Courses Available Through Select Institute Members

Courses listed below are only available through select Institute Members

 

Basics of Limestone Fabrication, Selection, Applications & Maintenance

This one - hour class is designed for design professionals to gain a full understanding of limestone as a building material. Learn more about how to select this natural stone for a variety of interior and exterior applications. Gain an understanding of how limestone is fabricated and its unique application opportunities to enhance your design plans. Obtain information about setting the proper consumer expectation regarding installation and maintenance.

Learning Objectives

  • Review how limestone is formed and types.
  • Summarize how limestone is fabricated.
  • Learn about the limestone selection process and how to identify quality material.
  • Review application opportunities.
  • Explain information on limestone uses and limitations in both interior and exterior settings.
  • Review how to maintain and care for limestone after it has been installed.

Program Length: 60 Minutes

Credits:

  • IDCED: CEU-120308 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • AIA: NSIDT01 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES: NSIDT01 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Dry Treat.

 

Bluestone: Geology, Quarrying, Production and Material Types

Bluestone used in landscape design goes beyond simple paving. This program will describe the qualities of bluestone and best practices associated with its quarrying, fabrication, and installation in support of sustainable design. Differences in material types, color and texture variances will be explored. Participants will become aware of the natural stone industry’s advocacy for social, economic and environmental responsibility while producing and providing this valued landscape material for landscape architectural use.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish the environmentally responsible and sustainable qualities of bluestone; especially as they align with GREEN building philosophies and LEED construction objectives.
  2. Identify the most effective quarrying processes for Bluestone in support of regulatory standards and ethics; while optimizing resource management, waste reduction, environmental preservation and economic growth.
  3. Recognize best practices for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural stone; and highlight the importance of investing in quality equipment, advocating employee safety, and promoting the strategic use and reuse of water used while preparing bluestone for architectural landscape utilization.
  4. Determine and define installation patterns and strategies proven to enhance the aesthetics of retaining wall and patio projects that will withstand the test of time.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSILURV2, 1.0 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Lurvey's Landscape Supply.

 

Bluestone & Limestone: The Two Faces of the Same Coin

Bluestone and Limestone are two of the most common sedimentary rocks in the world. The most common uses of these two stones today are in building construction, such as structures, and floor and wall applications for interior and exterior uses. This one-hour course starts with an overview on how limestone and bluestone are formed geological, specifically the ones from the European continent. Participants will have the opportunity to view different installations ranging from interior to exterior applications while understand how to set proper customers’ expectations when it comes to installation and regular maintenance. During the presentation, several applications’ images with difference surface finishes will offer the participants an opportunity to see various ways to use limestone and bluestones in projects that will enhance creativity in architectural designs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Limestone and sandstones Understand how limestone and sandstone are geologically formed.
  2. Get inspired by great structures around the world that have used limestone and sandstone and they are still standing.
  3. Learn about the production process from the quarry to the end project. Understand the various finishes available on these stones and they typical uses. Get an overview of main technical data of the products.
  4. Be inspired by various installation of these two natural stones ranging from patio projects, inside buildings on floors and wall, around fireplaces, on the exterior of buildings, and Hardscape.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NISVDA01, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NISVDA01, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • NKBA: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Via dell’Arte.

 

Building Enclosures | Design Considerations and Lessons Learned

This course offers attendees with enough information to be able to detail transitions between different building enclosure systems as well as requirements to address while detailing such transitions. The course also offers insight between discrepancies that have been found between design and delivery. Discrepancies can occur due to unanticipated field conditions, sequencing/scheduling, installation challenges, or others. These discrepancies sometimes pose potential performance issues and even safety hazards. In addition, this course offers insight on advancements in building enclosure design using simulations and advances engineering techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Detailing system transitions.
  2. Warning signs during installation.
  3. Design advancement in facade technology
  4. Building code requirements overview of glass railing systems.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC123, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Building Enclosures | Unitized Curtain Wall

This presentation focuses on system components, performance variables and early design processes involved in providing an efficient and coordinated unitized curtain wall design that can be successfully executed. Attendees will explore the benefits of factory glazed unitized wall systems, including use of natural stone for building enclosures. We will discuss various solutions to handle unique design challenges and performance criteria for enhanced system performance. This includes being able to identity primary performance controls levels for enhanced levels of system performance. Attendees will leave the session understanding common design challenges with building enclosure systems and understanding how to avoid these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore practices and benefits of factory glazed unitized wall systems. Including use of natural stone materials.
  • Identify primary “performance control layers” and detailed design criteria for enhanced levels of system performance.
  • Illustrate common design challenges and how to avoid them.
  • Identify early design processes and milestones for coordinated design documentation.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CDC-01, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design and Consulting.

