Building Green

Hyundai Living & Culture is dedicated to protecting the environment and reducing our energy footprint by creating eco-friendly products that reflect the beauty of nature. From product research and development, to manufacturing and recycling, we take every step to safeguard the environment and protect its future for generations to come. As part of that effort, the Hyundai Department Store Group is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and we adhere to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED®) green building guidelines.


It’s a simple message with an enormous impact. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” encourages individuals, businesses, and communities to reuse manufactured goods before tapping into our limited raw resources. Not only does Hyundai L&C encourage this thought, but we also put it into practice. All our North American locations are committed to achieving these goals:
  • Prevent pollution and promote reuse and recycling
  • Reduce priority and toxic chemicals in products and waste
  • Conserve energy and materials


From recycling 100% of the water used in the production process, to installing air purification systems and collecting and removing all dust within our plants, we strive to ensure a healthy workplace and promote an eco-conscious approach to product development and waste management.

Specifying Hyundai L&C USA products for your green building projects also contributes to earning LEED certification points. All of our surfaces are low-VOC, in accordance with GREENGUARD’s Indoor Air Quality standards, and they clean easily with no need for chemical detergents.

North American Facility

In keeping with Hyundai L&C’s ongoing commitment to sustainable production, our 20,000 sq. meter, state-of-the-art Canada facility utilizes the most advanced, environmentally responsible manufacturing process available. Located in London, Ontario, the facility solidifies Hyundai L&C USA's presence in North America as one of the leading producers of fine quartz surfaces – via its HanStone Quartz product line.

Energy & Waste

Energy: Our building is designed with a sophisticated HVAC system requiring minimum air exchange and conserving energy. Our oil-based heating system also efficiently generates and distributes heat. To further lessen our carbon footprint, we continually reevaluate and reengineer our operating procedures, to reduce overall energy consumption.Water: A state-of-the-art water recycling system is at the heart of our building design and every manufacturing process. To maximize water conservation, our North American plant recycles 100% of the wastewater generated during manufacturing.
Manufacturing Byproducts: Our goal is to reduce, reuse and recycle our own byproducts as much as possible. At our plant in Canada, we donate our byproducts to local companies to for reutilization. Along the way, we have challenged our team to find even more creative and ecofriendly ways to recycle.Example: Our slab scraps are recycled with a local landscape firm, and rubber molds are recycled with a local company that breaks down the rubber and reuses it for weed reduction and other gardening products.

LEED Points Available Using HanStone

MR Credit 3 Materials Reuse


To reuse building materials and products to reduce demand for virgin materials and reduce waste, thereby lessening impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.


Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials, the sum of which constitutes at least 5% or 10%, based on cost, of the total value of materials on the project. The minimum percentage materials reused for each point threshold is as follows:

Reused Materials 5% = 1 Point
Reused Materials 10% = 2 Points


All of the HanStone products can be reused.

MR Credit 4 Materials Reuse


To increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content material, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.


Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus ½ of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total value of the materials in the project. The minimum percentage materials recycled for each point threshold as follows:

Recycled Content 20% = 2 Points


Specchio White: Minimum 24% Pre-consumer recycled mirror content.

MR Credit 5 Regional Materials


To increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.


Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total materials value.

If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted, harvested, or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) must contribute to the regional value. The minimum percentage regional materials for each point threshold is as follows:

Regional Content 10% = 1 Point
Regional Content 20% = 2 Points


All Canada HanStone Products, if job site is within 500 miles of zipcode N6M OC5. Fabrication can be considered “final” place of assembly, therefore if the fabrication is located within 500 miles, then all colors are qualifying.

IQ Credit 4.1 Low-Emitting Materials-Adhesives & Sealants


To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and wellbeing of installers and occupants.


All adhesives and sealants used on the interior of the building (i.e. - inside of the weatherproofing system and applied on-site) must comply with the following requirements as applicable to the project’s scope: Adhesives, Sealants and Sealant Primers must comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule #1168.

1 Point


All HanStone materials can qualify if the VOC content of adhesives is less than the current limit specified in SC AQMD Rule #1168.

ID Credit 1 Innovation in Design


To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to achieve exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.


Path 1. Innovation in Design

1-5 Points for NC & CS
1-4 Points for Schools


Path 2. Exemplary Performance

1-3 Points


All HanStone products are both GREENGUARD certified for Children & Schools as well as indoor air quality and therefore may be able to contribute to this credit.

Introducing HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces.

Which is right for you?

Made from one of the hardest minerals in nature, HanStone Quartz is as beautiful as it is durable. It’s raw materials harvested from the earth, formed into slabs, and polished to perfection; making each HanStone surface uniquely brilliant. While, our Hanex Solid Surfaces are custom crafted by engineers and artists who reimagine nature on a solid acrylic canvas, each filled with timeless beauty and quality.