Most innovative energy-efficient glass product

Solarban 70XL insulating glass unit, JE Berkowitz LP
September 25, 2009

JE Berkowitz Solarban 70XL insulating glass units in The Sandler Center for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach

Fabricator JE Berkowitz’s Solarban 70XL IG unit is an energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable option for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, says Rebecca Ingram, marketing coordinator for the Pedricktown, N.J., company.

From PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, Solarban 70XL is a microscopically thin, magnetic sputter vacuum deposition, or MSVD, coating that provides a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27, visible light transmittance of 64 percent and a light to solar gain ratio of 2.37 when paired with clear glass.  A popular choice among building owners and architects, the Solarban 70XL coating has the potential to reduce energy costs by 5 percent , according to JEB officials, allowing architects to consider smaller HVAC systems.

“This coating, without a doubt, outperforms other similar products,” says Robert Price, director of sales for JEB.

“We have used this product with many of our insulating and heat-treated projects with a great deal of success,” adds Arthur Berkowitz, president. “The use of Solarban 70XL gives us a leading edge.”

Its capabilities in energy efficiency—in both U-value and SHGC—along with its high visible light transmission, make it a top-performing product on the market today, Ingram says.
PPG’s Solarban 70XL can be seen on a number of recently constructed, high-profile JEB projects, including: the Bank of America headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.; 1225 Connecticut Ave. in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Hudson Exchange in Jersey City; the GE building in Albany, N.Y.; and The Sandler Center for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.