Sprayfoam Pro Newswire
November 5, 2013
 
Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
Some of the articles in the SPRAYFOAM Professional Winter 2013 issue, which will be mailed shortly, include:

>>SPRAYFOAM CONVENTION & EXPO DETAILS – January 26-29, 2014
The 2014 Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) Annual Convention and Expo is just months away! Every year the convention delivers to you, the SPF professional, the best of the best information available on the industry. SPFA’s promise is to capture the most current and relevant information and deliver an experience you will appreciate, remember, and that will have an impact upon your business.

>>2013 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
• ROOF FOAM GREATER THAN 40,000 FT SQ – West Roofing Systems, Inc.
• ROOF FOAM LESS THAN 40,000 FT SQ – Biofoam Inc.

>>SPEAKING SENSIBLY by Dr. Richard Duncan: SPF for Unvented Attics in Existing Buildings -- Application Guidelines Before, During and After Installation
Performing retrofit installations of SPF in existing buildings is a complex process. In addition to performing a quality SPF installation in a safe manner, addressing the comfort and safety of the occupants are critical.

>>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: LEED Amendments by Craig Brightup, The Brightup Group LLC
>>BEHIND THE FOAM: John Guffey and Team Are Raisingthe SPF Bar with Energy One America
>>ABAA NEWS: Standards – Help or Hindrance? by Laverne Dalgleish 

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Industry News and Announcements
Sprayfoam Industry Mourns Loss of Pioneer, Terry Mayfield
Terry Mayfield was born in 1941 and raised in Pearsall, Texas. He joined the Navy in 1959 and traveled the world. Upon leaving the Navy in 1963 he married Brenda, started a family, went to work for CPR Upjohn and learned the foam manufacturing end of the business. In 1978 he left CPR to form a foam roofing contractor company in Deer Park, Texas (suburb of Houston) and touched many, many people’s hearts until he sold the business in 1998. He stayed active in the foam business until 2005 and was always known for a big smile, true friendship, and fairness and honesty in business. He is survived by wife Brenda, daughter Wendy and son T.R., and grandchildren. (As reported to SPFA.)

ASHRAE, IAQA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Source: ashrae.org
Through a memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) are working together to promote better indoor air quality in the built environment. The agreement was signed on Oct. 15, 2013, during ASHRAE’s IAQ 2013 Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The agreement commits ASHRAE and IAQA to working together in the areas of consistent leadership communication, chapter collaboration, advocacy, technical activities coordination and research.
 
Alliance Board Adds Leaders from Across Energy Sector
Source: ase.org
The Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to add five new members to its ranks. Representing businesses across the energy industry, the new group of energy efficiency champions elected to the board includes:
-Kim Greene, Southern Company President and CEO
-David Hopping, Siemens VP of Building Performance and Sustainability
-Jane Palmieri, Dow Chemical Business President of Dow Building & Constructions
-Jim Pauley, Schneider Electric Senior VP of External Affairs and Government Relations
-Heath Shuler, Duke Energy Senior VP of Federal Affairs

Building Science Experts' Session Is Dec. 11-12 
Source: buildingscienceseminars.com 
Building Science Corporation is offering a two-day Building Science Experts’ Session seminar that focuses on advanced building science topics. On the first day, Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Peter Baker will discuss Multi-Family Podium Building Envelope Design, Construction and Commissioning. On day two, Dr. Joe Lstiburek will cover Ventilation in Single-Family and Multi-Family Buildings.
 
BPI Announces National Rollout of Advanced HEP Certifications
Source: bpi.org
BPI announced that exams for the advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications are now available nationwide. The four HEP certifications--Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer Technician, Crew Leader and Quality Control Inspector--demonstrate advanced competency through work experience prerequisites, as well as rigorous written and field exams. These are the only home performance certifications that are both supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
 
>>Sonderhoff Mixing and Dosing System with Siemens Motion Control Debuts
Source: sonderhoff.com
Siemens together with Sonderhoff presented the fully automatic mixing and dosing system DM 403 from Sonderhoff Engineering equipped with the new Siemens motion control technology Simotion D 445 to the international plastics industry at K 2013, Oct. 16-23 in Germany. The demonstration included polyurethane-based 2-component foam sealing system Fermapor K31 from Sonderhoff Chemicals exactly dosed and applied accurately to the contour. 
 
