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Solarban 90 Starphire glass from Vitro Architectural Glass

The Right Glazing Supports New Dallas Icon

To best showcase the exterior ceramic framing on the adaptive reuse of a 1950s bank building into a five-story mixed-use building in downtown Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative selected Solarban 90 Starphire glass from Vitro Architectural Glass.With Solarban’s high performance solar control and Starphire’s industry-leading clarity, the product delivered the energy efficiencies and aesthetics the unique project was seeking.“Numerous options were considered and after reviewing them all in combination with the artistic tile on the building. Solarban 90 Starphire glass was selected because of its clarity, reflection and lack of color,” says Josh Allen, partner, 5G

BIPV modules atop a walkway for the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building in Utah

BIPV in High-Performance Glazing

With a dual function as a balcony, balustrade, glazing or a skylight, Solarvolt BIPV modules from Vitro Architectural Glass come in a variety of configurations, including multiple solar cell arrangements and three unique photovoltaic crystalline silicone types for various effects on aesthetics and performance. Compatible with almost all of Vitro’s glass products, the solar panels with solar cells are arranged between two glass lites with glass-film techniques. The modules come in sizes up to 98 in. × 146 in. and in thicknesses of up to two 12-mm lites.Views of the BIPV modules atop a walkway for the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building in Utah. 


Energy-Efficient, Bird-Safe Glass Installed at National Aviary’s New Garden Room

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently completed the installation of glass windows and doors at The Garden Room, a new glass-enclosed venue for weddings, special events and educational programs that also will serve as a showcase for energy-efficient, bird-safe glass. “The National Aviary works hard to provide the best possible care for the birds through field conservation programs and education,” said Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary. “As we made plans for The Garden Room, it was important to us to practice these principles by selecting materials that would help keep the wild birds in our neighboring park safe.”


Floor-to-Ceiling Inspiration in Seattle

Located in Seattle’s thriving and diverse South Lake Union neighborhood, 9th and Thomas provides a welcoming presence for the growing population of downtown Seattle and serves as a model for sustainable building design.The 12-story, 230,000-sq.-ft. office-retail complex, certified as LEED Gold, features an ultra-low-energy HVAC design, chilled beams that heat and cool with minimal airflow, a heat-recovery chiller that “pumps” heat from hot to cold spaces, and a dedicated outdoor air system that provides increased fresh air ventilation to all spaces. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building also includes 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible, interconnected retail sp

Kinects Tower, Seattle

Glazing in Seattle

Featuring three outward-flaring sides and expansive windows glazed with Vitro’s Solarban 60, Bumgardner Architects-designed Kinects Tower is a residential skyscraper in Seattle. Large expanses of low-E glazing feature spandrels with ICD High Performance Coatings’ Starbright Silver Opaci-Coat-300 coatings.


High-Performance Glazing for Chicago Condo

At the new, 25-story, luxury 3Eleven high-rise in downtown Chicago, Vitro’s Solarban 60 has contributed LEED credits toward energy optimization. The glass blocks 62% of total solar energy while allowing 70% of visible light to pass through, which is considered an ideal mix of energy savings and visibility. FitzGerald Architects specified the glazing for the tower’s floor-to-ceiling vision glass. Meanwhile, laminated Solarban 60 Optigray glass, which is a light-bodied gray tint, was used on lower floors for noise insulation andto provide visual privacy from the train tracks that run next to the building.

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore's Jeweled Dome

Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects, is a spectacular multi-faceted glass dome covering 1.7 million sq. ft. of terraced gardens, retail and restaurant space, lodging, terminal operations with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and a suspended glass-bottomed bridge. Incorporating more than 550,000 sq. ft. of Vitro’s Solarban 70 glass, the glazing not only lights up the terminal, but supports the indoor plant life, and offers good acoustics at one of the world’s busiest airports. More than 9,000 triangles of the double-glazed glass were fabricated, with no more than two units shaped in the same way. A 16-mm air space between the two panels