Welcome to the New Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau 

Yes there have been a few changes: Office operations have been suspended and you can no longer pick up the phone and just give us a call. We remain however in an on-line presence. We will continue to work to bring you relevant industry information. If you have a simple question just shoot us an e-mail. If it is more than just simple, we will forward it on to someone that can help.

Since 1953 the Bureau has been recognized as an education and technical spokesman for the lath and plaster industry. It provides information 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 presented on lath and plaster systems. Please feel free to peruse site content on available reference materials, publications, contractor contacts and additional links 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, Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) and insight into plaster systems used for Continuous Insulation strategies. 
  • 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.
Venetian Plaster
Venetian plaster is actually a distinctly modern American name that is used to describe “old...
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Gypsum Plaster
Gypsum plaster is what the average person on the street thinks of when plastering is...
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Veneer Plaster
Veneer plaster systems were developed as an alternative to conventional gypsum plaster systems.
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EIFS
EIFS (pronounced eefs) is an acronym for Exterior Insulation Finish Systems.
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Stucco
Stucco had its origins thousands of years ago as it was used on some of...
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Fireproofing
The value of gypsum and cement plaster as fire resistive materials has been known for...
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Continuous Insulation
The intent of this paper is to inform the construction community about strategies that utilize...
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RECENT NEWS

Market Value of Air Barriers Beyond USD $15 Billion in 2020

With green building technology entering the mainstream and eco-home concepts spreading their roots faster than ever, the need for designing high-performance building envelopes is repeatedly highlighted. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Arijit Chakraborty, January 9, 2020

Nonresidential Building Spending to Grow Through 2020

Nonresidential construction spending on buildings is projected to grow by just 1.5 percent through 2020. Building Enclosure January 28, 2020

Sto Corp. Names New CEO

Sto Corp., the innovative world leader in full system facades, prefabrication, air barriers, coatings, and restoration solutions, announced today that Jose R. Berlingeri has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, Sto Americas. Building Enclosure, January 28, 2020

BUREAU NEWS

New! Stucco in Residential Construction: Errata 2019

This Errata brings Stucco in Residential Construction 2007 up to date with references in accordance with the current 2015 Minnesota Residential Code. To access go to our reference library and click on the “stucco” folder in the banner heading. Posted 8-19-19

NEW! Crack Mitigation Specification Plug-In

Crack resistance of portland cement plaster (stucco) can be improved by adding a cementitious mesh reinforced base coat over the brown coat. This document provides language that can be added to your stucco specification and can be found in our reference library by clicking on the “stucco” folder. Posted 7-12-19

NEW! Suggested Guide Spec: Portland Cement Plaster (Stucco) Over Continuous Insulation

CLICK ON THE “CONTINUOUS INSULATION OR STUCCO” FOLDER IN OUR REFERENCE LIBRARY TO ACCESS. Posted 6-21-19

PUBLICATIONS

IIBEC Releases New Manual of Practice

The 2020 IIBEC Manual of Practice: Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exterior Wall Consulting and Quality Observation. Building Enclosure, February 3, 2020

Impact Resistant EIFS: Tough and Tested

New guide from the EIFS Industry Members Association extolling the benefits of EIFS and how simple modification can improve it’s impact resistance dramatically. Posted 6-22-19

The 2019 U.S. Stucco Market Report

NATIONAL OVERVIEW: The single-family home market is only one market for stucco cladding, but an important and dominant one. Posted 5-27-19

WORTH A READ

Let’s Admit Building Science Is Complicated, Here’s Why

MNLPB provided this article in it’s newsletter several years ago…It might be time to revisit. Originally published by: Betzwood Associates, May 1, 2012. Re-posted by SBC Magazine December 2019

Finding Harmony Between Waterproofing and Breathability

With as many ways as there are to construct a wall system, there are an equal number of ways to try to keep that wall dry. Building Enclosure, Bijan Mansouri. Posted 8-16-19

Modern construction methods may not always be the best

I’ve been wanting to write this column for years. The topic has been a burr under my saddle, but I needed to base the column on proof, not speculation. Ask the Builder, The Spokesman-Review, Tim Carter, July 20, 2019. Posted 7-30-19