MNLPB Opinion: EIFS in Minneapolis

This past Summer and into Fall, the Lath and Plaster Bureau, the Plasterers and Laborers Locals, the MN State Building Trades Council, Distributors, Manufacturers and other outside interested parties; were embroiled in a battle with the Minneapolis Planning Department on a proposed exterior building material ordinance which would have effectively eliminated EIFS in Minneapolis. By some accounts it would appear that we won that battle, but did we? The unsubstantiated and frankly erroneous argument by planning staff that EIFS is not durable or “high quality” was thoroughly shot down in public comments.  But according to a memo by Chair Goodman of the planning commission, the new ordinance that passed “would not limit the use of any individual exterior material…The provisions would be subject to the flexibility offered through alternative compliance.” Chair Goodman goes on to say “The code text would also address situations where a project is presented to the public and the City Planning Commission utilizing high quality materials but then those materials are substituted with inferior, less durable materials when submitting plans to obtain a building permit.” Reading between the lines then, it would appear that nothing has changed. While the planning department doesn’t get to rubber stamp “EIFS unapproved” it does still appear to be the final arbiter of what exterior cladding materials are used, regardless of what the design professional has specified in the construction documents.

Magnum Opus

Some time ago we posted that we were updating “Stucco in Residential Construction.” That little exercise has gotten a bit more complicated: It has now become “Stucco with Drainage, Light Frame Construction. The intention is to meet the ICC Criteria for Moist “A” or Marine “C” Climate Zones. Chock full of  around 170 pages of new information and details, we are now near a point where we will be asking for input in a peer review. Stay tuned! Steve Pedracine 123123.

Construction Forecast 2024: Navigating a Tricky Economic Terrain

High interest rates and slower economic growth will put increasing pressure on construction and manufacturing in 2024. Construction Dimensions Magazine, Phillip M. Perry, December 2023

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Global Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Market Outlook

The surging demand for improving building efficiency to abide by energy requirements set by authorities is a leading factor in the expansion of the EIFS market. Future Markets Insights (FMI), November 2023.

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