January 10, 2017
Accella Polyurethane Systems, LLC
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
 
   
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Be sure to read President John Achille's column, "You Get What You Demand Out of an Association" which discusses SPFA's upcoming Convention in Palm Springs, California. Read all of this and more in the Fall Issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional
 
 
   
SPFA is proud to announce that Steve Thomas, author and Emmy Award-winning Television Personality from PBS's This Old House, will be the keynote speaker at Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo. Thomas is also a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, with a special emphasis on Builders Blitz and the ReStore. He completed three seasons hosting Planet Green's Renovation Nation, which premiered June 4, 2008. He celebrated his final year as host of television's most popular home improvement series, This Old House, during the 2002/2003 season. During his 14 years as host, Steve became known as the "ultimate home enthusiast" and helped catapult This Old House to the top of PBS's list of most-watched ongoing series of all time. He also contributed to the successful debut of Ask This Old House, the all-new series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year.

To learn more about Steve or Sprayfoam 2017, click below.
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SPFA-127 SPF Roof Systems Maintenance Manual has been updated by a Roofing Committee task group.  The reorganized document contains improved photos and updated guidance to help customers and contractors get the most out of their SPF roof system.  SPF roofing contractors are encouraged to share this with their customers.  Many thanks to the task group for working diligently over the past year to deliver this important update.  The group was led by Robb Smith and included the following volunteers: Bruce Schenke, Roger Morrison, Jason Hoerter, Chris West, Jack Moore and Jim Andersen.  

For more information, contact Rick Duncan SPFA Technical Director rickduncan@sprayfoam.org or Bruce Schenke, SPFA Roofing Committee Chair  bschenke@accellapolyurethane.com.
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International Fireproof Technology Inc.
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>> 75th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off for NAHB International Builders' Show
>> Justin Koscher Named PIMA President
>> Elite Comfort Solutions Appoints Chris Chrisafides as Chief Executive Officer
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>> Construction Spending Increases in November
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Covestro
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SPFA is partnering with Foam Expo, which takes place from February 28 - March 2, 2017 in Novi, Michigan. Foam Expo is a free-to-attend exhibition and conference for the technical foam industry. For more information or to register visit www.foam-expo.com or email info@foam-expo.com
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The 2017 Sprayfoam Convention and Expo will take place from January 29 through February 1, 2017, will be held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. For more information or to register, please visit the website at www.sprayfoam.org/expo. Registration will be opening soon. To see sponsorship information for this year's convention, click here. Exhibitor information can be found by clicking here. Be on the lookout for the Attendee Brochure coming soon!  Overflow Hotel: Hilton Palm Springs, call to make your reservation at 760-320-6868.
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SPFA would like to thank all of our 2017 Convention & Expo Sponsors! Thank you especially to our Premiere Sponsors that came together in pursuit of a new milestone - the most Premiere Sponsors of the event ever! SPFA works hard to build a great experience for convention attendees and our sponsors have recognized that and want to help. From helping to cover high-costs of putting on a growing show, to supporting the SPFA's national Professional Certification Program (PCP) through material donations and scholarships that reduce testing fees - in some cases to zero dollars. One more example of how the industry comes together in SPFA to move sprayfoam forward. Attend the show to thank these companies for their support! For more information, click here


 
 

              PARTNER MEDIA SPONSORS
 
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Project submitted? Check. Judged? Check. All that's left is to assemble at the SPFA 2017 Annual Contractor Excellence Awards Luncheon at the convention to find out who the big winners are! Who will get the big awards? Wait and see. While you wait, check out the Feature articles in Sprayfoam Professional Magazine that winners in each category get next year!
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership
 
   
>> Welcome New SPFA Members
>>2016-17 SPFA Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide
>>Interested in Becoming Part of the Team?
>>SPFA Member Benefits
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To all SPFA Members, be sure to watch your inbox for SPFA 2017 Membership Renewal Invoices. Your membership does so much to help the industry by supporting important initiatives like:
*A growing tech services focus in SPFA
*Research and development that drives the industry forward and opens new doors for you and your company
*Increasing industry awareness and acceptance through more advanced marketing efforts
*Building the infrastructure to support the national Professional Certification Program (PCP) and the recognition our certified professionals have earned
*Developing the solid national network of SPF professionals necessary to drive future growth in the industry

If you're in SPF, you're in SPFA! Join now or renew to discover the opportunities awaiting you as a team-member in this high-performance industry.
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Icynene, Inc.
Federal/State Government News
 
   
Omnibus Deja Vu
On Dec. 18, 2015, Congress passed and the President signed a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill with a $680 billion tax extenders title. The "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016" funded the federal government through September 2016 and the "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act" (PATH Act) extended over 50 tax breaks for businesses and individuals.

