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Environmentally Sensitive English Limestone from Goldholme Stone, Used for Luxury Apartments in London


A detailed study has shown the English limestone supplied by Goldholme Stone for Montrose House, in Montrose Place, Belgravia, has less than half the environmental impact of clay brick. The development of luxury apartments, which was designed by award-winning architect Hamiltons Architects for London developer CIT, is good news for clients looking for sustainable building materials that will add lasting character to their project.

London, United Kingdom, August 05, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Goldholme Stone’s Lincolnshire limestone is ranked at No. 1 for six of the eight environmental impacts assessed, and No. 2 for the remaining two. And with an overall score of just 42, it achieves the lowest environmental impact score of the six, commonly specified building materials in the study. The next best material, clay brick, scores 91 while third ranked reconstituted stone scores 141.

The study, ‘A Comparison of the Environmental Impact of Various Building Materials’, (researched and compiled by environmental assessment consultant Hughes Craven [formerly Halletec Associates]), compares five construction materials to Goldholme Stone’s Lincolnshire limestone. Clay Brick, Reconstituted Stone, Timber Cladding, Glass/Steel and Plastic Cladding were assessed and ranked alongside the limestone for the following environmental impacts:-

· Energy in manufacture
· Pollutants emitted
· Waste in production
· Impact of processing plant
· Life of product
· Maintenance in service
· Carbon dioxide footprint
· Recycling potential

The results give assurance to a growing number of environmentally conscious architects like Hamiltons and supports their decision to use English limestone for both aesthetic and sustainability reasons. Hamiltons director Craig Casci said they chose it “Because it is a UK stone and it was greatly liked by Westminster Planning Department and a more interesting alternative to Portland, with warmer tones, especially when wet. We also specify loadbearing stone and the strength and hardness met the specification”

The stone was fixed by London stone contractor Stonewest and Mr. Casci noted that the finished building “has generated a great amount of interest from both press and public.”

Phil Kerry, Managing Director of Goldholme Stone commented, “We’re pleased the environmental impact of building materials has become an important issue for the construction industry. Locally-sourced materials are often the best option when sustainability is an important design factor.”

The full study can be downloaded from Goldholme Stone’s website at http://www.goldholme.com/impact.htm

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