Have you made a New Year’s Resolution?
Has your company made a New Year’s Resolution?
If not, then perhaps we could make a suggestion? How about committing to reducing the whole-life carbon impact of the projects you work on by using a durable and sustainable material?
Which material are we talking about? Natural stone.
There have been a number of studies comparing the whole-life carbon impact of different construction materials including natural stone. One of these research projects compared the life-cycle assessments of a number of different materials used for flooring.
As specifiers become increasingly aware that a ‘business as usual’ approach to the carbon impacts of architecture and construction is no longer an option, there is a fresh drive to consider and reduce the ‘whole-life carbon’ impact of a building.
In short, whole-life carbon includes both embodied carbon and operational (in-use) carbon. It includes material extraction or creation and transport as well as lifetime emissions from maintenance, repair, replacement, and disposal of the materials.
For architects looking to specify materials that minimise carbon impact, natural stone is a fantastic choice delivering sustainability in both its extraction and whole-life value.