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February 14, 2013
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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. Lewis and partner, Matt Segura, immediately got to work on the crumbling roof. They removed layer upon layer of tar, and the original roofing small “latillas”, aspen or juniper branches laid across wooden “vigas” or beams, and over 16 tons of dirt. They cleaned it, did extensive repairs to the roof deck then used 6 to 12 inches of spray 

foam insulation (SPF Insulation) by NCFI Polyurethanes, the U.S. company that pioneered spray foam insulation back in the 1960s, and not coincidentally the company that supplied the insulation for the This Old House episode in the 90s.

After roofing the home with NCFI’s SPF roofing system, EnduraRock, Southwest Spray Foam insulated the rest of the home. 

Segura says, “Spray foam insulation is super insulation. It gives superior R-value, conforms to any shape — which was really important on these old adobe homes we help save — is a water and air barrier, which makes the house healthier, gives the homeowner amazing energy savings, and allows us to maintain the design integrity of the American Southwest. It’s really the
only insulation you can use around here.”

Segura says, “He [Thomas] knows his building materials and building science, and he wanted the best for his home. NCFI is the best, so we used 3 to 4 inches of NCFI’s InsulStar SPF high-performance, closed-cell insulation on the new concrete slab floors covering radiant heat tubing, and 5 to 8 inches on the exterior of the walls. The SPF insulation was then covered with a one-inch layer of cementitious stucco colored to match the neighborhood.” Segura adds the InsulStar works so well Thomas was able to ditch his plans to install air conditioning.

“This home is going to be as low energy cost as it gets in New Mexico,” according to Segura. “NCFI’s products are the best quality in the industry. They know SPF insulation better than anyone, and their support and technical experience with science, codes, and compliance is unparalleled in the building materials field. Aaron and I have been using their products for 25 years.” 

Thomas filmed a show in the 1990s in downtown Santa Fe and fell in love with the area, so when he, and his wife Evy Blum, wanted a place to escape the brutal winters of their home off the coast of Maine, they looked to Santa Fe. The couple purchased the crumbling adobe casita in the downtown area in the summer of 2012 then Thomas put his years of renovation knowledge to work, and brought in Southwest Spray Foam.

Since the 1,200 sq. ft house had been built in stages over many decades, and modified many times, there was an assortment of materials to content with: adobe block, frame walls, and penitentiary block — ceramic block manufactured by prisoners at a local penitentiary in the 1950-60s. The aged block is notoriously brittle and difficult to work with. Not only were Thomas, Segura, and Lewis dealing with assorted building materials, they were also dealing with multiple structural designs.

The house needed just about everything — new roofing, thermal protection, air sealing, waterproofing — to meet Santa Fe’s stringent code, and it all work had to be within the historic preservation zoning restrictions of the city and state. The height could not be raised, the interior height of the ceilings could not be changed, and the exterior style and color had to fit into the historical design guidelines. Plus, it had to be comfortable, energy efficient, healthy, sustainable and meet or exceed building codes.

That laundry list was achieved with the use of InsulStar insulation, and the expertise of Segura, Lewis and Southwest Spray Foam. Santa Fe saves a piece of its history, and Thomas and Blum have a healthy, well-insulated place to enjoy their time in New Mexico.

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.

Some 2,840 people attended the Conference, held Jan. 26-Jan. 30, in Dallas, Texas.  Attendees came from around the globe, including India, Latvia, Romania, Thailand and even Uganda, to name just a few.

The technical program featured nearly 200 presentations, with the top attended session in the systems and equipment, facility management, energy conservation and fundamentals and applications tracks.  The top-attended sessions were Introduction to the ASHRAE/REHVA Chilled Beam Design Guide; Desiccant Enhanced Air Conditioning; The FM Perspective: Reducing Energy Consumption and the True Cost of Maintenance; Innovative Energy Efficiency Strategies for Commercial Buildings; and Decoupling the Latent Load Through Psychrometrics.

Other Conference highlights included the Technical Plenary, which drew 330 attendees, with its focus on ethics and engineering.  

These, and additional sessions, from the Technical Program are part of ASHRAE’s Virtual Conference, which provides access to more than 250 presentations.  Register or access presentations here.  

