In ideal circumstances, the mason is involved in the planning phase of a project, offering their experience and technical expertise to the design team. Many project though are fully designed and specified before the mason sees the plans and submits a bid. The following strategies are for architects, landscape architects, interior designers and other members of the design team who want to include sustainable stonework in their projects.
- Specify real stone
- Become familiar with local stone types and suppliers
- Develop relationships with local masons
- Learn benefits of drystone construction and lime-based mortars
- Limit veneer and facade stone
- Be aware of the moisture issues of applying stone to building envelope
- Allow for thicker veneer and avoid face bedded stone
- Use stone structurally, not just as cladding
- Use stone for retaining walls rather than pre-cast concrete block
- Avoid planting woody-stemmed shrubs and trees close to stonework
- Avoid mortared flagstone unless it is protected from the elements
- Learn the principles of historic restoration and appropriate re-purposing of older masonry buildings
- Join the Stone Foundation
Green Stonework: Green ideas for masons and wallers.
The Stone Foundation: A community of stone workers and enthusiasts committed to preserving the craft.