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Forum Brings Together Lawmakers and Industry Experts on Top Housing Issues
On Sept. 17, 2013, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sponsoring Building a Better Future: America’s Housing at a Crossroads, a series of in-depth discussions at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
This free event, hosted by CQ Roll Call, will gather members of Congress, their staff, industry and association leaders and other key stakeholders together to examine the future of the housing market. Keynote speakers include U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Panel sessions feature industry experts from NAHB, Harvard University, the Center for Responsible Lending, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and more.
See the full agenda and register to attend the event in person, here.
Register for the live webcast, here.

Huntsman Completes Acquisition of U.S. Polyols Manufacturer, Oxid L.P. 
Huntsman Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of the business of Oxid L.P., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty urethane polyols in Houston, Texas, for an amount of up to $75 million. Oxid generated $86 million of revenue in 2012. Oxid’s polyols are a key component in the production of energy saving polyurethane insulation products that are used in residential and commercial construction. The polyols are combined with methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) – in which Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division is a leading global producer – to create polyurethane foam insulation for walls, roofs, refrigerators and many other applications. Oxid markets its diverse product line of specialty polyols under the trademark Terol® and distributes products worldwide from its manufacturing facility in Houston. 

BASF Announces Plans for U.S. Polyurethane CASE Distributor
BASF announced that it has appointed Archway Sales Inc., as a distributor for polyurethane chemicals to the Coatings, Adhesives & Binders, Sealants and Elastomers (CASE) market in the Ohio valley. Effective January 1, 2014, Archway will be a national distributor for the CASE market. With world-scale production facilities in Geismar, La., BASF has a strong presence in the CASE market via direct and distribution sales channels. Archway currently represents the BASF polyurethane chemical line throughout the Midwest, parts of the Great Lakes and Southeast and throughout the Northeast. BASF is a market leader in polyurethanes and supplies Lupranate® aromatic MDI and TDI isocyanates and Pluracol® polyether and graft copolymer polyols. With a comprehensive portfolio of isocyanates and polyether polyols for the CASE industry, these products can be formulated to create a variety of specialty products.

BPI, ACCA to Explore Joint Opportunities
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), the nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency upgrade work, and ACCA, the nation's largest organization of indoor environment and energy service professionals, have announced they will begin exploring opportunities for collaboration following a meeting of the respective organizations' leaders on August 14.

New Rulemaking Proves DOE Commitment to Energy Efficiency 
"The Alliance applauds the Department of Energy’s issuance Thursday of the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for commercial refrigeration equipment and walk-in coolers and freezers. On his very first day in office, Secretary Moniz committed to advancing energy efficiency —and this latest action demonstrates the DOE is serious about helping Americans save energy and money.
"Advancements like these are critical steps toward achieving the Energy 2030 and President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity 2030. If finalized, the two standards will be an enormous economic boost for millions of Americans, saving consumers and businesses $28 billion over the next 30 years on top of the already $500 in annual savings the average household receives due to existing standards.  The new rules will also help cut CO2 emissions by more than 350 million metric tons.
"We look forward to supporting Secretary Moniz’s continued efforts to establish cost-effective efficiency standards that will save American families and businesses more money for what’s really important."

CPI and BPI Offer Free Sprayfoam Training Continuing Education
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and the Building Performance Institute, Inc., (BPI) added spray polyurethane foam (SPF) chemical health and safety training courses to BPI’s continuing education program. CPI’s training programs for High- and Low-pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety are now eligible to contribute part of the requirements needed in earning a BPI credential. Each CPI course has been approved for 2-2.5 CEU by BPI. 
ACC Announces Details of ChemSECURE Conference
This year’s ChemSECURE Conference, a one-day workshop designed for security professionals in the chemical industry, will be held in New Orleans on October 17. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will host a special pre-workshop cybersecurity briefing on October 16, which will focus on various topics including chemical facility counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

Lapolla Agrees to Exclusive Supply Terms for the Middle East
Lapolla Industries, a Houston-based global supplier and manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation, elastomeric protective coatings, and equipment, has agreed to a new, exclusive contract with MVL Group to supply its products in the Middle EastDoug Kramer, President & CEO of Lapolla said, "We are very pleased to have entered into an exclusive relationship with MVL Group, a world class supply partner. MVL Group is another example of a leading supply channel Lapolla is focusing on to bring our Foamlok spray polyurethane foam insulation and Thermoflex coating products to the global market."

CPI Leadership Previews the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
The 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, hosted by Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), is fast approaching. The conference will take place Sept. 23-25 in Phoenix. Leading the 2013 conference, Tony Lanchak of Momentive Performance Materials is serving as the 2013 Conference Committee chair. Paul Duffy of Icynene is serving as the 2013 Conference Committee vice chair.

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