National Glass Block Leader Contributes to Green Building and Universal Design Home

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Pittsburgh Corning Corporation added energy efficient and beautiful glass block to human-centered and green building showcase home. UDLL celebrates environmentally and people friendly features that should be included in every home.

Glass Block Mural

“While some think glass block is a more classic look, we think it’s a contemporary product that fits seamlessly into the design adding both interior beauty and the efficiency necessary to inspire builders.”

Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, a leader in the glass block industry for over 75 years, is pleased to announce their contribution to the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL). UDLL is the highest-rated universal design home in North America, dedicated to accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities. The home will be open to public tours starting Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 23.

UDLL is an impressive undertaking designed to utilize quality and innovative green building elements that should be included in all new homes and remodeling projects. Pittsburgh Corning and the team at UDLL worked together to find a secure and energy efficient window that also provides optimal natural light. The UDLL team selected the pre-assembled LightWise® Aluminum Clad Wood Frame Windows for the lower level of the project and a combination of DECORA® and IceScapes® patterns for the master bathroom.

“The windows are a very big element of the southern wall and provide remarkable light virtually eliminating the need for any artificial light in the daytime,” says UDLL project leader, Rosemarie Rossetti Ph.D. “While some think glass block is a more classic look, we think it’s a contemporary product that fits seamlessly into the design adding both interior beauty and the efficiency necessary to inspire builders.”

The pre-assembled LightWise® Aluminum Clad Wood Frame Windows provide unsurpassed privacy, strength, and beauty with less installation hassle. LightWise® windows allow natural light and passive solar heat to flow into the basement corridor and office at UDLL, reducing electric costs.

UDLL installed DECORA® and IceScapes® pattern glass blocks in a beautiful aquarium-themed mural to add a touch of color to the master bathroom. The IceScapes® pattern created a bold border around the mural which used DECORA® pattern blocks fused with bits of colored glass. Both patterns are scratch-resistant and low maintenance that provide maximum light transmission and privacy.

UDLL will be open to public tours from Saturday, October 25 to Sunday November 23 from noon until 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person and all net proceeds will go to spinal cord injury research.

About Universal Design Living Laboratory
Located in Columbus, OH, the UDLL is the highest-rated universal design home in North America, earning three national certifications from Livable Design, ZeroStep and Life-Flex Home. Universal design is a framework for the design of living and working spaces and products benefiting the widest possible range of people in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. It is human-centered design, accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities.

About Pittsburgh Corning Corporation
Located in suburban Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Corning is the leading glass block manufacturer of applied glass technology and systems for construction materials. Since 1937, Pittsburgh Corning has been on the forefront of innovative architectural glass block systems designing products that stand the test of time. As a leader in glass technology, Pittsburgh Corning provides glass blocks, high performance systems, cellular glass insulation, high performance windows, and designer shower kits for commercial, institutional, government and residential building applications. For more information visit PittsburghCorning.com

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