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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 Awards were presented on
5 December at Hotel Russell in Russell Square, London, by Lord Digby Jones on behalf of Stone Federation Great Britain, which runs the Awards scheme. Alan Dedicoat, the unseen voice of Strictly Come Dancing, described the projects honoured, while sports commentator Jim Rosenthal introduced the winning teams… read more

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The November Natural Stone Bulletin has been opened 7,731 times by architects, designers, clients, conservators, developers and all areas of the stone industry. If you do not already receive the Bulletin, you can sign up to it using the panel on the left – and we promise that (and information about the Natural Stone Show in London 28-30 April 2015) is all you will get.

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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. That will affect most product suppliers in the construction industry, including stonemasons and tile companies. 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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