Stone Survey Reveals Best Practices 09/03/2008 | A comprehensive study of the natural stone industry has been conducted by the Hollis, NH-based Natural Stone Council (NSC). The study presents an in-depth look at quarry and processing operations over that last year, identifying the industry's best practices as well as defining areas of focus to establish natural stone's environmental profile. Building owners and facilities professionals can use this information to specify environmentally friendly stone products for their facilities.Forty-two (42) North American companies responded to the survey, with the data representing over 16 million cubic feet of net quarried stone and nearly 6 million cubic feet of net stone produced by fabricators. Granite, limestone, sandstone, and marble sectors had the greatest number of respondents. With regard to quarry operations, adequate information was collected to assemble an initial life-cycle inventory for granite, limestone, and sandstone in the near future. The first versions of these data sets are in their final draft stages and will be available this fall at www.genuinestone.org. Survey responses revealed that water-consumption efficiency will be key for the industry's sustainability profile because of increasing global water shortages. This issue, along with site maintenance and quarry closure, has been identified as a topic for best-practice briefs. The NSC will work with the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies (CCPCT) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, to perform a life-cycle analysis of the environmental impacts of certain stone products, identify strategic sustainability goals for the industry, and continue outreach efforts to the environmental and green building communities through best practices, case studies, and material fact sheets. Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Green Building Operations » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS Email to a Friend * required fields From* To * Message cancel Email Print Print Related Coverage Tool to Help Select Green Building Materials More Effective, Less Expensive Solar Power on the Horizon ADDITIONAL FM TOPICS Green Building Operations BIFM Awards 2016 Winners Announced Green Building Operations New Database for Building Material Environmental Impact Green Building Operations Creating a Recycling Program Green Building Operations Refreshing Restroom Retrofit Ideas HVAC Why Submetering is Crucial for Reducing Energy Consumption & Cost Roofing Protect Your Building with a Roof Warranty Interiors Sustainable Locker Materials and Solutions for Every Place and Purpose Interiors Five Trends Transforming the Office Space and the Impact on Your Bottom Line Roofing The Keys to Roof Inspections Related Articles Biomass Requirements for Green Building Standard Biomass Projects Encourage Adoption Fuel from Your Facility’s Backyard Wood for Biofuel May Have Adverse Environmental Effects Is Algae the Next Biofuel? Sponsored Links Improve building energy efficiency and reduce maintenance expenses with Polyglass’ Kool Roof Solutions, featuring Polyfresko highly reflective cap sheet and several roof coating options.