With so many imported stone types on the market, there is concern – not only about issues of quality but also questions about the environmental impact and immoral conditions for workers in quarrying and stone production.
Responsible sourcing of materials is becoming the central issue for many projects.
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING BUT WITH AN EYE ON INNOVATION AND VISUAL QUALITY
Many construction projects – especially those publicly funded – are being certified by environmental assessment methods such as BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and other similar schemes. The sourcing of stone is one of the critical issues affecting a high environmental rating in relation to the sourcing materials, as it is most likely the heaviest commodity delivered to the construction site. Questions surrounding transportation and CO2 emissions need to be addressed, as well as ethical practices in relation to labour conditions for stone workers.
In addition, British Standards Compliance, CE Marking and International Standards (ISO) conformity – particularly in relation to ‘fit for purpose’ (stone strength, durability, slip and skid resistance etc.) – is often a pre-requisite for most projects in the UK and overseas.
We provide a professional stone sourcing and recommendation service to ensure that the material supplied is sustainable and responsibly sourced, meets the requirements of the environmental assessment criteria and exceeds the standards compliance your project demands.