(March 2011) The French Compagnonnage system or journeyman’s years, were declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. The accolade is bestowed bi-annually e.g. for languages, customs or the arts.

Data on energy consumption during production of building material like natural stone, or the carbon dioxide released thereby, are the subject of a research project at the University of Bath in Great Britain. It can be downloaded free of charge or ordered bound.

The Fountain of the Lions in Granada’s Alhambra was restored and secured in a three year process according to the Centro Technológico de la Piedra (CTAP) (Spanish). Special resins containing calcium carbonate played a key role in the refurbishment. Researcher at the University of Seville discovered that the Lions were sculpted over 700 years ago from Blanco de Macael marble.

Used tools are being collected by the American College of Building Arts (ACBA) in Charleston, South Carolina. The institute for Artisans has been aspiring to accreditation since six years, a prerequisite for funding. More in the December-Newsletter of the Building Stone Institute (BSI) on the last page.