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Insulation Options

  1. Super Spacer Seal
  2. Low E
  3. Argon Gas
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Insulation Options

Super Spacer Seal

Super Spacer™ insulating foam is standard on all McLeod Windows. The advanced, thermoset spacer technology and dual-seal design make it the very best insulating material in the industry. Many window manufacturers opt for metal spacers, sacrificing efficiency and performance. When it is cold outside, metal spacers can drain the heat from your home. With Super Spacer insulating foam, your glass will feel warmer, even at the edges.

Super Spacer’s no-metal formula blocks the heat escape path and provides one of the best thermal performances in the industry.

Super Spacer insulation:

  1. Assures improved energy savings
  2. Lowers thermal conductivity
  3. Maintains comfortable winter humidity levels, alleviating your worries about condensation and mould

Super Spacer is a registered trademark of Edgetech I.G. Inc.

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  1. Thermoset structural silicone foam containing no metal
  2. Pre-applied, advanced, multi-layer vapour barrier
  3. Pre-applied adhesive for glass bonding
  4. Secondary sealant

Low E

Smart in all seasons.
Low emissivity, or “Low-E,” glass, when combined with argon gas, improves window insulation by as much as 60%. During the winter, Low-E glass deflects heat back inside your home. In the summer, it reduces the amount of both direct and re-radiated heat that enters your home.

Argon Gas

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Argon gas dramatically increases window insulation. Denser than air, it is a safe, colourless and odourless gas that acts as a thermal insulator. Our units do not rely on complicated argon injection equipment that has to be calibrated daily. Our units are sealed in an argon-filled chamber, ensuring maximum fill.

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Glass Options



Solarban® 60 Solar Control Low-E Glass Reliability

Solarban® 60 Solar Control Low-E Glass by PPG was engineered to control solar heat gain, which is essential to minimizing cooling costs. In a standard one-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 60 glass offers an exterior appearance similar to clear, uncoated glass.

With an excellent Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.38, Solarban 60 glass blocks 62% of the total solar energy while allowing 70% of the visible light to pass through. This produces an exceptional Light to Solar Gain (LSG) ratio of 1.85, along with excellent insulation performance, as evidenced by its 0.29 winter nighttime U-Value.

Aesthetics Options

In addition to functioning as a clear glass, Solarban 60 glass can also be combined in insulating glass units with an outboard lite of PPG tinted or reflective tinted glass to increase aesthetic and performance options (see performance data on back).

Sustainable Design and Architectural Glass

Sustainable design, green building, safeguarding the environment and the long-term management of energy costs are vital considerations for contemporary building designers. Like other high-performance architectural glasses from PPG, Solarban 60 glass gives architects and building owners a tool to reach their design objectives.

In addition to making products that support sustainable design, PPG also is a pioneer in developing innovative technologies that reduce energy consumption during the glass-making process. PPG promotes environmentally responsible manufacturing by recovering and reusing virtually all of its glass manufacturing byproducts and by shipping its materials on reusable steel racks.

PPG also promotes regional sourcing through its nationwide network of certified glass fabricators and laminators.

With Solarban 60 glass, sustainable design and LEED credit opportunities are provided according to the following criteria:

Category LEED Feature Benefit
Energy & Atmosphere
Energy Performance
Credit 1
1-2 points
SHGC: 0.38
U-Value: 0.29
Excellent year-round solar control
Interior & Environmental Quality
Daylight & Views
Credit 8
1-2 points
VLT: 70%
LSG: 1.85
Glare control along with abundant visible light

Fabrication and Availability

Solarban 60 glass can be heat-strengthened, tempered and laminated and is readily available as a standard product. Like other high-performance PPG architectural glasses, Solarban 60 glass is available through the more than 50 locations of the PPG Certified Fabricator, PPG Certified Commercial Window Fabricator and PPG Certified Laminator Networks. All PPG Certified Partners are equipped to meet tight construction deadlines and can accelerate the delivery of replacement glass during and after construction.

Additional Resources

Solarban 60 glass is just one of the EcoLogical Building Solutions™ from PPG. For more information, or to obtain samples of Solarban 60 glass, call 1-888-PPG-IDEA, or visit www.ppgideascapes.com.

PPG IdeaScapes.™ Integrated products, people and services to inspire your design and color vision.
Solarban® 60 Glass Performance chart

† Data based on using Starphire glass for both interior and exterior lites.

All performance data calculated using LBNL Window 5.2 software, except European U-Value, which is calculated using WinDat version 3.0.1 software. For detailed information on the methodologies used to calculate the aesthetic and performance values in this table, please visit www.ppgideascapes.com or request our Architectural Glass Catalog.

