February 21, 2017
Accella Polyurethane Systems, LLC
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
 
   
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Be sure to read this quarter's feature article, "Cold Weather Cures" which discusses the tips for spraying in cold weather. Read all of this and more in the Fall Issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional
 
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.
Industry News and Announcements
>> Firestone Building Products To Acquire Gaco Western
>> How Drones Are Building a Better Construction Industry
>> Lapolla Improves Spray Foam Yield, Performance
>> Graco's Applied Fluid Technology Division Introduces Rewards Program and New Products for the Spray Foam and Polyurea Industry
>> ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Industry and Society Achievements
>> Demilec Unveils New Spray Foam Formulation
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Covestro
SPFA News and Announcements
New educational partners this year:
• USGBC-MA is producing 12 sessions designed to attract their members and others.
• Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is adding 7 session to the overall conference program with a focus on the updates planned for the 2018 FGI Guidelines for Design & Construction.
• Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is developing several sessions addressing inclusive and universal design.
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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 winners of the SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards 2017 were announced at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo during the Awards Luncheon on January 31, 2017. "Each year the Industry Excellence Awards allow us to recognize our industry’s truly outstanding contractors and projects," said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). "This year’s entries exceed the bar in best practices with the contractors showcased helping to set a tone of excellence in the application of Spray Polyurethane Foam." See who won!
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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
Volume XXV, No. 05 - February 20, 2017
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:
-- Obamacare Repeal Remains Elusive
-- ACA Insurer Participation Down In 2017
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U.S. Government Affairs
> High Performance Buildings Coalition Congressional Reception on March 1st
> The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Portman-Shaheen) Reintroduced in Congress
> US House Bill Introduced to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency
GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
> GGAC Creates New Flyer, Posters for Use with Government Officials
> Ontario Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking Initiative Update
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SPF Tech
Source: sprayfoamadvisor.com / Robert Naini
As small business owners, we wear many hats—some of which are more comfortable for us than others.

And when it comes to Sales and Marketing, it’s important to recognize that these are two separate hats. Yes, they work together, but they are not one and the same. If we focus on one and ignore the other, we make it much harder to gain momentum and hit our revenue goals.
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Polyurethane Machinery Corporation (PMC)
SPFA Training & Certification
The PCP Training Committee will be reviewing the SPFA PCP Study Guides. Working Groups will be formed for each Study Guide and your expertise would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in assisting on this project, please email Kelly Marcavage, SPFA Certification Director, at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org.
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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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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.

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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Akurate Dynamics
Events
 
   
See what's in store, as far as industry events, expos, training classes, online courses, certification programs and more.
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Naylor Association Solutions
Business Trends
>> Self-Employment Tax Wrinkles
>> 5 Simple Questions to Help Determine Your Business Financing Options
>> 4 Ways to Practice Work-Life Balance in Your Small Business
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