While building science continues to introduce new methods and materials to improve the quality, integrity, and sustainability of the built environment, legacy materials continue to maintain their favored status.

Natural stone, for example, is a non-renewable product from an extractive industry, yet it provides a stable, safe, and reusable building material that can last for generations. Integrating natural stone into modern applications is commonplace, yet fraught with challenges, according to Werner Nierhoff of RMS Natural Stone and Ceramics. Natural…