The Building Research Establishment Group (BRE) has classified stone as an A class product in its Green Guide to Specification, which profiles materials used by the construction industry.
Extraction of stone is done by mechanical excavator, but is essentially a labour intensive process compared to the production of other types of building materials utilising a minimum of machinery. The extraction and processing of stone is a low energy process with low CO2 emissions.
At Hard York Quarries we continuously recycle all our water for cooling and lubricating the stone cutting machinery. The site where materials are worked into finished products is close to the quarries, reducing the amount of transportation required.
Waste is minimised throughout the process with the maximum amount of each block of stone being processed into a finished product. Even the waste from the cutting operation is then crushed and used for construction of roads and buildings in West Yorkshire.
Finally, the majority of our packing materials, pallets etc are sourced using recycled materials to minimise our effect on the environment.