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MIA Unveils New CEU Course: “The Art of Specifying Natural Stone”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015  
Posted by: Trish Moss
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The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announces that a new course has been added to the CEU program. “The Art of Specifying Natural Stone” was written by MIA Education Committee Chair, Rob Bacon (Daltile), and qualifies for CEU credit through AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA.
This one hour session is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. Many factors must be considered to ensure that the proper stone is selected for a project. Architects and designers must know about the species, color variations, and finish possibilities of the stone, as well as whether or not a quarry is capable of producing the sizes and quantities needed. “The Art of Specifying Natural Stone” also addresses factors that affect the price of stone and gives participants the resources necessary to help ensure the stone specified meets the standards and design intents set for the application.
Learning objectives for “The Art of Specifying Natural Stone” include:
1.      Discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of each pillar in the typical construction project.
2.      Review resources to find more information about natural stone standards.
3.      Learn how to plan for the longevity of an installation by specifying appropriate materials.
4.      Evaluate factors specific to the price of different materials, finishes and methods.
According to Sarah Gregg, CEU Administrator for MIA: “This course was developed because CEU program attendees have expressed a strong interest in a course about specifying natural stone. This new course will answer some of the most common questions about specifying and help participants better understand the topic.”
“The Art of Specifying Natural Stone” will be presented at TISE West (StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas) on Thursday, January 21, 2016. For more information about this course, and to learn more about the other courses offered by the MIA CEU program, please visit
    About MIA:
The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the application of natural stone products for 70 years. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes over 1,700 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers in 55 countries committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. More information can be found on the association's