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The Importance Of Sustainability When Using Building Aggregates

Sustainability is becoming all the more important when it comes to using building aggregates, read on to learn more.

The Importance Of Sustainability When Using Building Aggregates

Posted on - 08.08.23

Sand, gravel, crushed stone, rock and soil are the most common types of building aggregates used in the building and construction sector. Each having their own unique and special qualities, they are used for building and construction projects worldwide and it’s not hard to see why. Building aggregates may be essential in building durable buildings and infrastructure, but they can have a negative impact on the environment. In this article, we discuss the importance of sustainability when using building aggregates and types of sustainable options.

According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment (including the construction sector) is responsible for around 25% of the UK's overall greenhouse gas emissions. It is evidently clear that the construction sector plays a crucial part in this matter, as such, subsequent changes must be made if the UK is to meet net zero by 2050.

In the face of an emerging and potentially inevitable climate crisis, it’s crucial for building and construction companies to prioritise sustainability by making eco-friendly decisions and striving towards a greener and better future. This can be achieved by improving building energy performance, using locally sourced materials to help reduce carbon footprints and switching to recycled or non-toxic building aggregates.

Types of Sustainable Building Aggregates

Limestone Dust

Naturally occurring and non-toxic, limestone dust is a byproduct of limestone. If limestone quarries practise sustainable measures such as revegetation and water management, limestone dust can be considered as sustainable. Additionally, regionally manufactured and extracted limestone dust can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the transportation of the materials, making it ideal for environmentally-conscious contractors. 

As a builders’ aggregate, limestone dust is often used as a bedding material with coarse aggregate underneath to create a firm sub-base. It can also be used for many other applications such as the laying of slabs, paving and artificial grass. 


Similar to limestone, soil is another natural resource. Once sustainably sourced and extracted, top soil is also considered eco-friendly. Unlike other aggregates, it is not a finite resource and it can be replenished through natural processes. Top soil is also biodegradable, which means it breaks down naturally over time and it does not contribute to long-term environmental damage. Instead, it has the ability to absorb carbon dioxide. As a builders’ aggregate, top soil is excellent for landscaping projects. Packed with nutrients, top soil is ideal for under turf, bulking borders and filling raised flower beds. Alternatively, recycled fill soil is another sustainable material in our range. Ideal for backfilling, raising your landscape and other landscape gardening projects.

Building Aggregates In Stoke-On-Trent

By using sustainable building aggregates from D Price & Sons, you can help reduce carbon emissions and decrease your carbon footprint. We supply limestone dust and top soil to our domestic and contracting customers in Stoke-On-Trent as well as other areas of Staffordshire. Our limestone dust is available in 0.85 cubic metre bulk bags. Our topsoil and recycled fill soil is available bagged or loose for your convenience. For more information on our products, please contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.  

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