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Welcome to the website of Natural Stone Specialist, the business magazine serving the whole of the stone industry in the UK and Ireland since 1882, from extraction through design and processing to fixing.

The Natural Stone Show 2015 once again saw the industry gather at ExCeL London 28-30 April for its two yearly reunion. Architects, stone extractors, processors and fixers, developers and conservators were there – and they were there to talk business. Exhibitors and visitors reported a busy time. You can read more about it on the Stone Show website (


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CE Marking explained

On 1 July 2013 it became illegal to sell construction products for which there is a European Standard without CE Marking them. it is a mandated requirement under both the building regulations and the Construction Products Regulations. Companies that place products on the market that are not CE marked can have them removed from sale by trading standards and could be prosecuted. Most stonemasons and all stone tile suppliers should be CE marking their products. To find out how CE marking should be affecting your business, click here.


Implementation of 'opt-in' pensions is underway. Every firm has to provide a pension for employees, even if you only employ one person – read more


Download the CARBON CALCULATOR spreadsheet that is being made available to the stone industry by Forest Pennant. It was devised by Forest Pennant for the PAS 2050 Carbon Footprinting certification it has achieved on its paving. You can also use it to get your carbon footprint accredited. Click here or on the picture of the spreadsheet to download a copy.

Stone is the most sustainable building material

Stone in all its various forms – sandstone, limestone, marble, granite, travertine, slate and the rest – is the low carbon footprint material of choice for so much construction, conservation, interior design, hard landscaping, roofing, memorialisation, and public and private art.

Unlike man-made products, stone is a truly natural product simply taken from the ground and processed using low energy machinery into the products we use – kitchen worktops, bathroom vanity units, wall and floor tiles, shower trays, paving, kerbs and setts, cladding and so much more.

There is no high energy transformation taking place in fuel-burning kilns that pump vast amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere as there is with the cement for making concrete, nor polluting chemicals to bind it all together as there is when resins are used to make engineered quartz, for example. Nature has already done all the work of making the material in its plethora of truly unique and environmentally friendly forms.

The evidence showing how environmentally friendly stone is, is increasing. Historic Scotland published Embodied Carbon in Natural Building Stone in Scotland, which gives figures that show the CO2 equivalent of stone is lower than any other major building material, as does the University of Bath's Inventory of Carbon & Energy (ICE), the latest version of which was published last summer. The Embodied Carbon in Natural Building Stone in Scotland report can be downloaded from SISTech's website. Click here to go to the download area. And to get the ICE report, click here.

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