architectural glass products signifies our commitment to environmental stewardship and to developing and enhancing products that promote sustainable building.

Click here to view the complete list of Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver architectural glass products available from PPG. You may also request a sample of any glass product by clicking here or by calling 1.888.774.4332 for more information.

Benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certification

Green building practices continue to mature and architects are seeking new ways to make buildings integral to healthy ecosystems. One way to achieve those objectives is through the use of products that are Cradle to Cradle Certified, such as PPG architectural glasses.

Using Cradle to Cradle Certified products also can benefit architects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for building projects. According to the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), building products can earn LEED credits for Material and Resources in LEED v4 by using at least 20 Cradle to Cradle Certified products or if Cradle to Cradle Certified products represent at least 25 percent, by cost, of a finished project's permanently installed building products.

To learn more about how PPG achieved Cradle to Cradle Certification, review our brochure.

PPG Glass: Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient

For decades, PPG has been committed to making products that meet our customers' demanding performance requirements and help to sustain a healthy global environment. Since introducing the first spectrally selective glass in 1934, PPG has been a leading manufacturer of environmentally progressive architectural glass products that help boost a building’s energy efficiency and minimize its carbon footprint. In fact, PPG operates more oxy fuel-fired (energy-efficient) float lines than any other glassmaker in North America.

Advanced architectural glasses, including Solarban® solar control low-e glasses and spectrally selective tinted glasses, contribute to sustainable building by transmitting high levels of daylight and blocking solar heat to minimize reliance on major energy consumers, such as artificial lighting and air-conditioning.

In a study using the country’s most sophisticated energy modeling software, Solarban solar control low-e glasses were shown to reduce initial HVAC equipment costs and annual energy costs in a prototypical 8-story, window-walled office building by up to 13 percent when specified instead of less sophisticated glazing products, such as dual-pane tinted glass.

The same study showed that, depending on a building’s location, annual energy-related carbon emissions were reduced by up to 300 tons, enough to equal the yearly output of more than 50 passenger vehicles.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Architectural Glass Products

Solarban® Solar Control Low-E Glasses

Solarban® z50 Glass
Solarban® z75 Glass
Solarban® 70XL Glass
Solarban® 72 Glass
Solarban® 67 Glass
Solarban® 60 Glass
Solarban® R100 Glass

Sungate® Passive Low-E Glass

Sungate® 400 Glass

Starphire Ultra-Clear (Low-Iron) Glasses

Starphire® Glass

Performance Tinted Glasses - Blues & Greens

Azuria® Glass
Atlantica® Glass
Pacifica® Glass
Solexia® Glass
Solarblue® Glass 

Performance Tinted Glasses - Grays & Bronzes

Graylite® II Glass
Solarbronze® Glass 
Solargray® Glass

Vistacool® Subtly-Reflective, Color-Enriched Glasses

Vistacool® Azuria® Glass
Vistacool® Solargray® Glass

Clarvista® Shower Glass

Clarvista® Glass

Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. For more information, please read about our certification.

LEED Support Center

While the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) doesn’t certify individual building products, it does recognize that the selection of such products can play a vital role in making a building LEED-compliant.

At PPG, we’re committed to helping you build green and earn LEED certification for your projects. Below are some resources that can assist you in the explanation and documentation of PPG glass, metal coatings and paints products when pursuing a LEED project.

LEED Certification

Why Cullet May Not be Recycled Content—This document provides an explanation of the definitions and requirements of the referenced standards for the recycled content of glass when pursuing LEED or other building rating certification.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Architectural Glass Products—PPG is the first U.S. float glass manufacturer to have its products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified program and offers more C2C-certified architectural glasses than any other float glass manufacturer.