“Designing Spaces,” the award-winning home improvement television series, aired as part of its annual “Think Green” series a segment highlighting the energy efficiency of spray polyurethane foam. The episode of “Designing Spaces” featuring spray foam insulation aired on April 26. The show will air again on Lifetime TV on May 22 at 7:30 a.m. (all time zones).
“Designing Spaces” partnered with the Spray Foam Coalition of the American Chemistry Council to help homeowners learn about the benefits of spray polyurethane foam. In the segment, homeowners Andy and Anitra Kitfield, along with their three children, welcome “Designing Spaces” as they update and insulate an upstairs room and their basement with spray polyurethane foam.
“It’s been really windy, so when it blows outside, we feel a draft inside. It stays cold,” says Anitra, describing the challenges the family has had maintaining a comfortable temperature indoors before the spray polyurethane foam is applied. Nova Spray Foam Insulation, a spray polyurethane foam contractor, comes to the rescue to help make the Kitfields’ home more comfortable and energy efficient. “Designing Spaces” shows how these professional contractors install the insulation, which also acts as an air barrier, to dramatically reduce the drafts that have been making the Kitfield’s house so chilly.
“Homeowners should choose spray foam because it’s highly effective and it’s energy-efficient. It’s going to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and overall, homeowners will find that they’ll save some money,” says Allyson Wilson of the American Chemistry Council, who helps detail the many benefits spray polyurethane foam offers to the homeowners in the episode.
Aubrey Davis, a civic giant who helped found Group Health, secured funding for the downtown bus tunnel, pushed for the lush lid over I-90 on Mercer Island, and invented a no-slip compound still used on house decks around the country, died February 17, 2013.
Aubrey Davis’ most visible legacy might be the lush lid, with trails and ball fields, that sits atop Interstate 90 as it crosses Mercer Island. Mr. Davis, however, considered his pioneering work at Group Health his greatest accomplishment. As a founding member (No. 239) and later Group Health’s CEO, Mr. Davis helped revolutionize health care in the United States by showing a consumer-governed system could succeed.
In addition, he and two partners bought a rubber company they called Gaco Western. Mr. Davis became its president and experimented in his basement until he found an ingredient — crushed walnut shells — that made a no-slip compound.
The shells have “the same hardness as the coating and wear uniformly,” said Peter Davis, the company’s CEO.
When the Davises vacationed with their four children, every outing was a chance for Mr. Davis to do some business, Trisha Davis said.
“He thought nothing would be more fun than going to see another roof, deck or dam. We all sat in the car and played solitaire, went swimming in the local river or played in the city park. Mom fed us lunch out of the family picnic kit, which was a suitcase coated with Gaco coating. As odd as it seems, we have fond memories of those trips,” she said.
In addition to Peter and Trisha Davis, he is survived by children Judy Willott and Becky Pentz, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is set for 10:29 a.m. (29 was an important number for him) on May 18 at the Paramount, 911 Pine Street, Seattle.
Donations may be made to Group Health Foundation, Group Health Hospice and the Economic Opportunity Institute.
A great man passed on February 28, 2013. ERJ, passed in the loving care of his family. Emmett is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Jean Jamieson; sons Jim, Robert and John and daughter, Juliette; and loving grandchildren Emmett, Eileen, Elena and Jake; his son-in-law, Jorn Ormberget, (Juliette's husband,) and his daughter-in-law , Idalia, wife of Jim), numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Emmett, born June 23, 1919 in Chicago, was the youngest of eight children. Fiercely independent, strong willed and of stout spirit; he had true love for God, Family and Country. Emmett was a proud member of the U.S. Navy, serving four years in the Pacific Theater during World War ll. He moved to Texas in the 1950s and became a proud Texan.
Emmett led a passionate and full life, leaving an indelible mark in his community as a founding member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Dallas. He was a self-made man, his entrepreneurial spirit beginning as a child. He was the founder and successful leader of Quadrant Chemical Corporation, Jamieson Associates and Acme Distributors, Inc.
Emmett is a man that will always be missed and well- remembered by those he knew and by those he loved. Emmett was most proud of the great loves in his life -- his unwavering belief in God, his beautiful and intelligent wife and his children. Emmett believed in faith, generosity, honesty, integrity, passion and selfless love. He led by example and frequently quoted; "When the one great scorer comes to mark against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game!"
