Here we use Styrofoam, barrier, chicken wire(:D), base coat cement stucco, finish coat cement stucco, paint, but VERY seldom do I see control joints, which is why the stucco cracks all to hell here usually.
I push the palm of my hand against walls between studs to make sure there is 3/8ths of an inch of final product, which is required, sometimes the palm of my hand goes through the wall, Oops----:D…I have been doing it for so long I know the feel—
Which means there is not 3/8ths of an inch----
But I only push good and hard on new construction----:D…so the builder can come and re-stucco the entire house, damn, does that make them mad for some reason—
Older homes I knock and push normally----