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 Tech Company to Share Innovations for Cooling Data Centers Optimize Building Operations with Latest ASHRAE Guideline ADDITIONAL FM TOPICS Green Building Operations Office Refresh – Welcoming Millennials with a Modern Office Green Building Operations How These 'Better Buildings' Achieved Savings Green Building Operations Is the Next Renewable Energy Source a Step Away? Green Building Operations How to Budget Without Data Project Management The Key to Project Success: Collaboration Roofing The Vital Role of Insulation in Roofing Systems HVAC Portable Air Conditioners Taming Hot Summer Temperatures: Keeping People & Networks Safe Security A New Approach to Vendor Risk Management HVAC Maximize Your Return from HVAC Maintenance Plans Related Articles Bacteria That Can Improve Bio-Based Fuels Biomass Requirements for Green Building Standard Biomass Projects Encourage Adoption Fuel from Your Facility’s Backyard Wood for Biofuel May Have Adverse Environmental Effects Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency! Polyglass’ Polyfresko cap sheets with CURE Technology saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance.