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November 20, 2012
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Industry News and Announcements

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

From November 11-16, an estimated 35,000 people visited these show floors, seeking the newest products and technologies for sustainable construction — everything from energy monitoring devices to insulation to cladding. See some of the highlights at Dwell and Battleboro Reformer.

SPFA News and Announcements

Fill Out Your Nomination Forms TODAY!

On Feb. 14, 2013, SPFA will sponsor the Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon. This lunch will be part of the 2013 Spray Foam Conference. There will be awards in several categories for projects that demonstrate excellence in our industry. A panel of industry experts will adjudicate the selection process. This will be a blind judging process. Judges will not know to whom each of the entries belong, therefore the judging will be solely based on the merit of the project according to awards guidelines.

To be eligible for an award, projects must follow the following criteria:

1. Nominations can be made by any SPFA member. Contractor nominees must be SPFA members to be entered into the contest.

2. The project must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 1, 2012.

3. Nominations must be received by December 8, 2012.

4. Pictures (preferably digital) are required. 

  • Note all photographs must show OSHA Compliant Work Environments. 
  • A signed release must be faxed to Lisa Smith (703) 222-5816 for all photographs submitted.

5. The awards will be presented for the following categories: 

  • Residential wall SPF: 1st and 2nd place 
  • Commercial wall SPF: 1st and 2nd place 
  • Roof SPF< 40,000 ft sq: 1st and 2nd place 
  • Roof SPF> 40,000 ft sq: 1st and 2nd place 
  • Specialty Applications*: 1st and 2nd place
        * (formerly Tanks & Vessels and Other)

SPFA reserves the right to change the category to which a project has been submitted if the SPFA determines that there is a category that more closely represents the nature of the project.

Online nomination forms are available at www.awards.diligence.biz/nominate.php.

For questions regarding submission of the online nomination, contact David Bradshaw at dbradshaw@diligence.biz.

SPFA Membership
Federal/State Government News

Congressional Elections Result in Several Significant Changes

Although the President will remain the same, the November elections touched off a wave of change in Congress, as several key Members lost their reelection bids or retired. Notably, new champions for the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) will need to be identified in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the previous leaders – Reps. Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Russ Carnahan (D-MN) lost their general and primary elections, respectively. Representatives Biggert and Carnahan were also the co-chairs of the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus, and thus new co-chairs will need to be selected. ASHRAE, who chairs the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) that supports the Caucus, is actively working with Reps. Biggert and Carnahan and HPBCCC members to recruit new co-chairs.

Representative Charles Bass (R-NH) also lost his election. Representative Bass is a co-author (along with Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT)]) of the Smart Energy Act (H.R.4017), which is considered one of the major bipartisan building energy efficiency bills in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Additionally, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), a long-time leader in efforts to reduce pollution and improve energy use, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is retiring at the end of this year. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will take over as chair of this committee next year.

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), who introduced legislation supporting improved building energy efficiency, will also not return to Congress next year, as he lost his primary to tea party challenger Richard Mourdock, who ultimately lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly in the general election.

With a few races yet to be settled, Democrats will retain the majority in the Senate by a margin of 55 to 45, while in the House, Republicans will hold the majority, likely by a margin of 234 to 201. Between the House and Senate, about 40 new Members of Congress will come to Washington, resulting in shifts in committee membership that will likely have lasting policy impacts, and may ultimately affect future reelection prospects. Committee berths will be decided in the coming weeks and months.

While Congress concludes work for the year, and new Members become acquainted with life in Washington, DC, in President Obama’s administration rumors are swirling that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, is leaving the Department, and may be replaced by Cathy Zoi (a former Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), Dan Reicher (also a former Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), or others.

Net-Zero Energy Schools Spotlighted in Congressional Briefing

Earlier this week, the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) held a Congressional briefing on net-zero energy schools. The briefing was sponsored by ASHRAE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and cosponsored by eight other technical societies and stakeholder organizations.

This briefing spotlighted ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) for K-12 School Buildings, and provided several examples of net-zero energy and net-zero-energy-capable schools in Kentucky – several of which were designed by ASHRAE member Ken Seibert’s firm, CMTA Consulting Engineers. Greg Guess, Kentucky’s director of Energy and Conservation for Kentucky’s Department of Energy Development and Independence, echoed Seibert’s comments regarding the value of energy efficient schools within the Commonwealth and emphasized how these schools benefit students, teachers, and administrators alike.

