Officials say the updated EPDs ensure Vitro’s architectural glass products fall in the top 20% of the Low Embodied Carbon material category. Photo courtesy of Vitro. 

Vitro Architectural Glass has updated its third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Company officials say the move ensures Vitro’s architectural glass products fall in the top 20% of the Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material category based on standards set by the Inflation Reduction Act and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

GSA announced in May 2023 new standards for products to be considered LEC. These standards require that products offer a Type III EPD with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) value expressed in kilograms of carbon (CO2) equivalent per metric ton.

Officials say that with a GWP of 1,240 kilograms of CO2 equivalent, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the top 20% LEC material category and fall into the “Most Preferred” standard of products, which requires an embodied carbon content under 1,331 kilograms of CO2 equivalent.

“Vitro takes pride in being the industry leader in environmental performance and sustainability, and we strongly believe in transparency and establishing a benchmark to measure our environmental performance progress,” says Paul Bush, vice president of Technical Services, Sustainability and Government Affairs.

Officials explain that Vitro’s efforts to lower GWP include more efficient use of batch material, improved furnace efficiency and energy-efficient lighting.

Officials add that Vitro’s oxy-fuel furnace technology is a major factor in lowering GWP. This technology melts glass raw materials such as sand and silica by carefully mixing pure oxygen (instead of air) with natural gas. The technology reduces energy consumption in glass-melting furnaces by as much as 20% and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

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