Natural Stone Council Updates Sustainabiliy Standard
The Natural Stone Council—a collaboration of natural stone trade associations to promote the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional, educational, and all types of applications, interior and exterior—recently announced updates to its Natural Stone Sustainability Standard.
“Five years ago, the voluntary natural stone sustainability standard was adopted and companies in the stone industry have shown tremendous support by certifying and giving design teams more options for what they’ve asked—certified, sustainably produced stone,” said Duke Pointer, Executive Director of the NSC.
“As the building and design market continues to demand greener and more sustainably produced materials, green building programs evolve to meet the rising needs. Updates to the natural stone certification reflect the stone industry’s commitment to aligning with evolving green building programs.”
NSF International’s National Center for Sustainability Standards facilitated the standard’s development, including revisions, and the updates address a broad scope of issues including water, site management, land reclamation and adaptive use, corporate governance, management of excess process materials, innovation, a wider range in variability of operations, natural stone dimensional deposits and regulatory requirements, according to the NSC.
“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone is continuous improvement,” says Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director of Coldspring and Chair of the NSC’s Sustainability Committee.
“With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”
First issued in 2014, the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard establishes criteria and methods for tracking, measuring and improving sustainability in the production of natural stone. The standard aligns with materials and resource credits for LEED v.4 and Living Building Challenge projects. It applies to all processors of natural stone, from quarry operators to final stone fabricators.