The Conference offers an opportunity for ASHRAE to strengthen its relationships with other associations from around the world. ASHRAE took advantage of the diverse group of attendees to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Council of American Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (CAMEE); the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); and the Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE). The Society also signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The MOUs and MRA highlight the shared goals of ASHRAE and the organizations and promote mutually beneficial partnerships between the signing parties. 

ASHRAE also furthered its existing relationship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), launching its third biennial Work Plan for 2013-2014, based on a global cooperation agreement signed in 2007.

Also offered were five Professional Development Seminars and 14 short courses from the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). The most popular courses were Energy Management in New & Existing Buildings; Humidity Control Applications, Control Levels and Mold Avoidance; and Laboratory Design: The Basics and Beyond. Additionally, ALI offered a special session of its in-depth HVAC Design: Level I—Essentials training. The session was held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and saw 39 attendees.

Top selling publications included “Performance Measurement Protocols: Best Practices Guide;” “Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering;” “Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, 3rd edition;” Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; “A Practical Guide to Seismic Restraint, 2nd edition;” “ASHRAE Papers CD: 2013 ASHRAE Winter Conference;” and  Standard 90.1-2010 User’s Manual.

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.

The ASHRAE-UNEP cooperation agreement was developed to achieve several international goals, including the sustainable phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in refrigeration and air-conditioning applications; maximizing the climate benefits of using zero ODS alternatives including aspects of energy saving in buildings; as well as facilitating the transfer and adoption of suitable technologies in developing countries. 

The new work plan covers the 2013-2014 timeframe with an objective of increasing cooperation between ASHRAE and UNEP by transferring relevant technologies amongst different regions and continents. The plan is prepared based on success achieved and lessons learned from the implementation of two previous work plans.

The new work plan includes two main goals and several relevant actions. The first goal, which addresses emissions reduction, long-term refrigerants and energy efficiency in buildings, includes five different actions. These actions address promoting research of long-term refrigerants, building knowledge of specialists about refrigerants through education and certification, developing a specialized guide for refrigeration installations and coordinating efforts in the area of energy efficiency in buildings. 

The second goal aims at promoting expertise and technological information exchange to governments and specialists dealing with ASHRAE and UNEP, developing a regional roaster of experts, establishing an international advisory team to assist developing countries in instituting/updating relevant standards and codes, as well as developing joint online tools and a forum for partners and stakeholders, allowing for better communication and dissemination of related information.

The ASHRAE-UNEP coordination team will continue its work to oversee sound implementation of the work plan and facilitate the involvement of ASHRAE chapters around the world as well as UNEP regional teams.
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SPFA News and Announcements
SPFA was invited to be a presenter at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas Jan. 22, 2013. The session addressed issues related to SPF health and safety,installation practice, SPF performance, the SPFA Professional Certification Program, the new SPF industry Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and other issues of interest and relevance to home builders. To answer many questions on SPF, SPFA also delivered a “Builder’s Package” of information on SPF condensed in a manner that would make it easy for home builders to get the information they need about SPF. In addition to SPFA, Lee Salamone, Senior Director of CPI and a homebuilder familiar with SPF use, participated on a panel discussion during the session. Ms. Salamone addressed regulatory topics, industry research and CPI/Sprayfoam Coalition’s recent activities.

SPFA sponsored part of the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Annual Meeting: Building Innovation 2013 – in Washington, D.C. This is the first in a series of independent annual events that will support the Institute’s commitment to bring together representatives of the entire building community to review advancements in science and technology and develop solutions for our built environment.

Results of SPFA's Life Cycle Assessment study were included in a recent issue of PU Magazine International, which features the latest information about the rubber, polyurethanes and thermoplastic elastomers industries. SPFA's technical services director, Richard Duncan, PE, Ph.D., contributed to this article entitled "LCA of SPF insulation for residential and commercial building applications."
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Federal/State Government News

Dallas Recap: Advancing ASHRAE’s Policy and Technical Guidance – What Happened and What Can You Do?

At ASHRAE’s Winter Conference last week in Dallas, opportunities for ASHRAE chapters, sections and members to engage with policymakers in their respective jurisdictions came very much to the fore.

