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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.

    PLASTER IS THE ANSWER - A video produced by the MNLPB Click Here

Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

Continuous Insulation

EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

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

The Remarkable Resiliency and Durability of EIFS. EIFS Industry Members Association 9-12-17

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NFPA Standards Council Sides with EIMA on NFPA 285 Press Release, EIFS Industry members Association, 9-5-17.

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The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Mike Griffin, September, 2017. Weather has a significant effect on the application requirements and nuances of plaster/stucco. Contributing factors include temperature, humidity, wind and sun exposure.

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It's All Relative Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, 9-26-17 Magic and Mystery of the Water Molecule...It is just shocking, just shocking that some molecules have a positive electrical charge and a negative electrical charge.

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Spec Mix Stucco Delivery System You Tube, Spec Mix, 2012. Local plasterers at work! I came across this video looking for newsworthy items this month. I was surprised at the number of familiar faces. Enjoy.

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Great Fire of London Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, August 10, 2017. Great Scientific perspective on the Grenfell Fire in London.

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100 Years of Ceilings and Walls Association of the Walls and Ceilings Industry, Mark L. Johnson, August, 2017. The History of Tools and Materials. Perspectives on How the Profession Has Changed.

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Grenfell Tower Panels Found in US Structures D+D News, July 24, 2017

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EIFS Industry Members Association Publishes New "Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing Guide has exquisite high- resolution three dimensional illustrations.

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Combining Sheathing With a WRB and Air Barrier Green Building Advisor, Peter Yost, June 22, 2017

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OSHA delays enforcing crystalline silica standard U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Good news! Updated survey of EIMA, EIFS manufacturers shows greatly reduced litigation claims.

EIFS Briefs, The EIFS Industry Members Association, May 2017

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Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, Occupational Health and Safety Administration

It is upon us! OSHA rules for construction compliance become effective on June 23. Be prepared. This 103 page booklet provides some answers.

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Inward Drive - Outward Drying (Walter Payton does permeance) Building Science Corporation, Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, May 2017

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A Specific Comparison: EPS and XPS Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Jason Burgess, February 1, 2017

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Four W's: Optimizing Wall Performance with Continuous Insulation Walls and Ceilings Magazine, JR Babineau, February 1, 2017

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The Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau has suspended doing AIA/ CES Lunch and Learns for now 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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Worth a Read

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

Steve Pedracine, MN Lath and Plaster Bureau, February 2017

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

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

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How Buildings Age, Building Science Insight -095, Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., May 2016 Click Here

AIR LEAKAGE PATHS IN A TYPICAL WOOD FRAMED WALL ASSEMBLY by Mr. Laverne Dalgleish, Executive Director ABAA Click Here

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


**Former MNLPB Executive Director Clint Fladland

95 years young and headed for 96 on July 24, Clint recently underwent a heart valve replacement, but is doing yoga and expects to be back out on the links this Summer. I came across this great video on Clint and thought I would share it with you...

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