Sponsor Course Review


Sponsor: Vitro


Company Description: 

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), North America’s largest glass producer, is exclusively dedicated to glass innovation and fueled by the same people, plants and products that made PPG Glass one of the industry’s most respected and reliable commercial glass manufacturers. Now operating under a global company exclusively committed to growing its core glass business, architects can expect accelerated research and development efforts in addition to greater capacity in years to come.


At VitroGlazings.com, Vitro Glass offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive portals for glass research, product selection and specification. Visit vitroglazings.com/tools to search and compare products, configure custom insulating glass units (IGUs), generate three-part specifications while utilizing the full International Glazing Database (IGDB)—all without a login— and more.


CES Course: Understanding Architectural Low-E Coatings (1 AIA LU / HSW)







Contact Information: 

Phone: 1.855.887.6457 (1.855.VTRO.GLS)

Email: archservices@vitro.com

Website: vitroglazings.com


Course Description:

This course will help you understand the solar energy spectrum, common glass performance measures and performance features and benefits of Low-E coatings. You’ll also have a basic understanding of how to prioritize and balance the unique aesthetic and performance needs of your project—no matter how big or small.


Course Learning Objectives:

  1. The solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures

  2. The manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and MSVD low-e coatings

  3. How passive and solar control low-e coatings differ and can impact glass performance measures, and

  4. Commercial energy usage and how low-e coatings can improve energy efficiency and earn LEED® credit contributions



Course Questions (Video Segments 1 and 2) 


1. True or False:  The ideal glass for maximum daylighting will have high visible light transmittance with low solar heat gain.


2.         Which of the following is a characteristic of visible light?

A.         Defined as the percent of the visible portion of the spectrum coming through the glass.

B.         Expressed as a figure from 0 to 100.

C.         It measures a glass’ ability to transmit light.

D.         All of the above


3.         True or False: The higher a window's SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits and the greater it ’s shading ability.


4.         Which of the following is a measure of the insulating characteristics of glass or how much heat gain or loss occurs through the glass due to the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures?

A.         Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

B.         U-Value

C.         Light to Solar Gain Ratio

D.         Visible Light Transmittance


5.         Standard two-pane insulating glass units provide how many potential coating surfaces?

A.         1

B.         2

C.         3

D.         4


Course Questions (Video Segments 3 and 4) 

6. What does low-e stand for?

A.         Low-electricity

B.         Low-emissivity

C.         Low-energy


7.         What are the three types of coated glass discussed in this course?  Choose all that apply.

A.         Non-low-e

B.         Passive low-e

D.         Insulated low-e

C.         Solar control low-e


8.         Which of the following describes the coating process where the coating is applied to pre-cut      glass in a vacuum chamber at relatively low temperatures?

A.         Magnetic Sputtering Vapor Deposition

B.         Pyrolitic


9.         True or False:  The lower a window's Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), the less solar heat it transmits and the greater its shading ability.


10.       Which of the following noble gases perform better when used to fill the space between two      lites?

A.         Argon gas

B.         Krypton gas

Note: once video course is approved by client, we will format the course into four video segments.