A natural fit for green building.
Green building reduces the negative impact that building has on the environment and on the health of those involved. Current building methods rely too heavily on water use, gas emissions, electricity consumption and waste output. In order to decrease costs and to be good stewards of the Earth, Halquist Stone has invested a lot of time and effort to understand how natural stone can be eco friendly and cost effective.
Stone is a natural fit for green building for several reasons:
• Natural product with enduring life
• Linked to improved indoor air quality and contributes to energy efficiency
• 100% recyclable (whatever is not used is ground up for AgLime for fertilizing farmland)
Quarry reclamation is another way quarries show dedication to being green. This practice consists of turning the used extraction site into an environmentally friendly area by restoring trees, grasses and other plants to create a suitable wildlife habitat.
Halquist Stone Company strives to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible. As such no excess process materials or solid waste is produced at the following facilities: Hamilton Quarry, Ideal Quarry, Lannon Quarry, Chilton Quarry and the Chilton processing facility.
Energy Management Program
Halquist tracks our energy progress towards establishing a goal on a rolling 5 year period based on percentage reduction. Our kilowatt usage is the following:
Chilton Quarry 2015 = 305,139 kWh; 2016 = 332,276 kWh
Hamilton Quarry 2015 = 28,645 kWh; 2016 = 27,545 kWh
Ideal Quarry 2015 = 60,313 kWh; 2016 = 46,344 kWh
Lannon Quarry 2015 = 0.00 kWh; 2016 = 0.00 kWh
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Green Building Rating System is the most widely used rating system for green building. This system defines standards for environmentally responsible, healthier, and more profitable structures, and awards points to new construction and major renovation projects in five categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
For more information on Leed® credits, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council