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Sungate® 600 Low-E Glass Reliability

Sungate® 600 Low-E glass uses new coatings and tints to help retain indoor temperatures year-round. Using Sungate ® 600, you can combine technologies creating super smart windows. For extreme cold temperatures, the coating for Sungate 600 glass can be used on the No. 3 surface of an insulating glass unit, functioning as a traditional high-performing, passive, low-e glass.
Smart technology, smart windows.

Aesthetic Options

Sungate 600 coated glass yields the color neutrality of clear uncoated glass, together with dramatically improved performance. When compared with regular clear glass in a one-inch insulating glass unit, Sungate 600 glass produces impressive U-Value improvements of 27% and 36% (winter and summer respectively) while transmitting as much as 94% of visible light.

Sungate ® 600 Low-E Glass Versatility

The key advantage of Sungate 600 glass is its versatility. In situations that would benefit from passive solar energy, the ability of Sungate 600 glass to transmit the warming rays of the sun (as measured by its higher solar heat gain coefficient) can lower heating requirements.

When more stringent solar control measures are required, Sungate 600 Low-E Glass can be teamed with a spectrally selective tint from the Oceans of Color ® collection in a one-inch insulating glass unit. This produces the benefit of high visible light transmittance together with improved solar control and a wide range of aesthetic options.

For example, Sungate ® 600 Azuria™ delivers a Light to Solar Gain (LSG) ratio of 1.70, well above the minimum standard for spectrally selective glass* as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Other Sungate 600/Oceans of Color combinations (see performance chart on back) provide a versatile array of aesthetic options with excellent control and Low-E performance.

*The U.S. Department of Energy defines spectrally selective glass as glass with a Light to Solar Gain (LSG) ratio of 1.25 or higher.

Fabrication

Sungate 600 Low-E Glass provides maximum processing flexibility and can be easily laminated, tempered or heat-strengthened to satisfy increased strength or safety glazing requirements. As a pyrolytic or “hard coat,” Sungate 600 glass is durable and readily available from nearly 100 glass fabrication locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Additional Resources

Sungate 600 Low-E Glass is just one of the ecoLogical EcoLogical Building Solutions from PPG. For more information, or to obtain samples of Sungate 600 glass, call 1-888-PPG-IDEA, or visit www.ppgglazing.com.

PPG IdeaScapes.™ Integrated products, people and services to inspire your design and color vision.

Sungate® 600 Low-E Glass Parformance chart

Performance data calculated using LBL Window 5.2. For detailed information on the methodologies used to calculate the aesthetic and performance values in this table, please visit www.ppgglazing.com or request our Architectural Glass Catalog.

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Low E Performance Data Comparison Chart

Low E Performance Data Comparison Chart

Notes

  • While PPG believes this calculated performance data to be reasonably accurate, it may not precisely agree with similar performance data calculated using the LBL Window 5.2 program. PPG’s published data is based on the LBL Window 5.2 program. Information published above is from the Performance Glass Calculator Calculated Center-of-Glass Thermal and Optical Properties Based on NFRC 100-2001 Environmental Design Conditions.
  • All calculations have been calculated using 1/2″ spacer cavities.
  • Low E Coatings – All low e that are placed on outer lite the low e coating is on surface #2. Low e product placed on the inner lite of glass is on surface #3 in the case of duals and Surface #5 in the case of triple units.
  • Argon is calculated based on a 90% argon and 10 % air mixture.
  • Performance values subject to change.

Glossary

  • Shading Coefficient – A measure of the ability of a window or skylight to transmit solar heat, relative to that ability for 3 mm (1/8-inch) clear, doublestrength, single glass. Shading coefficient is being phased out in favor of the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), and is approximately equal to the SHGC multiplied by 1.15. The shading coefficient is expressed as a number without units between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient or shading coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits, and the greater is its shading ability.
  • Relative Heat Gain is the combination of solar heat gain (the transmitted energy plus that amount of absorbed energy that is radiated to the interior) and heat transfer due to the indoor/outdoor temperature differential.
  • R-value is an assigned number derived from a specific testing procedure to determine a materials (or building assemblage) “resistance to conductive heat transfer”. The higher the R-value, the more resistant a material (or building assemblage) is to conductive heat transfer.

