GOING GREEN

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At SKY, protecting the environment is a collective effort embraced by our employees, customers, and suppliers. At the forefront of environmental stewardship in the stone industry, SKY is focused on, improving and innovating ways to service our customers in the most environmentally responsible ways.

We recognize that every little bit helps and as such encourage and challenge the SKY family; our vendors and customers all to do their part in helping reduce pollution, reuse and recycle whenever and wherever possible.

Below are some examples of how we have succeeded in making environmentally prudent changes. Some are little things, some more dramatic but all help reduce the use of natural resources, increase sustainability and enhance reusability.

Natural stone products supplied by SKY inherently have environmentally preferable characteristics:

It comes from the earth and is inherently eco-friendly.
Natural stone has a longer replacement life than all other countertops surfaces
It is a preferred sustainable building material
It is highly regarded for its natural character and stability
It is non-toxic and can last for centuries.
No chemicals go into its quarrying or fabricating
It is easy to care for and maintain
It has the environmentally friendly attribute of being recyclable
It is pure, and therefore void of any foreign substance that might be harmful to the earth or to your health.
Line of mosaics and wall tile is largely manufactured from stone waste.
Line of iridescent glass is manufactured using recycled glass.

Material Fact Sheets

Designers are more frequently being asked to identify green building materials but do not always have the needed information. Using the life-cycle data, material fact sheets describing several stone types are being generated to provide useful information in this selection process, among other information. 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 Fact Sheets

Material Fact Sheet: Granite
Material Fact Sheet: Limestone
Material Fact Sheet: Marble
Material Fact Sheet: Sandstone

Energy savings:

Switched to energy efficient lighting in our location wherever possible. Reducing the use of thousands of kilowatts annually.

The following case studies highlight these positive attributes of stone and its application as a green building product.

Case Study: Application of Green Building Certification Programs to Natural Stone
Case Study: Durability of Stone Flooring in High Traffic Areas
Case Study: The Use of Reclaimed Stone in Building Construction
Case Study: Solar Reflectance of Natural Stone (expected 3rd quarter 2009)

 

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