October 23, 2012
 
Graco
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
By Bob Duke
SPFA Board President
Applied Energy Savings Systems (AESS)

The sprayfoam industry as a whole is really coming into its own and we are beginning to see market penetrations we all knew were possible, if for too long unrealized. This increasing opportunity in all facets of construction – residential, commercial, institutional and federal – is something our industry has been working hard for decades to achieve. Many of us feel that SPF’s outstanding performance features and benefits are finally getting their due, and, if properly applied, living up to the hype!
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Naylor, LLC
Industry News and Announcements
Student teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2013 will be able to ensure their documentation is professional and easily understood now that the publishing partners of the nation's leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard have given the teams complimentary licenses to the United States National CAD Standard®.
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RESNET is entering into a process to develop a standard that would provide guidance and a method of test to evaluate calibration methods. This effort will be based upon some of the “self-test” concepts developed within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Building Energy Simulation Test for Existing Buildings (BESTEST-EX).

The goal of this effort is to improve the accuracy and consistency of residential retrofit analysis by giving software developers a means to test how well various calibration methods work.

The chairman of the working group is Ron Judkoff of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Naylor, LLC
SPFA News and Announcements
Deadline to fill out nomination forms is December 8, 2012.
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SPFA Membership

New Members This Quarter
Bovio Advanced Comfort & Energy Solutions; Coatings Application & Waterproofing of Illinois; Coatings Application & Waterproofing of Indiana; Distinctive Roofing, LLC; Guardian Building Products; Installed Building Products; Installtec, Inc. dba; Foam-Rite Insulation; Minnick’s; North East Spray Foam; PermaDri, Inc.; Raders Insulation Express, LLC; SES Foam, Inc.; Thermaseal/Lakeside Insulation; Next Generation Power; The Spray Market

Lost Members This Quarter
Anderson Insulation, Inc.; Conservation Services Group; DAS Products, Inc.; Evergreen Insulation Inc.; Flame Control Coatings, LLC; GDA Consulting, LLC; Homeway Homes; Seward Sales Corp.; Urethane Foam Operations; Wilserv

For additional membership updates, click here.

For details on member benefits or joining, click here.

 
Federal/State Government News
Inaction in Congress and a potential swath of new federal regulation pose steep concerns for U.S. industry trying to plan ahead, writes Jim McTague. A rule to be considered in December by the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, could mean that parts of the U.S. are "closed for new business," said American Chemistry Council spokeswoman Anne Kolton.
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A bill introduced into the Senate seeks to extend tax deductions for building upgrades, make it easier for taxpayers to get the deductions, and give more money back. The bipartisan legislation is called the Commercial Building Modernization Act (S.3591) and it would reform the existing Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, which is widely known by its federal tax code section: 179D.
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SPF Tech
As the world’s interest in the iPhone 5 mushroomed in the weeks leading up to its launch, analysts at Opower – whose software helps homeowners make energy-efficient choices – wanted to see how smartphones measure up with other consumer electronics in energy use.

“Smartphones emerged as a clear winner in terms of energy efficiency compared to the devices we have historically used to consume entertainment and communicate with each other,” said Opower’s Barry Fischer, who wrote the in-depth blog post on the subject.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Robin Farver has joined Intech Equipment & Supply as Regional Sales Manager. Farver brings with her eight years of experience working in the spray foam market. She has worked for several leading foam manufacturers and has been certified by both Gusmer and Graco for equipment. Farver has spent the last eight years acquiring knowledge of spray gun parts, pump parts, Reactors, proportioners, sprayers, rig building, cutting tools, and personal protective equipment. She takes pride in outfitting new customers with the best equipment for their budget and has a proven track record of helping customers quickly identify parts and equipment needed by roofing and insulation contractors that spray foam and coatings.
Farver will spend much of her time in support of Intech’s newest location in Houston, and can be reached at (972) 775-4339 or robinf@intechequipment.com.
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Please call (800) 356-5748 if you have any information that might help West Roofing recover this truck.
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
The issue of whether the term "shall" or "should" be used in RESNET standards has come up in a number of proposed amendments to the RESNET Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards.
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Energy & Advocacy News
Despite both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney spending a great deal of the October 16 debate discussing energy policy, neither candidate mentioned climate change.
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ACEEE has just released a series of six profiles of real world experiences in energy efficiency job creation. The paper, entitled Energy Efficiency Job Creation: Real World Experiences, describes programs, policies, investments, partnerships, and business models that have catalyzed regional increases in employment.
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A combined approach to water and energy efficiency offers big savings potential. The Alliance to Save Energy’s report, “Achieving Energy Efficiency in Water Supply & Wastewater Treatment Utilities through Watergy Strategies,” highlights its Watergy program while charting best practices. Findings include:

Issues facing a Watergy project
Technical approaches to Watergy
Managerial approaches to Watergy

This report describes the results of the Alliance's Watergy program – simultaneously addressing water and energy efficiency – and concludes that improving the performance of water distribution and wastewater treatment systems can yield important energy efficiency gains.
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Did You Know
The State Net Capitol Journal contains timely and pertinent information for almost every business owner in every state. Read up on Health Reform, Budget & Taxes, Politics & Leadership, Governors, Bird's Eye View, Hot Issues, and Once Around the Statehouse Lightly.

Volume XX, No. 33
October 22, 2012
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A new study by Munich Re shows that North America has been most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades. The publication "Severe Weather in North America" analyzes weather perils and their trends. It reports and shows that the continent has experienced the largest increases in weather-related loss events.
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Events
October 23, 2012 — Green Business Council Panel Presentation on Energy Efficiency
Union Jack's, Columbia, Md.
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
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October 23, 2012 — Preventing Subcontractor Default: Prequalify and Mitigate to Survive
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November 5-9, 2012 — VersaFlex Inc.'s 2012 Polyurea Training Series will continue this fall with the first three levels of the program scheduled from November 5-9. The courses will be held at VersaFlex's facility in Houston, Texas, and headed by Dudley Primeaux, VersaFlex's Director of Education and Development.
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December 3-7, 2012 — Roofing School at The Polyurethane Roof Training Center in LaGrange, Ohio
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December 3-7, 2012 — SPFA is a sponsor of Ecobuild and will presenting in a session.
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February 12-15, 2013 — SPFA's Annual Convention & Expo will be in Jacksonville, Fla.
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"Introduction to Air Barriers" provides an overview of the performance requirements of air barrier materials, assemblies, and systems, and includes a discussion on relevant building code requirements. This course AIA and state credits and qualifies for HSW. Please check course specifications for all available credit and details: www.aecdaily.com/sponsor/abaa

 
 

 

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