Among those tax breaks were three building energy-efficiency incentives that were renewed through 2016: the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit and Commercial building Tax Deduction. All were extended retroactively from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016.
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Volume XXIV, No. 40 - December 19, 2016
The State Net Capitol Journal contains timely and pertinent information for almost every business owner in every state. Some of the features in this issue include:
-- Trump Presidency Will Challenge States On Many Issues
-- Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA
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U.S. Government Affairs
> Government of Punjab Revising Building Codes on Energy Conservation
> E2 Publishes Energy Efficiency Jobs in America
> US DOE Publishes Revised Rule on Commercial Package Boilers
> US EPA Names 25 Communities to Receive Technical Assistance in 2017
> US DOE Publishes Rule on Uninterruptible Power for Battery Chargers
GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
> Congress, State Legislatures Convening for 2017 Sessions
> California ARB Releases New Cap-and-Trade Summary
> Indiana Governor Extends State Commercial Energy Code
> Texas Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
> Utah Gives Notice of Proposed Rule Change on Lead-Based Paint Activities
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SPF Tech
Source: sprayfoamadvisor.com / Robert Naini
The key requirement for the performance path is that your building, the proposed design, must be shown to have an annual energy cost that is less than or equal to the annual energy cost of the standard reference design building, which is generally a building that meets the minimum prescriptive code requirements.
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Polyurethane Machinery Corporation (PMC)
SPFA Training & Certification
 
   
CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS: Donations are being accepted for the Sig Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund for Field Exams which was established at Sprayfoam 2016. Since Sig, a Past President of SPFA, was instrumental in launching the first field exams held at an SPFA convention - it is fitting that we return to Palm Springs where he headed up the first Field Exams ever held at a Sprayfoam convention. In his memory, we'll offer scholarships to all SPF contractors so they can meet the PCP certification requirements to become certified SPF professionals! Sig worked hard to ensure the professionalism of SPF Contractors, let’s honor his memory and dedication to the SPF industry by helping others to continue the quest of professionalism.

To make a donation, please use the attached form. If you have any questions, please contact kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org
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Please read the below articles for the latest and most timely information about the PCP.

1) FREE Field Exams at Sprayfoam 2017
2) Convention Discount on the SPF Assistant Exam Prep Webinar Course - $125 Off
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ON SALE NOW Convention Discount - $125 OFF the SPF Assistant Exam Preparatory Course

SPF Assistant Exam Preparatory Course offered in both English and Spanish at Sprayfoam 2017
Register NOW and you can begin course immediately and have access for 90 days.

The SPF Assistant Exam Preparatory Course lays the foundation in the basics of SPF chemistry, chemical health and safety and jobsite safety. Topics include equipment and job set-up, substrate preparation, material handling and staging, moving of hoses/scaffolding/ladders, masking, trimming, clean-up and other non-spraying tasks. Everyone on the jobsite needs to know the important areas covered in this course. The SPF Assistant is the first level for both Insulation and Roofing.
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Thanks to the generous donations of SPF Industry partners and the Sig Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund, the SPFA PCP will be offering FREE Field Exams at Sprayfoam 2017 in Palm Springs, CA. (See attached flyer for list of scholarship sponsors).

Candidates seeking certification as either an SPF Roofing Master Installer or an SPF Insulation Master Installer are required to successfully complete a field exam. Normally, Field Exams are $700-$1350. During Sprayfoam 2017 – they will be FREE!! This is the most expensive requirement in the SPFA Certification Program – so take advantage of this opportunity!

The Field Exams will be held on Sunday – Monday, January 29-30, 2017 in the parking lot adjacent to the Palm Springs Convention Center. Please see the attached flyer for more information and visit the website for details at www.sprayfoam.org

If you have any questions, contact Kelly Marcavage, Director of Certification at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org
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Join Your Industry Partners in Making This Successful

The SPFA PCP Field Exam Marketing Working Group has launched the Scholarship Drive for Field Exams. The goal is to make Field Exams Free for those who take them at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, CA. The Field Exams will be held on Sunday-Monday, January 29-30, 2017.

