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CEU Program for the Architect and Design Community

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The Natural Stone Institute offer various continuing education opportunities for Architects, Landscape Architects and the design community.  The Natural Stone Institute Online University provides a quick and convenient way to earn valuable Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours by reading an online course and completing the quiz. To learn more about the Natual Stone Institute education programs, please click here.  If you are interested in taking a CEU course from the Natural Stone Institute Online University, please pick from the courses listed below.

Courses in CEU Program for the Architect and Design Community
  • AD102: Why Choose Natural Stone (A&D)

    With so many building materials on the market today, this course will remind you why architects and designers keep choosing natural stone for their projects. Throughout history we’ve seen natural stone used in iconic structures symbolizing strength and permanence. New materials strive to mimic its beauty, but genuine natural materials connect us with our planet and its future in a unique and undeniable way. Its inherent durability allows stone to perform impeccably in commercial and residential applications, interior or exterior. New technologies are also keeping stone a front runner with innovative interior design trends by introducing new textures and patterns.

  • AD101: Natural Stone 101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing with the Oldest Building Material (A&D)

    This one-hour class 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.

  • AD320: The Art of Specifying Natural Stone (A&D)

    This one hour session 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.  What do you need to know about its species, color variations, and finish possibilities? Is the quarry able to produce the sizes and quantities you need? And finally, what factors effect the price of the stone you specify? Get the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application.

  • AD100: Why Specify Certified Stone | How the Natural Dimension Stone Sustainability Standard can Assist Green Building Projects (A&D)

    In the 1990s, “design thinking,” a method of using synthesis to analyze complex problems, was used to generate solutions to the growing problems from climate change. Architects like William McDonough began to rephrase the questions surrounding the degradation of natural resources and pollution as a design problem. In his seminal book From Cradle to Cradle, he introduces what has now become a tidal wave of life-cycle analysis (LCA) environmental initiatives that document where and how materials are sourced, produced, transported, and reused. Today, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, managers, and the public are driving a building revolution that encourages the design and construction of healthy spaces. These projects give to rather than take from the environment from design through construction practices, including the choice of sustainable building materials.

  • AD210: Marble Use in the Kitchen (A&D)

    Marble use in the kitchen is on the rise. This webinar will cover various aspects of working with marble in the kitchen, including requirements for care and maintenance, design trends, and setting proper customer expectations for marble countertops.

  • AD155: Natural Thin Stone Veneer: The Basics (A&D)

    This one-hour class is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of a relatively new application (thin veneer) of a product (natural stone). Explore natural stone's beauty and durability on structures from around the world. Learn the history and best uses for different types of stone veneer, how thin stone is produced, and common application techniques and opportunities.

  • AD350: Award Winning Projects Featuring Natural Stone (A&D)

    Each year, the Natural Stone Institute's Pinnacle Awards honor projects whose innovation, beauty, and craftsmanship represent the best use of natural stone. For this course, we have selected three 2019 Pinnacle Award winning projects notable for their ingenuity, sustainable attributes, and material selection. Featured here are an education center, a private residence, and a historic building renovation.