 

Building Envelope Condition Assessment - General Overview

This one hour class will teach architects how to: reference industry standard documents regarding general condition assessment of building façade components (stone, fenestration and other); inspect, evaluate and report safety considerations as outlined by ASTM E2270; use proven standards for code compliant installations; discuss the potential pitfalls of shortcuts in design and installation. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Reference industry standard documents regarding general condition assessment of building facade components (stone, fenestration and other)
  2. Reference inspection, evaluation and reporting of safety considerations as outlined by ASTM E2270
  3. Demonstrate the use of proven standards for code compliant installations
  4. Discuss the potential pitfalls of shortcuts in design and installation 

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC3, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Carving Natural Stone: From Quarry Block to Dimensional Surface

Explore the sustainable journey of stone in architecture and design, delving into its natural essence, variability, and the transformative craftsmanship that brings this enduring material to life. This course offers a deep dive into how stone can be implemented in sustainable architecture, highlighting its role in reducing environmental impact while enhancing aesthetic and functional aspects of design, engage with the principles of selecting, processing, and utilizing stone to create spaces that are not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the essence and sustainable journey of natural stone.
  2. Examine the variability and natural beauty of natural stone.
  3. Highlight the transformation opportunities of natural stone through modern craftsmanship.
  4. Identity sustainable ways to use natural stone in architecture and design.

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • AIA: NSIBE01, 1.5 LU HSW
  • IDCEC: CEU-121128, 1.5 PDH HSW
  • LACES: NSIBE01, 1.5 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Borrowed Earth Collaborative Inc.

 

Cast Stone vs Limestone

This is an informative presentation with a Q&A session. It will educate the limestone industry, specifiers and architects, on the challenges of using "cast stone" and the advantages of using limestone. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a short primer on cast stone – what is it and how is it fabricated?
  2. Learn about the various considerations for choosing cast stone and limestone.
  3. Understand the focus on service life and long term durability – highly favorable characteristics of limestone vs cast stone.
  4. Learn about the differentials in testing requirements for proper material.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSISM2, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSISM, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Sturgis Materials.

 

Celebrate Natural Stone with Vermont Quarries

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 affect 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify natural stone and review various stone special available.
  • Review historical examples of how natural stone has been used throughout history to develop some of the most significant structures built by mankind.
  • Explain the various quarrying and manufacturing methods of natural stone, and the suitable applications.
  • Highlight unique applications and projects that challenge our perception.
  • Explain how the sustainability of genuine natural stone connects us with our planet and its future.

Program Length: 60 Minutes

Credits:

  • IDCEC CEU-120306 5.1, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • AIA: NSIVQ01 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES: NSIVQ01 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Vermont Quarries.

 

Complex Fabrications

Natural stone is the world’s most durable, time-tested building material available to man. For thousands of years, we have relied on stone for weaponry, shelter, infrastructure, and of course the arts. Because stone is so abundant, it’s no accident that we have continually utilized and created innovative ways to utilize and manipulate stone for a purpose. The session will define complex stone fabrication, describe its importance, recognize some of the challenges faced by fabricators, and summarize the benefits of incorporating modern technology into stone fabrications.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define complex stone fabrication.
  2. Highlight the importance of complex stone fabrication in today’s modern world.
  3. Identify the challenges and solutions of complex fabrications to ensure project success.
  4. Define the benefits of complex stone fabrication over other stone production processes.
  5. Review successful complex stone fabrications projects to showcase the impact these have on the human experience.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA: NSIKSF01 1 LU HSW
  • IDCEC: CEU-121123 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • LACES: NSIKSF01 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Kasota Stone Fabricators.

 

Demystifying Natural Stone: Increasing Project Creativity through Design/ Manufacturing Collaboration

Innovative landscape architects are constantly looking for new ways to push the envelope of creativity. This session will examine built case studies that describe how collaboration at the different stages of design, fabrication and installation can lead to innovative design solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the way designers work with quarries and manufacturers during the design process.
  2. Understand what questions to ask the natural stone provider to increase the collaborative process.
  3. Understand the traditional and cutting-edge technologies that have re-shaped the way we design today.
  4. Through case studies, examine how collaboration at the different stages of design, fabrication and installation can lead to innovative design solutions.