Perhaps most importantly, the new Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) kicked off in earnest with a training session for the Committee’s membership, which includes the incoming Regional Vice Chairs (RVCs) for Grassroots Government Activities, as well as the four-member committee executive (i.e., Chair, two Vice Chairs, Communications Coordinator). In this training, attendees discussed:

-How the GGAC fits in with the extant Society Member Services framework. 
-Encouraging chapters, sections, and members to connect with policymakers in their area. 
-Zeroing in on public policy concerns specific to chapters’ and sections’ respective areas. 

At the end of this session, RVCs provided suggestions on what worked and what did not. These evaluations are under review and will help guide development of training provided to chapter and section leaders at upcoming Chapter Regional Conferences (CRCs).

Beyond this very targeted training, members participated in a dialogue with national energy efficiency leaders – including the Chair of the Standard 90.1 development committee (Steve Skalko) on ways in which U.S. state and federal energy policies manifest themselves in the day-to-day work of ASHRAE members. The discussion focused in large part on challenges and opportunities regarding up-to-date energy standards and codes and how ASHRAE members can best provide technical assistance and policy guidance to policymakers on energy efficiency-related measures.

Another way in which ASHRAE members may best impact public policy in their communities is by working with like-minded organizations in creating a “force multiplier” instead of acting alone on a policy “island.” ASHRAE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which formalized an ever-growing relationship and will serve to strengthen organizational ties between us. Furthermore, this signing emphasized the opportunities available to chapters and sections in working with NASEO members in their respective states. To that end, Dub Taylor, NASEO’s Past Chair and the Director of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, participated in the RVC training and provided guidance on how ASHRAE may best work with his organization’s members to effect constructive change in energy efficiency policy.

“ASHRAE and NASEO share common interests in buildings, government affairs, energy codes and standards,” ASHRAE President Tom Watson said. “This MOU allows us to further those interests and share information on improving the energy efficiency of buildings and systems.”

If you were in Dallas – or even if you were not – you still can have a role in these activities. Perhaps the best way to get involved is to become a chapter or section GGAC Chair. In this role, you will be part of a larger community of international advocates and technical experts – and a vital link between ASHRAE members and government decision-makers in your community. To learn more about being a GGAC Chair, contact Mark Wills, manager of State and Local Government Affairs, at mwills@ashrae.org.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Releases Energy Legislation Blueprint

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the top Republican of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued a detailed plan for energy legislation in the 113th (current) Congress entitled “Energy 20/20: A Vision for American’s Energy Future.” This comprehensive, 123-page manifesto delves into energy production, conservation, technology, governance, environmental, and funding issues, laying out challenges and proposing solutions or next steps. The entire document, and in particular, the portion addressing building codes may be of interest to ASHRAE members:

“Building codes are and should be part of the discussion, but codes are only as good as their enforcement, which drops off when state and local budgets are squeezed by a weak economy,” said the report. “One thing is certain: efficiency and conservation across all sectors must be part of an all-of-the-above solution. By 2020, the federal government should shift to a wholesale efficiency approach that would integrate existing ‘silos’ of efficiency measures such as building codes, lighting, and appliances so that they work as a system to increase the overall efficiency of buildings.”

Proposed next steps in energy efficiency include commissioning a review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) of current and past funding and performance of federal energy efficiency programs, with the possibility of proposing consolidated or streamlined programs as a result.

A summary and full blueprint, along with related fact sheets and press materials can be found  here

National Engineers Week is Coming Up! How Are You Engaged?

Frequently, interest in, and the decision to enter the field of engineering is based upon a personal connection that someone has made with someone in the profession. National Engineers Week (better known as Eweek) runs from February 17 to 23, and is a grassroots, volunteer-driven opportunity to give back to your profession and community by working with students to inspire the next generation of engineers. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

DOE, GSA, HUD Call for Input on Proposed Rules, Reports, and Programs

Anyone criticizing the federal government for not doing much need only look to these past few weeks in which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration (GSA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have issued a slew of requests for public input on proposed rules, reports, and program development.

