This paper reviews some of the pressing issues and challenges presented in papers from the first two ASTM exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) symposiums (ASTM STP1187—September 1992 and ASTM STP1269—March 1995) and compares them to EIFS today. What has changed, and what has not, over the last two decades? What pressing problems from 20 years ago have been addressed (e.g., absence of many options for drainable systems)? What new problems have emerged (e.g., additional code-mandated restrictions and concerns with combustible foam plastics as part of exterior wall assemblies)? What additional benefits of EIFS have emerged or been more fully appreciated in recent years (e.g., code-mandated emphasis on continuous exterior insulation)?
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