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Introduction to the project

BRE is currently involved with a major project on the testing and assessment of natural stones currently produced in the UK. The project is part of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) Partners in Technology Programme and is jointly funded by the DETR and the UK stone producers. The first phase of the programme began in April 1996, dealing with limestones; the second phase, on sandstones, started in the Autumn of 1997 and it is hoped that the third phase (on slates, granites and other igneous stones) will begin in May 1999 and be completed in towards the end of 2001.

The results presented here represent the first output from the project and further results will be added as they become available. Some results for sandstones are included, these are based on earlier BRE research undertaken as a pilot project prior to the start of the limestone work and on the results of tests carried out for producers by other test houses.