Program Length: 60 minutes
*Distance Learning available

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CS15, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Design Principles of Building Façade Systems

PowerPoint presentation providing insight into critical design considerations for building façade/building enclosure systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the differences between barrier wall, barrier wall with secondary water control, rain-screen, and pressure-equalized rain-screen design methods
  2. Participants will learn the relationship between wind speeds, design wind pressures, and water head developed under wind pressure.
  3. Participants will be exposed to cavity wall construction and effective methods for air/water control in cavity wall construction.
  4. Participants will be introduced to primary AAMA and ASTM methods of field quality testing of building façade systems.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC225 , 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Enclosure System Transitions

This course offers a look at the types of building enclosure systems and the design of between them. It addresses best practices design and details of how to transition air barrier, vapor retarder and water barrier lines between typical enclosure systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify basic air water and vapor types and strategies.
  2. Recognize the variables involved designing and detailing transitions between systems.
  3. Utilize transition type knowledge in designing building envelopes.
  4. Ensure safety by using these best practices.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC226

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Fabrication of Natural Stone - Processing that Meets Design Specifications

This course is an overview of the equipment and sequence of fabrication processes used to create cuts and finishes per the design specifications of natural stone building products. Participants will recognize how architectural drawings translate into shop tickets and apply to the fabrication process. Illustrative examples of natural stone fabrication standards and how finished products are prepared for shipping and installation will convey realistic expectations in specifying design requirements for building and landscape projects.

Learning objectives:

  1. Show the machinery and use of each throughout the various aspects of how natural sent is fabricated to design specifications.
  2. Show the machinery and use of each throughout the various aspects of how natural sent is fabricated to design specifications.
  3. Identify some commonly specified cuts and applications of natural stone and illustrate the variety of finishes available.
  4. Understand how fabricated natural stone is prepared for installation, packaged, and processed for shipment.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSCI-CS15, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSCI-CS15, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Foundation Waterproofing: The First Impression

This presentation focuses on the importance of foundation waterproofing design and the various entities and coordination involved in providing a thorough, pragmatic design that can be successfully executed by the General Contractor and their subs. In addition, we will discuss coordination of stone cladding transitions with the foundation waterproofing and various geotechnical conditions that can exist, and how those play into the foundation waterproofing design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss importance of early planning and coordination with the general contractor, owner, and project teams.
    • construction documents
    • initial OAC meetings
    • submittal expectations.
  2. Understand the importance of collaborating with industry experts when specifying a waterproof design. Definition of the roles they play to avoid possible failure modes; understand the severity failures can have on the building and the occupants.
  3. Discuss geotechnical and stone conditions that are often encountered.
  4. Discuss transition options at grade to stone cladding.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC9, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSICDC9, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This Course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design & Consulting.

 

How to Create Value for Owners Using Natural Stone in Landscape Applications

In this course, participants will receive education through case study examples on creating value for owners of landscape projects using natural stone. Participants will learn how to bring their vision to reality with the selection and specification of stone that maximizes the material’s benefits. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify opportunities for incorporating stone into a project, while keeping budget in mind and providing owners with an enduring, environmentally sustainable solution. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define ASTM testing procedures and values relative to stone types and understand comparative performance values by stone species.
  2. Develop an understanding of natural stone quarrying and fabrication and how they relate to finished materials and piece sizes.
  3. Explore various stone applications and the possibilities that exist with using natural stone.
  4. Identify the three basic geological stone formations and distinguish their inherent physical characteristics as they relate to architectural stone use.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICS-13, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSICS3, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Coldspring.

 

How to Incorporate Natural Stone in Modern Campus Design

In recent years, campuses across the country have experienced a rebirth in design. Designers are experimenting with traditional materials such as natural stone and incorporating them in modern applications. Buildings and hardscapes must present a timeless, iconic elegance designed with durability and longevity in mind. Beautiful plazas and natural settings bring students outside, while thoughtfully designed hardscapes connect multiple buildings and provide opportunities for students to connect and share ideas. At the same time, walking surfaces are tasked with handling the elements and wear and tear of high-traffic areas. Through case study examples, we’ll discuss how to incorporate natural stone into campus design for iconic, durable, low-maintenance and creative solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the key goals for modern campus design and how natural stone can meet the needs for beauty, durability, prestige and low-maintenance.
  2. Understand how natural can be incorporated into durable, high-traffic hardscapes, including the appropriate finishes.
  3. Understand how to use natural stone to give the appearance of a building with tradition and a long history, while incorporating modern designs.
  4. Understand how natural stone can be incorporated into artistic elements in campus design.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CS10, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Introduction to Kansas Limestone