Rosary was at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on March 7, followed by the funeral Mass. Contributions may be made in Emmett's name to: St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
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. This program provides relevant, comprehensive and extensive business statistics for the industry.
In this program, participating Systems Houses manufacturing high-pressure SPF provide quarterly statistical data to a third party for compilation. The data provides a historical perspective and tracks the growth of the SPF market since 2008. The statistics include comprehensive information, including pounds of SPF sold per quarter, reported regionally within the United States and Canada.
The data, which is released quarterly and available with an annual subscription, can be used as a tool for analyzing and understanding the business climate. All statistics are electronic and provided in a spreadsheet. All annual report subscriptions are sold on a calendar year basis only, with no prorating.
Thank you for your consistent and unwavering support of SPFA, allowing us to do so many critical things for you and the industry. It’s your membership that makes it happen. It is our highest priority to serve you as our member, bring value to you and the industry, and represent the product and our members’ services accurately, positively, and completely.
I invite you to visit our SPFA YouTube page
to view a short commentary recapping some of the information shared below -- the highlights of 2012 and looking ahead to the higher priority items for 2013.
>> Completion and deployment of the SPF industry’s first ever, comprehensive, professional, ANSI/ISO Accredited Sprayfoam Professional Certification Program (PCP) for roofing and insulation. Rolled out at the SPFA Annual Convention, over 800 individual tests have been administered by March 2013. SPFA members get a major discount.
>> Completion and publishing of the SPF industry model Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), representing the first and only insulation/roofing industry LCA to be published. In many cases LEED credits require an LCA, and the third-party validated results prove the energy and environmental performance claims of SPF. Short and full-reports available for members for bid-package inclusion.
>> Record-setting attendance at the 2012 Annual Convention and Expo. The most exhibitors, most attendees ever, a robust speaker offering, Contractor Excellence Awards, and invaluable networking and business opportunities. Significant member discounts on exhibiting and attendance.
>> Advocated in a state that approved a bill effectively banning sprayfoam to obtain veto by the governor.
>> Participated in several meetings with EPA and other federal agencies to review certification and health and safety practices of the industry.
>> Created and published SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine, the quarterly publication of SPFA and the SPF industry.
2013 ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHT FORECAST:
>> Already in 2013 SPFA presented upon SPF health, safety, PCP certification and quality issues at the NAHB IBS show to national builders looking for consistent and credible information leading to comfort and adoption of the technology. We exhibited and presented upon the LCA and certification at the 2013 RESNET conference. These are just two examples of how SPFA is getting out the good word on sprayfoam to our industry partners and extending the reach and influence of SPF among our constituents and stakeholders. This will continue throughout 2013.
>> Already in 2013 the SPFA Annual Convention and Expo held in Jacksonville, Fl offered the most SPF breakout sessions ever for an SPFA show. Attendance broke all previous records for an east-coast convention, new winners were named in the annual Contractor Excellence Awards program, and the most exhibitors ever filled booths in the exhibit hall.
>> SPFA will be creating an SPF Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) which complements the LCA and is recognized as further environmental and energy efficiency validation among the design and construction trades.
>> SPFA will be further rolling out the PCP certification, increasing participation and delivery sources, and garnering support and recognition among our partners, the federal government, and all stakeholders. The PCP will also be developing an accredited status for contractor, distributor and manufacturing FIRMS.
>> SPFA will be engaging new committees, such as the SPFA Safety Committee, to continue putting in place the elements needed for growth and success in the industry.
>> SPFA will be updating SPF-related ASTM standards for both roofing and insulation.
>> Several states have efforts in place to pursue some type of licensing or certification requirements for SPF contractors.
SPFA will remain vigilant of these efforts and keep members informed. SPFA will also maintain our working relationship with the EPA and other federal agencies as they continue their efforts to produce sprayfoam-related materials that will affect your business. And SPFA will continue to monitor and inform you on issues of energy efficiency, tax incentives and other legislative and regulatory issues.
SPFA has worked extremely hard to address all of the areas of need for the industry throughout 2012 and we will continue to do so on your behalf throughout 2013. We are enacting our strategic plan as directed by the Board comprised of representatives from the full value chain – contractors, distributors, manufacturers and consultants.
It is admittedly difficult to squeeze a year end wrap up and a look ahead into a short summary. SPFA has done the things contained in this letter and so much more. The elements you see here are the progress related to major milestones. SPFA works hard every day to advance the interests of the SPF industry and represent you as well as we possibly can.
