Embracing Sustainability: The Environmental Impact of Manufactured Stone Veneer

In the age of environmental consciousness, the construction industry is experiencing a shift towards sustainable practices. Builders, contractors, architects and homeowners are increasingly opting for eco-friendly alternatives that both enhance aesthetics and reduce their environmental impact.  StoneWorks is committed to the production of sustainable manufactured stone veneer (MSV ) that promotes greener building practices and limits the burden that the production of this product has upon global health, welfare and the environment.

Comparing the Impact: Manufactured vs. Natural Stone

Environmental Impact

Most manufactured stone veneers are composed of concrete and other additives that provide pigment. While the term “manufactured” may initially raise eco-concerns, a closer look reveals a more environmentally friendly production process compared to more invasive quarrying required for natural stone. The careful selection of materials for manufactured stone veneer, combined with efficient production methodologies, underscores a commitment to sustainability in construction practices.

Ease of Use

MSV shines not only for its environmental advantages but also for its ability to be adaptable and user-friendly for most projects. The lightweight composition of the stone veneer compared to natural stone reduces the reliance on heavy machinery strain by streamlining processes and shrinking resource-intensive tasks, minimizing both energy consumption and environmental strain.

Cost & Quality

MSV often proves to be a cost-effective alternative to natural stone. The economic advantage makes sustainable construction accessible without compromising quality. Alongside its eco-friendly and budget-friendly nature, MSV requires very little upkeep after installation. Its durability and aesthetic appeal make it a versatile choice for sustainable construction projects. In fact, StoneWorks brand manufactured stone veneer is covered by a 50-year limited warranty for added confidence.

StoneWorks’ Commitment to Sustainable Practices through Manufacturing and Installation

In addition to the naturally occurring environmentally friendly benefits of manufactured stone veneer, the StoneWorks brand has adopted a “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” philosophy to ensure as minimal of an impact on the environment as possible.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

By strategically locating manufacturing plants in the U.S. and utilizing locally sourced materials, the carbon impact from long-haul transportation is minimized. StoneWorks is committed to clean fuel consumption, primarily using natural gas in production processes, which reduces the reliance on energy sources like coal and nuclear power, known for their detrimental environmental effects. After installation, maintaining StoneWorks manufactured stone veneer requires no harsh chemicals and results in zero greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, the exceptional durability of the stone veneer minimizes the need for replacements, significantly reducing the carbon footprint associated with maintenance.


Resource Conservation through Recycling and Reuse

The StoneWorks brand focuses on reducing contamination and waste. This includes minimizing the use of hazardous products, efficiently managing the consumption of energy and resources, and diverting waste from production facilities and job sites away from landfills. StoneWorks actively recycles materials like paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic at its facilities, including the reuse of excess wet concrete from the manufacturing process and pallets from product delivery.

Energy Efficiency

The inherent design of the manufactured stone installation process contributes to energy efficiency. The two layers involved, the mortar base and the stone veneer, provide insulation that helps protect the building’s shell from external weather elements. Enhanced insulation typically leads to reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling, positively impacting the building’s overall energy performance.

Embrace Sustainable Construction with Manufactured Stone Veneer

As our world calls for more environmentally conscientious practices, StoneWorks continues to work to meet growing expectations for sustainable construction. With StoneWorks, manufactured stone veneer isn’t just a building material; it’s a commitment to a greener, more eco-conscious future. StoneWorks’ dedication to reducing environmental impact, promoting energy efficiency, and fostering a culture of sustainability positions it at the forefront of sustainability in construction.

In a landscape where every decision matters, manufactured stone veneer has proven to be an excellent building material choice not only for its elegance, but for the impact it has on our planet. Embrace sustainable construction and reach out to the StoneWorks team today!

Beautiful Stone Veneer, Installed.