Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Solidly Sustainable: Always Design-friendly, Now Some Solid Surfaces are Eco-friendly, Too

This course is no longer active
Sponsored by LG Hausys America, Inc., Surfaces
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. %IExplain the features that make a solid surface product eco-friendly.
  2. %IDiscuss the basic processes of thermoforming and fabricating solid surface materials.
  3. %IDescribe how solid surface was used in specific examples, from concept and visualization through design and fabrication.
  4. %IRecognize the design potential made possible by solid surface's unique ability to be shaped in virtually limitless ways.


Solid acrylic surface is one of the most widely used building products in the world, highly valued for its exceptional versatility, durability and a unique ability to be thermoformed into almost unlimited shapes. But today, one of the most important features in a building product is sustainability. This course focuses on new solid surface products that retain all the performance characteristics of ordinary solid surfaces, but are also highly sustainable and eco-friendly. The course includes information about what to look for in solid surfaces to ensure they are truly eco-friendly, as well as a demonstration and examples of the unique fabrication and thermoforming processes that allow solid surface to give inspiration solid shape.