Stones of North America
Locate a North American Stone
Browse the Stones of North America website to research domestic natural stone sources, their uses and standard ASTM results.
STONE and SUSTAINABILITY
Information and resources devoted to green building and sustainability that provide valuable knowledge to BSI members, the design community and consumers.
New Sustainability Standards are Available – a Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone
ANSI/NSC NSC 373 – Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone and the Natural Stone Council Chain of Custody standards along with a Guidance for Conformance document can be purchased to begin the certification process.
Purchase the Standard
(designated as an ANSI standard March 10, 2014)
The purpose of a Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone is to recognize sustainability practices in the natural stone industry – practices many members already follow but don’t document or promote. This voluntary standard gives quarries and processing plants the ability to certify their operations (and subsequently their stones) as sustainable materials. Third party verification of conformance to a set of well-defined environmental, ecological, social responsibility and human health metrics is required. To date, the stone industry has not been able to compete on a level playing field with other industries that already have a standard like this in place such as wood, tile and carpet.
The standard was a collaboration of the Natural Stone Council with Ecoform, NSF International (NSF) and a Standards Committee for development of an American National Standard for the sustainable development aspects of dimensional stone production. learn more
BSI Education Videos
The one-page (double-sided) documents will summarize the current market for stone, regions of deposits worldwide, physical properties, applicable ASTM standards, as well as environmental data and human health considerations. Material Facts Sheets for several of the most commonly used stone types are listed.
Natural Stone Industry Best Practices Documents
Read more about natural stone sustainable attributes in Green Building and LEED.
Granite, Radon, Radiation and Other Myths –
What about radon and radioactivity in granite counter tops?
click here for the United States Environmental Protection Agency report
Succession Planning by Larry Hause, JD Hause Family Business Transitions, LP Medina, MN
Building Stone Magazine
DESIGNERS AND SPECIFIERS
Technical Stone Info
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- Industry Resources
- Stone and Sustainability
Continuing Education and Professional Development provided through AIA and ASLA provider affiliation.