The Stone Collective

Edited by Pierre Bidaud, Vanessa Norwood

The Stone Collective is a group of leading stone professionals dedicated to ensuring stone is recognised as the low-carbon, load-bearing building material for the 21st century. The Stone Collective aims to educate and inspire the built environment community on the use of load bearing stone.

The Stone Collective are:
Albion Stone
Hutton Stone
Paye Stonework and Restoration Polycor and
The Stonemasonry Company

In the world of construction materials, stone stands as an enduring symbol of timeless beauty and strength. As one of the most planet-friendly choices available to builders, stone’s low-carbon footprint is attributable to its fundamental nature – a material that is simply hewn from the earth and cut to shape.
Unlike its counterparts in the construction industry, such as clay bricks and concrete, which release significant carbon emissions into the atmosphere, stone arrives at the construction site with its carbon footprint already minimised by the hand of nature.
Sculpted over aeons by geological forces, stone requires no energy-intensive manufacturing processes. There is no need for the relentless heat of kilns, the forceful crushing of raw materials, or the energy-consuming mixing of components.
While other materials demand substantial energy inputs, stone’s journey from quarry to construction site involves minimal processing. This inherent simplicity is the key to stone’s low-carbon status. Stone embodies the ethos of ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ from its very inception and can be repurposed in various applications for generations to come. As we navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing world, stone remains a steadfast ally in the pursuit of sustainable construction, reminding us that the most planet-friendly path is the one that simply allows nature to take its course.

The Stone Collective.

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