EPiC database - Dimension stone

This material is part of the free Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database. The EPiC Database contains embodied environmental flow coefficients for 250+ construction materials using a comprehensive hybrid life cycle inventory approach.

Dimension stone is the common term used for finished blocks or slabs of stone used in construction. There are a variety of rock types used to create dimension stone, including: marble, granite, slate, travertine and others. These have different properties, and can vary in strength, hardness, durability, texture, colour, size and cost.

Dimension stone is mined from quarries, using precision saws, burners and blasting. Slabs are then graded, cut to size, and finished using a variety of techniques, including: sandblasting, polishing, honing, and saw cutting; each technique providing a different finish and texture. Resin can be used to fill imperfections in the stone.

Dimension stones are commonly used for bathroom vanities, countertops, flooring and cladding. Granite is used for external and flooring applications due to its hardness, and ability to withstand weathering. Marble and travertine is commonly used for benchtops and interior applications.

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