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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
  • AD100: ANSI/NSC 373 Mother Nature's Green Building Product (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.

  • 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.