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SPF-Related Codes & Standards

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The Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge Can Do Better By Codes
Source: / Cosimina Panetti
In this blog, author Cosimina Panetti shares information related to codes and energy efficiency. "Effective energy efficiency policies provide benefits to consumers and businesses alike, making federal energy policy a vital component of enhancing the future of U.S. energy productivity. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "federal energy efficiency policies have proven time and time again to save taxpayers money, create jobs, increase U.S. competitiveness, stimulate technological innovation, and moderate demand for energy and the need for imports" (Alliance to Save Energy, 2013). Improved energy efficiency can enhance national security, reduce air pollution, protect natural resources, and strengthen the economy." Read more here.

Revisions to Climate Data Standard from ASHRAE Include New Climate Zone, Climatic Data
The newly updated Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, serves as a comprehensive source of climate data for those involved in building design, and provides a variety of climatic information for designing, planning and sizing building energy systems and equipment.

"Using the results from ASHRAE Research Project 1453 ‘Updating the ASHRAE Climatic Data for Design and Standards,’ the data and tables in the standard were completely replaced," Dru Crawley, chair of the committee writing the standard, said.

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)

>>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

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