A growing and significant force in the construction industry is going to impact product manufacturers, including stone quarriers and suppliers, and compel them to learn, adapt and teach in order to survive and thrive. That force - referred to in terms such as â€œgreen building,â€ â€œsustainable buildingâ€ or â€œenvironmentally friendly buildingâ€ - will create a considerable level of pressure on stone industry organizations as they try to understand and adjust to its environmentally responsible concepts and construction techniques.
Can natural stone be considered a green product? A hasty â€œyesâ€ answer without substantiated facts and figures could generate antagonism from people outside the natural stone industry. A casual â€œnoâ€ answer might hinder the advancement and promotion of natural stone in the fast-growing sustainable building industry. Although natural stone has been used as a traditional building material for a long time, a lot remains to be learned about its impact on the environment and how it supports sustainable building methods and principles.
In the December 2016 issue, we look at some highlights of the Marmo+Mac 2016, and the new renovations of the Freemasons' Hall in London, England. We also present some new products, technology updates, machine of the month, and stone of the month.
For this issue, we are excited to share with you four features that focus on using compact and ultrathin slabs in both residential and commercial projects. As these products continue to gain popularity, we wanted to share different ideas of applications, including an upscale dining environment in the interior of a Saks Fifth Avenue.