Stone Panels International LLC, producer of the StoneLite® solution for exterior and interior building cladding, has announced a new, free continuing education program to support best practices for designs incorporating lightweight natural stone panels. Stone Panels International’s new continuing education program is an important extension of its mission to be a partner in the design process, helping project teams realize their design visions.
Along with its in-house engineering department, Stone Panels International has served as a longtime resource for guiding and educating design teams about the use of lightweight natural stone composite panels. The addition of a certified continuing education program demonstrates the company’s commitment to helping the industry remain current on the latest technology and designs.
The course, Using Lightweight Stone for Architectural Façades: Manufacturing to Installation, is available at no charge from Stone Panel International’s regional sales representatives. The course is a certified continuing education program developed in conjunction with the Natural Stone Institute for the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. It introduces the timeless beauty of natural stone, manufactured for use as a lightweight façade alternative to traditional masonry materials.
Other topics covered include the process by which dimensional stone slabs are fabricated and bonded to an aluminum honeycomb substrate; various finishes that can be achieved on lightweight panels; and specific architectural features, such as cornices and other design conditions. Participants will also learn about performance testing; LEED® benefits; the speed and ease of installation; and how lightweight stone can reduce design, engineering, and installation costs.