PPG, Walker Glass jointly create bird-safe glass with low-emissivity coating

PPG, Walker Glass jointly create bird-safe glass with low-emissivity coating

6:56 AM, 19th May 2015
PPG, Walker Glass jointly create bird-safe glass with low-emissivity coating
The combined proprietary technologies have created AviProtek with SolarbanĀ® glass, an advanced architectural glass. Visual markers on the exterior surface of AviProtek with Solarban glass create contrasting patterns that are easier for birds to see while in flight.

PITTSBURGH, US: PPG Industries Inc said it has partnered with Walker Glass Co Ltd and combined proprietary technologies to create AviProtek with Solarban® glass, an advanced architectural glass that unites bird-friendly, acid-etched patterns by Walker textures™ glass with high-performance solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) coatings by PPG.

“By teaming with Walker Glass, we are able to leverage the expertise of both companies to meet emerging demand for an attractive bird-safe glass that is energy-efficient and transmits high levels of daylight,” said Glenn Miner, director of construction, flat glass, PPG.

AviProtek patterns on the first (exterior) surface of windows and architectural glass are proven to reduce bird injury by providing contrasting patterns that birds can see while in flight.

“Studies show that birds collide with glass because its transparency, reflectivity or darkness can create the illusion of safe passage or access to water, plants or perching locations,” said Marc Deschamps, business development manager, Walker Glass. “Our bird-safe glass helps eliminate such illusions by creating detectible visual patterns, developed by bird-safety researchers, which signal a barrier is present,” he added.

AviProtek with Solarban glass gives architects, designers, specifiers and building owners the ability to comply with bird-safe building codes and to earn LEED® certification credits for both bird-friendly building design and environmental performance.

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