>>New Pneumatic Operated Spray Gun Is Based on Impingement Mixing Technique 
Source: wiwa.de
The newly developed WIWA PU GUN 4040 is a pneumatic operated spray gun based on the impingement mixing technique. The poly and iso components exit spray tips directly into the mixing chamber at a pressure of upto 250 bar. The streams contact directly in front of the tips, immediately mixing the material without the need for a static mixer.
 
Building Analyst Certification Upgrade
Source: bpi.org
The Building Analyst (BA) certification exams are being updated to ensure that Building Analysts have command of the latest best practices in whole house energy audits. In addition to verifying increased proficiency, you get a higher level of confidence from your customers, your employer, the programs you participate in and the market at large. New topics covered in the BA written exam include the principles of using computer software to model the energy upgrade potential of a home, and developing a scope of work for customers. Existing topics updated in the written and field exams include assessing whole-building ventilation, measuring airflow, combustion safety and testing/data collection. The updated exams will be available at all BPI Test Centers on February 1, 2014.

 
Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA News and Announcements
SPFA Committee Updates

>>Building Envelope Committee (BEC) – Mark Fortney, Gaco-Western, chair
On October 2, the BEC met in-person in Tucson, Ariz. Ten members attended. The committee members present approved a new hybrid insulation guide for cold climates and a code-compliant installation certificate to include insulation and fire-protective coatings. These documents will be published by SPFA within the next several weeks.  In addition, an industry-level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for SPF is complete and will be available on the UL Environment website later this year. New BEC projects include developing a foam thickness measurement procedure, extending AY-140 to include interior basement wall application, and working with the metal building industry to update our metal buildings guidance document.   A new research project to measure the compatibility of SPF with low voltage wiring will be started this year. The next BEC meeting will be by teleconference on January 13, 2014.

>>Roofing Committee (RC) – Roger Morrison, Deer Ridge Consulting, chair
The RC met by teleconference on October 22. Included in the agenda was an update from the RICOWI and RoofPoint programs, an update on the new SPF Environmental Product Declaration. The Roofing Committee members present also selected three AY documents to update during the next year including AY-102, AY-127 and AY-110. Potential new projects discussed included developing a guidance document for SPF Roofing used with Photo-Voltaic installations and  a guideline for SPF Roofing and Transition Membranes. The next meeting of the Roofing Committee will be an in-person meeting on February 25, 2014, one day before the International Roofing Exposition in Las Vegas.

>>Safety Committee (SC) – Joe Bolduc, Masco Contractor Services, chair
The SC met by teleconference on November 7. The primary goal of this meeting was to develop a comprehensive contractor safety program package free for SPFA members. This package will include templates for a Written Safety Program, a Respiratory Protection program, safety training and accident recording, among other items. The SC also discussed ways to help member contractors prepare for OSHA’s new National Emphasis Program (NEP) for isocyanates, and made plans to finalize the new SPFA jobsite safety signs.

If you are interested in participating on any of the SPFA technical committees, please contact Rick Duncan, SPFA Technical Director (rickduncan@sprayfoam.org) or any of the committee chairs listed above.

SPFA Presents at the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Annual Conference
SPFA staff including Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director, Kelly Marcavage, Certification Director, and Dr. Richard Duncan, Technical Director, along with Bonnie Strickler, President of PUFF Inc, all presented at the CPI Annual Conference on various topics. The new SPFA PCP certification program was highlighted along with movement of the program to accommodate company accreditations and international delivery, and SPFA exhibited in the tabletop display area. Attendance was up again for several straight years. Congratulations to CPI for another great event.

SPFA Commits Resources on Sprayfoam to Homebuilders
The SPFA Board announced a commitment to complete a builder’s checklist on SPF to improve SPF contractor – builder communication. The checklist, expected to be surpassed over time with more materials oriented toward the builders and customers, will offer useful information on installation quality, health and safety, typical planning considerations for a worksite, and highlight information about SPFA’s Professional Certification Program (PCP) to inform and empower builders on the topics that are most relevant to them.

