Natural stone countertops are those composed of granite, soapstone, slate, or other naturally occurring minerals. Natural stone is used scarcely within the office space as the price and feasibility of full stone coverage is typically impractical, however it is very suitable for rooms such as pantry rooms due to its durability and low porosity.
- Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified that are non-abrasive.
- For soapstone countertops, seal with mineral oil to reduce staining.
- For slate countertops, rub lemon oil into the surface to create an ascetically pleasing look.
End of Life Tips
- For materials that are well worn or damaged, recycling is the next best option. Contact the flooring manufacturer for recycling information, or visit Earth 911 http://earth911.com/ to determine the capacity of local facilities.
For alignment with LEED Standards
- Regional Materials: At a minimum, use 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles. Additionally, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.
- Setting Adhesives and Grout: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.