EIFS: Skilled Installation is Key
Journal: August - September 2001
After careful study, the International Union of Bricklayers
and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and the International Masonry
Institute (IMI) have taken the position that Exterior
Insulation Finish System (EIFS) can be a viable building
material when designed properly and installed by trained,
skilled BAC plasterers and EIFS mechanics.
Contractors from Chicago and neighboring suburbs gathered at the IMI Trowel Trades Training Center and BAC District Council meeting hall for a 3-hour intensive conference entitled “Introduction to Synthetic Stucco: Managing a Successful EIFS Business.” The keynote speaker was Steve Nelms, BAC Local 56 Illinois plasterer, IMI plastering instructor, and AWCI-certified EIFS instructor. His presentation contrasted IMI’s comprehensive training program to the relative lack of training provided by other international plastering associations and unions. Nelms also gave an outdoor demonstration of all phases of a traditional EIFS installation, from applying the extruded polystyrene insulation, brown-coating and mesh application, to the finish coat, addressing typical and special conditions.
The contractors’ reaction to the conference was
very favorable. One contractor said “as long as
there is a need for EIFS work, it may as well be my company
that provides that service. IMI has taken the first step
to educate us as to what it takes to be a successful