I know things have been tight for years. But they have also been tight for us. We have done so much with the resources we have because we are passionate about sprayfoam and your success. We recognize that every success we have must be a success that translates throughout the industry as a benefit to you in growing your business, increasing adoption of sprayfoam, combating misinformation from detractors and delivering consistent and reliable information to our industry’s stakeholders.
Your support is what makes that happen. We are here working for you, and look forward to another year of hard work and great successes.
Thank you again for your continued support. If you have any questions about the activities we engage in, about your membership or anything related to SPFA, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
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
Moving the Needle on Commercial Energy Efficiency Standards
On April 23, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed two key bills into law.
>> HB1281 raises the Magnolia State’s energy efficiency bar much higher than its previous optional 1975-published standard by adopting the 2010 iteration of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” as its commercial energy code. This development makes Mississippi the first Southeastern state – and only the third in the U.S. – to adopt that standard for commercial buildings.
>> Furthermore, HB1266 makes Standard 90.1-2010 the statewide energy standard for public facilities.
Several ASHRAE members worked very hard to encourage the state and its lawmakers to make dramatic enhancements to its building energy standards, so hats off!
Furthermore, in recent weeks, West Virginia officially adopted Standard 90.1-2007. Once it takes effect July 1, 2013, it will be the only commercial building energy standard in the Mountaineer State. To familiarize design professionals, code officials, and construction consumers with Standard 90.1 before its imminent implementation of Standard 90.1, ASHRAE’s Mountaineer Section; AIA West Virginia; AEE’s West Virginia contingent; and the state’s Energy Office offered two eight-hour workshops May 1st and May 3rd. More on these workshops will be reported in upcoming editions of Government Affairs Update.
A job well done, Mountaineer Section, in working with other stakeholders and state officials in getting this important policy work done. It is just another instance demonstrating why the efforts of Grassroots Government Activities volunteers Society-wide will be so important in the years to come.
In the April 19 edition of Government Affairs Update, the issue of building and/or energy code/standard cycle delay proposals was discussed. An important point not noted in that article was that, per ASHRAE policy, neither the Society nor its chapters or sections may endorse the adoption of any specific model code or standard. However, if a chapter or section wishes to comment in a general way about adoption of or compliance with up-to-date energy codes and code-intended standards, like ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, that would fall within the parameters of official Society policy.
For further information on any of these items, please contact Mark Wills, ASHRAE's Manager of State and Local Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Efficiency Legislation Expected to Clear First Hurdle in Senate
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.761/H.R.1616), also known as Shaheen-Portman/McKinley-Welch, is set to pass its first major test in the Senate – an Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup that will occur on May 8 (webcast available here or here).
As previously reported, this bipartisan bill is one of the leading building energy efficiency bills in Congress, and has broad support by the building community.
During the markup, amendments will be offered to the bill and voted on. Of the possible amendments that could be offered, we are aware that the sponsors of the bill (Senators Shaheen and Portman) will submit a friendly amendment on industrial workforce skills training that will likely be adopted. Several other proposals and concept language have been circulating, and may also be offered by other Senators during the markup.
Following the reintroduction of S.761, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on this bill in late April at which Dr. Kathleen Hogan, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, testified. The archived webcast of that hearing can be viewed here.
For additional information, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE’s Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at email@example.com.
Healthy Schools Day Focuses Nation on Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is a contributing factor to health and student learning. To help highlight this important issue, April 30 was National Healthy Schools Day. Sponsored by the Healthy Schools Network, this day included a series of related events throughout the United States.
Statements of support came from a wide range of policymakers, including:
Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: “Protecting children’s health where they learn and play is one of EPA’s most important responsibilities. Harmful pollution in and around school environments can affect our kids’ health and the quality of their learning. That’s why National Healthy Schools Day is so important. When we send our kids to school, we should feel confident that we’re sending them to a classroom that is healthy and safe.”
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education: “Healthy and safe facilities are a foundation that enables every student to achieve to his or her full potential, every year from preschool to career. Healthy school environments are especially vital for our youngest learners, whose health and development are the most vulnerable to contaminants, asthma triggers and other environmental health hazards.”
