A stunning 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions result from the carbon footprint of building materials. Fortunately, we have a remarkable and eco-friendly ally in stone—a natural, beautiful, durable, and delightfully unconventional material.
Stone has a low-energy manufacturing process and, compared to other materials, keeps carbon emissions to a minimum, making it an excellent choice for sustainability-conscious projects.
Durability is essentially stone’s superpower. Withstanding the test of time, stone structures require fewer replacements and generate fewer carbon emissions throughout their lifespan. This long-lasting quality contributes to a sustainable and resilient built environment.
Stone also boasts energy efficiency capabilities. Its thermal mass properties regulate temperature, reducing the need for energy-intensive heating and cooling systems. In other words, stone can absorb both hot and cold temperatures, which helps buildings maintain comfortable temperatures more easily and naturally without needing large, energy-consuming cooling and heating systems.
In the realm of recycling, stone takes an unconventional approach. When stone buildings retire, they can be crushed and repurposed over and over and over and over again, minimizing waste and reducing emissions.
By incorporating stone into construction projects, we significantly reduce embodied carbon emissions and make a tangible impact on the planet’s health. Stone’s impact and journey to sustainability provide an exciting path forward for all builders, architects, and individuals like you.
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