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.
Stucco: So Controversial. Why?
Stucco is simple: sand, cement and lime. How can something so simple have so much controversy? Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Mark Fowler 2-9-23
Stucco and Drainage Planes
The intent of this article, prepared by members of an AWCI subcommittee on lath and plaster, is to provide information on model code language specific to the requirement of a drainage system or drainage material behind exterior cement plaster cladding. Construction Dimensions, December 2022
EIFS in NYC
New York City is set to initiate a major code change that will affect the design and installation of certain types of exterior wall assemblies. Construction Dimensions, Robert Grupe December 2022
Stucco in Residential Construction Update
My how time flies! The last time we addressed our handbook on Stucco in Residential Construction (3rd edition) was an errata in 2019. Well we have some news to share: We have been working on an update based on drainage requirements that will likely be implemented in the next code cycle. Stay tuned!
Stucco in Residential Construction: Errata 2019
This Errata brings Stucco in Residential Construction 2007 up to date with references in accordance with the current 2015 Minnesota Residential Code. To access go to our reference library and click on the “stucco” folder in the banner heading. Posted 8-19-19
Crack Mitigation Specification Plug-In
Crack resistance of portland cement plaster (stucco) can be improved by adding a cementitious mesh reinforced base coat over the brown coat. This document provides language that can be added to your stucco specification and can be found in our reference library by clicking on the “stucco” folder. Posted 7-12-19
Air Barrier Association of America Quality Assurance Program
What is the Site Quality Assurance Program? Air Barrier Association of America
Stucco Manufacturers Assoc. Online Video Training Now Available
SMA will offer online video training and certification to stucco installers. Take a glimpse at our introduction to the upcoming 7-part training modules. Stucco Manufacturers Association 9-2020
New Report Reveals Dramatic Energy Efficiency Impacts
Gains in lighting and space heating efficiency have decreased energy intensity in commercial buildings, but demand in other areas is driving increased commercial energy use overall.
WORTH A READ
Decarbonization Strategy for Existing Commercial Buildings
The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act includes financial incentives for commercial and multi-family building owners to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Tom Harris, 2-15-23
BSI-133: Covert Covid Thoughts…
My Spidey sense is tingling. Note that this is an “opinion column. Work with me on this: In response to COVID, the CDC and others are now recommending a room air change rate of 4 to 6 air changes per hour. Building Science Insights, Joe Lstiburek, July 15, 2022
Construction Input Prices Are Up 21% from a Year Ago
Construction input prices rose 2.3% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released June 14. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 2.3% for the month. Construction Dimensions Magazine, August 2022