Specifying Natural Stone

Sponsored by Natural Stone Institute
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU*; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss natural stone and its most common applications.
  2. Explain the DCOF test.
  3. Understand how anchorage requirements can influence natural stone selection.
  4. List common ASTM standards that apply to natural stone.
  5. Identify potential advantages of natural stone for both cost savings and sustainable design.

This course is part of the Natural Stone Academy

This course is part of the Natural Stone Academy

Natural stone is a beautiful, durable, and sustainable material with many design options and applications. However, it is critical that the right stone be chosen for the right place. There are many factors to consider, including the material’s absorption, resistance to abrasion, and slip resistance. In addition, many applications require the material to comply with one or more established standards. Finally, correct installation, including the specification of appropriate anchorage systems, ensures that the natural stone product performs as expected. This course will help design professionals confidently specify natural stone products across a range of applications.

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