The funds from this campaign will be added to the Sig Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund for Field Exams which was established at Sprayfoam 2016. Since Sig, a Past President of SPFA, was instrumental in launching the first field exams held at an SPFA convention - it is fitting that we return to Palm Springs where he headed up the first Field Exams ever held at a Sprayfoam convention. In his memory, we'll offer scholarships to all SPF contractors so they can meet the PCP certification requirements to become certified SPF professionals!

Like last year, the cost of the field exams will be reduced through donations to the scholarship fund.

These ten companies have already signed up to be sponsors of the Scholarship Fund.

Accella Spray Products
CJ Spray
Covestro
Demilec
General Coatings
Graco
IDI
Progressive
SES
Western Pacific Roofing

Please read the attached letter for more details. For more information and to donate, please contact Kelly Marcavage, SPFA Director of Certification – kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org
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SPF Assistant Exam Prep Course Webinar will be available in English and Spanish at Sprayfoam 2017

The SPF Assistant Exam Prep Course will be offered at the Sprayfoam 2017 convention in a webinar format in both English and Spanish. The Courses will each be monitored by an SPF professional who will be available to answer questions. Details on registering for these courses in Palm Springs will be available in the Attendee Planner.
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SPFA confirmed plans for the Field Exams to be held during Spray Foam 2017. The Field Exams will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel/Palm Springs Convention Center. This location makes it convenient for Field Exam participants as well as convention attendees. Like last year, we will offer tours of the Field Exams giving visibility to the Field Exam sponsors and showing PCP participants what to expect in a Field Exam.

Last year we had record breaking participation in the Field Exams and we need your help to make 2017 equally successful!
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SPFA PCP frequently gets phone calls from frantic contractors wanting to know "How quickly can I become certified by the SPFA PCP?" This usually happens when the contractor receives a bid requiring the work to be done by SPFA PCP Certified applicators. Our immediate question is, "Are you certifiable?"
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The Professional Certification Program is seeking volunteers for the PCP Exam Prep curriculum review. We’ll be meeting shortly to divide assignments and give details on the review process.


If you aren’t able to help out with the curriculum review, but you’ll be attending the Spray Foam 2017 convention in Palm Springs, we could use your help there!

Please contact Kelly Marcavage at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org for more details.
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During Sprayfoam 2017 in Palm Springs, CA, the PCP events will be held during the pre-convention dates.



Here is the preliminary schedule* – check the website at www.sprayfoam.org for more details as we get closer to the event.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams

SPF Insulation Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Field Examiner Exam Prep Course

Monday, January 30, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams

SPF Insulation Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Insulation Project Manager Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Project Manager Exam Prep Course

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - SPFA PCP Written Exams
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – SPFA PCP Written Exams

If you have any questions about these or anything regarding the PCP, please contact Kelly Marcavage at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org
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We are looking at data showing that many folks have successfully completed some of the requirements needed to become SPFA PCP Certified; however, they haven’t submitted all the information needed to earn the distinguished SPFA PCP Certification.

Please let us know what is holding you up.

A Working Group is being formed to reach out to those who have begun, but not yet completed certification levels. We’d like to hear from you on what is stopping you from completing the requirements. This same group will also work on retaining and renewing those who are already certified and helping them get to the next level!

We look forward to hearing from you. Please direct comments, concerns and questions to Kelly Marcavage at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org
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In 2012, OSHA began a program to align the old Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ This new system to be implemented over the next several years, includes updated methods to communicate hazards on product labels and safety data sheets using an international standard.
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Breaking News! 360Training is offering SPFA Members and PCP Participants a 15% discount off select online OSHA training courses. This is a great benefit for SPFA Members and PCP participants! Please contact Kelly Marcavage at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org to get the unique SPFA discount code. NOTE: this code is in effect for a limited period of time, so take the course soon to receive the discounted fee.

Note:
The 10 Hour OSHA course is required for the SPF Installer and Master Installer Certifications.
The 30 Hour OSHA Construction Course is required for the SPF Project Manager Certification.

If you take the 30 hour course, it fulfills SPFA PCP requirements for the 10 hour course.

For more details on all SPFA PCP requirements – visit our website at www.sprayfoam.org/certification
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In our quest to continually improve the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program (PCP) – we’ve put the forms and checklist for each level of certification into a folder for you to easily access from our website. www.sprayfoam.org/certification. These are the same forms that are in each of the handbooks, but we’ve extracted them and made them fillable for you to easily complete. The checklist for each level is also in the folder.
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An enhanced listing in SPFA Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide is just one of the perks of Accreditation!
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