Those requests that may be of interest to ASHRAE members include:


>>Request for information on energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioning and heating equipment. 
Comments are due by March 4, 2013. 
For additional information, click here.  

>>Request for comment on a proposed rulemaking on test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers. 
A public meeting will be held on March 13, 2013. 
Comments are due by April 22, 2013. 
For additional information, click here

>>Request for comment on a rulemaking on energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps. 
A public meeting will be held on February 20, 2013. 
Comments are due by March 18, 2013. 
For additional information, click here. 

>>Request for comments on a rulemaking on energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 
A public meeting will be held on February 21, 2013. 
Comments are due by March 18, 2013. 
For additional information, click here

>>Request for comments on a proposed rulemaking on test procedures for measuring the energy efficiency of induction cooking tops and ranges. 
A public meeting will be held on March 4, 2013. 
Comments are due by April 15, 2013. 
For additional information, click here.

>>Request for information on the development of DOE’s commercial building energy asset score. The score provides information regarding the efficiency of a building’s major energy consuming systems and is intended to enable greater understanding of building performance and potential savings. DOE is developing this voluntary program as part of its effort to achieve a 20 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of commercial buildings by 2020. 
Comments are due by March 11, 2013. 
For additional information, click here.

>>Request for comments on a proposed determination regarding commercial and industrial compressors as covered equipment. 
Comments are due by February 28, 2013. 
For additional information, click here

>>Request for comments on a supplemental proposed rulemaking on test procedures for residential clothes dryers. 
Comments are due by March 18, 2013. 
For additional information, click here.


>>Request for information on GSA’s review and recommendation to the U.S. Secretary of Energy of a green building certification system(s) that is most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to the certification of green federal buildings. 
Comments are due by April 5, 2013. 
For additional information, click here.


>>Request for comment on the redesign of the American Housing Survey. 
Comments are due by April 2, 2013. 
For additional information, click here

ASHRAE is currently considering the possibility of submitting comments on these requests. Contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE’s Manager of Federal Government Affairs, on any of these agency actions.

NIST Study Shows States Cut Costs, Reduce Emissions While Increasing Efficiency by Adopting Newer ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Standards

A new 10-year study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveals that by adopting the latest edition of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, for commercial buildings, states can realize an average of over 22 percent in energy cost savings and reduce building-related carbon emissions by 20 percent – all while cutting building lifecycle costs by about 1 percent.

To view the press release, click here.

The full report (which includes a four-page executive summary) can be accessed here.

Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Recommendations

Earlier this week, the Alliance to Save Energy’s (ASE) Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released its recommendations for doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

Championed by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), former New York Governor George Pataki, and industry leaders, the recommendations focus on activities such as increasing investments for energy efficiency projects in the building environment; strengthening and increasing compliance with building energy codes; and educating and engaging policymakers, consumers, and the business community on building energy efficiency through building energy disclosure, ratings, and benchmarking.

A summary and full version of the Commission’s report is available here.

ASHRAE's Government Affairs Updates detail information on government affairs-related activities of interest to ASHRAE members and others interested in the built environment. Archives of previous updates are available from the Government Affairs website.


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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. Following over a year of intense work by PCP committee members, the time came to test-drive the exam prep materials and the tests themselves. Just like any product or service, eventually all the work and development has to be put to the test to see if it does what it was intended to do.

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. Attendees were encouraged to provide feedback on all materials to improve them where possible. Additionally the pilot session at Premium was the first round of actual Field Examinations for SPF professionals. These efforts were important as a near-final step in the validation process. Over 100 people attended the exam prep classes, and over 375 written exams were taken by attendees. Those exams were taken both by people attending the preparatory classes, as well as walk-ins who, while pre-registered, utilized the test-out option and sat for the written exams after self-studying (an option built into the program to accommodate experienced professionals).

These pilot sessions were an enormous amount of work to prepare for, and the Professional Certification Program committee members managed to get everything done in time and deliver a valuable experience. The result of these pilot sessions are a program that is set to be rolled out formally at the SPFA 2013 Annual Convention and Expo in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 12-13, 2013. 

