The Art of Specifying Natural Stone

Sponsored by Natural Stone Institute

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of each pillar in the typical construction project.
  2. Review resources to find more information about natural stone standards and how these impact the safety and functionality of the built environment.
  3. Learn how to plan for the longevity, low maintenance, and occupant well-being of an installation by specifying appropriate materials.
  4. Evaluate factors specific to the price of different natural stone materials, impact on occupant safety and wellness, finishes and methods.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. There are many factors to consider to ensure you are choosing the proper material for your project including, species, color, impact on occupant safety as a walking surface, durability and structural stability, price, finish options, and impact on the overall safety and wellness of occupants. Other factors to consider address the ability for the quarry to produce the sizes and quantities specified. Finally this content will provide resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application, and can contribute to the health, safety, and well-being of occupants over the expected usable lifetime of the material, which for stone, could be centuries.

Speciying

Photo courtesy of ABC Worldwide Stone

 

Natural Stone Institute The Natural Stone Institute offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events for the natural stone industry. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/stoneacademy.

 

Originally published in November 2019

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