Echelon Veneers by Mirage was announced as a Top 5 finalist in the 2018 Architizer A+ Awards’ Building Products-Building Envelopes & Cladding category. The porcelain veneers are ideal for vertical applications such as outdoor walls and wall coverings. The consolidated masonry brand of Oldcastle APG, Echelon’s InsulTech was honored in 2016 as a Top 5 Finalist for its InsulTech Concrete Masonry System (ICMS).


“Since launching in 2016, Echelon has set the standard for modem masonry applications – from our advanced wall systems to working with partners that embrace a similar philosophy. Mirage Porcelain Veneers are a bold, yet functional, cladding solution that really elevates our Artisan veneers portfolio for design professionals seeking beauty and performance,” said Ken O’Neill, EVP, National Group for Oldcastle APG. “The Architizer Award program recognizes manufacturers pushing the envelope and advancing modern design – it’s a tremendous honor and validation of the direction our Echelon brand is forging in the marketplace.”


This year’s 6th annual Architizer A+ Awards received entries from 100 countries for 98 different categories. Each year the Architizer A+ Awards recognizes the best architecture and products, with more than 400 renowned judges reviewing the entries, selecting a final five and overall winner for each category. With over 3 million monthly views, is noted as one of the largest and most influential online community of architects.


The exquisite craftsmanship of Italian artisans along with rugged durability, ease of maintenance and endless design aesthetics – Echelon Veneers by Mirage set a new standard for modern masonry design. Mirage goes above and beyond typical porcelain with strength and durability. Features such as high density and an ultra-low absorption rate help create a tight surface, allowing the veneers to fend off surface mold, moss, dirt and other types of stains found in exterior applications.


Mirage is available in three bold color collections: Quarziti in five colors that reflect the landscape and quartz stones; Ardesie with the look of natural elements and Noon, which features the look of distressed or fresh wood --perfect to today's Modern Farmhouse trend. The new also line coordinates with several items in the Belgard porcelain paver collection, which is Echelon’s sister brand.


To view the Top 5 Finalists in the Architizer A+ Building Envelope/Cladding category, visit the Architizer A+ Awards at For more information and to check availability, contact your local Echelon Masonry representative by visiting