This course will focus on Kansas limestone. Attendees will learn about the attributes of natural stone and its relevance in sustainable design. They will learn about the origin of limestone and the physical properties of limestone. Harvesting and fabrication techniques will be shared. Achievement of desired design effect through use of texture, color and shape will be discussed. Industry questions about cleaning, anchoring, matching existing stone work and installation procedures will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the attributes of natural stone and their relevance to sustainable design.
  2. Learn how Kansas limestone is formed and gain knowledge as to the physical properties of limestone, how it is harvested and fabricated.
  3. Utilize natural Kansas limestone through an understanding of how its shape, texture, and color achieve the desired design effect.
  4. Acquire information about Kansas limestone such as how to clean, how to match existing stone structures, anchoring methods, and common installation procedures.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSIUSS3, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSIUSS2, 1 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm U.S. Stone Industries.

 

Laminated Stone Panels (LSP) for Exterior and Interior Facades

This course is an introduction to the timeless beauty of natural stone, manufactured for use as laminated stone panels. Attendees will learn the variations of natural stone laminated panels. Attendees will learn advantages and disadvantages of suing natural stone laminated panels. Attendees will review case studies to learn about the different installation applications of natural stone laminated panels. Reviewing these cases studies will lead attendees into a discussion on testing data of natural stone laminated to ensure proper installation and to meet the proper regulations of installing natural stone laminated panels. The session will end with attendees reviewing academic studies on natural stone laminated panels.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify different variations of natural stone laminated panels and discuss the advantages and limitations of natural stone laminated panels.
  2. Review case studies of natural stone laminated panels to understand application purposes of natural stone laminated panels.
  3. Examine testing data of natural stone laminated panels to gain insight into performance, safety and quality when installing laminated panels.
  4. Explain different regulations of installing natural stone laminated panels.
  5. Highlight academic studies on natural stone laminated panels.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-SStone-01, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Silkar Stone.

 

Lightweight Limestone Composite Panels: Durable, Versatile & Beautiful

This one hour course will leave the attendee with a thorough understanding of the geological composition of limestone, its attributes, and its performance as an exterior composite panel. Installation and maintenance methods will be covered, so all aspects of the product will be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the aesthetic and performance aspects of limestone that benefit the consumer as a long lasting, versatile material that offers creative opportunity.
  2. Describe the components of and fabrication process of a natural stone composite panel, and how they result in a strong, flexible, cost-saving, and lightweight cladding product.
  3. Explain the importance of selection considerations, including wind, weather, and fire testing, when specifying natural stone composite panels, so that the correct product is chosen for ultimate performance.
  4. Analyze the jobsite safety, cost, and installation benefits that selecting natural stone composite panels has on the labor market.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSILC1, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSILC1, 1 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through >Institute Member firm Litecore (Polycor, Inc.).

 

Natural Stone On High Performance Ventilated Rainscreen Facades

The use of natural stone as a building material for ventilated rainscreen façade constructions is regaining popularity due to its inherent natural beauty and durability. Natural stone panels show one of the lowest environmental footprints. Ventilated rainscreen façades represent one of the most effective methods for achieving energy-efficient buildings. This course has been designed to assist architects in showing the potential of natural stone in conjunction with ventilated rainscreen facades, and what to consider when using it. You will gain the expertise to seamlessly and aesthetically integrate natural stone into your ventilated façade projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify which natural stones are suitable for fixing on a ventilated rainscreen façade.
  2. List the various fixing options for natural stone on ventilated rainscreen façades.
  3. Describe the function and components of ventilated rainscreen façades.
  4. Understand the design possibilities and limitations of natural stone on ventilated rainscreen façades.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-FS-01, 1 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Fisher Fixings.

