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.

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

Suggested Guide Spec: Portland Cement Plaster (Stucco) Over Continuous Insulation

This guide specification was developed to accommodate Continuous Insulation over Type V Conventionally Framed and Sheathed Substrates. CLICK ON THE “CONTINUOUS INSULATION OR STUCCO” FOLDER IN OUR REFERENCE LIBRARY TO ACCESS. Posted 6-21-19

Suggested Guide Specification for Portland Cement Plaster over Conventionally Framed and Sheathed Walls (2019 Update)

UPDATED FOR 2019!! Go to our reference library and click on the “Stucco” button.

Updated EIFS with Drainage Spec

Our model EIFS with Drainage Specification has been updated for 2019! Find it by going to our library and clicking on the “EIFS” tab.

Just for Kicks

Soccer Stadium Receives a “Yellow Card Caution” – Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Steve Pedracine, MN Lath & Plaster Bureau, October 2018

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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



Direct (applied) Exterior Finish System.

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