Arriscraft, General Shale Secure N.A. Distribution Rights to ProGUARD DP Panel System

Carbon County Administration Building
The Carbon County Administration Building utilized the ProGuard DP wall system.

April 12, 2017 — Arriscraft and its parent company General Shale have reached an agreement with T-Clear Corporation for the exclusive North American distribution rights to ProGUARD®DP Insulated Concrete Board panels. This wall system meets today’s rigid building codes in terms of energy performance and installs in a fraction of the time of traditional wall systems.

“When the North American Building Codes started adopting new energy code requirements (such as ASHRAE 90.1 SB-10 and IECC) with advanced requirements for insulation on outer wall assemblies, the thin adhered masonry industry was caught without a good solution,” says Craig Swirzon, Thin-Clad Product Manager at Arriscraft. “We are excited to provide the extraordinary ProGUARD DP system as a solution to this challenge and to give the market what it’s been asking for. ProGUARD DP not only meets energy code requirements, it replaces three to four manual steps with one.”

Advanced Medical
The Advanced Medical building used the ProGUARD DP wall system.
Advanced Medical
The Advanced Medical building used the ProGUARD DP wall system.

Arriscraft and General Shale will supply the ProGUARD DP system from their current combined dealer network of nearly 400 locations across North America.

In addition to use with Arriscraft Thin-Clad and General Shale Thin Brick and Thin Rock products, ProGUARD DP panels can be used for thin brick, thin natural stone, thin porcelain tile, thin manufactured stone, stucco, and synthetic stucco. These fully engineered panels offer superior thermal protection with ship lapped edges that eliminate thermal breaks, to meet energy code (ASHRAE 90.1, SB-10, IECC) Continuous Insulation requirements.

ProGUARD DP Insulated Concrete Board is a combined system that eliminates the separate steps of the drainage plane, insulation, wire lathe and mortar bed. Because the concrete board and insulation board are laminated together, ProGUARD features ¼” concrete board (rather than ½”) for a lighter-weight assembly versus traditional systems. The cost of the ProGUARD DP system is more than offset by the reduction in installation labor; it generally requires one-third of the labor time and cost.

The Ontario Association of Architects and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia will not provide architects with liability insurance for wall systems without a drainage plane assembly. ProGUARD DP is the only system to provide two options for drainage planes. The ⅜” drainage grooves are incorporated into the insulation layer and can be positioned at the back or the front (or both), so designers, architects or installers can choose the correct drainage setup for the climate and weather conditions.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Ont., Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturer, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. For more information, visit or, contact Arriscraft at 800-265-8123 or send a request to