 

Natural Thin Veneer Stone

This course will cover the basics of natural thin veneer in today’s building market. Participants will learn what thin veneer stone is and understand the misconceptions through proper education. Participants will also gain knowledge of natural stone qualities, benefits, and differences from natural stone to manufactured while conforming to design constraints issued by LEED requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe quarrying and fabricating best practices that demonstrate the natural stone industry’s advocacy for social, economic and environmental responsibility.
  2. List the cost-saving benefits to the design and building markets in utilizing natural thin stone veneer, that also achieve comparable aesthetic results to full stone veneer applications.
  3. Identify the sustainable attributes of natural thin veneer stone that support green building philosophies.
  4. Contrast the physical and performance characteristics of natural thin stone veneer compared to manufactured stone products to correctly specify the appropriate material for the proper installation need.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-EST-1, 1 LU|HSW
  • IDCEC Course Number: 107170, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • LA CES Course Number: NSI-EST-1, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Edwards Stone.

 

Paving with Natural Stone: Why Setting Bed Method Matters

Natural stone offers one of the most durable and creative options for landscape paving. To ensure natural stone paving holds up to project demands, such as location's climate and intended use, it's important to select the proper setting bed method for the project. This course will examine the advantages of four primary types of setting bed methods, environmental considerations and intended applications for each method.  In addition, finish treatments for paving will be examined: especially for preventing slipping in wet or icy conditions. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the four types of setting beds: mortar set, sand set, pedestal set and bituminous set.
  2. Understand the advantages and recommendations for each setting bed method.
  3. Learn the best finishes for natural stone paving, depending on the stone used, the environment it is in, and the volume of foot traffic it receives. 
  4. Through case studies, examine how natural stone is used in various paving applications.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CS14, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-CS14, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

"Pulling Back the Curtain" on Architectural Cut Limestone

This one-hour class is designed for architects and designers to gain a full understanding of architectural cut limestone.  We discuss quarry locations and show how the stones are cut and extracted. Gain an understanding of how limestone is fabricated and its unique application opportunities to enhance your design plans.  Also, learn to identify challenges in the bidding process to ensure accurate pricing and cost effective projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What to know about Limestone in the Design Stage and Customization
    • Recognize how to scale design according to block size
    • How to interpret limestone applications
    • ASTM testing and specification example
    • How to classify "Green" limestone
  2. Identify Challenges in the bid Process and how to make your Design more Cost Effective
    • How to create accuracy in pricing projects
    • Integrate alternate cost effective cuts for same look
  3. Apply Best Practices to Drafting Process
    • Best practices in architectural drawings and the transformation to shop drawings, tickets, and patterns
    • Best practices with changes and field verification
  4. Production to Delivery advances for your design

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CCS16, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSI18, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • NKBA: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Continental Cut Stone.

 

Quarrying and Fabrication

This course will identify several different types of natural stone and how their properties and composition affect their fabrication and installation. Best practices for utilizing these stones while being mindful of sustainability standards will benefit both the attendees and natural stone industry in future projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the composition and general properties of several different types of stone.
  2. Understand the ANSI/NSC-373 Sustainability Standard and the natural stone industry is doing to protect our environment and improve sustainable building.
  3. Tour and understand the fabrication process for the many different types of landscape, building stone and architectural natural stone products.
  4. Have a clear knowledge of the installation process for full bed depth building stone, natural stone thin veneer, mechanical fastened architectural stone and grid systems for rain screen applications.

Program Length: 360 Minutes (includes facility tour)

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-DS-1, 6 LU|HSW
  • IDCEC Course Number: CEU-113346, 5.3, 0.4 HSW CEU
  • NKBA: 0.6 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Delta Stone Products.

 

Quarrying Natural Stone - Selection to Extraction

This course is to observe an operating quarry with an overview of granite geology and composition. Understand fundamentals of quarrying granite by viewing an extraction operation that results in commonly used material. Witness how employing industry best practices support sustainable operation goals toward social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Learning objectives:

  1. Recall the geologic region of the granite formations and its quarrying history
  2. Understand the composition of granite deposits with explanation of standard extraction methods, fabrication capabilities, and common uses in building and landscape design applications.
  3. Examine the fundamentals of extracting, cutting, staging and transporting granite by viewing the quarry site and surrounding facility operations.
  4. Observe how efforts of quarry reclamation support natural stone industry best practices and sustainability goals.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICS16, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSICS5, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Coldspring.

