Natural Stone Academy
Brought to you by Natural Stone Institute

  6 AIA LU/HSW; 4 AIA LU/Elective

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.

Academy Courses
The Importance of Testing When Specifying Natural Stone
Educating design professionals about which ASTM and ANSI tests to specify for every common natural s...
Specifying Natural Stone
This course will help design professionals confidently specify natural stone products across a range...
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...

Academy Resources

Editorial Resources

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.

Brian James Barr

Natural Stone Institute Resources

Natural Stone Council (NSC) updates sustainability standard to align with evolving green building programs