December 4, 2012
 
Graco
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
The Winter 2012 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine was just released. Some of the articles in this issue include:
• Details on the SPFA Convention & Expo in Jacksonville, Fla., February 12-15, 2013
• Sneak Peek at the Upcoming SPF Professional Certification Program
• Life Cycle Assessment Summary for Residential Insulation and Commercial Roofing
• Prospects for Energy-Efficiency Incentives
• Answers to Questions About Sprayfoam Roofing Thickness and Timeframe

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of open and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in buildings to quantify cradle-to-end of life energy and environmental impacts across the entire life cycle. The LCA was conducted to assure builders, designers, and consumers that the products are indeed part of a responsible and effective energy and environmental construction solution.

A complete 48-page report containing details of the SPF Life Cycle Assessment can be obtained from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance website at www.sprayfoam.org. A 4-page snapshot is featured in the current issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional.
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Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Industry News and Announcements
Contractors are struggling with shortages of workers as the home-building market comes to life and some commercial sectors strengthen. The crunch is affecting a handful of states, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa and Florida. But it's expected to worsen and spread across the USA over the next few years, building officials say. The shortages are already prompting builders to raid each other's job sites for workers.
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
Deadline to fill out nomination forms is December 8, 2012.
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• SPFA Technical Director Presenting at Building Science Experts' Session
• SPFA Hosts Pilot Session at SPF Professional Certification Program

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SPFA Membership
Details on member benefits and joining SPFA.
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Federal/State Government News
ASHRAE Government Affairs Update: The House and Senate have been trying to reach agreement on a solution to the expiring tax issues and automatic federal spending cuts – often called the “fiscal cliff.” The top issue in the Senate has been debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 – a bill that allows for spending on U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) programs, including military construction.
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ASHRAE Government Affairs Update: The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held a meeting of its Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) to discuss a number of issues, including the Green Building Certification Review, Facilities Management Institute, Knowledge Network, and the business case for federal green buildings.
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Naylor, LLC
SPFA Training & Certification
Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE™) Inc. is accepting applications for its next Certified Solar Roofing Professional™ (CSRP) exam, which will be held Feb. 7, 2013.
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The Spray Foam Coalition of the ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry recently released new guidelines for SPF installation entitled, "Guidance on Best Practices for the Installation of Spray Polyurethane Foam — Guidance for Residential Homes and Commercial Buildings."
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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.
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ASHRAE’s 2013 Winter Conference takes place Jan. 26-30 at the Sheraton Dallas. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo® (AHR Expo), held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, runs Jan. 28-30 at the Dallas Convention Center.

The technical program features more than 200 sessions and offers the opportunity to earn PDHs, NY PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits.

Among the sessions is a seminar, “Conference Breaking News on Standards 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1,” 2:30 – 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Updates on the activities of the committees overseeing Standards 90.1 (ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), 62.1 (ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality) and 189.1 (ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) will be shared by the committee chairs.
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Energy & Advocacy News
Planning construction that is green-friendly has become an expectation for architects and builders.

However, most buildings standing today will still be in use for decades. The challenge is to modify existing buildings so they are more energy efficient. The built environment is massive compared to new construction and bringing it into a green future, while managing costs, is a major hurdle.

The most cost-effective solution to this is green retrofitting older buildings.
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There is a new trend in the housing market where builders are educating consumers of the superior energy performance of their homes by marketing their homes' HERS Index Score. A special feature of the 2013 RESNET Building Performance Conference is a track dedicated to RESNET EnergySmart Builders.
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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.
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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. 37
December 4, 2012
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Current Call to Action
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.
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Events
2013 NAHB International Builders Show, Las Vegas
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2013 ASHRAE Winter Conference
January 26-30

2013 AHR Expo at the Winter Conference
January 28-30
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International Roofing Expo, San Antonio, Texas
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World of Concrete, Las Vegas Convention Center
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SPFA's Annual Convention & Expo will be in Jacksonville, Fla.
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RESNET 2013 Conference, Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
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RCI International Convention & Trade Show, Rosen Shingle Resort, Orlando, Fla.
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