Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) is introducing two new CEU courses covering Natural Stone vs. Manmade Materials in Exterior and Interior Applications.
According to the company, 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, according to the company.
“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,” said Daniel Wood, natural stone and materials consultant for Lurvey Supply and CEU committee chair. “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.”
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.
According to the company, 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.