Natural stones can takes millions of years to be formed by the Earth, and will last for many more years after it’s formed. Which is why homeowners should pay careful thought and attention to designing, constructing and using natural stone efficiently so waste is reduced or eliminated.
When there is waste, the leftover materials from fabricators, construction companies or pieces from a natural stone slab is known as remnants. Natural stone remnants can be used elsewhere in your project or in another project entirely so that it does not show up in the landfill.
Natural stone is one of the most durable and sustainable choices for your home. Natural stone will stand up against the wear and tear of everyday life. Natural stone slabs like marble, granite, travertine and other commonly used slabs for construction and design age beautifully and provide decades of usage.
How can natural stone remnants be used
Stone remnants, whether large or small, can be created into accent pieces or support other design elements. Some stone suppliers will also have buy-back policies for what’s left of your natural stone slab. Always ask about these policies in advance to know what your options are for returning unused stone.
Different looks can be achieved by simply applying different finishes to the same stone, which will reduce the amount of stone that needs to be quarried and fabricated.
Remnants usually tend to be smaller pieces, so that may limit what can be done with them or how they are eventually used. The stone could be damaged with scratches, being exposed to wind or rain and other elements. A great way to use your natural stone slab remnants is to create a sink, fire pit, planters, backsplashes, stone pavement or even a bench.
The LEED rating system offers different approaches to reducing construction waste for many different project types seeking certification. LEED certifications come in two different categories including the planning and the management of waste.
Waste management is required for the specific LEED project type for which certifications are sought. The goal is to recover, reuse and recycle materials as much as possible. Instead of natural stone ending up in a landfill, the LEED programs can help identify other ways to use the stone either in your current or future projects.
It is important to coordinate the LEED credits with other team members and your stone supplier so that everyone can do their part to support this process.
Firenze International is your local natural stone distributor. We can offer sustainable and recycled options to all stone fabricators, architects and others to bring your clients the best natural stone selection and options. For more information, contact us today!