February 14, 2013
 
Graco
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
If you are heading to (or already at) the SPFA Convention & Expo, be sure to pick up the newest issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional, which was shipped hot off the presses earlier this week. The digital version will be available later this week.

Some of the articles in the Spring 2013 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine include:
-New Year, New You: Set a Plan to Start Moving in the Direction You Have Been Wanting to Go
-NOBS Rating System: Four Critical Considerations for SPF Roofing Contractors
-Attics: Easy Energy Efficiency -- Try These Three Successful Approaches to Achieving a Well-insulated Attic
-Legislative Update: Fiscal Cliff Bridged, Fiscal "Cascade" Ahead
-Safety First: CPI Expands Its Chemical Health and Safety Training Programs
-ABAA News: Phase II Wall Assembly Monitoring Just Completed

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Every year the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) Annual Convention & Expo delivers to you, the SPF professional, the best of the best information available on the industry. SPFA’s promise is to capture the most current and relevant information and deliver an experience you will appreciate, remember, and that will have an impact upon your business. You will notice there are more speaker sessions than ever. These speakers and their topics increase in informational value and relevance each year. And we are bringing them to you for the same registration cost as last year! That is increasing your value per dollar and is another great reason to attend!
Feb. 12-15, 2013
Jacksonville, Fla.
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Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Industry News and Announcements
Steve Thomas, former host of the PBS series, This Old House (1989-2003), and Renovation Nation (2007-2009) on the Planet Green channel, is used to renovating challenging homes across the U.S. His most recent project, though, was exceptional for two reason: it was his own newly purchased 100-year-old adobe-style home in downtown Santa Fe, N.M., and it was a mess. For help, Thomas turned to someone he met while filming the show in Santa Fe in the 90s: Aaron Lewis, with the local Santa Fe firm Southwest Spray Foam.
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From technology in the palm of your hand to technology from around the world, the ASHRAE Winter Conference brought attendees all the latest updates in the building industry. Want to see what you missed? ASHRAE’s Virtual Conference provides access to more than 250 presentations.
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Financial asset manager Samas Capital, LLC (Irvine, CA) will provide up to $500 million in funding to the Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Funding Agency to support the financing of energy-related projects by businesses and residences throughout the state, Florida PACE announced on February 5. Samas has engaged RBC Capital Markets as the structuring agent for the program, which will provide low-cost financing to property owners for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and wind resistance improvements. “By using the agency’s innovative inter-local subscription model, local governments will be able to quickly and easily implement a PACE program without burdening local government staff and without incurring uncertain and enormous costs and liabilities associated with a stand-alone program,” said Mike Steigerwald, Florida PACE’s executive director.
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ASHRAE and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched their third biennial Work Plan for 2013-2014, based on a global cooperation agreement signed in 2007, at ASHRAE’s 2013 Winter Conference held in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 26-30, 2013.
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
Spray polyurethane foam garners interest from building professionals all around the country, as evident from the number of invites received and accepted by SPFA. Some of the events that have seen SPFA representation lately include:
-2013 NAHB International Builders Show
-Building Innovation 2013
-PU Magazine International
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Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership
Details on member benefits and joining SPFA.
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Federal/State Government News
A think tank and lobbying group called the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has requested nine years' worth of emails between the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creator of the LEED rating systems. According to reporter Michael Bastasch of conservative website The Daily Caller, the goal of the request is "to shed light on any possible influence the green nonprofit could have had on the GSA's decision to require all buildings meet USGBC's green building certification program."
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A legacy including a boom in natural gas drilling, the expansion of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) agency, and the bankruptcy of federal loan guarantee recipient Solyndra mark the legacy to be left behind by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who announced on February 1 his intention to resign.
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-Dallas Recap: Advancing ASHRAE’s Policy and Technical Guidance – What Happened and What Can You Do?
-Sen. Lisa Murkowski Releases Energy Legislation Blueprint
-National Engineers Week Is Coming Up! How Are You Engaged?
-DOE, GSA, HUD Call for Input on Proposed Rules, Reports, and Programs
-NIST Study Shows States Cut Costs, Reduce Emissions While Increasing Efficiency by Adopting Newer ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Standards
-Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Recommendations
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Naylor, LLC
SPFA Training & Certification
As the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) continued toward completion in Q4 2012 and Q1 2013, it offered two pilot programs intended to put the program through its paces. The pilot sessions, held in Wisconsin at Gaco Western and Atlanta at Premium Spray Systems, were an opportunity to see if the exam preparatory materials adequately prepared individuals for the exams, if the time to review the materials fit inside the expected periods, and how people performed on the tests themselves.
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SPFA has been engaged over the past 12 months in development of a new SPF Professional Certification Program, with the targeted roll-out date of the Annual Convention and Expo, February 12-15 in Jacksonville, Fla. On January 15-17, SPFA held the final preparatory effort during a Professional Certification Program pilot session at Premium Spray Systems in Atlanta. More than 100 people completed certification exams or field exams during this session, the last until the program’s official roll-out .
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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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Energy & Advocacy News
Updates from ASE include:
-Combined Heat and Power in 2013: Improving Conditions for Adoption
-ISO 50001: What It Is and What It Is Not
-SEP’s Role in Driving Technology Adoption in Manufacturing Plants
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After an intensive, year-long effort, Alliance to Save Energy is rolling out the final report and recommendations of the Alliance's Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy.
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Shale natural gas is offering the U.S. marketplace a chance to bring domestic jobs back and expand the chemical manufacturing industry - just some of the benefits recently noted by the American Chemistry Council and its executive committee. "The Executive Committee unanimously expressed its opposition to any new export bans or restrictions on liquefied natural gas such as a moratorium on export terminals or the prohibition on the export of natural gas produced on public lands. The Executive Committee also reaffirmed its support for free-market policies that promote the export of American-made goods, including the export of liquefied natural gas," ACC said in a statement highlighted by LNG World News.
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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 XXI, No. 4
February 11, 2013
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Current Call to Action
The SPFA technical programs and committees that support them are in need of a select few interested professionals (equipment, suppliers, systems houses and contractors) to carry the momentum onward on various technical projects of the association. Admittedly, the certification development effort has dug into our volunteer base deeply.  But there are lots of critical, relevant and interesting technical projects ongoing or starting within the Building Envelope Committee (BEC), Roofing Committee (RC) and new technical committees. Please contact Rick Duncan at rickduncan@sprayfoam.org if you are interested or willing to assist with these important efforts.
 
Events
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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Building industry professionals are heading to Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz., with a real purpose - to learn the science and above code strategies behind energy efficient and high performance building practices, to understand new regulations and legislative measures, and to capitalize on increasing opportunities.

Submit your Presentation! The deadline for submitting a presentation for the 2013 Excellence in Building Conference is February 3, 2013.
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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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