U.S. Sen. Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “National Healthy Schools Day is an important reminder that we must do all we can to ensure our children have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink wherever they are. I will continue to fight any efforts to weaken the landmark environmental laws that protect the health of our children and families.”
High-Performance Building Week Starts May 14
Organized by the High-Performance Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), High-Performance Building Week is set to kick off a slew of Capitol Hill briefings beginning on May 14th designed to educate policymakers on the importance of the built environment and the central role that it plays in our daily lives. Events during the week include a briefing that unveils the National Institute of Building Sciences’ 2013 Consultative Council findings and recommendations; a briefing on how high-performance homes can save money while creating jobs; networking receptions with building industry stakeholders and policymakers, and other events. For the full calendar of activities, please visit the High-Performance Building Week webpage.
The HPBCCC is a private sector coalition of over 160 building community stakeholders that works with the bi-partisan High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus to educate federal policymakers on the importance of high-performance buildings and how to achieve and promote them.
For additional information on the HPBCCC, contact Doug Read, ASHRAE’s Director of Government Affairs and Chairman of the Coalition, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.hpbccc.org.
President Obama Honors Building Safety Month
Founded by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month (celebrated every year in May) is a means of educating the public and policymakers at all levels of government on the importance of developing, adopting, and enforcing safe and efficient model building codes, and ensuring that code officials and related building industry workers receive needed training and possess up-to-date knowledge.
In honor of Building Safety Month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring May 2013 as National Building Safety Month, in which he said:
“When natural disasters and other hazards put American lives at risk, robust codes and standards for our buildings play an important role in keeping us safe. They ensure our homes and businesses are resilient to the challenges of our time—not just by making them structurally sound, but also by boosting their energy efficiency.”
“I encourage citizens, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise awareness about building safety. I also call on all Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.”
For additional information on Building Safety Month, including planned events and ways to get involved, visit http://ow.ly/kGfnO.
For details on any of the updates, contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs.
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
Since SPFA completed development of the SPF Professional Certification Program (PCP) and publicly rolled it out at its annual convention and expo in February, already almost 800 tests have been administered. SPFA members and partners, including Gaco Western, Premium Spray Systems, Demilec, Bayer Material Science, and the ABAA Conference have all hosted testing sessions. More sessions are scheduled over the next several weeks at locations including CertainTeed, Sprayfoam Nation, Conklin, Premium Spray Systems, Quadrant Urethanes, and NCFI, with more getting scheduled all the time. SPFA is working presently on the development of a Contractor, Distributor and Manufacturer Firm Accreditation program to complement the new certification program. To find out more about the program, enroll, register for a test, or get set up for one of the upcoming testing locations, please contact email@example.com
or (866) 222-5000 and simply state what you want to do. They will either process you or get you with the right people.
Sarasota Roofing Company, a family-owned, multi-generational company, takes pride in the ties to its Florida community and its reputation for being one of the most established, trustworthy roofing contractors in the area. The company’s commitment to installing roofs that meet or exceed industry installation standards and demand for quality products led them to test Touch ‘n Seal’s Storm Bond Roof Tile Adhesive more than a year ago.
Storm Bond Roof Tile Adhesive is a high-performance, one-component polyurethane adhesive used for attaching clay and concrete roof tile to approved substrates. Tile roofs comprise slightly more than half of Sarasota Roofing’s roof and re-roof installations. So when Touch ‘n Seal representative Bart Cox with Rep Solutions recommended that Sarasota Roofing’s Vice President Lee Bonnett test Storm Bond, Bonnett did not hesitate.
Bonnett, the company’s third generation owner, values his long-time relationships with business partners/suppliers and products that meet installation criteria set forth in the FRSA/Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) roof tile manual. Products must also meet Florida’s stringent building codes and be strong enough to withstand destructive, coastal hurricane-force winds.
“Bart understands how we run our business and the importance we put on providing our customers with superior, hurricane-resistant products that will protect their homes from potentially devastating property losses,” says Bonnett. “We do a lot of very high end residential tile roofing projects and our customers expect quality, reputable products. I was impressed by what Bart had to say about Storm Bond’s bonding strength, good yield and ease of use, so I told him we’d give it a shot.”
Storm Bond Roof Tile Adhesive adheres flat, low, medium and high profile clay and concrete roof tile to approved underlayment and provides strong resistance to high velocity wind uplift compared to traditional methods of installation such as mortar, nails, screws and other single component adhesives. The product complies with the “High Velocity Hurricane Zone” of the Florida Building Code and can withstand wind speeds of more than 150 mph.
