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Specification Choices

  • What is it made of – is it renewable or scarce?
  • What processing did it undergo – was this polluting or energy intensive?
  • How far did it come – was there a lot of road transport involved?  Stone from India and China does not count the carbon footprint until the stone reaches the UK port.
  • What effect will it have on those installing in and those using the building?
  • Does it require a lot of maintenance that may be environmentally damaging?
  • What will happen to it at the end of its useful life?
  • Does it have a unique positive function that over-rides its environmental impacts?
  • Is there a better option?