March 13, 2013
 
Graco
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
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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An SPF roofing contractor who uses the NOBS rating system will have a better opportunity to prioritize time and effort; close more sales; arrive at better estimates of pending sales from submitted proposals; and identify a customer’s
specific needs, as well as a competitor’s weaknesses.
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Industry News and Announcements
Novomer Inc. has announced the world's first large-scale manufacturing run of polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyol, producing over seven tons of finished product. The PPC polyol was scaled up and produced with Albemarle at their Orangeburg, S.C., manufacturing facility using existing Albemarle equipment that was modified for PPC polyol production. This work was completed in conjunction with Novomer's three-year, $25 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award.
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Dow Chemical Co. was ordered by a federal jury to pay $400 million in a price-fixing case over chemicals used to make a wide range of foam products found in cars, furniture and packaging, according to court documents. Dow was one of several chemical company defendants named in a class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to fix urethane chemical prices. But Dow was the only defendant not to settle. Last month, it went to trial in Kansas City, Kansas federal court.
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Efficiency First Executive Director Jay Murdoch accepted a new position in governmental affairs for a major industry player in the for-profit sector. This will be effective March 31.
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
During the CT General Law Committee Hearing in February on the HB 5908 SPF Certification bill, SPFA offered testimony in support of the committee, not necessarily in support or objection to the bill.
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ASHRAE, SPFA and many other supporting organizations urge continued support for the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), and requested continuing allocation of funding for CBECS to maintain progress on the 2012 edition of the Survey, even as EIA faces challenging funding reductions as a result of sequestration and lower congressional appropriations.
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Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership

The 2013 RESNET Conference in Orlando, Fla., held Feb. 26-March 1, 2013, combined its sessions and exhibit hall with those of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) for a great event.  

SPFA delivered two exceptional and well-attended  sessions focusing upon a detailed explanation and walk-through of the SPFA’s new industry model Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for SPF, demonstrating the quantified benefits of SPF. The second session highlighted the advancement of the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP), elaborated upon the tracks and requirements, and generated great interest among the attendees. SPFA also exhibited in the combined exhibit hall and benefited from many discussions with the diverse audience.

 
Details on member benefits and joining SPFA.
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SPFA’s 2013 Annual Convention and Expo was another record breaker. The show beat its last East Coast attendance record by 144 attendees.  The energy and commitment demonstrated at the show were fantastic, and excitement carried back into the industry with almost 400 new SPFA Professional Certification Program tests being taken. The various breakout sessions were well attended and offered very valuable information for the SPF professional.  To download your copy of those presentations, please click here.
 
Naylor, LLC
Federal/State Government News
-President Obama Nominates New DOE, EPA Heads
-How Are Federal Agencies Being Impacted by the Sequester? OMB Releases Report
-Sens. Shaheen and Portman Circulate Energy Efficiency Draft Legislation
-U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Efficiency
-ASHRAE Grassroots Go “Social” on Facebook
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DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.
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SPF Tech
The Spray Foam Coalition (SFC) of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has established a quarterly statistical data program that provides historical data on spray polyurethane foam (SPF) sales.
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Naylor, LLC
SPFA Training & Certification
"The SPFA Professional Certification Program (SPFA-PCP) is the most rigorous, extensive and defining program for spray polyurethane foam (SPF) professionals in the world," according to a recent article at SprayFoam.com. "It is consistent with all industry standards, best practices and known building science. The SPFA-PCP is a measure of personal and professional accomplishment in the industry, and a demonstration among professionals of the essential knowledge, skills and abilities inherent among the highest class of spray foam professionals." 

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SPFA Member News & Services
Demilec’s first SPFA Certification Preparatory Seminar got high marks from all who attended last week. Demilec will repeat this training every other month at its Arlington, Texas, training facility and will provide similar training around the country throughout the year.
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As part of a company-wide commitment to environmental stewardship, CertainTeed Corporation has published its second Corporate Sustainability Report.
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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:
-Energy 2030 Plan: Part of Obama's State of the Union
-Diverse Commission Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity Policy
-Plug Heat Bleed Calculator
-Living Efficiently? Videos Show Energy-Saving Suggestions for Your Life
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By participating in energy efficiency programs, Connecticut businesses and residents saved $53.8 million in energy costs and avoided over 200,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2012. More than 4,500 businesses and municipalities and 500,000 homeowners participated in energy efficiency programs in 2012 according to an annual report from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, which oversees the state's energy efficiency programs.
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A three-year push to revise energy conservation codes for new home construction in Utah is on the brink of being successful, with the revisions expected to increase energy efficiency by up to 10 percent. Utah Clean Energy has been pushing the Legislature to adopt the newest standards in residential construction by updating the latest provisions incorporated into the International Energy Conservation Code.
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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 XXI, No. 6
March 4, 2013
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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. 7
March 11, 2013
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Current Call to Action
At the 2013 NAHB IBS show in Las Vegas, SPFA offered a compendium of spray foam technical, safety, contractor certification, and installation information of specific interest to home builders during one of the sessions, "What You Need to Know When Working with Spray Polyurethane Insulation for Residential Buildings." To accompany the session, a draft of the SPFA Builders Reference Handbook was released. The document is a draft and will evolve with input received from builders. You are invited to download this document for free and let us know where we can make it better.
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Papers are being sought for an international conference focused on energy and indoor air quality in hot and humid climates. Organized by ASHRAE, the Qatar Oryx Chapter and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, the First International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates takes place Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Doha, Qatar. It is endorsed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
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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
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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Plan to attend Principia’s Energy Efficient Roofing Conference April 8-9, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C., for terrific learning and networking opportunities. Principia Conferences developed this conference to be valuable for property owners, facility managers, contractors, distributors, consultants and manufacturers.
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The 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will be held September 23-25, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz. CPI is now accepting poster abstracts for the conference. Poster abstracts are due August 22, 2013.
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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.
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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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