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Following the popularity of Solarban z50 among North American architects and building owners, PPG Industries Inc. (PPG - Analyst Report), has introduced SOLARBAN z75 glass in the continent. SOLARBAN z75 glass is a solar control, neutral, cool-gray tinted, low-emissivity (low-e) glass which has been well received in international markets.

SOLARBAN z75 glass, which is certified at the silver level by the CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED (CM) program, holds unique characteristics of visible light transmittance (VLT), solar control and glare control which are attractive to architects and building owners. SOLARBAN z75 glass with a similar aesthetic to steel blue-gray SOLARBAN z50 glass also enables architects and building owners to meet increasingly rigorous and energy-efficiency standards. Both of these products, which have interior reflectance of less than 10%, allow building occupants to have a clear, natural outdoor view.

SOLARBAN z75 glass can be applied in standard 1-inch insulating glass units and has a VLT of 48% and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.24, resulting in an exceptional light-to-solar-gain (LSG) ratio of 2.00.

SOLARBAN z75 glass with SHGC of 0.24 is highly preferred in warmer climate zones where air-conditioning demands and cooling-dominated costs are high.

Another important feature of SOLARBAN z75 glass is that it has exterior reflectance of just 9%. This characteristic combined with its neutral, cool-gray aesthetic, enables it to harmonize well with other building materials as well as other color-neutral, low-e glasses such as Solarban z50, Solarban 67 and Solarban R100 glasses. SOLARBAN z75 glass also helps glazing systems meet new Title 24, LEED v4 energy targets.

PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Other companies in the chemical industry worth considering include Methanex Corp. (MEOH - Analyst Report), Cytec Industries Inc. (CYT - Snapshot Report) and The Dow Chemical Company (DOW - Analyst Report). While Methanex carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Cytec and Dow hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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