Understanding Low-E Coatings

Sponsored by Vitro Architectural Glass

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures.
  2. Assess the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and magnetron sputter vacuum deposition (MSVD) low-e coatings.
  3. Describe how passive and solar-control low-e coatings differ, and how they impact glass performance measures.
  4. Explain commercial energy usage and how low-e coatings can improve energy efficiency and earn LEED credit contributions.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course is approved as a core course
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may quality for Learning Hours with NWTAA
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course will explain how to prioritize and balance the unique aesthetic and performance needs of your project—no matter how big or small. Although aesthetics is typically the first priority, making low-emissivity (low-e) coating selections is critical to executing building performance strategies. Using clear, low-iron, and performance-tinted glass can also help you provide your client with a high-performing building—all while still meeting code.

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ARCHITECT: ZVA Arquitectos


Vitro Architectural Glass Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), North America’s largest glass producer, is 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.