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Why Natural Stone Plays a Big Role in Construction

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Why Natural Stone Plays a Big Role in Construction 

Natural stone plays a big role in construction due to LEED construction standards. It has always been important to take care of our environment. Recently LEED construction standards, have reinforced it. Energy efficient processes and  availability of more eco-friendly material options are a most. Natural stone inherent characteristics, make it a green building product; it is naturally beautiful, low-maintenance, and  durable construction material. It is worth considering how these and other properties of stone can contribute to sustainable design projects and green building certifications.

Increased use of natural resources: More and more designs will feature stone as a primary component. Already a popular option in many areas of the industry, stone will play an increasing role in construction due to its widespread availability, comparatively low cost, and reduced environmental impact.  Construction Digital – Top Green Building Trends 2013

LEED-NC, for New Construction projects, is the most widely used green building rating system.

LEED-NC emphasizes six categories for environmental
improvement:
1. Sustainable Sites (SS)
2. Water Efficiency (WE)
3. Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
4. Materials and Resources (MR)
5. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6. Innovation and Design. (ID)

Natural stone products, such as those made from marble  and limestone, among others, can contribute to points in several of these categories. e.g

–  Optimize Energy Performance: Natural stone has good thermal mass (the ability of a material to store heat and slowly release it), which positively impacts indoor ambient air temperature, and thus, energy efficiency.

–  Due to the durability of stone, there are several credits in the Major Rrenovations [MR] category.

–  Building Reuse, Maintain 75-95% of Existing Walls, Floors  These MR Credits  apply if the life-cycle of existing building stock can be maintained in a project.

Natural stone is definitively a key component in the interior/landscape design and development of  eco-efficient and  healthier buildings.

 

 

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Natural Stone Fireplace Mantels Will Never Go Out of Style

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Natural Stone Fireplace Mantels Will Never Go Out of Style 

There is a wide selection of materials to build a fireplace, when you choose natural stone to build an architectural feature that will fit your architectural style in your dream home, experts artisans have the ability to recreate with detail any idea you may have, and as close as possible from a drawing or an image, custom hand carve it so it fits your project’s scheme.

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What Is The Ideal Interior and Outdoor Home Building and Accent Material

What Is The Ideal Interior and Outdoor Home Building and  Accent Material

Choosing the right  accent material is important when building your dream space.

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10 Things To Consider When Selecting Natural Stone For Your Home

 

    1. When selecting natural stone for your renovation or new custom build home, it’s important to have in mind that as a natural construction material, its variation in color,veining and texture are inherent; each natural stone piece has a distinct veining that makes it Continue reading 10 Things To Consider When Selecting Natural Stone For Your Home
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    Limestone, Travertine and Marble – Stone differences

    Natural Stone differences: Limestone, Travertine and Marble 

    When you are looking for a wall covering (feature walls or backsplash) or flooring material for residential and commercial projects and natural stone seem like a good fit, consider  limestone, travertine or marble. You want to make sure it suits your needs and know as much as you can about the stone differences before you make your choice.

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