Natural Stone Academy
Brought to you by Natural Stone Institute

  3 AIA LU/HSW; 5 AIA LU

Natural stone as a building material shows up virtually everywhere—from building facades to landscaping and interior accents. The Stone Academy examines the innovative design and structural uses of natural stone in residential, commercial, and public applications. It also delves into the use of stone as a sustainable material, as well as provides an overview of the aesthetic benefits, technical advances, fabrication, quarrying and excavation challenges, installation issues, and the overarching historical context of stone. Additionally, the academy examines many different types of stone and provides insights and case studies detailing their use, both indoors and out. As innovative design solutions become more and more important in creating cost-effective, high-performing contemporary structures, stone is a popular choice for its natural beauty and versatility, environmental benefits, and durability. The academy features numerous examples of such innovation across many project types in the United States and abroad.

Earn 8 AIA LU (3 AIA LU/HSW + 5 AIA LU).

Academy Courses
Specifying Natural Stone
This course will help design professionals confidently specify natural stone products across a range...
Living the Good Life with Natural Stone
Residential projects—big and small—benefit from stone’s natural beauty, durability, versatilit...
Mother Nature's Green Building Material
The new sustainable stone standard (ANSI/NSC 373) will transform the material selection of natural s...
Understanding Anchorage Systems for Natural Stone Cladding
Knowing how anchorage systems work, their main components, and the difference in system types is cri...

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Hundreds of temples serve the 2.2 million Hindus living in the United States, but the Iraivan (meaning "He who is worshipped") Temple is the only one known to be built without modern equipment.

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