Ground Face

Ground Face

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About Ground Face

About Ground Face

Echelon Ground Face CMU blocks are manufactured using a unique combination of colored and tightly-mixed aggregate to create a smooth finish.

These units undergo a multi-stage finishing process where each block is polished smooth to create a glossy finish for enhanced project aesthetics.

In addition to an exceptional finish, all Ground Face units can be manufactured with an integral water repellent that allows for use at or below grade.

Product Details

Product Details

  • Highly durable integrally colored block​
  • Available in multiple shapes and sizes 

  • Manufactured locally 

  • Ask about ability to add pre-consumer recycled content

Continuing Education

Continue to develop your skill set and learn about the latest innovations in your field while earning CEU credits for Masonry & Architecture

Lunch and Learn

Excellence in Single Wythe Masonry (LU/HSW)

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Excellence in Single Wythe Masonry (LU/HSW)
CEU Credits: 1 LU | HSW

When properly constructed, single-wythe masonry walls offer a myriad of benefits that no other building material can touch from fire to moisture protection, durability to aesthetics, and cost-effective installation This presentation covers how to properly construct a wall using proper design techniques focusing on the prevention of moisture, cracking, and cleaning issues in order to take full advantage of the benefits of masonry construction.

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
Understand why and where masonry walls begin to crack. 
Understand updates to energy codes in relation to single-wythe wall design 
Plan and design a sound single-wythe wall. 
Eliminate unnecessary repairing and cleaning of masonry walls.
 
This course is applicable to all structural masonry product lines except veneers.
 
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Lunch and Learn

Modern Masonry: Fire Protection and Enhanced Performance

Lunch and Learn
Modern Masonry: Fire Protection and Enhanced Performance
CEU Credits: 1 LU | HSW

The recent string of large construction fires across the US has cost billions of dollars in damages to job sites and nearby structures. In this course, learn the root cause of these blazes and how sound design, paired with the use of masonry, can offer fire resistance both during the construction phase and over the life of the building. 

After completing this course, attendees will be able to: 
Discuss the factors involved in the recent rash of construction fires around the nation.
Explain masonry’s ability to resist fires and assure safe buildings both during the construction phase and after completion.
Identify the ways in which masonry can resist moisture intrusion and protect buildings from moisture damage over the life of the building.
Describe three masonry systems that have been upgraded to meet codes, resist fires, and boost building performance and energy efficiency. ​
 
This course is applicable to all masonry product lines.
 
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Lunch and Learn

Masonry and Leed v4.1 (LU/HSW)

Lunch and Learn
Masonry and Leed v4.1 (LU/HSW)

CEU Credits: 1 LU 

Sustainable design and green building are ever-evolving, with the latest version, LEED v4.1 introduced in 2019. 

This course will explore the latest modifications to the LEED standard, with a particular emphasis on masonry compliance and contribution. Developed by LEED expert Christine A. Subasic, P.E., LEED A.P., the course will introduce attendees to sustainable design and provide an overview of the LEED Rating System, and its credit categories, with a particular emphasis on Materials and Resources, as well as covering criteria and considerations used in selecting masonry products for LEED projects.

After completing this course, attendees will be able to: 
Understand the changes in the Materials and Resources credit category in LEED v4. 
Identify elements of sustainable design that are not always part of green building rating systems. 
Provide an overview of the LEED v4.1 BD+C New Construction Rating System. 
Explain sustainable design strategies and LEED strategies that utilize masonry.
 
This course is applicable to all masonry products.
 
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