"One of the most important things we can do as an industry to maintain a high level of quality, safety and OSHA compliance on the worksite is to coordinate with those other stakeholder industries that typically share the worksite with us," said Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director of SPFA. "The relationship and communication between builder and sprayfoam contractor in the field is essential for success, and that is reflected in SPFA working with the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) to facilitate similar conversations across our industries," he continued. Read more here.

Hybrid Insulation Guide
SPFA’s Building Envelope Committee (BEC) is finalizing the hybrid insulation guide, developing a model insulation specification (CSI Format), and insulation installation certificate to include fire protection coatings, for SPFA member contractors to use. These new documents will help member contractors to gain new business by improved product-type selection and avoid compliance issues with building code officials.

Start Planning for SprayFoam Convention & Expo, Jan. 26-29, 2014
-Network and develop valuable connections.Join your industry for the SPF event of the year! Imagine the possibilities: 
-Find solutions to your pressing business needs.
-Learn about advances in the SPF industry.
-Get the training you need to be the best.

 
Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership
SPFA Publishes New Membership Brochure
Available on the SPFA website, the brochure highlights some of the various benefits of membership and activities of the organization as it pursues its mission to represent SPF professionals in areas of technical and environmental leadership, government advocacy, professional certification, industry promotion and outreach, and delivery of a world-class convention and expo. Please check out the brochure if you have been considering joining SPFA and support our mission to serve you. 

For more information or to access the application to join, please click here.
 


SPFA Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide
Members in good standing are listed in this publication, which was mailed to members in September. This directory is also available in a digital format here. The convenient digital format allows users to navigate and access the directory's content quickly and easily, on the road or in the office. Use the information provided to contact fellow SPFA members and industry partners throughout the year to share ideas, ask questions, or just stay in touch.



SPFA 2013 National Contractor Excellence Award Winning Projects
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. 

Here are the 2013 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
 

SPFA Member Benefits
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. Click here to find out more.
 
 
Naylor, LLC
Federal/State Government News
C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification
SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) Updates
Since SPFA completed development of the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) and publicly rolled it out at its annual convention and expo in February 2013, the response has been overwhelming. SPFA members and partners -- including Gaco Western, Premium Spray Systems, Demilec, Bayer Material Science, Spray Foam Nation and the ABAA Conference -- have all hosted testing sessions. More sessions are scheduled or are upcoming at CertainTeed,  Icynene, Diamond Liners, MC&C Equipment, Foampak, Conklin, Premium Spray Systems, Quadrant Urethanes, and NCFI, with more being added continually. 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, email admin@spfapcp.org or call (866) 222-5000 and simply state what you want to do.
 
November/December SPFA PCP Exam Preparatory Courses, Written Examinations and Field Examinations 
SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) is pleased to announce upcoming SPFA PCP Exam Preparatory Courses, Written Examinations and Field Examinations. New locations are frequently added, so be sure to check www.sprayfoam.org Certification Calendar of Events for the most complete list!   

November 12-13, 2013
Lake City, FL
Hosted by: Demilec
Click here for more info.

November 12-14, 2013
Swedesboro, NJ
Hosted by: Foampak
Registration has closed, but course details are available here.
 
November 18-20, 2013
Indianapolis, IN
Hosted by:  MC&C Equipment
Click here for more info.
REGISTRATIONS BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

November 18-20
Slidell, LA
Hosted by: Spray Foam Nation
Click here for more info.

November 19-21
Rogers, MN
Hosted by: Icynene
Click here for more info.

December 3-6
Arlington, TX
Hosted by: Demilec
Click here for more info.

December 10-12
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Hosted by: Diamond Liners 
Click here for more info.


The Spray Foam Coalition (SFC) of the American Chemistry Council announced its support of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance's (SPFA) new Professional Certification Program for sprayfoam applicators. The Coalition strongly supports this new program that will continue to expand the ongoing efforts of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry to create the highest standards of quality and professionalism for its customers.   

"The SPF industry has for many years and will continue to support the safe and appropriate use of SPF," said SFC Senior Director Lee Salamone. "SPFA has created a first-rate certification program to continually raise the bar on safety, performance, quality and professionalism among SPF industry professionals and help give building owners confidence when choosing an SPF applicator." 