David Terry, NASEO’s executive director, highlighted the impact and importance of net-zero and near-zero energy schools on a national scale and how they fit into a wider low-energy-use strategy across the United States.

“State Energy Offices will continue to play a key leadership role in facilitating high-performance and zero-net energy capable buildings projects across the country to reduce and stabilize energy and facility operating costs, improve stewardship of public resources, and enhance facility resiliency,” said David Terry.

The briefing also represented the last event at which Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL) served as Co-Chairs of the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress, as both Members of Congress lost their reelection bids.

“The HPBCCC would like to thank Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Congressman Russ Carnahan for their years of service, leadership, and tireless dedication to the Caucus and building community,” said Doug Read, ASHRAE’s Director of Government Affairs and Chairman of the HPBCCC. “By helping to educate their colleagues on the importance of all aspects of high-performance buildings, and introducing and supporting legislation on these issues, Congresswoman Biggert and Congressman Carnahan have truly made a significant, positive impact on the built environment.”

For additional information on the HPBCCC, click here.

ASHRAE Engagement with NASEO Key to Grassroots Influence, Success

NASEO’s involvement in HPBCCC briefings is the first step in ASHRAE’s enhanced relationship with NASEO. On December 4, ASHRAE Treasurer Tom Phoenix will participate in a meeting of NASEO’s Board of Directors, and provide some insights into the Society’s programs, policies, and publications, including its internationally recognized and used standards – notably, Standards 90.1 and 189.1; certification (e.g., Building Energy Modeling Professional, Building Energy Assessment Professional) and energy ratings (i.e., Building Energy Quotient) programs; publications (e.g., the AEDGs); and the Government Affairs Office’s activities – both at the U.S. federal and grassroots levels.

The U.S. state and local government activities arena are the venues through which ASHRAE members are best positioned to interact with NASEO’s membership, which is comprised of the leaders of the state and territorial energy offices. Many of NASEO’s members have a direct organizational line to their respective governors, which means their input on energy policy matters – including building energy standards and codes and energy efficiency in the built environment from a broader perspective – often goes straight to the top of state government. Consequently, ASHRAE’s new Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) and its staff liaisons will be working hard to connect the Society’s regional and chapter leaders with NASEO members as to provide them (i.e., state energy officials) with the technical and policy resources they need to make sound energy policy decisions. To that end, a NASEO Board member will be participating in the initial GGAC training session at the Dallas Winter Meeting this coming January.
Furthermore, ASHRAE and NASEO are hammering out the final details of a Memorandum of Understanding between our two organizations, which will formalize the importance of working together moving forward.

To sign up for the ASHRAE Government Affairs Update or to see archives, click here.

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SPF-Related Codes & Standards

The Building Codes Assistance Project releases regular updates on building energy codes through its quarterly BCAP Newsletter and weekly Code Alert Bulletin.

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.

BCAP Code Alert Bulletins are 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 bujlletin, contact Matt Kerns at (202) 530-2252 or mkerns@ase.org.

Some of the content featured in recent newletters and bulletins includes:

Nine Long Island, New York Code Jurisdictions Adopt HERS Index Score Option to Building Energy Codes

Nine municipalities located in Long Island, New York have recognized a HERS Index Score as a code compliance option. The following communities have incorporated the HERS Index into their building energy codes:
Town of Brookhaven
Town of Babylon
Town of Hempstead
Town of Huntington
Town of Islip
Town of North Hempstead
Town of Oyster Bay
Town of Riverhead
Town of Southampton
These Long Island communities have joined jurisdictions from Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, and New Mexico in incorporating home energy ratings as a compliance option to energy codes.

Full List of Jurisdictions with HERS Compliance Option

For more information, contact Paul Karrer of BCAP at pkarrer@ase.org.

Adoption and Compliance Portals Launched on OCEAN

To further improve the quality of OCEAN users’ online experience, BCAP improved how users access and engage with OCEAN Resources via new access points on the homepage called portals. BCAP has published an Adoption Support portal with a policy action toolkit and a Compliance Support portal.

The Adoption Portal is designed to help state officials, energy code supporters, and consumers understand the process taken to adopt an energy code. The Compliance Portal links to programs, tools, and resources states and municipalities can use to help set and meet compliance goals, cosponsored by IMT.

Read more about the Adoption and Compliance Portals.

