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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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
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.
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.
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
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
>>West Roofing Systems, Inc.: Playhouse Square 14th Street Theatre Roof Reconstruction
>>Insulate SB, Inc: The Book House
>>J. Calman Industries: Coastal Progress – Marine Vessel
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
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.
-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
SPFA Training & Certification
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.
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
Energy & Advocacy News
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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Volume XXI, No. 15
May 20, 2013
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.