WELCOME to Natural Stone Specialist, the business magazine serving the whole of the stone industry in the UK and Ireland, from extraction through design and processing to fixing, since 1882
Make the most of the Government's temporary tenfold increase in annual investment allowance (£250,000 for two years only). Discover the latest developments in stone processing machinery by downloading this NSS report first published ahead of the Marmomacc exhibition in Verona… Read the report
On 1 July 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 suppliers. To find out more about CE Marking, click here.
Implementation of 'opt-in' pensions is underway. Every firm has to provide a pension for employees – 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 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 a PDF of the ICE report, click here.