Natural plasters go hand-in hand with straw walls, protecting them from moisture, fire, and pest intrusion, and highlighting subtle wall shapes, and providing a distributed thermal mass that makes straw walls energy efficient and comfortable.

Natural plasters also have a very low embodied energy cost compared to manufactured wall surfaces like cement stuccos or drywall. Clay plasters can also be applied over sheetrock surfaces to create a hand-crafted surface that absorbs and releases moisture, helping to moderate indoor humidity.