Natural Stone vs. Manmade Materials CEU Courses Now Available

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Oberlin, OH, June 21, 2022—The Natural Stone Institute is proud to announce two new CEU courses covering Natural Stone vs. Manmade Materials in Exterior and Interior Applications.

Both courses compare the versatility, performance characteristics, and green building considerations for both natural stone and manmade materials. Understanding these key points will prepare participants with knowledge for design concepts, applications, and how to educate clients. Learning objectives include:

  • Defining and explaining attributes to understand what can affect the performance of both natural stone and manmade materials.
  • Comparing and contrasting the attributes and installation capabilities of natural stone and manmade materials to understand the optimal building material choice for project design and installation.
  • Discussing common green building considerations for these materials, including embodied energy, potentially harmful ingredients, and land impacts.
  • Learning which innovative design trends can be satisfied with natural stone, including biophilic design, complex geometries, and textures to offer both creative and aesthetic opportunity.

Daniel Wood, Natural Stone and Materials Consultant for Lurvey Supply and CEU Committee chair said: “The material comparisons in these CEUs provide a side by side look at the different attributes and performance characteristics of both natural stone and manmade materials. This content will help the design community understand the differences between them, their environmental footprints, and will allow them to make more informed specification decisions.”

Both courses are approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES and NKBA credit. These new courses are available to certified CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. To learn more about becoming a certified CEU speaker through the Natural Stone Institute, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/CEU.



About the Natural Stone Institute
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.



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