In recent time, we have seen the emergence of different projects that foster the implementation of sustainable systems for the production and use of building materials, and natural stone is no exception.
The implementation of automatized systems for the organic consolidation and reinforcement of natural stone (through the use of environmental friendly agents) is an integral part of these processes. These measures are likely to reduce the number of breakages during processing,which will consequently reduce the quantity of subproducts. Water based epoxy resin formulations will serve as consolidants to prevent organic volatile component emissions.
It is envisaged to accomplish optimal productivity by means of fast-cutting systems with considerably reduced dust emissions, so the amount of waste generated during the production of natural stone will be decreased. The cutting process will also see reduced energy consumption, while the production will be increased.
The introduction of new processes and technologies will make for new, multifunctional natural stone products, which will have high added value: durability, self-cleaning properties, as well as thermal energy storage capacity. This self-cleaning natural stone will be characterized by higher resistance to atmospheric pollution, dust, bacteria and graffitis. Natural stone products with thermal energy storage capacity are bound to reduce energy demands in different habitats,which will diminish the use of HVAC systems in buildings.
The implementation, dissemination and promotion of these sustainable systems will be conducted through the use of best available techniques for the production of produce a truly sustainable natural stone. This is likely to bring about a more competitive market, with high added value.
From the scientific-technological standpoint, these sustainable systems will see the implementation of innovative materials and new technologies, which will bring about a healthier economic climate in in the natural stone sector. Energy costs during production will also be reduced owing to these new products with energy storage properties.
We also should not forget the social aspect of the whole story, as we are more than likely to see improvements in life quality and human comfort, as using natural materials will cause the significant reductions in temperature fluctuations between day and night in buildings. If we just concentrate on different paver products, which can be used for multiple purposes, you’ll see that these new, sustainable solutions offer almost endless possibilities.
These systems will facilitate the modernization of the natural stone production chain, yielding materials with higher value. The newly discovered functionalities of natural stone will be based not only on its a esthetical properties, but also on an increased comfort for habitats, better performances and architectural solutions, in addition to improved energy efficiency.
The development of new engineering concepts, which rely on nanotechnology, multifunctional products, advanced materials, and intelligent, Eco-efficient production, will ensure that all these objectives are accomplished.