Glass-clad Center for Sustainable Landscapes Earns Four-star SITES Program Rating

Glass Magazine
April 25, 2014

The window-lined and glass-clad Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh recently became the first project to earn a four-star rating through The Sustainable Sites Initiative program. The building was constructed using Solarban 60, Sungate 500 and Starphire ultra-clear glass from PPG Industries

Architect Chris Minnerly, principal of The Design Alliance Architects, specified PPG glass as an integral part of the project’s zero-energy design, due to their ability to control solar heat gain and maximize daylighting, PPG reports. 

The 24,000-square-foot center, which is LEED Platinum certified and seeking to become one of the world’s first certified “living buildings,” was designed with lines of windows to allow natural light to penetrate into the deepest parts of the building, fostering plant growth and reducing reliance on artificial lighting. 

Other glass-related performance features include light shelves, Brise-soleil screens, louvers and window overhangs to minimize summer cooling loads. Translucent window shades block heat gain in the summer and cut winter and nighttime heat loss.

Read more about the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and human-centered design