May 21, 2013
 
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From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
The Summer 2013 issue will be released soon! Some of the articles in this issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine include:
2013 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
• SPECIALTY APPLICATION – Complex Project on Residence Shaped Like Stack of Books Looks to SPF as Solution
• COMMERCIAL WALL FOAM – Heavenly Results: LDS Temple Calls Upon SPF to Rise to Occasion
CHECKLIST – How to Reduce Exposures During SPF Application
NEW COLUMN! SPEAKING SENSIBLY – Are You Ready to Grow with the Improving Economy?
SAFETY FIRST – Effect of Ventilation Rates on Applicator Exposure During SPF Application
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Immigration Reform and Construction
BEHIND THE FOAM – Rob Tollen and George Tollen: Selling a Product They Believe In
ASK THE EXPERT – Perfecting Your Masking and Trimming

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Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Industry News and Announcements
Spray Foam Coalition releases one new document and one revised document:
>>Guidance for Best Practices for Installation of Spray Polyurethane Foam
>>Guidance on Ventilation for Interior Applications of High-Pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam
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A federal court ordered a home insulation marketer to pay a $350,000 civil penalty for making deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about his products’ insulation capabilities. On the Federal Trade Commission’s behalf, the U.S. Department of Justice won the order on the merits of the case without a trial. The $350,000 figure is the largest civil penalty awarded in a home insulation case.
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By Sam Hananel, Associated Press
The Republican-led House on May 8 approved a measure that would give private sector workers the option of trading overtime pay for extra time off weeks or months later. The bill, approved on a 223-204 vote, would allow employees who work more than 40 hours a week to save up to 160 hours of earned time off for future use. GOP lawmakers say they want to give busy working parents at private firms the same flexibility that public sector workers have to take time off to spend with their children or care for aging parents.
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“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).
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By Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D, P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow
There are all kinds of places where we have to deal with wildfires and all kinds of places where we build right next to our neighbors. Where we build next to our neighbors we have kind of decided that it is a good idea that if they are on fire that we should not be on fire. And vice versa. This makes things very interesting if we want to vent our roofs or if we want to use continuous insulation on the exterior of our buildings or if we want to do both. And things get even more interesting if we want to vent our claddings.
See full article at www.buildingscience.com.
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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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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
>>California Proposal to Eliminate Flame Retardants in Foam Plastics
>>Industry-Level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for SPF in Progress
>>Other Technical Activities
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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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SPFA is an active member of this new coalition examining the responsible and proper treatment of products containing fire retardants.
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Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2013 Annual SPFA National Contractor Excellence Awards. These projects are examples of SPF’s unique performance, applicability and appeal. In upcoming issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional, various winning projects will be spotlighted. In the Summer 2013, read about the projects completed by Insulate SB and Arizona Foam & Spray. In the Fall 2013 issue, West Roofing Systems, Inc. and Southwest Spray Foam LLC projects will be highlighted.

Here is the full list of winners:
>>Arizona Foam & Spray: Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
>>Spray-Tec Inc.: Bluegrass Community and Technical College Newtown Pike Campus
>>Southwest Spray Foam LLC: Television Personality Steve Thomas
>>Smart Choice Insulation & Roofing, Inc.: The Flour Tower
>>West Roofing Systems, Inc.: Boulevard Terrace & Neal Terrace Apartments
>>Honeywell Building Envelope Solutions: 206,000 sq.ft. re-roofing over BUR with extensive removal
>>Biofoam: Fermilab
>>West Roofing Systems, Inc.: Playhouse Square 14th Street Theatre Roof Reconstruction
>>Insulate SB, Inc: The Book House
>>J. Calman Industries: Coastal Progress – Marine Vessel
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Read about some of the ways SPFA is working for you, including some of the highlights of 2012 and plans for 2013.
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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.
 
