Stone is overlooked as a sustainable construction material. It is durable, recyclable, nontoxic, easily maintained, and has lower embodied energy. Still, over 50% of dimension stone is imported, and current quarrying practices produce substantial waste. This session examines stone’s sustainability scorecard, design opportunities, and the industry’s environmental practices.
Understand the environmental and human health impacts of dimension stone quarrying, fabrication, use and transportation.
Identify ways to design with dimension stone to take advantage of its inherent aesthetics while also considering its cost, performance, durability, and environmental footprint.
Compare the benefits and challenges of sustainable stone specifications.
Understand the new Natural Stone Council Stone Sustainability Standard, and the way it supports LEED and SITES credits.