Sep 122011
The base coat in stucco (both traditional and EIFS, or synthetic stucco) is a cementitious material. Because of the composition and nature of cement, salts that are naturally present within the material can be drawn out with water or moisture. …

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Jul 282011

There are many synonyms and spellings for EIFS, due in part to varying pronunciations on the job site by contractors and skilled tradesmen. Officially, the spelling “Exterior Insulation Finish Systems” is used by the governing body in Canada (the EIFS Council of Canada) and “Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems” is used by the governing body in the USA (the EIFS Industry Members Association).

Other variations include:

  • Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS)
  • Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS)
  • Exterior Insulated Finish Systems (EIFS)
  • Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems (EIFS)
  • Exterior Finish and Insulation Systems (EFIS)
  • Exterior Finish and Insulating Systems (EFIS)
Jul 262011
The EIFS Council of Canada (known sometimes as the ECC, or just the “EIFS Council”) is the governing body for the EIFS industry, consisting of EIFS manufacturers, EIFS contractors, EIFS component suppliers and EIFS inspectors. The EIFS Council website can be found at The objective of the EIFS Council is to promote the proper installation of Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems and countinuously define and improve what the proper installation practices are. Rigorous testing on EIFS manufacturer products leads to constantly improving materials and procedures. Established in 1987, they have been responsible for bringing the industry to where it stands today – among the most respected cladding options. The current President of the EIFS council is John Garbin, with the Board of Directors consisting of Andre Turin, Dave Moore, Rafael Bao, Christopher Gater, Gerald Winter, Bruno Aletto, Luc Barriault, Peter Culyer, Guido Rapone, Martin Benard, Mark Macri and John Edgar. Their profiles can be found at
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