Renovation

Benefits of performance glass in renovation and restoration 

There are more than 4.9 million commercial buildings in the United States, which produce an annual utility bill of more than $155 billion—or one-third of all energy produced. Yet, among commercial buildings constructed between 1920 and 1999, less than 13 percent have had their original windows replaced with more energy-efficient, high-performance low-e glass.

PPG Glass for building renovation and restoration

PPG has been a trailblazer in the development of energy-saving architectural glasses. PPG high-performance passive and solar control low-e glasses are ideal for renovation because they deliver high visible light transmittance and exceptional solar control, which can significantly reduce the energy needed to heat, cool and light renovated buildings.

PPG offers an unparalleled array of renovation options for architectural glazing:

  • Solarban R100 glass is a neutral-reflective, low-e glass that provides significant improvements in solar performance compared to competing products in the same architectural glass category.
  • Solarban 72 glass is a highly transparent and color-neutral glass with minimal sacrifice of solar control performance.
  • Solarban 70XL glass is the industry’s highest-performing solar control low-e glass
  • Solarban 67 glass is a solar control low-e glass offering a crisp, clean and brilliantly clear exterior appearance that “pops.”
  • Solarban z75 glass is a neutral, steel blue-gray glass that offers superior daylighting and solar control.
  • Solarban z50 glass is a stylish tinted glass that performs up to 30 percent better than similarly tinted solar control low-e glasses
  • Solarban 60 glass is the industry’s original clear high-performance solar control low-e glass
  • Sungate 400 glass is designed specifically for use in heating-dominated climates to retain solar and furnace heat while providing an exceptionally clear aesthetic

All of these glasses can be combined with a wide range of tinted and reflective glasses from PPG to help you maintain the original color of your tinted windows or curtainwalls, while still reaping the benefits of a solar control glass.

View a performance comparison chart of all PPG’s glass products, or compare PPG glass products by aesthetics and performance using the PPG Glass eVIEW.  

New technologies maximize energy saving

The majority of buildings in need of renovation were built 20 to 40 years ago, when the use of single-pane monolithic glass was commonplace.  The energy-saving potential of today’s advanced architectural glazings can reach well into the millions of dollars.

For example, one recent study modeled the energy performance of two standard 8-story office buildings in three warm-weather cities. One prototype was glazed with Solarban 70XL® glass, a solar control low-e glass by PPG. The other was constructed with green-tinted, ¼-inch monolithic glass. Results showed the building glazed with Solarban 70XL glass cost almost $100,000 less per year to cool, resulting in an annual savings of approximately 15 percent. Over the course of a 20- to 40-year renovation cycle, savings could add up to millions of dollars. HVAC equipment requirements for the same building also were diminished by more than $500,000, a savings of at least 25 percent.

Along with the Solarban family of solar control low-e glasses, PPG offers Starphire® ultra-clear glass, Sungate 400 passive low-e glass, and two types of performance tinted glasses inspired by nature and the ocean. These products can be combined in countless configurations to deliver the energy-saving performance building owners demand and the appearance options they desire.  

RENOVATE window retrofit system using Solarban® solar control low-e glasses

The Solarban® family of solar control low-e glasses is part of a revolutionary window retrofitting system called RENOVATE by Berkowitz (RbB). Learn more.