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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A "V" MAKES

Oldcastle Architectural's Improved Quik-Brik® with "V-Brik" Technology Designed to Control Water Leakage and Prevent Mold Growth

ATLANTA, GA (November 6, 2007) - Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.®, one of the leading U.S. producers of concrete block, pavers, patio blocks, ornamental concrete, brick, packaged cement mixes and roof tiles, and America's only national masonry distributor, launches Quik-BrikŪ with V-Brik Technology, a new and improved eco-friendly, single-wythe structural concrete masonry veneer designed to control water leakage and prevent mold growth.

Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology's new "V-Brik" design angles the top web surfaces toward the center of the unit, safely controlling and directing wind-driven rain and crack-induced water leakage to the middle of the unit, simply and effectively keeping interior walls dry which helps prevent mold growth.

"We are very pleased with Quik-Brik's new V-Brik technology," said John Kemp, senior vice president of marketing at Oldcastle Architectural, Inc. "The V-Brik design enhancement will offer more control over water leakage and assist in mold prevention while continuing to offer our customers a durable, cost-effective, single-wythe wall system with the rich look of traditional brick. It is a terrific "green" option that meets the needs of both commercial and residential specifications at a 20-30% cost savings versus traditional brick veneers."

Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology offers a fast, one step installation, nationwide color consistency and variety, conformance to national building code requirements, fire resistance and energy efficiency with insulation and grouting options. Crisp edges and corners allow masons to tool and compact the joint for a tight seal while its water repellent admixture reduces absorption, permeability and wicking. Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology's sloped web surfaces safely direct any crack-induced or wind-driven rain to the unit's middle and ultimately to flashing and weep holes.

A "green" product, walls built with Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology contribute to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System® - the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Available nationwide through Oldcastle Architectural's extended distribution network, Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology exceeds the requirements of ASTM-C90 for compressive strength and absorption while offering designers and architects the durability of concrete masonry, the cost-efficiency of single-wythe construction and quick and easy installation. With the rich appearance of traditional brick, Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology's uniquely pigmented, fade resistant masonry units are available in 12 color choices.

For more information on Oldcastle Architectural Products, Inc., and its product lines, visit www.oldcastleapg.com. For information on Quik-Brik® with V-Brik Technology and how it can be implemented into your next project, visit www.quik-brik.com.

ABOUT OLDCASTLE ARCHITECTURAL, INC.
Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.® is a leading U.S. producer of concrete block, pavers, patio blocks, ornamental concrete, brick, packaged cement mixes and roof tile. Headquartered in Atlanta, Oldcastle Architectural, or Oldcastle "APG" (Architectural Products Group), operates as a division of Oldcastle, Inc., the leading producer of concrete products in the United States. For more information, visit www.oldcastleapg.com.

ABOUT OLDCASTLE, INC.
Oldcastle, Inc. is the North American arm of CRH, plc, one of the world's leading building products and materials companies based in Dublin, Ireland. Oldcastle operations include more than 1,700 locations in 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Oldcastle has more than 50,000 employees. Made up of six divisions, Oldcastle Materials is the leading supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready mix concrete and construction and paving services in the United States. Oldcastle Precast is the leading producer of precast utility and electrical vaults for the utility and telecommunication markets. Oldcastle Precast is also a leader in reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins and more. Oldcastle Architectural is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. Oldcastle Glass® is the leading supplier of building envelope solutions, including curtain wall, architectural windows, storefronts, skylights, entrance doors and architectural glass. Oldcastle Distribution is a leading national distributor of roofing, siding, window and interior products for specialty contractors in the construction and remodeling industries. Oldcastle Construction Accessories represents a major new development for Oldcastle. The Oldcastle Construction Accessories operations fall into three distinct product segments. They include fencing products, welded wire reinforcement and construction accessories. For more information, visit www.oldcastle.com.