Recently, Australia announced a major decision to ban the use of engineered stone. This significant move, driven by health concerns, has important implications for homeowners and industry professionals planning renovations or new construction projects.

Why The Ban?

The decision to ban engineered stone in Australia stems from the increasing health concerns associated with its use. Primarily, the high levels of silica dust produced when cutting or working with engineered stone have been linked to a rise in cases of silicosis, a severe lung disease. A recent report by Safe Work Australia highlighted the disproportionate rate of silicosis among engineered stone workers.

Alternatives to Consider

With the ban set to reshape the landscape of building materials, exploring alternatives is essential. Options such as porcelain, natural stone (like marble, granite, or sandstone), laminate, tiles, concrete, or wood/timber present viable and attractive choices. Each material comes with its unique set of advantages, catering to different aesthetic preferences, budgets, and functional requirements.

Implementation Details

The ban becomes effective on July 1, 2024. Businesses and consumers are advised to refrain from ordering engineered stone after January 1, 2024, to avoid logistical issues. A comprehensive transition plan for the industry is expected to be rolled out by March 2024.

Supplying Natural Stone

Marblous Group recognises the importance of providing safe, modern, and regulation-compliant options for home renovations. We are proud to offer an extensive range of high-quality natural stone and porcelain products that promise elegance and safety, perfectly aligning with Australia’s new health standards. As the industry adapts to this significant change, Marblous Group remains dedicated to meeting your needs with our evolving product line. We’re committed to ensuring your home renovation projects are not just aesthetically pleasing but also safe and compliant with the latest regulations.

As we navigate this industry shift, we continue to be your trusted partner in providing quality porcelain and natural stone solutions. If you’re in the process of building, renovating or simply upgrading your space, book a consultation with one of our trusted sales representatives. Click here to get in touch