SPFA launched its new Professional Certification Program at the Spray Foam 2013 Convention & Expo. The program was developed in compliance with the ANSI/ISO 17024 standard. Individual certifications will be available at four different levels in the two categories of insulation and roofing. To become certified under SPFA's new program, individuals must pass an exam and meet various criteria for any level of certification they would like to achieve. It is a progressive program with each level based on the candidate passing the exam for the previous level. 

SPF is an excellent insulation choice for building owners. It insulates and acts as an air barrier, both of which are critical to making buildings comfortable and reducing heating and cooling costs.

To learn more about SPF, visit www.whysprayfoam.org

 
Health & Safety

>>US Department of Labor's OSHA Cites JMA Roofing After Worker Falls from Roof
Source: osha.gov
Ghaleb N. Suleiman, who operates JMA Roofing, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one repeat and one other-than-serious safety violation following the death of a worker on July 17 at an Omaha, Nebraska, job site. The worker fell to the ground while replacing the rubber membrane on the roof, known as ethylene propylene diene monomer, often used for water resistance. 

>>OSHA Releases New Resources to Better Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals
Source: osha.gov
Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to the thousands of hazardous chemicals that are used in workplaces every day. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched two new web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe. While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace. The first resource OSHA has created is a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. This toolkit walks employers and workers step-by-step through information, methods, tools and guidance to either eliminate hazardous chemicals or make informed substitution decisions in the workplace by finding a safer chemical, material, product or process. The toolkit is available at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/safer_chemicals/index.html.

>>ACC Offers Recommendations to Improve New Worker Safety Tools Released by OSHA
Source: americanchemistry.com
In response to the release of several new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) resources intended to help protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued a statement, available here.

 
Marketing & Industry Promotion
Source: resnet.us
Imagine being able to buy a home the same way you would when buying a car or a major household appliance – by knowing how much it’s going to cost you to run. Consumers can examine MPG stickers for cars and Energy Guide labels for appliances to get a good idea about how energy efficient they are. But what can homebuyers look at to assess the energy performance – and affordability of the homes they are viewing? They can ask for the HERS Index Score.

 
 
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>ASHRAE/IES Publish 2013 Energy Standard: Changes for Envelope, Lighting, Mechanical Sections
Source: Resnet.us
Major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget are contained in the newly published energy standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, incorporates 110 addenda, reflecting changes made through the public review process. Appendix F gives brief descriptions and publication dates of the addenda to 90.1-2010 reflected in this new edition.

"While many things have changed since the first version of Standard 90 was published in 1975, the need to reduce building energy use and cost has not," Steve Skalko, chair of the committee that wrote the 2013 standard, said. "This standard represents many advances over the 2010 standard, as we worked toward our goal of making the standard 40 to 50 percent more stringent than the 2004 standard."

Builders and Efficiency Advocates Reach 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Change Agreement 
Source: Resnet.us
Together, the Leading Builders of America, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have proposed a change to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that would result in significant energy savings, while providing more flexibility to builders. Leading Builders of America represents 20 of the nation’s largest builders accounting for 40 percent of the new single‐family homes market, NRDC is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization representing 1.3 million members and online activists, and IMT is nonprofit advocacy organization focused on improving energy efficiency in buildings. 

>>ICC Illustrated IBC Handbook Helps Professionals Better Understand Code Application, Compliance
Source: ICCsafe.org
The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) Handbook, a new publication from the International Code Council (ICC) and McGraw-Hill Professional, combines detailed discussion with more than 600 color illustrations to support the application of IBC provisions. Previously published in two volumes, the new edition covers both structural and fire- and life-safety provisions in a single reference to ease understanding and proper application of code requirements and achieve compliance.

>>Ventilation for New Low-Rise Residential Buildings: Building Science Corporation Standard 01 -- 2013
Source: www.buildingscience.com
This criterion defines the roles of and minimum requirements for mechanical ventilation systems in new low-rise residential buildings.

>>BPI's Home Performance-Related Data Standards Published as BPI Standards
Source: BPI.org
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced that its BPI-2100-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer and BPI-2200-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Collection have been published as BPI standards. "These standards should make the entire home performance industry more effective and profitable by dramatically reducing the costs, time and effort involved in transferring information," said Robin LeBaron, Managing Director of the National Home Performance Council, who coordinated the BPI working group that developed these standards. 
 
