Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding the various methods for Profiling, Honing and Polishing concrete and present green and sustainable options to achieve it.

    2. How is Polished Concrete:

    Achieved Mechanically

    Color Enhanced

    Protected by Concrete Treatments

    3. Why specify Architectural Concrete?





great material! Was looking for more info on this and now I found it.

Svetlana Lunev


William Jarratt

Nice presentation and informative.

William Russell

Great job

Cecil Ricks

Very Informative

Jonathan Berkman

Well done!

Anne Smith

Very good presentation.

David Hubbard

Good presentation

john landry

a lot a great information very nicely presented

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Good info


Interesting information on finished concrete floors

John D Skodi


James Matichuk

Well presented.

Victoria Lambrecht

Very good information about polished concrete.

ashraf Shokry

Thank you!

Wanda Lowrey

Thank you!

Wanda Lowrey


Leila Ammar



Quite detailed information, good to learn!

Shawn Xiaotu Xu

The Basics of Ground, Honed, and Polished Concrete Sustainable Floors


This presentation addresses the need to implement advancing technology and methods to produce polished concrete coupling a mechanical process with concrete treatments. From the introduction of ‘modern densifiers’ in the early 1900’s to the advent of dry diamond grinding and polishing, the last 100 years have seen advancements in the way we treat the final concrete surface.

What was proven to have been counter-productive?

What technology and approach will yield the most consistent results and longest lasting finished product?

At the conclusion of this presentation you will have a general understanding of what polished concrete is and is not, how it is achieved mechanically, color enhanced and protected by treatments; and finally why specify polished concrete - it is versatile, economical, and sustainable.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 AANB, NSAA, ALBNL (EPP)

Length: 1h

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