PPG Joins Green Building Councils in Five Latin American Countries

Glass Magazine
October 21, 2014
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : FLOAT GLASS NEWS

PPG Industries’ flat glass business announced that it has joined green building councils in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. All five councils are members of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.

Cristina Gamboa, chief executive officer of Colombia’s Green Building Council and chair of the WorldGBC’s Americas Network, said PPG is a welcome addition to each organization. “We are grateful for PPG’s support of our work, which promotes sustainability in the building environment,” she explained. “PPG has a long track record of commitment to fostering green building, and their best practices are an inspiration to the network of councils that partner with us under the World Green Building Council’s Americas Network.”

Deron Patterson, PPG international sales manager, flat glass, said PPG glass plays a vital role in reducing global carbon emissions, particularly through the Solarban line of low-emissivity glasses, which help buildings cut energy use by reducing demand for air conditioning and artificial lighting. “PPG’s membership in these influential organizations will expand our opportunities to participate in the global sustainable-building movement and to help architects maximize the performance benefits of PPG’s energy-efficient glass technologies,” he explained. “We are eager to become active in the important work of these councils and to enhance the implementation of green building practices throughout Latin America and around the world.”

PPG has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council for 10 years and is now the first glass manufacturer to join the Green Building Council of Peru. In 2008, PPG became the first U.S. float glass manufacturer to have its products recognized by the Cradle to Cradle Certified (C2C) Program, and today the company offers more C2C-certified architectural glasses than does any other float glass manufacturer, according to PPG officials.