January 3, 2013
 
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From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
Some of the articles in the Winter 2012 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine 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 best technologies come about from the close integration of code and manufacturing, and no company can be successful by focusing upon just one half of the equation. It is essential that manufacturers are sensitive to the landscape and challenges of contractors to empower them to do the best possible job, and that contractors be very familiar with the materials they are using to produce the end-product. Both sides of this equation call for an extensive amount of expertise and, for the final product to perform as expected, demand close coordination and cooperation among the parties.
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Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Industry News and Announcements
On December 19, 2012, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other state and local government officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new field headquarters of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). The $25 million facility in Westborough, Mass. will include 45,000 square feet of office, laboratory and meeting space. A high-performance building envelope and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, combined with on-site renewable energy generation, will make the MassWildlife field headquarters the first state-owned zero net energy office building.
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Voters passed Proposition 39, eliminating the menu of taxation options for out-of-state corporations and generating $1.1 billion a year in the process. Half will go into the general fund for legislators to distribute among all state programs, but half must go toward energy efficiency programs in the state's public buildings for five years.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Friday that his office said will save millions of taxpayer dollars and create thousands of jobs even as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Cuomo directed state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years. He’s calling the initiative Build Smart NY.
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Globally, civil and building construction projects consume over 60 percent of the raw materials extracted from the Earth’s lithosphere, with buildings representing about 24 percent of that total. This has led many researchers in the building industry to examine materials using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies to analyze the possibilities for improvements in material development and selection in order to reduce the high level of embodied energy consumption in the building production stage, as well as the required energy consumption for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning demands during building operations, and the eventual energy needed for disposal or recycling of products after demolition.
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
-CPI Contributes $50,000 to Development of SPFA Certification Program
-SPFA Technical Director Presents at Building Science Experts' Session
-SPFA Hosts Pilot Session at SPF Professional Certification Program
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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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Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership
Details on member benefits and joining SPFA.
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Federal/State Government News
- ASHRAE Volunteers Help Achieve Success for Standard 189.1 in National Defense Bill
- Rep. Peter Welch New Co-Lead for High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus
- New Year Brings New Grassroots Policy Proposals
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Naylor, LLC
SPFA Training & Certification
No designer wants to see the unwelcome guests of mold and mildew show up in their building. Guidance on how to prevent moisture that causes their appearance is offered in several sessions at ASHRAE’s 2013 Winter Conference in Dallas.
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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 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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Marketing & Industry Promotion
This fall for the first time in 14 years the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated it’s “Green Guidelines.” These guidelines focus on what companies can and can’t say in their advertisements. This is in an effort to prevent “Greenwashing” when companies use confusing or misleading terms in their advertisements that make them appear ‘Green.’ This includes broad environmental claims without any sort of certification or rating from such companies as The Green Alliance and Climate Counts which evaluates companies based on how environmentally conscious they are.
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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. Among the sessions is a seminar, “Conference Breaking News on Standards 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.”
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In the interest of reducing the training burden on our accredited contractors and programs, BPI will postpone referencing ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010 - Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings in BPI's standards and certifications. ASHRAE is expected to publish an updated 62.2-2013 standard, which includes several significant changes, in the spring of 2013.
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Energy & Advocacy News
Updates from ASE include:
-Sequestration: A Potential Obstacle for Energy Efficiency Progress?
-Energy-Efficient Holiday Gift Guide
-Congress Passes Milestone Energy Bill (H.R. 6582) in Lame Duck Session
-CHP Kept Schools, Hospitals Running Amid Hurricane Sandy
-2012 Energy Efficiency Home Tax Credits Update
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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. 39
December 17, 2012
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Events

On January 8, 2013, at 3 p.m. ET, the Commercial Buildings Consortium will host a webinar on strategies and technologies to improve the performance of small and medium commercial buildings. Lee DeBaillie, Principal Energy Engineer at the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW), will present on ECW’s research and modeling of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in small commercial buildings. Dr. Xiaohui (Joe) Zhou, Building Energy Efficiency Program Manager at the Iowa Energy Center (IEC), will share information on the research and technology demonstration projects that the IEC is conducting through its Energy Resource Station and other initiatives.

For details or to register for the webinar, click here.

 
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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The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) will hold the 2013 State Energy Outlook Conference from February 5-8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together Congressional representatives, state and federal officials, corporate executives and industry leaders to focus on state-federal energy collaboration in a new budget and policy era. This year's conference will explore the national energy policy outlook and the state, federal and private sector partnerships that will advance U.S. energy policy. .

More information can be found on the event website. Early Bird registration ends January 18, 2013.
 
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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The Air Barrier Association of America is hosting its second annual conference and trade show in Chicago, Ill. ABAA Installer training, Auditor training, WUFI training, Blower Door Technician training and SPFA training will be offered.
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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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