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Architectural Stone Veneer: Invisible but Measurable Difference

Continuing Education

Learn At Your Own Pace - You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives - At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Compare the advantages of architectural stone veneer over natural stone for a wide range of applications.
  2. Discuss important aspects of installation of architectural stone veneer on various common substrates.
  3. Evaluate techniques to be used in grouting to achieve various design effects and for maximum authenticity of surfaces.
  4. Explain key technical information about water management, evaluation reports, testing and other factors to be considered when selecting and using architectural stone veneer products and manufacturers.

AIA logo Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
Today's architectural stone veneer is crafted to virtually reproduce the colors, texture, substance and long-lived quality of natural stone -- but at about half the cost and one third the weight. This course explains in detail the key technical issues involved in selecting and using architectural stone veneers on any project where stone might be used, and on some where cost, climate or other factors might preclude natural stone. The course includes information on installation in various situations, and techniques for achieving the most authentic and attractive surfaces and interiors, and for managing water and other technical factors to avoid problems and maximize performance. Many examples are included of beautiful, sustainable, long-lasting buildings that have incorporated architectural stone veneer with all the desirable qualities of natural stone but with easier installation and maintenance and at far less cost.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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