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Oldcastle Architectural, the leading national manufacturer of stone and masonry products, announces Echelon®, the company’s new brand that will encompass their vast portfolio of innovative masonry products and services, making Oldcastle’s complete offering easier to identify, select and purchase.
With only six months remaining to register projects under LEED 2009, now is the time to prepare for full implementation of LEED v4. Beginning November 1, 2016, any project pursuing LEED must do so under LEED v4, which is significantly revised from LEED 2009.
Echelon™ Masonry joined forces with Belgard® hardscapes to showcase a variety of Oldcastle® Architectural Products at the NAHB® International Builders’ Show held in Las Vegas January 19-21, 2016, premiering two new Artisan Masonry Veneers®: Kensley Stone Thin Veneer and Westpeak Stone Thin Veneer.
For many years, architects and builders have appreciated the benefits of utilizing thin masonry veneers for a variety of projects. With the aesthetic appeal of full‐depth brick or natural stone, thin veneers typically cost significantly less to ship and install, can be used for both interior and exterior applications, and do not require the additional footings of natural stone or full‐depth masonry -- all of which set thin veneer as the economical, versatile option for a multitude of architectural uses.
On November 1, 2016, major changes to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®) LEED® rating system will go into effect, including a significant overhaul of the Materials and Resources (MR) category that will shift expectations on sustainability reporting and performance. Despite the fact that adhering to LEED guidelines is often optional, products that meet the new complex and demanding transparency and performance requirements of LEED v4 will be more likely to gain favor with the architectural community moving forward.