Marlboro man? No! It's plaster man! One of the outstanding features of our Eisenhauer project is the two coat natural lime plaster. No lathe or wire involved, the plaster consists of lime, sand, fiber and nopales cactus water (nopales cactus steeped in the sun.) Cactus?! Mais oui! The nopales imbues the plaster with a flexibility and water repellent quality due to a natural latex found in the nopales.
This exposed section of wall is a great view into what lies beneath the plaster .As you can see in the photo, we have the compressed earth blocks properly stressed to accept and hold the plaster. This is a remarkable effective plaster system, both in terms of performance and in terms of cost-effectiveness. On each site visit, I go over wall sections looking for cracks in the finish as would be typical with even a cement based stucco. I've yet to find one. And most importantly, this plaster system allows our walls to continue to "breathe" which contributes to the building performance. Maybe the "old" way is truly superior.