Natural Stone: Everything You Need to Know About Designing with the Oldest Building Material

Sponsored by Natural Stone Institute
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain a better understanding of how the mineral composition and formation of stone affect its performance as a building material.
  2. Learn about the science of each species of stone, specific attributes that can impact the safety of occupants, examples of how it is quarried, and common applications.
  3. Gain knowledge about stone fabrication and finishing methods that can produce improved friction for foot traffic.
  4. Understand the resources available that are relevant to natural stone and how to best create a safe and functional stone surface for occupants.

This course is part of the Natural Stone Academy

This course is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, serpentine, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you'll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.


Photo courtesy of Russell Stone Products

This test is no longer available for credit
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Originally published in November 2019