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Flat Glass Inspection Criteria per ASTM C 1036 – 06

Terminology

  • crush – lightly pitted condition with a dull grey appearance.
  • dig – deep, short scratch.
  • dirt – small particle of foreign matter embedded in the surface of flat glass.
  • gaseous inclusion – round or elongated bubble in the glass.
  • linear blemish – scratches, rubs, digs, and other similar imperfections.
  • point blemish – crush, knots, dirt, stones, gaseous inclusions, and other similar imperfections
  • rub – abrasion of a glass surface producing a frosted appearance.
  • scratch – damage on a glass surface in the form of a line caused by the movement of an object across and in contact with glass surface.

Inspection

Glass Inspection disgram

  • Visual Inspection should be done with the naked eye.
  • The inspector shall place the glass in a vertical position.
  • Inspector shall view through the glass at an angle of 90′
  • Lighting should be daylight level (without direct sunlight)or other uniform backlight that stimulates daylight.
  • View at the distance specified by defect type.

Quality Criteria

Allowable Point Blemish, (viewing distance 39″)

  • Blemish size <1.2mm (0.05") allowed without restriction.
  • Blemish size >1.2mm (0.05″) <2.0mm (0.10") allowed with a minimum separation of 600mm (24").
  • Blemish size >2.0mm (0.10″) none allowed.

To determine point blemish size, measure height and width of blemish and average. Only the point blemish is to be measured, and not any distortion that may be present.

Allowable Linear Blemish, (viewing distance starting at 160″)

  • Faint or light scratch <75mm (3") allowed
  • Medium Scratch <75 (3") allowed with a minimum separation of 600mm (24")
  • Medium or heavy scratch >75mm (3″) are not allowed

To determine scratch intensity start at 160″ and move closer until scratch becomes visible, (refer to table)

Detection Distance Blemish Intensity
Over 3.3 m (132 in.) Heavy
3.3 to 1.01 m (132 to 40 in.) Medium
1 to 0.2 m (39 to 8 in.) Light
Less than 0.2 m (8 in.) Faint

All listed criteria are based on ASTM C 1036 – 06, Quality Level 3.

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Laminated Glass Inspection Criteria per ASTM C 1172 – 03

Terminology

  • blow-in – a separation of glass and interlayer at or close to the laminate edge caused by penetration of the autoclaving medium into the edge during manufacturing.
  • boil (bubble) – a gas pocket in the interlayer material of between the glass and interlayer.
  • covered edge – the perimetric area of the laminate covered by the channel or sash when installed.
  • delamination – a condition in which one or two of the lites of glass loses the bond between the glass lite and the interlayer.
  • discolouration – a visibly noticeable colour change (from original) in the appearance of a material
  • edge boil – see boil (bubble).
  • exposed edge – the perimetric area of the laminate exposed to the environment after installation.
  • fuse – a glass particle or crystalline material that is permanently bonded to a surface of a lite.
  • hair – a slender, pigmented filament from human or animal epidermis or other thread-like filament.
  • inside dirt – foreign material trapped inside the laminate.
  • lint – short fibers of yarn or fabric trapped within the laminate.
  • scuff – see streak.
  • separation – an area of the laminate that has become delaminated (see delamination).
  • short interlayer – a condition of the laminate in which the interlayer does not extend to the edge.
  • streak – a noticeably visible deviation on or in the laminating unit.

Inspection

Glass Inspection disgram
For inspection of individual glass lites refer to ASTM C 1036 – 06
Coating related defects should be evaluated per ASTM C 1376-06

  • Visual inspection should be done with the naked eye.
  • The inspector shall place he glass in a vertical position
  • Inspector shall view through the glass at an angle of 90′
  • Lighting should be daylight level (without direct sunlight) or other uniform backlight that stimulates daylight.

Quality Criteria

  1. Determine approximate lite surface area (ft2).
  2. Determine defect location – central or outer viewing area. (The central area is considered to form a square or rectangle defined by the centre 80% of the length and 80% of the width dimensions centered on a lite of glass. The remaining area is considered the outer area).
  3. Evaluate defect according to the following table.
Blemish Up to 25 ft2 (2.5m2) 25 to 75 ft2 (2.5 to 7.0m2) Over 75 ft2 (7.0m2)
  CentralA OuterA CentralA OuterA CentralA OuterA
Boil (Bubbles) 1/16 (1.6) 3/32 (2.4) 1/8 (3.2) 3/16 (4.8) 3/4 (6.4) 3/4 (6.4)
Fuse 1/32 (0.8) 1/16 (1.6) 1/16 (1.6) 2/32 (2.4) 3/32 (2.4) 5/32 (4.0)
Hair, lint (single strand) light intensityD medium intensityD light intensityD medium intensityD medium intensityD medium intensityD
Inside dirt (dirt spot) 1/16 (1.6) 3/32 (2.4) 3/32 (2.4) 5/32 (4.0) 1/8 (3.2) 3/16 (4.8)
Lint areas of concentrated lint light intensityD light intensityD light intensityD light intensityD light intensityD light intensityD
Separation, discolouration none none none none none none
Short interlater: unlaminated area chip B CE 1/4 (6.4)
EE 1/4 (1.6)D
B CE 1/4 (6.4)
EE 3/32 (2.4)D
B CE 1/4 (6.4)
EE 1/8(3.2)D
Scuff streak Light intensityD Light intensityD Light intensityD Light intensityD Light intensityD Light intensityD

