Design Tool

         Vitro® Architectural Glass, formerly PPG Glass, announced that it has launched VitroSphere™ Digital Glass Simulator, a new virtual tool for visualizing architectural glass, at  Developed for architects, this tool allows users to explore, visualize, and compare Vitro’s Solarban® solar control low-e glass products across a range of building types.  VitroSphere Digital Glass Simulator enables customers to accurately visualize Solarban glass products’ color, transparency, and reflectance on different types of buildings at various times of day and from both the interior and exterior of the building.

         VitroSphere Digital Glass Simulator presents renderings of five building façades, from convention centers to offices, hospitals, and universities.  The tool also allows users to explore what their façade selections may look like with both sunny and overcast weather conditions, which can have a major impact  on how a façade is viewed.  VitroSphere Digital Glass Simulator also connects users to relevant product data, literature, and other Vitro glass design tools on to help guide product selections and start conversations about which Solarbanc glass product will be the best fit for a given project.

         The Solarban solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass family of products has been foundational to Vitro Architectural Glass for decades.  Low-e glasses were developed to minimize the ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light transmitted.  A microscopically thin, transparent coating allows low-e glass to reflect exterior heat in warm temperatures and hold in heat during cold temperatures, making buildings light, bright, and energy efficient.

         Vitro Architectural Glass offers more than ten variations of Solarban glass.  In 2021, Vitro introduced Solarban R77 glass, which offers a crisp, silver-blue transmitted color on the building exterior and provides clear exterior views and soft, natural, neutral daylighting on the interior.  Solarban glasses can be used with Vitro’s low-iron glass substrates, Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, and Acuity™ glass, to optimize clarity and minimize green color hues.

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