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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.

Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing
Stucco EIFS Veneer Plaster Gypsum Plaster Venetian Plaster Fireproofing

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

Law Judge Approves MN Residential Building Code Adoption complete. Anticipated effective date in fall 2014. Sprinklers will now be required on houses over 4500 sf.  IBC and IECC still under review. MN Department of Labor Industry. Posted 3-14. Click Here to Read

Dow Thermax Wall System Overview of issues facing designers and

contractors today, particularly in regard to steel stud wall construction, and describes how the THERMAX™ Wall System can address many design and construction challenges. Dow Tech Solutions 513.0 Posted 3-14. Click Here to Read

Navigating Wall Assembly Fire Testing OK, what is all the fuss about this NFPA 285 and why should I care? This article addresses this burning question. Lengthy but worth the read. Architectural Record, Continuing Education Center. Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. March 2013. Posted 2-14. Click Here to Read

UK Company Develops Spray Veneer Plaster Method
This video came to me via Linked-In. I thought it was interesting enough to share with all of you.  Platt and Reilly 1:20 seconds. Posted 1-14. Click Here for Video

Keeping Up With The Codes. The mandate for the states to comply with the ASHRAE Energy Efficiency Code has come and gone. What gives? This article may provide some answers. Ulf Wolf, Construction Dimensions. Posted 11-13. Click Here to Read

Little Known History of the Vapor Barrier. Mark Brinkley, Blogspot, July 2007. Posted 9-13. Click Here to Read

5 Reasons Why House Wrap Is Not an Air Barrier. Energy Vanguard Blog, by Allison Bailes, October 2010. Posted 9-13. Click Here to Read

All About Water-Resistive Barriers. Musings of an Energy Nerd. Martin Holladay, Green Building Advisor 2012. Posted 9-13. Click Here to Read

Give EIFS a Chance. Set aside worries about moisture. New EIFS are built better than before. Lauren Hunter, Remodeling, June 2013. Posted 8-13. Click Here to Read

Energy Codes and Continuous Insulation. J.W. Mollohan CCPR, CEP, CSI. Construction Specifier, June 2013. Posted 7-13. Click Here to Read

Ensuring Lath Integrity. Christopher K. Little, CSI CDT and Matthew J. Innocenzi, PE Construction Specifier June 2013. Posted 7-13 Click Here to Read

Introduction to Diamond Veneer Plaster Systems. This video features Minnesota's own Dean Johnson from "Hometime." It gives a good introduction into the application of one and two coat veneer plaster. United States Gypsum (1996). Posted 6-13. Click Here to View
















Continuous Insulation: Evaluating the Performance of Plaster Assemblies in Climate Zone 6 Program #MNLPB9...Click to Learn More

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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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Other News

EIFS, Architecture and the Sustainable Design Revolution.
WBDG "Whole Building Design Guide, Richard Martens LEED AP, BASF Corp. Posted 4-12. Click Here

EIFS in Practice: Implementation Case Studies
This article presents case studies of three different applications that have produced energy cost reductions. Commercial Property Executive. Brad Berton, March 2012. Posted 5-12. Click Here


How to Install Stucco
If you stucco contractors can keep from laughing from the many errors in this video (including using flat lath and fastening incorrectly) this is not a bad primer for novices on stucco installation stucco. Quikrete October 2011. Posted 1-13Click Here

Patching Stucco and EIFS.
Albert Carillo, Stucco Stop. Walls and Ceilings Magazine January 2013. Posted 2-13 Click Here

Base and Mesh Systems for Crack Reduction In recent years consumers have become less tolerant of cracks in stucco finishes. This article takes a look at reducing cracking issues by installing polymer modified base coat and embedding alkali resistant mesh over the stucco brown coat The Stucco Manufacturers Association. Posted 4-13. Click Here to Read 

Stuck on You  
"One of the dirty little secrets that never gets talked about is that water leaks through building papers, building wraps and housewraps and runs down between them and the sheathings that they cover"...Building Science Corp. , Joe Lstiburek PhD 4-15-13Click Here to Read

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