A sustainable or green building is the result of a design process that focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use – energy, water and materials – while reducing a building’s impact on human health and the environment during its lifecycle. , through better site selection, design, construction, operation, maintenance and eventual disposal or removal.

What is the Stone Industry doing?

With the growing popularity of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, conceived by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), with the aim of spreading knowledge about sustainable construction and good design practices, showing that green construction has become become an integral part of the design and construction industry.

Industries across the world in the stone market partner to assess their environmental footprint. Later, they published case studies to highlight which environmental practices are being implemented to make the industry greener.

They have also published best practice documents so that entrepreneurs have a guide to greening businesses.

In the quarries and factories we own, we are aligned with the best sustainability practices, all our quarries have solar energy and a renewable water system.

From a sustainability point of view, the quarrying industry has improved significantly. Quarries are, in most countries, obliged to comply with strict requirements and are monitored by the environmental agencies of each country. Coverage has increased from abandoned quarries, which are being transformed into urban parks, golf courses, lakes and recreational spaces. Most quarries in the US, Canada and Europe have conversion plans for when exploration ends.

So why use the stone?

Support the life cycle! Natural stone resists weather and time better than any other building material, natural or artificial. This has been proven over time. The Egyptian pyramids, the Parthenon or any ancient city offer lessons that demonstrate that natural stone is the most sustainable building material available.

Are more durable! When choosing to install a stone floor, countertop, wall cladding, etc., you are making the decision to use a product that will last at least 100 years and in many cases the useful life of the building.

Can be recycled! No other building material is as recyclable as natural stone. Almost 100% of the stone from deconstructed projects is recyclable and can be used in other projects, or crushed to be used as a roadbed, etc.

Zero VOC emissions! Research conducted by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products found that natural stone does not directly emit any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Stone can pick up VOCs from applied adhesives and sealants, however low and no VOC options are available.

Water recycling! Domestic stone manufacturers utilize a water filtration system for their wastewater. However, many companies are also at the forefront of a new closed-loop water recycling system. These closed-loop systems recycle 100% of the water used in the manufacture of natural stone, drastically reducing water consumption, as is the case with LuxuryRocks.

Heat Island Effect! Many light colored natural stone varieties have been shown to reduce the “heat island” effect of a building or site due to their ability to reflect heat. This concept is characterized as a phenomenon that alters the temperature of a given region, most often urban centers, in which this alteration will have an impact on the intensity of the temperature, and may cause intense precipitation.

Regional Materials! An important principle within green building rating systems is to support “local” products and businesses. Regionally produced and mined materials reduce environmental impacts by reducing greenhouse gas emissions during transport, while supporting local economies.