SPFA knows there are lots of organizations out there that would like to have you in their membership. But if you are in, or getting into, the sprayfoam business, we are the place for you. We work hard to represent you well and give you value back for your support.
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Rhino Linings Corporation
Federal/State Government News
RESNET’s analysis of the white paper from Senate Finance staff containing energy-related options for tax reform. It was released April 25 and, as explained, one option is a performance-based tax credit for residential energy efficient retrofits.
This could be beneficial for SPFA member products, of course, but new tax credits may face resistance in the House so it’s great news that the other residential option is making permanent the homeowner energy-efficient tax credit (25C) with a fix for roofing that would make all products meeting Energy Star requirements eligible! The Home Energy Savings Act of 2012 was previously introduced, and it’s very encouraging to see it referenced in a Senate Finance Committee document. Linked for download are the white paper’s residential options, which are highlighted on pages 13 and 14, and it should be noted that there’s an option to make permanent the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (IRC Sec. 179D) on page 14.
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On May 8, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act of 2013 (S. 761) on a 19 - 3 vote.
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-North Carolina (Maybe) Going Wrong Way on Energy Efficiency
-Senate Confirms Dr. Ernest Moniz as New U.S. Energy Secretary
-Senate Likely to Take Up Energy Efficiency Bill After Memorial Day
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Bullard
SPFA Training & Certification
Gaco Western, a leader in innovative spray foam insulation products, is pleased to announce that the company has made a commitment to ensure GacoWallFoam contractors are certified under the SPFA Professional Certification Program by January 1, 2015.
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Demilec USA, LLC is now offering a preparatory seminar to assist contractors and installers to certify under the SPFA Professional Certification Program. The goal is to prepare the attendees to take the SPFA examinations for the various levels of installer (applicator) certification, plus there is a day of business training and a full day of hands-on training including spray technique, troubleshooting and equipment maintenance. On the final day of training, all students have the opportunity to take the tests for any of the SPFA certifications.

The next class is June 25-28 in Arlington, Texas.
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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.
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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
The Senate Energy Committee, by a bi-partisan voice vote, approved the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761) that was introduced by Alliance Honorary Vice-Chairs Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) last month. The bill now moves to consideration by the full Senate.
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Updates from ASE include:
-Energy Efficiency Driving Tips for Summer
-Support Grows for Energy Efficiency Policy Adoption
-EEB Hub Gets New HQ
-DOE Publishes Methods for Estimating Energy Efficiency Savings
-Energy 2030 in Action: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Taking the Lead on Energy Efficiency
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BCAP is a team of the Alliance to Save Energy and -- by working in collaboration and partnership with stakeholders across the country and around the world -- is making enormous strides by driving energy efficiency through creation, adoption and effective implementation of building energy codes. One of the most important accomplishments of 2012 was the creation of the National Energy Codes Collaborative, which will ensure future success by maintaining strong lines of communication and coordination among the many important groups and organizations working to advance dynamic building energy codes.
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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. 15
May 20, 2013
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Current Call to Action
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.
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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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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council is accepting entries for its 2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award winner will be announced during the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which runs from Sept. 23 to 25 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix. Nominations for this year’s award must be received by CPI no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 18.
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Events
Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings. The registration fee for this seminar is $795.
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Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings. The registration fee for this seminar is $795.
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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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Demilec USA, LLC is now offering a preparatory seminar to assist contractors and installers to certify under the SPFA Professional Certification Program. The goal is to prepare the attendees to take the SPFA examinations for the various levels of installer (applicator) certification, plus there is a day of business training and a day of hands-on training. On the final day, all students have the opportunity to take the tests for any of the SPFA certifications.
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You have a row house, you have a walk up, you have a frame house - whatever you have, you have a mess and you want to fix it. How do you not screw it up? Get all our questions answered at this seminar with Dr. Joseph Lstiburek. The registration fee for this seminar is $395.
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Designed for current users who want to take it to the next level, this class will enhance the quality and speed of your WUFI results. Tips and tricks, hands-on practice with advanced examples, and discussion of field validation exercises are all part of this advanced seminar. The registration fee for this seminar is $395.
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Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings. The registration fee for this seminar is $795.
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Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings. The registration fee for this seminar is $795.
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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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Designed for current users who want to take it to the next level, this class will enhance the quality and speed of your WUFI results. Tips and tricks, hands-on practice with advanced examples, and discussion of field validation exercises are all part of this advanced seminar. The registration fee for this seminar is $395.
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Building Science Experts’ Session is an annual two-day seminar that focuses on advanced building science topics. This session is intended to provide thought provoking professional development for experienced building industry professionals who are interested in healthy, durable and energy efficient new and old buildings. The registration fee for this seminar is $795.
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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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