Steve Pedracine Articles

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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
U.S. Cement Manufacturers Realizing Progress in Carbon Neutrality
U.S. Cement Manufacturers Launch Microsite to Showcase Early Progress in Realizing Carbon Neutrality. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, PCA America's Cement Manufacturers, 3-29-23
A Healthy Attachment
Keeping stucco and EIFS secured to surfaces. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Albert Carillo, 3-29-23
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
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
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
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