From the Editor / Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

From the Editor

April 2, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

In recent years, the word "green" has become an increasingly popular word in our vocabulary -- both personally and professionally. Many associations are working to conceive new ideas that will help in preserving our environment. In particular, one way to accomplish this is by promoting the use of environmentally friendly products.

When it comes to design, "LEED-certified" and "sustainability" are two familiar terms these days. Architects and designers are working to build structures that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also conserve energy and utilize green building materials.

Sectors such as the tile industry have more green products on the market than in years past. Whether these products are made of recycled material or are being processed using environmentally friendly methods, many tile manufacturers are going to great lengths to be more environmentally conscious.

Recently, I attended Cevisama in Valencia, Spain, which is an annual tile and bath furnishings exhibition. The show floor was filled with numerous innovative tile collections -- including some that were considered "green." Among these, one company that stood out to me was Onix, a Spanish manufacturer of glass mosaics. A total of 98% of the company's products are comprised of recycled material such as glass from car windshields. This is a prime example of a creative way manufacturers can assist in the green-building movement.

Meanwhile, in the stone sector, the Natural Stone Council (NSC) has formed a Sustainability Committee that is working diligently to define the natural stone industry's 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."

An article outlining some of the objectives of the NSC's Committee on Sustainability, which was written by the committee's Chairman, is featured on page XX of this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design. "Currently, the only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points that stone will generate is for local sourcing," states the article. "The opportunity exists for stone to garner LEED credits in material reuse, building reuse, low VOC and innovation credit as well, which is why more needs to be done to promote natural stone as a sustainable building material."

This issue also showcases the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee, which was built to serve as a model for future National Park Service sites, and is on target to become one of the National Park Service's first LEED buildings in the Southeastern U.S. To adhere to the sustainable objective, regional river stone was applied as a battered wainscot around the exterior of the structure to help it harmonize with its mountainous surroundings, which also aided in taking advantage of the natural resources around the site.

While the green building movement has certainly come a long way in the last several years, there is still a need for awareness. It is important that associations and manufacturers in various sectors collaborate with the architecture and design community to build more sustainable buildings and, in general, preserve our environment.

Jennifer Adams



Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.


Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine


2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!


Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTube