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Welcome to the Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau Web Resource Center.

Since 1953 the Bureau has been recognized as an education and technical spokesman for the lath and plaster industry. It provides services to architects, the construction community and the public on a variety of matters relating to the plaster trades.

We hope that this web resource center is beneficial to you for the information that is presents on lath and plaster systems. Please feel free to peruse site content on available AIA/ CES seminars, research, reference materials, contractor contacts, and technical suggestions that meet the needs of both the commercial and residential construction markets. Site content includes:

    Information, features, benefits, applications and history of Gypsum Plaster, Veneer    Plaster, Venetian Plaster, Fireproofing, Stucco and Exterior Insulation Finish Systems    (EIFS).
    A reference library which expands on these plastering products.
    Information on the Bureau board of directors, affiliations and represented trade    unions.
    Contact information for the Bureau Member Contractors.

    PLASTER IS THE ANSWER - A video produced by the MNLPB Click Here

Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

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EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

RECENT NEWS Useful Publications MNLPB E-Newsletter

Punched Openings
Building Science Corp., BSI-104, Joe Lstiburek Ph.D, P.Eng., April 16, 2018.

Windows and doors are "holes" in the "sheet-like walls" of buildings. Hence the term "punched openings". Too often window and door openings are a "sucker punch" to contractors and engineers.

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Grenfell Cladding Safety Downgraded Before Fire
Fire and Risk Management April 6, 2018

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Mulcahy Nickolaus
Receives the AWCI Excellence in Construction Quality Award for their plaster repair work on the Minnesota State Capitol.

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BEC MN Revamped/ Reorganized/ Ready BEC MN 2018 got off to a rousing start April 20th with some 75 participants and the election of a new board of directors followed by a great seminar on air barriers by Laura Bashaw of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Watch for the next meeting scheduled for May 24th, when Dryvit Marketing Manager Bob Dazel will dazzle us on EIFS.

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EIFS: A Hero Hidden in Plain Sight EIFS Industry Members Association releases new video, April 4, 2018

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Joints And Corners And Penetrations Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek ASHRAE Fellow, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng. , March 15, 2018

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Traditional Plaster Binders Traditional Building, Patrick Webb, March 24, 2016

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Better Cladding, Better Price, Better Building EIMA Blog, February 15, 2018

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What is Plaster Anyway? Traditional
Building, Patrick Webb, February 26, 2016

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Pre-Fabricated EIFS Panels Speed Hotel Construction for Minneapolis Super Bowl, Facility Executive, January 5, 2018. When the NFL announced in May 2014 that the Super Bowl LII would be played in at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, a race was on within the hospitality, commercial real estate, and construction industries in the Twin Cities to capitalize on the future economic infusion from the big game.

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What's Going on with EIFS Insurance? - EIMA Blog, Buck Buchanan, December 28, 2017

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History of the Gypsum Association Walls & Ceilings, December 3, 2017

The Past is Prologue: The First 30 Years

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Musings of an Energy Nerd Martin Holladay, 2017

New Book

In this fascinating collection of postings from his popular "Musings of an Energy Nerd" blog, Green Building Advisor's Martin Holladay cuts through the hype and myths about energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building...

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EIFS Industry Members Association Publishes New "Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing Guide has exquisite high- resolution three dimensional illustrations.

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Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, Occupational Health and Safety Administration

It is upon us! OSHA rules for construction compliance become effective on June 23. Be prepared. This 103 page booklet provides some answers. Click Here

The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation

Guide to Insulation provides detailed guidance on insulation products and practices, including cost comparisons and detailed recommendations on what insulation to use, and what to avoid. Click Here

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Worth a Read

Capitol Improvements Daunting challenges necessitate a mix of old and new plastering methods to bring back “The Star of the North”

Steve Pedracine, MN Lath and Plaster Bureau, February 2017

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Plaster and the California Missions
The Construction Specifier, Nick Brown, CEPE, February 2, 2016. Click Here

Inward Drive - Outward Drying (Walter Payton does permeance) Building Science Corporation, Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, May 2017 Click Here

It's All Relative
Building Science Corp.,
Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, 9-26-17...Magic and Mystery of the Water Molecule...It is just shocking, just shocking that some molecules have a positive electrical charge and a negative electrical charge.

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Hybrid Assemblies Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, October 15, 2017..."Code world" is an interesting place where seemingly convoluted language is used to express simple concepts in clearly complicated ways..." Click Here

*Bureau Publishes New DEFS Spec - Direct (applied) Exterior Finish System. To view, go to the Reference Library and look under "Specialty." April 2018

*Executive Director Steven Pedracine named Mike Sweeney Press Award Winner for the second time from the EIFS Industry Members Association, March 9, 2018

*Mulcahy Nickolaus is the recipient of AWCI's Excellence in Construction Quality Award 2018 for their plaster work on the Minnesota State Capitol

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**Former MNLPB Executive Director Clint Fladland

96 years young and headed for 97 on July 24, I came across this great video on Clint and thought I would share it with you...

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Update 12-4-17: Clint broke his hip and is in the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. Still in good spirits and looking forward to recovery. Clint would appreciate your cards and letters.

Clint Fladland (Room Number 167)
c/o VA Medical Center
4801 Veterans Drive

St. Cloud, MN 56303


An Interesting Quote:

"We live in a beautiful house that was built in 1993. The layout is lovely, but it definitely lacks the character and dignity of the circa-1920 house I grew up in. You can hear everything going on here — toilets flushing, conversations in other rooms and so forth. But the walls in my old house were made of good old-fashioned plaster, which certainly kept secrets a whole lot better than today's newfangled drywall."

—Megan Kearney-Bailie, New Fairfield, Conn.

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