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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Take the Stucco Off: Exterior Stucco and EIFS Claddings The problem with the “take it all off” mentality

Take it off, take it all off. These words are typically not heard on a construction site, but increasingly, we hear this phrase coming out of the mouths of our industry experts. Walls and Ceilings magazine, Albert Carillo 2-1-19

Avoiding Stucco Buckets

Changes of plane and intersections present moisture-management challenges. Journal of Light Construction, Tyler LeClear Vachta, John Koester, November 2018

Fireproof homes could be the answer to massive wildfires across the West

If it’s possible to build a fireproof house, Robert Balzebre is convinced his stunning three-story personal sanctuary perched in the Hollywood Hills would qualify. USA Today, Chris Woodyard, August 2018


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

Capitol Improvements

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

New DEFS Spec

Direct (applied) Exterior Finish System. Go to the Reference Library and look under “Specialty.”


Stucco Resource Guide – 4th Edition (2016)

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

New “Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing”

EIFS Industry Members Association has published a new “Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing” .

OSHA 3902

OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction


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.

Inward Drive – Outward Drying

Walter Payton does permeance