CE = covered edge of glass edge bite and EE = exposed edge. (If CE or EE is unknown use CE tolerance)
To establish light and medium intensity for a specific defect, view starting at 11 ft moving forward down to 36″.

  • Light intensity – Barely noticeable at 36″
  • Medium Intensity – Noticeable at 36″ but not 11 ft.
  • All listed criteria are based on ASTM 1172 – 03

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Heat treated Glass Inspection Criteria per ASTM C 1048 – 04

Terminology

  • bow/wrap – Curvature across the entire dimension(s) of the lite.
  • crush – lightly pitted condition with a dull gray appearance.
  • dig – deep, short scratch.
  • dirt – small particle of foreign matter embedded in the surface of flat glass.
  • distortion – Thermally tempered and heat-strengthened glass is made by heating glass in a furnace, the original flatness of the glass us slightly modified by the heat treatment, causing reflected images to be distorted.
  • gaseous inclusion – round or elongated bubble in the glass.
  • linear blemish – scratches, rubs, digs and other similar imperfections.
  • point blemish – crush, knots, dirt, stones, gaseous inclusions, and other similar imperfections.
  • rub – abrasion of a glass surface producing a frosted appearance
  • scratch – damage on a glass surface in the form of a line caused by the movement of an object across and in contact with the glass surface.
  • strain pattern – In heat-strengthened and fully tempered glass, a strain pattern, which is not normally visible, may become visible under certain light conditions.

Inspection

Linear and point blemishes in glass should be evaluated per ASTM C 1036 – 06.
Coating related defects should be evaluated per ASTM C 1376 – 03.

  • Strain pattern, this is considered a normal part of the heat treating process and is not considered a defect.
  • Distortion, at this time no industry quality standards exist.
  • Bow and warp, see below.

Quality Criteria

Maximum Allowed Bow and Warp

Vertical Method

  • Place Glass in a vertical position with glass resting on blocks.
  • Place a straight edge across the concave surface.
  • Measure widest gap with a fine scale ruler.

Refer to table for to determine maximum allowable bow/warp.

Table: Maximum Allowed Bow and Warp
Edge Dimension, cm (in.)
  0-50 >50-90 >90-120 >120-150 >150-180 >180-210 >210-240 >240-270 >270-300 >300-330 >330-370 >370-400
  (0-20) (>20-35) (>35-47) (>47-59) (>59-71) (>71-83) (>83-94) (>94-106) (>106-118) (>118-130) (>130-146) (>146-159)
Glass Thickness Maximum Bow and Warp, mm (in.)
3 (1/4) 3.0 (0.12) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 7.0 (0.28) 9.0 (0.35) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67) 19.0 (0.75)
3 (1/8) Alternate Mathod4 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 3.0 (0.12) 5.0 (0.20) 6.0 (0.24) 7.0 (0.28) 8.0 (0.31) 10.0 (0.39)
4 (5/32) 3.0 (0.12) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 7.0 (0.28) 9.0 (0.35) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67) 19.0 (0.75)
5 (3/16) 3.0 (0.12) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 7.0 (0.28) 9.0 (0.35) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67) 19.0 (0.75)
6 (1/4) 2.0 (0.08) 3.0 (0.12) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 7.0 (0.28) 9.0 (0.35) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67) 19.0 (0.75) 21.0 (0.93) 24.0 (0.94)
8 (8/16) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 3.0 (0.12) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 6.0 (0.24) 8.0 (0.31) 10.0 (0.39) 13.0 (0.51) 15.0 (0.59) 18.0 (0.71) 20.0 (0.79)
10 (3/8) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 6.0 (0.24) 7.0 (0.28) 9.0 (0.35) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67) 19.0 (0.75)
12-22 (1/12 – 7/8) 1.0 (0.04) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 2.0 (0.08) 4.0 (0.16) 5.0 (0.20) 5.0 (0.20) 7.0 (0.28) 10.0 (0.39) 12.0 (0.47) 14.0 (0.55) 17.0 (0.67)

All listed criteria are based on ASTM C 1048 – 04

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