Most innovative energy-efficient glass product

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