March 26, 2013
 
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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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Since its release in 2010, more than 6,000 individuals have accessed the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) High-Pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Chemical Health and Safety Training program on www.spraypolyurethane.org. Now, CPI, in partnership with the Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects (RFHEE), is expanding its SPF training and stewardship efforts with the release of its new Low-Pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training and the translation of the original high-pressure training program into Spanish.


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Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Industry News and Announcements
Housing construction activity has increased significantly over the last year across the three primary sectors of home building: single-family, multifamily and remodeling. And that growth in turn means good news for those businesses that support residential construction, including building suppliers and other associated enterprises. While the NAHB forecast for this year calls for additional growth, there are likely to be monthly ups and downs along the way.
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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) touted projections in a report by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) showing that combining building efficiency improvements, made possible by innovations in chemistry, with lower-carbon fuels could lead to a 41% reduction in energy use and a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.




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Winners of this year's Innovation Future Zone (IFZ) competition were selected based on 1,400 votes and feedback received during the Ecobuild show in London, March 5-7.
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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
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.
 

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.

 
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Naylor, LLC
Federal/State Government News
The House on March 21 averted a looming government shutdown by approving legislation that will keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year. The $984 billion spending bill passed by a vote of 318 to 109. The bill cleared the Senate on Wednesday on a vote of 73 to 26 and now heads to President Obama’s desk.
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-Grassroots Update: How Does It Work?
-Congress Passes Bill to Fund Government Through September
-$270 Billion Needed to Modernize & Maintain Nation’s Schools, Report Finds
-Study Finds Mortgage Default Rates Lower for Energy Efficient Homes
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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
Registration is now open for the 2013 free ASHRAE Webcast, “Assessing Building Energy Performance — From Principles to Practice.”
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Health & Safety
The biggest areas of concern are the applicators and the timeframe for entering a house after sprayfoam has been applied.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) on March 14 announced that it has acquired a 20% stake in Nippon Aqua Co. Ltd. (Nippon Aqua), a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation company based in Yokohama, Japan, and that it has entered into a 10 year supply agreement with the company. Nippon Aqua is the SPF market leader in Japan, with business operations in over 30 locations across the country, and is a subsidiary of leading residential home builder Hinokiya Holdings Co. Ltd. Huntsman supplies various advanced MDI-based polyurethanes systems to Nippon Aqua.
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The updated Foam Kit 15FR Disposable Polyurethane Foam System is a portable, self-contained dispensing system for two component polyurethane spray foam. It provides increased structural strength, as well as fire retardant sound and thermal insulation.





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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:
-Top 10 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps
-The EE Eight: The Most Energy-Efficient Campuses in the NCAA Basketball Tournament
-Nominations are open for the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards
-Annual PowerSave Campus Summit Calls for Action on Energy Efficiency
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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. 8
March 18, 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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Events
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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Join ASHRAE in sharing lofty ideas and high-level concepts on what’s new in the building industry in Denver, Colo., at the 2013 Annual Conference. Earn PDHs or an ASHRAE certification, while hearing the latest updates from the Society and other leaders in the industry.
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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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