Sustainability: Codes, Standards and Resources
For decades, Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) products have helped to meet customers’ demanding requirements and sustain a healthy global environment. The company introduced the first spectrally selective glass in 1934, and today remains a leading manufacturer of environmentally progressive architectural glass products that help boost a home’s energy efficiency and make it more environmentally friendly.
The Vitro glass commitment to sustainability involves actively pursuing company-wide initiatives that support regional sourcing, reducing the environmental impact of packaging, making products easier to recycle or dispose, encouraging the use of alternative energy, cutting overall greenhouse gas and volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and making environmentally progressive products.
Vitro glass is proud to be the first glass manufacturer in the U.S. to earn Cradle to Cradle™ Silver Certification for its entire collection of residential glass products. To learn more about the rigorous Cradle to Cradle Certification™ requirements, review the brochure titled: Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Vitro Architectural Glasses.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark of MBDC.
USGBC LEED Program
The United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program is a voluntary market-driven building rating system designed to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices. For more detailed information, visit the USGBC site. Vitro glass and PPG manufacture a variety of glass, paint and coating products that can help architects earn LEED certification credits for their projects.
There are many criteria that contribute to earning LEED credits, such as the LEED-defined distance of the source of sand used in creating float glass by Vitro Glass, the distance of the Vitro glass customer facility from the project and percentage of post-industrial recycling content used in the glass batch, among others. To learn more about how Vitro glass can help contribute to LEED certification credits, click here. or view our LEED Support Center. For more detailed information on LEED Credits & Certification, contact a LEED consultant for assistance.
Industry Associations and Contacts
AAMA - American Architectural Manufacturers Association focuses on structural performance specifications, product certification, labeling and component certification. Key documents include AAMA 101 Specification for fenestration and Industry Statistical Information.
GANA - Glass Association of North America is a unified voice on matters affecting the glass industry. Key documents include various educational pieces and general technical bulletins.
ASTM - American Society of Testing & Materials focuses on industry consensus developed specifications. Key documents include various specifications related to glass.
IGMA - Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance focuses on IGU technology and specifications.
NFRC - National Fenestration Rating Council focuses on performance rating standards, product certification and labeling. NFRC administers the glazing data base public library
WDMA - Window and Door Manufacturers Association & Canadian WDMA represents and supports all aspects of the window and door manufacturing industry.
Safety Glazing Standards & Organizations
American National Standards Institute ANSI Z97.1-2004e, American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings – Safety Performance Specifications Method of Test.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC 16 CFR 1201, Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials [Last amended: 49 FR 7107, Feb. 27, 1984].
Safety Glazing Certification Council Manages a certification program for compliance to the above two standards and publishes a Certified Products Directory.
Additional Web Links
These web links offer substantial information in the area of building codes and industry associations related to fenestration products:
Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
BCAP, a joint initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Natural Resources Defense Council are structured to quickly deliver assistance at the state or local government level where construction regulation exists. BCAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC)
EWC provides information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work and recommendations for their selection and use. The EWC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Windows and Glazings Program and by the participation of fenestration industry members.