Verastone Plus premium recycled filled and polished concrete masonry units offer what Trenwyth Industries representatives note are durability and structural
Verastone Plus premium recycled filled and polished concrete masonry units offer what Trenwyth Industries representatives note are durability and structural integrity with design and application flexibility for high-performance buildings. The premium CMUs feature a smooth terrazzo look on one or more faces, and are formulated to promote green building and sustainable solutions.
After initial grinding to expose the variegated color of natural aggregates, the units’ pores and interstices are filled with a cementitious grout. A multi-stage polishing process is then used to create smooth surfaces at the exposed faces, and a factory-applied clear satin gloss acrylic is added to accentuate natural aggregate colors and provide moisture resistance.
Demonstrating the sustainability and flexibility of recycled Verastone Plus, construction of Newark, Ohio’s Career Technology Education Center (C-TEC) Û designed for career counseling, business and industry training, plus adult education Û involved extensive interior and exterior applications. Project architect L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Pittsburgh, thus achieved the look of a smooth terrazzo finish with the sustainability of concrete.
Contributing to its environmental benefits, Verastone Plus contains a significant amount of recycled content that may earn LEED [U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] points for sustainable building. Each unit is manufactured with a Trenwyth-approved moisture-resistant admixture to repel water and prevent mold and efflorescence. The permanently sealed, terrazzo-like finish resists staining, abrasion, impact and chemicals Û even acid rain. Reportedly easy to clean and virtually maintenance-free, Verastone Plus is said to last the life of a building, so refinishing is unnecessary. Depending on the block’s thickness and internal configuration, Verastone Plus offers up to a four-hour fire rating. Û www.trenwyth.com