The Art of Specifying Natural Stone

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

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.

This course is part of the Natural Stone Academy

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.


Photo courtesy of ABC Worldwide Stone

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