The Natural Stone Council (NSC) has updated ANSI/NSC 373, Sustainability Standard, to align with evolving green building programs.
The updates address issues including water, site management, land reclamation and adaptive use, corporate governance, management of excess process materials, and innovation.
Updates also address a wider range in variability of operations, natural stone dimensional deposits, and regulatory requirements.
The ANSI/NSC 373 joint committee, comprised of members from a cross-section of stakeholders within and outside of the stone industry, worked to update the standard with input from task groups. The committee has also reenergized its efforts to educate the design community about using the standard.
“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 sustainable production of natural dimension stone is continuous improvement,” said Kathy Spanier, chair of the NSC’s sustainability committee. “With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”
The standard aligns with materials and resource credits for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v.4 and Living Building Challenge projects. It applies to all processors of natural stone, from quarry operators to final stone fabricators.