 

Quartzite: Everything you NEED to know about designing with the hottest building material

This one-hour class is designed for design & construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of quartzite as a building material. Learn more about quartzite and its unique characteristics. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the science of each species of quartzite, examples of how it is quarried and unique characteristics.
  2. Obtain a better understanding about how the mineral composition and formation of the quartzite affects its performance as a building material.
  3. Gain knowledge about technical specification and finishing methods.
  4. Learn how to differentiate real quartzite from mislabeled quartzite so that proper care and maintenance procedures can be established.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSIEM1, 1 LU|HSW
  • IDCEC Course Number: CEU11165, Subject Code 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member firm Everest Marble

 

Rooftop Amenities – Design and Quality Assurance

This presentation is an overview of design concepts, material selection, and best practices for installing and maintaining the necessary waterproofing that will enable the top of your building to be much more than just a roof.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify common uses for rooftop space, learning the added value of rooftop occupancy.
  2. Learn which roofing systems are commonly used for rooftop amenities and how each type offers its own variety of benefits and value.
  3. Understand critical details for designing and verifying the roofing systems to achieve optimum performance.
  4. Know which methods for detecting & repairing leaks are most beneficial in various roof designs.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC15, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSICDC15, 1.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design and Consulting.

 

Sandstone and Limestone: Formation, Quarrying, and Fabrication

This three-hour class is designed for architects, designers, and construction industry professionals that desire a complete understanding of natural stone as a building material. Begin by reviewing the various natural stones and understand the factors that affect quarrying, fabrication, and installation for all. Visit an active quarry and see the processes of selection, extraction, and sustainable practices utilized. Finally, learn more onsite about the fabrication process, finishing methods and safety protocols administered to ensure both the product and employees are protected. This combination of education and onsite tour will provide attendees with a firsthand experience of natural stone in its original environment and gain a better understanding of its properties for future creative projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain a better understanding of how the geological formation and mineral composition of several natural stones affect their performance as a building material in both interior and exterior settings.
  2. Visit an active quarry and and evaluate the most effective methods for cutting, extracting, and fabrication of different types of natural stone. Understand the sustainable practices and standards that are in place to ensure that the natural stone industry is operating towards green building.
  3. Tour a fabrication facility and learn the various faces, color availability, and possible finishes of natural stone to offer both client and consumer a product that meets their aesthetic needs and desires. 
  4. After seeing both a quarry and fabrication facility, understand the importance of investing in technology and quality equipment for employee safety and optimal product results.
  5. Leave this tour with a firsthand understanding of the journey that natural stone takes from the quarry, to fabrication, to project installation. By understanding this process and resources available, attendees will see that natural stone is inherently sustainable, versatile, and satisfies many construction needs.

Program Length: 180 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSISEM3, 3 LU|HSW's
  • LACES Course Number: NSISEM1, 3.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Semco Stone.

 

Solar Reflectivity of Construction Materials

This course offers a look at Solar Reflectivity of Construction Materials. It addresses solar control technologies, modeling tools, and building orientation. A case study is also included to showcase 'best practices' to address solar reflectivity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the basic characteristics of solar reflection
  2. Recognize the variables involved in sun-tracking and solar glare
  3. Utilize solar reflectivity knowledge in designing a building
  4. Reduce the risks caused by solar glare

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC227, 1 LU|HSW
  • GBCI Course Number: 910000265, 1.0 CE

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Specifying Natural Stone

This educational 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 affect 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. We will discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of each pillar in the typical construction project and how proper adherence to these impact public safety.
  2. Review resources to find more information about natural stone standards and how they were designed to protect all parties involved from quarrying to final installation.
  3. Learn how to plan for longevity of an installation by specifying the appropriate material and installation method.
  4. Evaluate factors specific to the price of different materials, finishes and methods.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-STG-2, 1 LU|HSW
  • NKBA: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Stone Tile Group.

 

Stone Cladding Technologies: Getting it Right the First Time

Find out what stone cladding technologies exist and explore key factors for "Getting it right the first time." Is the selected material and anchoring system suitable for your application?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review various types of cladding & see examples of cladding projects including a case study on the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.
  2. Learn what key factors are important to ensure your project is done right the first time including:
    • Material Selection
    • Structural Integrity & Back up
    • Shop Drawings
    • Anchor Design
    • Anchors
  3. Find out about the codes and regulations in place to monitor anchor design and spacing.
  4. Discuss essential items for designers, other factors affecting design, and why testing is important for safety.

Program Length: 60 minutes.

  • AIA Course Number: NSIPE2, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • GBCI Course Number: 920000094, 1.0 CE

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm PICCO Engineering.

