Building Stone Institute’s Designer Education Series – Stone Installation

by evstudio on June 23, 2010

The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute is teaming up with the Building Stone Institute to offer a one-day seminar on natural stone.  The program offers architects with 2.5 AIA Sustainable Design credits, on top of 5 AIA HSW credits.  The class includes Adhered Natural Stone, Green/Sustainable Design and the new International Green Construction Code, care and maintenance of stone, and a tour of the University of Denver’s stone architecture.

The seminar will address the importance of proper natural stone installation in design, how it has innovated to meet stricter building code requirements, to reduce construction costs and increase value, and how to use it to contribute to LEED credit earning potential.

The first session will be lead by Diane Travis with RMMI and will discuss the basics of natural stone and the differences between it and manufactured stone.  Engineering concerns will also be addressed regarding mortar requirements, deflection, drainage, setting, and quality control and climate restrictions.

This will be followed by a presentation by Shahnaz Jaffari covering a new section in the International Green Construction Code, which is the first green building code to be published in 2012.  The IGCC is anticipated to be adopted by most jurisdictions in the country.

The third session will review procedures and techniques of various adhesives used for the repair and replacement of natural stone installations, and will provide an understanding of the limitations of some stone surfaces.

The seminar will conclude with a walking tour of the University of Denver campus, conducted by University Architect Mark Rodgers, and will include examples of how the context of the campus has been maintained by the use of natural stone.

The series will take place on Tuesday, June 29th at the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute located at 686 Mariposa in Denver.  Register by June 24th at


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