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ASTM Nonmetallic Lath Standards apply to use with stucco.

Press Release Summary:

Jan 06, 2015 - ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems approved 2 nonmetallic plaster base standards. While ASTM C1787 provides minimum performance requirements when nonmetallic plaster base (lath) is used with stucco, ASTM C1788 lists minimum installation requirements for nonmetallic lath with stucco. Also available, ASTM C1764 offers test methods for evaluating performance of vertical wall applications of lath under various test exposures.

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New ASTM Standards Cover Nonmetallic Plaster Bases Used with Portland Cement-Based Plaster (Stucco)

Press release date: May 15, 2014

Two new nonmetallic plaster base standards have been approved by ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems.

Metallic and nonmetallic plaster bases, also known as lath, are used as reinforcement and to serve as an attachment mechanism for portland cement based plaster or stucco. While standards exist for metal lath, there had not been standards for their nonmetallic counterparts, which are generally made from materials such as fiberglass or plastic.

An increase in use of nonmetallic products, due to characteristics such as ease of use and nonrusting properties, has led to a need to develop standards. The standards are:
• ASTM C1787, Specification for Installation of Nonmetallic Plaster Bases (Lath) Used with Portland Cement-Based Plaster in Vertical Wall Applications - developed by Subcommittee C11.03 on Specifications for the Application of Gypsum and Other Products in Assemblies; and
• ASTM C1788, Specification for Nonmetallic Plaster Bases (Lath) Used with Portland Cement-Based Plaster in Vertical Wall Applications – developed by C11.02 on Specifications and Test Methods for Accessories and Related Products.

Bill Egan, manager, Engineering and Development, BASF Corp.–Wall Systems, and a C11 member, notes that ASTM C1787 provides minimum performance requirements when nonmetallic lath is used with stucco while ASTM C1788 lists minimum installation requirements for nonmetallic lath with stucco.

“It’s important to note that the new specifications are performance-based, meaning the product/system has to meet certain minimums that encourage innovation and product differentiation,” says Egan. ASTM C1787 and ASTM C1788 will be used by specifiers, test laboratories, contractors, manufacturers and regulatory groups.

In addition to ASTM C1787 and ASTM C1788, C11 also developed one other nonmetallic plaster base standard, ASTM C1764, Test Methods for Nonmetallic Plaster Bases (Lath) Used with Portland Cement Based Plaster in Vertical Wall Applications, in 2012. The test methods in C1764 evaluate the performance of vertical wall applications of lath under a variety of test exposures, including performance under transverse load and vertical load.

All interested parties, particularly contractors, design professionals, consultants, code officials and manufacturers, are encouraged to join in the standards developing activities of C11.

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ASTM Committee C11 Next Meeting: Nov. 1013, 2014, November Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

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BASF Corp.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Phone: 904-996-6115
bill.egan@basf.com

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