Green Building (Shelby Township, MI)

Perhaps no one knows better than you that the use of natural stone has skyrocketed in the last decade, particularly for interiors. Stone is being used in ways it never has before, largely due to advancements in technology that allow for variations in fabrication. Additionally, the cost of Genuine StoneĀ® such as marble and granite has come down as a percentage of building costs. To specify stone for a project means to choose a naturally beautiful, unique and durable material.

We do not need to look beyond our own national monuments to comprehend that natural stone stands the test of time. However, despite stone\’s exceptional durability and unparalleled aesthetics, its impact on the environment is still in question. As such, the Natural Stone Council (NSC) is diligently working to define our place in green building as defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA): “Reducing building impacts on human health and environment through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal — the complete building life cycle.”

According to recent data, buildings — and not cars like many might think — are the largest source of both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in America as well as around the planet. The NSC believes that the use of Genuine StoneĀ® may have a positive effect on the overall health of our communities and the world by reducing the current environmental impacts of construction and building. The design of more energy-efficient buildings is a crucial step in addressing the dangers to our environment, and we firmly believe that eco-friendly design and construction will become the norm in the next decade. According to stonereport.com