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!
Industry News and Announcements
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.
SPFA News and Announcements
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
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Federal/State Government News
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
Energy & Advocacy News
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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Volume XX, No. 33
October 22, 2012