>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
Source: energycodesocean.org
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. Here are some of the recent alerts from the BCAP Code Alerts released 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 bulletin, contact Matt Kerns at (202) 530-2252 or mkerns@ase.org.
 
Did You Know
Current Call to Action

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard and Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings Released for Public Comment

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. announced that BPI-1100-T-201x: Home Energy Auditing Standard and its companion, BPI-1200-S-201x: Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings (formerly BPI-109), are now available for public comment for a period of 45 days (through Nov. 18, 2013). BPI-1100-T-201x and BPI-1200-S-201x were developed in an effort to standardize and clarify what is included in a whole-building, science-based energy audit of existing homes. 
 
ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Call for Presenters
The 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Atlanta, Ga., has announced a call for presenters. This new joint, co-sponsored conference encompasses the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences. The call for presenters is focused on the theme "BIM, BEM and SIM – Integrated Building Design and Modeling," an area currently of great concern to practicing professionals that will be addressed through five broad tracks.
Call for presenter proposals are due Feb. 10, 2014.  A 400-word abstract addressing a specific topic and speaker background information are required.  Notifications will be issued in March 2014.

In addition to the call for presenters, organizers are seeking papers on topics addressing the integration and interoperability of analytic modeling tools (BEM and SIM) with physical modeling tools (BIM) as well as papers describing workarounds, case studies, how to's, challenges, barriers and cloud based solutions. The deadline for submitting a Conference paper abstract (400 or less words in length) has been extended to Nov. 12, 2013, to give authors an opportunity to present a paper. If accepted, papers are due March 3, 2014. The conference papers will be a maximum of 8 pages in length.

To submit a conference paper abstract or a call for presenter (non-paper presentation) or for more information, visit www.ashrae.org/simulation2014.
 
NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company SAFE Awards Now Accepting Entries         
Source: nahb.org
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now accepting applications for the 2013 NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE). The awards program recognizes home builders and contractors who have developed and implemented high quality workplace safety programs, and also honors government officials and NAHB-affiliated associations who work to advance safety in the home building industry.
 
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Seeking Papers, Posters for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
Source: americanchemistry.com
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will take place September 22-24, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas. Paper abstracts are due February 3, 2014. Submission instructions and guidelines for development of papers and posters can be found on CPI’s website, www.polyurethane.org. Poster abstracts are due August 22, 2014.
 
 
Events
November 20-22 -- Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, Pa.

December 11-12 -- Building Science Experts' Session, Westford, Mass.

January 6-10, 2014 -- Building Innovation 2014 Conference & Expo, Washington, D.C.

January 20-24, 2014 -- World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nev.
 
January 18-22, 2014 -- 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference, New York City 

January 21-23, 2014 -- International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo, New York City 
 
January 26-29, 2014 -- Sprayfoam Convention & Expo 2014, Palm Springs, Calif.

February 4-6, 2014 -- NAHB International Builders' Show, Las Vegas, Nev.

February 26-28, 2014 -- International Roofing Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
 
March 20-25, 2014 -- RCI International Convention and Trade Show, Anaheim, Calif.

April 7-8, 2014 -- High Performance Buildings Conference, San Francisco, Calif.

September 10-12, 2014 -- 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

September 22-24, 2014 -- Polyurethanes Technical Conference, Dallas, Texas
 
Business Trends
 
Reflecting and driving the remarkable transformation of the standard wristwatch into a connected GPS, music player, health monitor and more, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced WristRevolution, the newest TechZone at the 2014 International CES®.  From downloadable watch faces to internet-connectivity and app-based programs, the WristRevolution TechZone will showcase the latest advancements in wristwatch technology. The 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and is scheduled to run January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The new CES show floor area will display the latest developments and discoveries for the next generation of tech wearables. Mixing style, sensors and connectivity, WristRevolution features wristwatches that double as a music player, health monitor, alert and message indicator and more.

"Smartwatches are creating new possibilities in the wearable technology market and increasing the ways consumers can connect with these pocket-sized devices.  This exciting trend propelled us to create the WristRevolution TechZone," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. "The WristRevolution TechZone will unveil this next generation of tech wearables." 

The WristRevolution TechZone will be located in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC) in South Hall 3. Current WristRevolution exhibitors include Burg Limited, COOKOO, