TIMELESS INSPIRATION SINCE 1964

PPG set the standard for exciting exteriors, bright yet comfortable interiors and a whole new level of energy efficiency when they introduced the innovative, high-performance reflective coated glass that became the Solarban® family of glasses. Now, 50 years later, Solarban glass is still the most advanced low-e glass product available, enabling architects to realize in glass even their most imaginative visions.

INNOVATING ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION FOR 50 YEARS

Nothing better reflects the enduring ability of Solarban glass to realize your vision than the glass itself. See for yourself how Solarban glass has enabled architects to use more and larger expanses of glass, providing the freedom to design for maximum impact and daylighting, without sacrificing thermal efficiency.

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1960s
THE INTRODUCTION OF SOLARBAN ® GLASS

In 1963, PPG adapted the wet chemical deposition coating process, which had been primarily used to make mirror glass, to produce PPG LHR (Light-Heat-Reflective) glass, the world’s first energy efficient coated architectural glass. One year later, PPG perfected the wet chemical deposition process to create Solarban Twindow® glass, launching the historic Solarban brand name.

The double-pane configuration of Twindow glass, together with the reflective Solarban coating, revolutionized solar control performance – producing a 0.25 solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) that marked major progress compared to the 0.62 SHGC of tinted Solex® glass. In addition, the mirror-like coating of Solarban glass cut visible light transmittance (VLT), a critical measure of transparency, from 77 percent to 20 percent.

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COLONNADE MIAMI
1967
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LIVING WITH THE SUN
1960
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LIVING WITH THE SUN
1960
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SOLARBAN
TWINDOW
1960
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SOLARBAN
480 TWINDOW
1960
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LIVING WITH THE SUN
1960
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SOLARBAN
TWINDOW
1960
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LIVING WITH THE SUN
1960
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ALL-AMERICAN HOMES
1970
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ALL-AMERICAN HOMES
1970
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SOLARBAN
480 TWINDOW
1973
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ONE UNITED
NATIONS PLAZA
1975
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SOLARBAN
480 TWINDOW
1972
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ALL-AMERICAN HOMES
1970
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SOLARBAN
575 TWINDOW
1971
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ALL-AMERICAN HOMES
1970
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1980s
THE DAWN OF LOW-E GLASS

In 1983, PPG successfully combined transparency and solar control when it deployed the magnetron-sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) process to create its first low-emissivity (low-e) glass. Coated with a single layer of heat-reflecting, light-transmitting silver, the original low-e glass did more than offer a more desirable balance between VLT (73 percent) and SHGC (0.51); it also ushered in a new technology platform that has since become the basis for many of today’s most advanced solar control, low-e coatings.

In 1989, PPG further refined MSVD coating technology and launched Solarban® 60 glass, a double-silver-coated, solar control, low-e glass, which dropped the SHGC of low-e glass from 0.51 to 0.39, while maintaining visible light transmittance of 70 percent.

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CITIGROUP CENTER
1988
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US BANK PLAZA
1981
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PPG PLACE
1984
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M & I BANK
1981
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PROVIDENCE TOWERS
1987
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HOME STYLES FOR THE EIGHTIES
1980
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HOME STYLES FOR THE EIGHTIES
1980
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GULF CANADA SQUARE
1980
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A DECADE OF PROGRESS

In 2005, PPG introduced triple-silver coated Solarban® 70XL glass. With visible light transmittance of 64 percent and a SHGC of 0.27, Solarban 70XL glass had an unprecedented light to solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37 that approached the theoretical performance limits for low-e coatings and set a new standard for environmental leadership.

Since then, PPG has continued to build on its technical leadership, launching a variety of new products to meet the diverse aesthetic and performance needs of architects and building owners. They include:

2007: Solarban z50 glass: a double-silver MSVD-coated glass on Optiblue® tinted glass

2010: Solarban R100 glass: an enhanced double-silver MSVD-coated neutral reflective glass

2012: Solarban 72 glass: a high performing triple-silver MSVD-coated glass on ultra-clear glass

2013: Solarban 67 glass: an enhanced double-silver MSVD coated glass

2014: Solarban z75 glass: a high performing triple-silver MSVD-coated glass on Optiblue glass

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QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
2013
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SALT LAKE CITY
PUBLIC LIBRARY
2003
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GEORGIA GWINNETT
COLLEGE LIBRARY
2006
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THE OMNI NASHVILLE
HOTEL
2013
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CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
2010
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PALOMAR MEDICAL
CENTER
2012
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DURHAM TRANSPORTATION CENTER
2008
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CITY CENTER PLAZA
2008
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HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT GLAZING

The chart below highlights the significant advances in energy-efficient glass pioneered by PPG, beginning in the 1930s with the introduction of Solex® (now Solexia®) glass, the industry’s first “environmental” glass.

MEET THE SOLARBAN  FAMILY OF SOLAR CONTROL, LOW-E GLASSES

PPG continues to lead the way by developing an ever-increasing line of advanced, low-e Solarban glass products that enable architects to realize in glass even their most imaginative visions.

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SOLARBAN  70XL GLASS
A technological breakthrough in solar control, low-e glasses, Solarban 70XL glass can help you strike the right balance between aesthetics and performance. The world’s first triple-silver, magnetron sputter vacuum deposition (MSVD) coating, Solarban 70XL glass enables you to incorporate vast expanses of transparent glass into your designs without a corresponding increase in cooling equipment capacity.
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SOLARBAN  72 GLASS
Formulated with a triple-silver coating that is engineered for use on Starphire® ultra-clear glass by PPG, the clearest float glass in the world, Solarban 72 Starphire glass eliminates the color normally associated with clear glass, providing the ultimate combination of solar performance and transparency.
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SOLARBAN  60 GLASS
The most widely specified of the current line-up of PPG solar control, low-e glasses, Solarban 60 glass is an MSVD coating with a double layer of silver. Solarban 60 glass can help provide occupant comfort combined with HVAC cost savings. It features a clear, color-neutral appearance that can be combined in an IGU with clear glass—or an outboard lite of PPG tinted or reflective glass—to give architects an almost limitless selection of aesthetic and environmental performance options.
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SOLARBAN  67 GLASS
Solarban 67 glass is the newest addition to the Solarban family of products and represents a completely new vision in transparent solar control, low-e glasses. Featuing a soft, neutral coating, Solarban 67 glass provides a brilliantly clear appearance along with excellent solar control performance. Engineered with a proprietary enhanced double-silver MSVD coating developed by PPG, Solarban 67 glass accurately transmits and reflects tone and brightness of ambient light and color. The crispness and clarity of Solarban 67 glass is further enhanced by a unique crispness or pop without the mirror-like effect of reflective glasses.
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NEW SOLARBAN  z75 and SOLARBAN  z50 GLASSES
With their steel-blue/grey appearance and high levels of visible light transmittance, Solarban z75 and Solarban z50 low-e glasses share a similar aesthetic, but each provides a different level of solar control performance, enabling architects to specify the optimal choice for local climate and building code demands. Designed with a cool aesthetic, Solarban z75 and Solarban z50 glass excels at controlling glare while offering superior daylighting and solar control properties to support sustainable design.
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SOLARBAN  R100 GLASS
Solarban R100 glass is a neutral-reflective, low-e glass that pioneered significant improvements in solar performance over products in the same architectural glass category. Because Solarban R100 glass uniquely balances reflectivity and color-neutrality, it can function both as a privacy glass and as a material that harmonizes with spandrels and other building materials.

VISIONS REALIZED IN SOLARBAN  GLASS

See a regional sampling of building projects across North America constructed using PPG’s family of Solarban glasses. Or visit our Inspiration Gallery and be motivated by the timeless beauty and innovation of our Solarban glass project gallery. Their beauty reflects the enduring ability of Solarban glass to realize your vision—then, now and in the future.