 

Stone in Design: A Collaboration: Working with Stone Firms in the Early Design Phases

This course is intended to instruct attendees about the use of stone in projects as well as defining the key elements in the design process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of when and why stone elements should drive the design intent of the projects.
  2. Understand the importance of project team interaction with stone specialists.
  3. Identify the importance of the stone design process including needs assessment, stone selection, suitability, as well as BIM and stone design.
  4. Develop an understanding of the importance of quarry and fabrication plant tours to view materials in their natural setting and have a better idea of surface finishes as applied to finished materials.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICS20, 1.0 LU|HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

The Natural Stone of Lombardy - Italy

This one hour session is designed to give architects and designers and overview of how various examples of the regional Natural Stone of Lombardy - Italy are formed according to their respective geologies, selected, opportunities for application, uses and limitations for exterior and interior, and both horizontal and vertical settings.

There are many factors to consider when specifying Natural Stone of Lombardy for your project. What do you need to know about its geological and mechanical characteristics, color variations, and finish possibilities?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review of the Lombardic region and sampling of natural stone species that are available, from the basic geological classification from Calcareous and Siliceous types of stone: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous categories (dense limestones, sandstones, marbles, serpentines and porphyry).
  2. Locate the natural geological formations within Lombardy.
  3. Share information on the range of uses and limitations for each type of stone available in the region for both interior and exterior settings.
  4. View interior and exterior application opportunities.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-GS-2, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-GS-2, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: CEU-112949, 5.1, 0.1 CEU
  • NKBA Course Number: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Ghirardi Stone Contracting, LLC.

 

Tour: Kansas Limestone Quarrying and Fabrication

Participants will receive an intensive and hands on look at how Kansas Limestone is harvested and fabricated. The quarry portion of the tour will include an overview on how the stone is located. Participants will see how the stone ledge is processed. From the channels being saw cut to heavy equipment extracting the raw blocks from the stone ledge. After removal from the ledge the material will be processed into blocks that can be transported to the fabrication facility. There will also be an explanation of the reclamation process that returns the harvested area back to its original condition. The participants will then travel to the production facility. The entire fabrication process will be covered with explanations and demonstrations of all processing equipment. Water reclamation and complete utilization of raw materials will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the limestone formation and how it differs from other formations.  Observe the safe harvesting of the stone.
  2. Analyze how the quarry recycles water and how the quarried land is returned to its natural condition through implementation of a documented reclamation program.
  3. Understand how specialized fabrication equipment is used to produce slabs, blocks, architectural building stone and thin veneer in an efficient, accurate, and safe manner.
  4. Gain an understanding of how excess and scrap materials are re-purposed to allow for maximum utilization of raw materials.

Program Length: 240 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSIUSS1T02, 4.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: USS1601T, 4.0 HSW PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm U.S. Stone Industries.

 

Understanding Natural Stone & How To Maintain It

In this course we will take an in depth look at Natural stone as a building material, from Ancient to Modern times. We will distinguish between different types of stone and their composition and bring clarity to the world of manufactured stone. We will discuss stone characteristics like hardness, porosity, density, texture and finishes. This will then lead into the discussion of maintenance, which includes sealing do’s and don’ts, different types of sealers and their pros and cons. Lastly, we will educate about new types of sealers, why they are unique to the industry and provide recommendations for sealing each stone type.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the history of natural stone as the first building material, acknowledging its durability, versatility and ability to withstand the tests of time.
  2. Learn the geology of natural stone and how to recognize different types of natural stone by their unique characteristics.
  3. Discuss manufactured materials and how the environmental impact they have vs natural stone.
  4. Discover the appropriate way to compare and utilize sealers to care for both natural stone and manmade materials to provide customer satisfaction and product longevity.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-TF-1, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-TF-1, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: CEU-114811, 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Tuffskin Surface Protection LLC.

 

Using Lightweight Stone for Architectural Facades: Manufacturing to Installation

This course is an introduction to the timeless beauty of natural stone, manufactured for use as a lightweight façade alternative to traditional masonry materials when planning a new project.   Participants will get an understanding of the extraction of common types of stone suitable for lightweight manufacturing.  The process by which dimensional stone slabs are fabricated and bonded to aluminum honeycomb, and an education in the various finishes that can be achieved on lightweight panels for specific architectural features, such as cornices and other design conditions.  Lastly, the participants will learn about performance testing, LEED benefits, the speed and ease of lightweight stone panels, and how lightweight stone can reduce design, engineering, and installation costs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the value of using lightweight stone panels
  2. Learn about the material selection and manufacturing process to create a lightweight stone panel
  3. Identify the various aesthetic options and architectural features that can be achieved when using lightweight stone panels.
  4. Gain knowledge about installation methodologies and backup systems for lightweight stone panels

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI_SPI-2; 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI_SPI-2; 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: CEU-110549 R-1; 5.3 0.1 CEU

 NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Stone Panels International.

