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SPF-Related Codes & Standards

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Spray Polyurethane Foam Design Guidance: Insulation and Air Barrier Requirements of the 2012 I-Codes
This guidance document, developed by the Spray Foam Coalition and the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, 
provides building designers with easy-to-use information about spray polyurethane foam (SPF) for use as wall and roof insulation and as an air barrier. Air barrier information and R-value requirements for commercial and residential buildings complying with the 2012 IECC and 2012 IgCC are provided. (booklet version)
Hear more about CEIR Updates from James R. Kirby AIA, at the SprayFoam Convention & Expo, Jan. 28, 11:15 a.m.-noon.
>>buildingSMART alliance Symposium Provides the Basics of BIM, Identifies Value of Standards
The buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) Symposium – Improving Life-Cycle Performance with BIM (building information modeling) will take place January 9, as part of Building Innovation 2014: the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo. The Symposium will start by addressing the basic benefits of leveraging information and work, and then move through the opportunities of standardizing international open standards for collecting and accessing that information. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of what standards are currently in place and how to access international guidelines and best practices. 
Standards for Uniform Data Transfer and Collection in Home Performance Updated
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced that updates to its BPI-2100-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (HPXML) and BPI-2200-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Collection have been published and are now available on the BPI website

>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
BCAP Newsletters are quarterly summaries of what's been happening at the Building Codes Assistance Project and building energy code progress around the nation.  To access the full archive, click here. Here are some of the recent alerts from the BCAP Code Alerts released released weekly by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and its website, the Online Code Environment & Advocacy Network (OCEAN). Code Alert Bulletins are designed to share information and support timely participation in state and local activities related to the adoption and implementation of building energy codes. The bulletins highlight immediate opportunities to influence state and local policy outcomes, indicate code status, and recommend contacts for action. If you know of activity that should be on this bulletin or would like to sign up for this bulletin, contact Matt Kerns at (202) 530-2252 or
>>My Introduction to the Alliance and Energy Codes 
Source: Woodruff 
When I started at the Alliance to Save Energy, I wasn't sure what I was getting in to. While I understood I would have the chance to work with some of the experts at the forefront of energy efficiency, the only things I knew for certain were that my office was in Washington, D.C. and that energy codes were some sort of energy saving rule applied to building construction. Honestly, I was just happy for the opportunity to be a part of the team. Nevertheless, in just three months, I have learned more than I could've ever hoped for. I've gained new skills, met amazing people, and really been able to dig in to the topic of building codes. Read more here.

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