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 (pronounced eefs) is an acronym for Exterior Insulation Finish Systems.
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Stucco had its origins thousands of years ago as it was used on some of...
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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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Amid Labor Shortage, EIFS Sees Growth in Use of Pre-Fabricated Panels

Pre-fabrication is Growing. Posted 5/27/19

Double Play

So does the air control layer go on the outside or the inside?… You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

Construction’s Seven Deadly Sins

These construction pitfalls lead to callbacks and long-term problems. Here’s how to avoid building defects on the jobsite.
BUILDER, Don Neff, February 2019. Posted April 2019.


Suggested Guide Specification for Portland Cement Plaster over Conventionally Framed and Sheathed Walls (2019 Update)

UPDATED FOR 2019!! Posted April 20. Go to our reference library and click on “stucco.” Title will show up in the publication titles displayed.

Updated EIFS with Drainage Spec

Our model EIFS with Drainage Specification has been updated for 2019! Find it by going to our library and clicking on the “EIFS” tab.

Just for Kicks

“If you aren’t expecting it, Allianz Field looks like an alien mother ship strategically landed at an area known as ‘Midway’ between Minneapolis and St. Paul.” – Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Steve Pedracine, MN Lath & Plaster Bureau, October 2018


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

ASTM C1063 – 2019

ASTM C1063 is the Standard Specification for Installation of Lathing and Furring to Receive Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster. Currently the Minnesota Building Code recognizes ASTM C1063 – 08, so this new version does not apply, it doesn’t however mean you shouldn’t be aware of changes.

Stucco Resource Guide – 4th Edition (2016)

Need details? This is the place to find them. Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau Publication


Rainscreen Defined

Q: Can you explain to me what a rainscreen is? Posted 5-27-19

Are We Sealing The Right Walls In Buildings?

“Everyone is running around sealing the outside of buildings and the term “air barrier” has gone from obscurity to buzz word in less than a decade. But if you look at the physics we are sealing the wrong walls…” Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek, December 18, 2018

Plaster and the California Missions

The California Missions are not only state history made corporeal, but also one of the major reasons stucco is so common in the Southwest.