Tested and Approved
More than a year and 50 roof installations later, Bonnett and his team are solid supporters of Storm Bond. “We’re getting excellent yield from the Storm Bond cylinders. On average, we’re able to adhere an additional 50 tiles per tank over the prior foam adhesive we were using. We’re also able to put an additional ribbon of adhesive on the tile lap overs, which provides excellent resistance to uplift.”
Sarasota Roofing’s team of craftsmen gives high marks to the Storm Bond gun foam applicator, citing ‘it’s easy to use and doesn't clog like the ones we used to use.’ They also appreciate the quick cure time; Storm Bond may be walked on in two hours and is fully cured within 24 hours of application.
In addition, as well as the Storm Bond gun foam applicator performs, Bonnett says a big advantage of using Storm Bond lies in the fact that the cylinders can be purchased without a gun. “The Storm Bond gun can be switched out and reused on other Storm Bond tanks, which adds up to significant savings” says Bonnett. “It’s not that a gun is that expensive, but when you’re using as much Storm Bond as we are, the savings add up quickly. But you know what the kicker is? I didn't know you could switch out and reuse the guns, but Bart was quick to point out that we could. You can’t put a price on working with a loyal, trusted supplier.”
Find out more about Sarasota Roofing Company by calling 941-371-2801 or emailing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance to Save Energy's Efficiency News
Some of the topics that are addressed in the newest update from Alliance to Save Energy include:
DOE Publishes Methods for Estimating Energy Efficiency Savings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a series of protocols for estimating savings from energy efficiency programs titled Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures.
The protocols, developed in collaboration with leading technical experts, provide a straightforward method for evaluating gross energy savings for a number of the most common residential and commercial measures and programs offered by utility ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in the United States. They will also be useful for non-ratepayer energy efficiency programs. The Alliance to Save Energy serves on the Steering Committee for this effort.
Energy 2030 in Action: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Taking the Lead on Energy Efficiency
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, an association of 300 elected officials and 22 local governments in the metropolitan Washington area, has created a vision - Region Forward - to transform the region to become more accessible, sustainable, livable and prosperous.
This vision aligns with the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy's plan to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030 and make more efficient use of our energy resources. To achieve this ambitious goal, the Commission urges Americans to invest, modernize, and educate—and metropolitan Washington is on its way to doing just that.
Top 10 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps
In addition to taking photos, using maps, chopping fruit and playing word games, some phone apps bring energy efficiency to your fingertips. With your smartphone, it is easier than ever to start saving energy today!
Annual PowerSave Campus Summit calls for Action on Energy Efficiency
The 9th Annual PowerSave Campus Energy Efficency Summit convened 150 students and staff from California campuses to further energy efficiency education and careers.
For complete list of articles, click here.
A proposed guideline that will establish a uniform procedure for transmitting design, construction, testing and operational information to building owners and operators is open for public comment.
Guideline 1.4P, The Systems Manual for Facilities, provides procedures for producing a systems manual as a resource for training, operations, maintenance and upgrading of facilities. The guideline applies to information from planning, commissioning process, design, construction, testing and training activities and operations planning for new, renovated and existing facilities, equipment and assemblies.
The proposed guideline is open for an advisory public review until June 2, 2013. To read the draft guideline or to submit comments, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews
ASHRAE Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems and other ASHRAE guidelines on commissioning require development of a systems manual, as do several other standards and energy- and sustainability-related codes. However, no document or guideline outlines how to assemble a systems manual to current requirements. Guideline 1.4P provides these procedures, according to Gerald Kettler, chair of the Guideline 1.4P committee.
“Establishing a uniform procedure for transmitting the design, construction, testing and operational information to building owners and operators is critical to the proper and efficient operation of facilities,” Kettler said. “Guideline 1.4P provides the structure and procedures for the transfer and maintenance of that information. It also is intended for use as operator and occupant training information.”
Other commissioning guidance from ASHRAE includes Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process; Guideline 1.1-2007, HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process; and Guideline 1.5-2012, The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems.
ASHRAE also is working on several other guidelines and a standard related to commissioning: Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies; Guideline 1.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems; Guideline 1.3P, Building Operation and Maintenance Training for the HVAC&R Commissioning Process; and Standard 202P.