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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
Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

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

Plaque at Labor Centre Honors Plasterer and Labor Leader Dan Gustafson. Posted 1-15. Click Here

Family, Friends, Labor, and Politicians Celebrate Lather and AFLCIO-MN President Emeritus Dave Roe at 90. Posted 1-15.

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Walls & Ceilings State of the Industry. Walls and Ceilings Magazine. By John Wyatt November 26, 2014. Posted 1-15. Click Here

2012 International Residential Code w/ MN Rules Debuts January 24. Posted 12-14.

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2012 International Building Code w/ MN Rules Tentative for Debut Early 2015 . Posted 12-14

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2012 International Energy Conservation Code - Commercial Energy Provisions w/ MN Rules Tentative for Debut Early 2015. Posted 12-14

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AIA Architecture Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry. eUpdate: Building Online 11-19-14. Posted 12-14. Click Here

HydroGap Drainable Housewrap. Posted 11-14. Click Here

Glass-Mat Sheathing. Terry Kastner, Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau. Posted 11-14. Click Here

The 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies. Musings of an Energy Nerd. Martin Holladay 7-18-14. Posted 11-14. Click Here

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.

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The 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies. Musings of an Energy Nerd,, Martin Halladay, July 2014. Posted 9-14

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Prosit! Salud! Cups Up! Cheers! ...Expounding on Expanded Metal Lath A reprise article first published

in 2004. Posted 8-14. Steve Pedracine, MNLPB

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

Best Practices for Selection and Installation of Expanded Metal Lath Products. Clark-Dietrich Building Systems, January 2014. Posted 6-14. Click Here

Do I Need a Vapor Retarder? "Musings of an Energy Nerd." Martin Holladay, January 2013. Posted 6-14. Click Here to Read

Membrain. The Smart Vapor Retarder. Video. Certainteed. Posted 6-14. Click Here to View

Interview: Building Science Pioneer Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings. Inhabitat. Joe Michler 2-14. Posted 5-14. Click Here to Read

AMICO CI Track. Alabama Metal Industries Corporation. Posted 4-14.Click Here to View

Dow Thermax Wall System Overview of issues facing designers and

contractors today, particularly in regard to steel stud wall construction, and describes how the THERMAX™ Wall System can address many design and construction challenges. Dow Tech Solutions 513.0 Posted 3-14. Click Here to Read

Navigating Wall Assembly Fire Testing OK, what is all the fuss about this NFPA 285 and why should I care? This article addresses this burning question. Lengthy but worth the read. Architectural Record, Continuing Education Center. Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. March 2013. Posted 2-14. Click Here to Read

UK Company Develops Spray Veneer Plaster Method
This video came to me via Linked-In. I thought it was interesting enough to share with all of you.  Platt and Reilly 1:20 seconds. Posted 1-14. Click Here for Video























Continuous Insulation: Evaluating the Performance of Plaster Assemblies in Climate Zone 6 Program #MNLPB9...Click to Learn More

Do they do that anymore?
Program #MNLPB8....|moreSee what AIA Minnesota had to say about this presentation...Click Here

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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

EIFS - Performance Beyond Code Compliance

Sponsored by Dryvit Systems, Inc.Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP November 2014. Posted 1-15. Click Here

Portland Cement Association Adds Web Stucco Page. Posted 12-14. Click Here

The Evolution of Stucco
Walls and Ceilings Magazine, By Michael DeLaura November 1, 2014
. Posted 12-14

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EIFS, Architecture and the Sustainable Design Revolution.
WBDG "Whole Building Design Guide, Richard Martens LEED AP, BASF Corp. Posted 4-12. Click Here

EIFS in Practice: Implementation Case Studies
This article presents case studies of three different applications that have produced energy cost reductions. Commercial Property Executive. Brad Berton, March 2012. Posted 5-12. Click Here


How to Install Stucco
If you stucco contractors can keep from laughing from the many errors in this video (including using flat lath and fastening incorrectly) this is not a bad primer for novices on stucco installation stucco. Quikrete October 2011. Posted 1-13Click Here

Patching Stucco and EIFS.
Albert Carillo, Stucco Stop. Walls and Ceilings Magazine January 2013. Posted 2-13 Click Here

Base and Mesh Systems for Crack Reduction In recent years consumers have become less tolerant of cracks in stucco finishes. This article takes a look at reducing cracking issues by installing polymer modified base coat and embedding alkali resistant mesh over the stucco brown coat The Stucco Manufacturers Association. Posted 4-13. Click Here to Read 

Stuck on You  
"One of the dirty little secrets that never gets talked about is that water leaks through building papers, building wraps and housewraps and runs down between them and the sheathings that they cover"...Building Science Corp. , Joe Lstiburek PhD 4-15-13Click Here to Read

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