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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.

Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

NEW! 9-1-15

Continuous Insulation

EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

RECENT NEWS AIA/CES Lunch and Learn Information MNLPB E-Newsletter  

How Buildings Age, Building Science Insight -095 by Joseph Lstiburek, Phd., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow May 13, 2016

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Gentle genius: bright red jeweled facade slashes Italian home's energy use Inhabitat, LIDIJA GROZDANIC, February 12, 2016

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How EIFS Cladding Can Enhance Building Envelope Performance Sourceable Industry News Marc Howe, April 6, 2016

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The Newest Innovation in Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment from GRACO, better alternative to sand blasting

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The Process of Plaster Restoration By Patrick Webb, Walls and Ceilings Magazine, April 2016

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New Resource: Exterior Insulation Finish Systems: Performance Progress and Innovation. ASTM International. Edited by Peter E. Nelson and Bill Egan

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New rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust. Final rule takes effect on June 23, 2016., after which industries have one to five years to comply. Construction - June 23, 2017

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Durability of water-resistive barriers, The Construction Specifier by Beth Anne Feero, EIT and David H. Nicastro, PE

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

Exploring EIFS' Long-term Sustainability
Construction Canada, Kevin Day and Daniel Schlegel, January 9, 2015. Click Here

Sustainable Cladding Choice Equates to High-performance Building Envelopes
Construction Canada, Amanda Sinnige and Kevin Day, January 18, 2016. Click Here

The History of Plaster in Architecture Rococo and Neoclassical. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Patrick Webb March 2014 Click Here

Wall System Design A Feature of the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) The mission of the Wall System Design is to provide architects, owners, developers, and contractors a single source for credible information about integrated wall and ceiling solutions. Click Here

Combination Air and Water-Resistive Barriers in Exterior Walls Thin fluid-applied membranes can have the same or better performance than other options. Sponsored by Dryvit Systems, Inc. By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, December 2015 Click Here

The Master of Plaster Conservation. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Ray Tiedeman, December 2015. "Okay, you've got a 10,000 square-foot plaster ceiling that's being held up by thousands of beautifully formed keys and lugs. What happens if one of these keys and lug deteriorates and breaks?" Click Here

Fire protection changes in schools. Consulting Specifying Engineer, Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Oct. 2015. Click Here

Fire Testing and Certification Kal Kooner, Walls and Ceiling Magazine, 9-15. Great article on how the NFPA 285 Large Scale Fire Test is performed and how this relates to the building code. Click Here

The Art of Plastering Traditions of Decorative Plastering, Patrick Webb, Walls and Ceilings Magazine, 9-15. Click Here

The Case for Continuous Insulation. Brice Hereford, Green Building Advisor, 5-15 Building codes now recognize the increasing use of exterior rigid foam insulation. Click Here

Bureau Publishes New Paper on Continuous Insulation: Click on Picture Link Above. Posted 9-15

































The Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau has suspended doing AIA/ CES Lunch and Learns for 2016, due to other pressing needs.

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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Other News

Approximate Weight of an EIF System. Stucco weighs approximately 10.4 lbs./ sf. I am often asked how much EIFS also weighs. Here is your answer. Parex Technical Bulletin. Click Here

Continuing Education on Continuous Insulation. Knowing the details for rigid foam plastic.CSI Specifier, Tom Remmele, June 2015 Click Here

Does a LEED Certified Building Equal a Healthy Building? Straight Green, Walls and Ceilings magazine, Chris Dixon, April 1, 2015

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What Efflorescence Really is and How to Treat It. Stucco Stop, Walls and Ceilings magazine, Albert Carillo, April 1, 2015. Click Here

Video: Stucco Crack Reduction System - A Polymer- Modified Base Coat and Mesh Stucco Manufacturer's Association. You Tube February 17, 2013 Click Here

Durability of Water-Resistive Barriers the Construction Specifier, Beth Anne Feero, EIT and David H. Nicastro, PE, February 2015

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Continuing Education on Continuous Insulation the Construction Specifier, Tom Remmele, CSI, February 2015

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High Performance EIFS. WBDG.Org, Richard Martens BASF Corp. 3-14-12. Posted 11-14. Click Here


Ten More! Ten More Reasons Why EIFS Should Be Your #1 Choice of Cladding. ONtheWALL, the newsletter of the MNLPB, Steve Pedracine. Posted 9-14.

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Open EIFS: A Resilient 100 Year Wall. M. Steven Doggett Ph.D, LEED AP, July 18, 2014. Posted 9-14.Click Here to Read

Prosit! Salud! Cups Up! Cheers! ...Expounding on Expanded Metal Lath A reprise article first published in 2004. Posted 8-14. Steve Pedracine, MNLPB Click Here to Read

Plaster is the Answer A video produced by the Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau. Posted 7-14. Click Here to View

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