SWEEP Releases Report on Utility Energy Efficiency Best Practices

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) released the report, The $20 Billion Bonanza: Best Practice Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and their Benefits for the Southwest, acknowledging the efforts of the region's utilities over the past decade and heralding the potential for growing success over the next decade. ACEEE was a contributing author on the report and worked with SWEEP to analyze a comprehensive set of eighteen best practice electric utility energy efficiency programs for each of the Southwest states' residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. The programs include low-income weatherization, incentives for efficient consumer products, custom retrofits for large businesses, and combined heat and power, to name a few. The report also outlines critical design elements that will allow these programs to reach more customers and savings, such as innovative and effective marketing techniques, financial incentives, and behavioral approaches.

For more Information: OCEAN Story Link | Full Report | Blog Summary

Energy & Advocacy News

Notice of Reopening of Energy Partnership Program

Effective November 8, 2012, the Energy Commission is reopening the Energy Partnership Program and is accepting applications from eligible entities. The Energy Partnership Program provides a wide range of technical assistance to local governments and public institutions.

Typical services include:
- Conduct energy audits
- Review existing proposals and designs
- Develop equipment performance specifications

Who is eligible?
- Cities
- Counties
- Special Districts
- Public or non-profit colleges/universities
- Public or non-profit hospitals
- Public or non-profit public care facilities

The program application is available from the Energy Commission's website at:

Contact the Public Programs Office at (916) 654-4550 or by email at EPP@energy.ca.gov with any questions.

For more information:

Current Call to Action

Request for Information to State Energy Offices

BCAP is eager to hear from state energy offices or energy code supporters concerning what jurisdictions have adopted or are in the process of adopting the 2012 IECC or the IgCC. If you have any information about cities or counties that have adopted either energy code, please send information to Anthony Price at aprice@ase.org.

Additionally, BCAP has kicked off a new consumer awareness campaign. If you are aware of a city in your state that is considering adopting the 2012 IECC and would appreciate assistance educating homeowners, please contact Cosimina Panetti at cpanetti@ase.org.


Roofing School from December 3-7 in LaGrange, Ohio

The Polyurethane Roof Training Center
315 Commerce Drive East
LaGrange, OH 44050

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. EST to Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST

$1,750 per person

Space is limited, so register today to secure your seat.

For questions or details, click here or contact Debi M. at Spray Foam Nation: debi@sprayfoamnation.com or (203) 934-7792 x101.


The National High Performance Building Conference

High performance building & energy efficiency take center stage at Ecobuild America in Washington, D.C., on December 3-7, 2012, which includes The National High Performance Building Conference (NHPB).

The National High Performance Building Conference presents the latest in high performance building technology and products and blends industry experts, associations and organizations to offer sessions that educate, promote best practice and highlight new technologies. The conference includes executive level meetings, and seminars covering the following subjects: Sustainability, Accessibility, Aesthetics, Cost-effectiveness, Function and Operation, Historic Preservation, Productivity, and Safety and Security.

Below is a sample of sessions, seminars and symposiums offered at the NHPB Conference. For a full listing, click here.

What’s Next in Green: Profiting from Green Trends in a Recovering Economy
Rapid Energy Analysis with Revit models – Reality or Dream?
Energy Master Plans – The Path to Financial success and Energy Independence
Assuring High Performance, Zero Energy Buildings and Facilities
Sustainable Design for Mission Critical Facilities
Driving Deeper Savings in Existing Buildings: Tools, Techniques, and Talent
High Performance Reconstructed Buildings: The 99% Solution
BIM for Existing Facilities
Building Envelope Commissioning
BIM-based Building Performance Analysis
Essential Water Management in Wall & Roof Components/Leak-proof Commercial
High Performance in Building Envelopes
Insulation Systems for HPBs

Click here for registration form. For questions, call (800) 996-3863.


Taking proactive steps to mitigate risk helps keep you profitable. According to a report analyzing 5,000 projects issued by McGraw Hill Construction, effective risk management techniques have changed dramatically in recent times. Attend this webinar to learn common patterns on effective risk management.

This analysis will break down public and private risk and the most effective means to mitigate these risks, including payment risk, owner satisfaction, and technical requirements. Learn about common causes for disputes and how to deal with them cost effectively – and without litigation.

Attend this webinar to:

• Learn how to identify, analyze, and mitigate the biggest threats to project success
• Understand the best investments to protect profitability and what owners care about
• Distinguish top threats on private work vs. public projects
• Learn how new technologies like BIM and team integration can mitigate risk

Jim Zack
Executive Director of Navigant Construction Forum
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Mike Subak
Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Date & Time: December 4, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Cost: AGC Members: $99
Non-Members: $129

Click here to register.


"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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