PHRC Webinars

Fundamentals of Exterior Plaster and Manufactured Stone Veneer

12/9/2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang


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Exterior plaster systems such as stucco and manufactured stone veneer have been a part of the residential and commercial construction industries for decades. While their popularity may vary regionally, building codes that address these systems do not vary significantly between regions. This webinar will take a look at the impact that exterior plaster and adhered masonry veneer systems have on the current residential construction market as well as the changes that took place in order to get to that point. This analysis will take into consideration material properties of each system, the building physics that determines the performance of each system, as well as building code provisions that dictate the installation of each system.

Learning Objectives

• Identify changes that have occurred in the International Residential Code over the last decade and whether or not these changes have had an effect on building performance and health.

• Analyze material properties associated with exterior plaster and manufactured stone veneer systems and how their evolution has affected affordability and durability of these systems.

• Understand how accepted installation practices have changes with new code cycles and how above-code installation practices alter the durability and risk associated with each system.

• Examine past building envelope failures in order to understand how builders can mitigate risk, increase occupant safety, and reduce the need for repairs and / or tear offs.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1 hour L&I; 1 AIA LU | HSW; 1 PDH

Tags: Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements



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