14 November 2013

Earth Measure Selected as a BuildingGreen Top-10 Product for 2014

Cold Spring, Minn. – (Nov. 14, 2013) – Earth Measure from Coldspring, the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone, has been selected as one of BuildingGreen’s Top-10 products for 2014 by BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News (EBN).
The winners were announced Nov. 12 during a live BuildingGreen webcast and will be presented at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild convention in Philadelphia, Pa. on Nov. 21.
Now in its twelfth year, the Top-10 awards go to the most innovative green building products handpicked by BuildingGreen editors from among the hundreds of new and innovative products reviewed in the previous twelve months.
According to Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, the 2014 selections highlight how a focus on simplicity and quality enable today’s green products to contribute to sustainable and resilient design goals. “The products we’re recognizing this year are remarkable in their diversity and innovation,” said Wilson. “We are thrilled to call attention to these products, which are helping to create more sustainable, greener buildings throughout North America.”
Coldspring teamed with green building pioneer Jason F. McLennan, founder and author of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program, to launch Earth Measure – a new product line of deep green reclaimed stone.
Earth Measure is comprised of remnant stone and is available in three customizable pattern series that use nature’s geometry as inspiration. To produce Earth Measure, Coldspring takes stone by-products, which are typically ground up as aggregate or discarded as waste, and uses the company’s patented process to produce the stone. The stone line has a very low embodied energy, is manufactured with zero chemicals and can last for decades with little to no maintenance.
For the last few years, Coldspring has been working with Jason F. McLennan to benchmark and reduce the environmental impacts of the company’s operations. Through this collaboration, a unique partnership emerged and the result is the new Earth Measure product line.
The initial product line features three distinct patterns that take inspiration from the natural world with more patterns to be launched in the near future. The initial patterns include a design built on dried mud forms, one based on the Fibonacci series and the golden proportions often found in nature, as well as one based on linear strips designed to work alongside wood applications.
Coldspring continues to make steps to provide sustainable materials to the market place. They have disclosed all components of its dimensional stone (granite and limestone) on the Declare™ product database and that these products have been designated “Red List Free” on the Declare ingredients label. The Declare product database is developed by the International Living Future Institute to make it easier for project teams to identify products compliant with the Living Building Challenge™, the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard. The Red List identifies the “worst-in-class” materials, chemicals and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem.
Any project seeking certification under the Living Building Challenge must be free of Red List chemicals and materials. Declare supports the Living Building Challenge by providing a transparent materials database that project teams can select from to meet this requirement. As part of the declaration, the team at Coldspring has added the Declare label to their product offering to assist project teams in determining how best to source local products that support regional economies.
For more information contact Coldspring at 1-800-328-5040
About McLennan Design
McLennan Design is a small but highly innovative green design company founded by Jason F. McLennan, one of the leaders of the green building movement. McLennan Design helps companies think through their environmental performance and reconceive architectural products to be beautiful and inspiring while being responsibly produced. McLennan is the founder and author of the Living Building Challenge, several significant books on sustainability and a winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize.
About Coldspring

From natural stone and bronze to industrial and diamond tooling products, Coldspring has been serving the architectural, memorial, residential and industrial markets for more than 115 years. Headquartered in Cold Spring, Minn., the company owns and operates multiple facilities across the country, including 30 quarries, five fabrication locations, and a bronze foundry. They employ more than 900 employees throughout North America.