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A Greener Option

Natural stone is the oldest, most durable building material known to mankind. Natural Stone Veneers International Inc.’s (NSVI) processing is limited to resizing the material to user-friendly dimensions that are more efficient and economical to transport and install. NSVI’s material is cut THIN allowing twice the coverage of traditional stone, greatly reducing environmental impact. Natural stone is 100% usable, can be recycled, and emits no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The natural stone products provided by NSVI are ecologically friendly for several reasons:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – “3R Packaging”

NSVI designed new “green-friendly” recyclable, re-usable packaging. Today, this packaging has become the standard in the stone industry. It was created to be highly durable in all climates, specifically designed to ensure maximum integrity of the stone inside, thereby minimizing waste during transportation to the jobsite.

Resource Conservation

While the stone is going through the sawing process, water is used to cool the blades. These blades range in size from 24 inches to 42 inches in diameter. The atmosphere inside the enclosure is a mist of water and sludge created by the diamond blades removing a ¼” section from the stone to separate them. It is a harsh environment. The combination of water and sludge fall to the floor which is tapered to a drain. The drain takes the slurry out of the building to a series of retention ponds where the solids (stone) settle out of the water before the water is recycled back into the building to go through the process again.

Economies of Scale

Being light weight in comparison to its full thickness counterpart, natural thin veneer stone can be transported for 1/3rd the cost. Typically, 1000 square feet of full veneer building stone can be transported on a 24 ton load truck. Using natural thin stone veneer, there is over 3000 square feet per 24 ton load.

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