 

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Design and Architecture

This course will focus on the architect’s sampling process, surface finishes, graphics, basic stone detailing, BIM object libraries, and will touch lightly on anchoring systems. The objective is to provide an understanding of available finishes, and design tools available to architects as they begin the design process and progress toward contract drawings. Consideration will also be given to budget pricing and cost implications of various design options.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine and compare various finishes for stone applications and how they can impact site design (ex. aesthetics, safety, environmental impacts, etc).
  2. Recognize quarry range and background color and how it can impact project design.
  3. Explore anchoring systems, basic detailing, and BIM libraries for stone project design. Understand how they can impact construction and performance.
  4. Analyze pricing and budget considerations for standard stone details.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICS21, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSICS2, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: 119281, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 General CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Formation to Fabrication

This course is an introduction to commercially available natural stones (Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, and Marble) as used in dimension stone production. Geology, as it relates to each stone type, will be provided to aid in understanding each stone type’s physical properties. Stone harvesting and fabrication will be discussed to educate and provide insight into quarry and production techniques that contribute to successful architectural projects (understanding quarries, color, and natural markings as they relate to natural stone, etc). ASTM Testing procedures and relative values will be discussed in relation to the stone categories considered. Also discussed will be piece size and thickness as it relates to the use of each stone type and the effect of quarry type and technique.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the three basic geological stone formations and distinguish their inherent physical characteristics as they relate to architectural stone use.
  2. Define ASTM testing procedures and values relative to stone types and understand comparative performance values by stone species.
  3. Develop an understanding of natural stone quarrying and fabrication and how they impact finished materials and piece sizes.
  4. Explore various stone applications and how they can be used to develop different building and landscape designs.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICS21, 1.0 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSICS1, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: 101882, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Water Features and Natural Stone: Considerations for Design and Fabrication

When set against a backdrop of natural stone, water features can take a variety of creative directions. Whether the goal is to create a design that’s tranquil, playful or dramatic, stone and water pair up beautifully and are natural complements to each other. When considering a stone-water combination, it’s important to understand which stones perform the best with water and how different fabrication techniques and finishes accomplish the designer’s vision. Precision fabrication techniques are an important consideration that allow designers to extend the limits creativity. This course will examine the elements of fabrication and stone selection to ensure a beautiful outcome with a stone-water design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize how to select the proper stone for water applications by understanding physical characteristics such as porosity and absorption rate.
  2. Understand the importance of precision fabrication capabilities when designing with natural stone and water features.
  3. Learn how different finishes affect the overall appearance of the water feature.
  4. Through case studies, examine creative landscape designs that incorporate natural stone with water elements.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CS11, 1 LU
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-CS11, 1.0 PDH

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

What Makes Stone Sustainable?

When determining what products are sustainable, decision makers are often challenged to decipher as the definitions of sustainability often differ from person to person. For some, the definition of a sustainable product is one with good material health – the product’s “ingredients” must be healthy. For others, the sourcing of the product – the process the product goes through to get to market -- must also be environmentally responsible.

In this course, we’ll share how stone fits the criteria for both definitions and how it’s a sustainable choice for building projects. We’ll dispel common myths about the extraction process for stone and share how natural stone is quarried and produced according to third-party verified certification standards What’s more, natural stone’s sustainability certification addresses the elements that are top-of-mind for decision makers, including:

  • Water usage and management
  • Energy usage
  • How waste is handled
  • Ethical labor practices
  • and more

In this course, design teams will learn how to specify stone for sustainable projects and how certified stone aligns with leading green building certifications such as LEED v.4 and the Living Building Challenge.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the material health of natural stone, including the Declare Label.
  2. Understand the sustainable practices for sourcing and quarrying natural stone, including the elements.
  3. Learn how natural stone aligns with green building programs such as LEED v.4 and the Living Building Challenge.
  4. Understand how to specify natural stone to achieve sustainability goals on projects.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-CS16, 1 LU|HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-CS12, 1.0 HSW PDH
  • IDCEC Course Number: 112136, Subject Code: 5.1, 0.1 HSW CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

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