The program has many elements, such as Contractor, Distributor and Manufacturer Firm Accreditation to tackle during 2013, along with deploying the individual certification program nationwide. But if you are an insulation or roofing contractor, or someone qualified as a Field Examiner, you are set to take advantage of this program at the convention and begin to differentiate your company through demonstration of your professional knowledge, skills and abilities. Congratulations to those who are among the first in the nation.
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 .

Go to SPFA’s website, www.sprayfoam.org, to access information about PCP, or to read the Attendee Brochure and register for PCP testing at the convention today!

To read full "Anatomy of a Certification Program" article, click here.
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.

Energy & Advocacy News

Alliance to Save Energy's Efficiency News
Some of the topics that are addressed in the newest update from Alliance to Save Energy include:

Combined Heat and Power in 2013: Improving Conditions for Adoption 

Widespread adoption of industrial and commercial combined heat and power (CHP) systems has the potential to improve America’s energy footprint on a grand scale. Recent policy initiatives and current market conditions will make 2013 a favorable time for manufacturers to adopt CHP systems as a way to improve their energy efficiency.

ISO 50001: What It Is and What It Is Not

The International Standards Organization’s (ISO) energy management standard, "ISO 50001: 2011 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use," has been available since June, 2011. Since then, 866 companies and organizations in 47 countries have adopted ISO 50001. While much has been written to explain what the standard does and how it offers value in the market, it’s also important to understand what ISO 50001 does not do.

SEP’s Role in Driving Technology Adoption in Manufacturing Plants

The ISO 50001 standard and the accompanying energy efficiency improvements required for Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification provide an effective methodology for managing energy in industrial plants without designating specific equipment requirements or technology upgrades to achieve certification. Instead, the standard’s measurement and procurement requirements specify that energy-using equipment that can significantly affect energy use be assessed for its energy efficiency and impact on the organization’s energy performance. These two requirements work together to prioritize justifiable procurement of energy-efficient equipment and the evaluation of alternative technologies as companies manage their energy use through ISO 50001.

For complete list of articles, click here.

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.

Energy 2030 Goal

The plan, Energy 2030, calls for a doubling in U.S. energy productivity by 2030. It includes a set of recommendations to achieve this ambitious goal of doubling the amount of GDP produced from each unit of energy consumed in 2030 compared to 2011. 

The Commission recommendations are built on a large body of research that discusses the issues of investment, technology, human behavior, and government as they relate to increasing energy productivity in the U.S. and outlines successful case studies. It is our hope that these recommendations will be embraced by a bipartisan group of local, state and federal policy makers as well as the manufacturing, business and transportation sectors, and, importantly, American families. An independent analysis by the Rhodium Group found that doubling our nation's energy productivity by 2030 could:

>>Save the average household more than $1,000 a year; 
>>Save American businesses $169 billion annually;  
>>Reduce government agency spending by $13 billion a year;  
>>Create 1.3 million jobs and increase GDP by up to 2%;  
>>Decrease energy imports by more than $100 billion annually; and,  
>>Reduce CO2 emissions by 33 percent below 2005 levels. 

Click here to learn more about the Commission, Energy 2030, and to keep up-to-date on  progress to implement the recommendations. 

Legislative Outlook 

There is new receptivity to energy efficiency as an economic boost that can earn bipartisan support. I see it in public interest by House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), in Senate Energy Committee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) new energy plan, and of course, in Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) work to introduce a new version of their efficiency bill. And I see it in new programs and ideas in states and communities around the country. 

You can rest assured that the Alliance to Save Energy will be conducting a massive advocacy effort at the federal and grassroots levels to ensure that these policy recommendations are embraced and implemented in communities and states nationwide. 


There are scores of people to commend and thank for the success of the Commission, but none more so than our strong and effective leaders, Co-Chairs Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tom King, President of National Grid U.S. The tireless efforts of the key business, environmental, and governmental leaders on the Commission and our Board were inspiring. And the dedication of their aides, the Technical Advisory Group members, the International Advisory Board members, the scores of researchers and contributors, and of course the Alliance's own intrepid staff, are equally responsible for the success of Energy 2030. 

With your help, implementing Energy 2030 will create a stronger and more resilient economy, a cleaner environment, and a more secure homeland. 
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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.

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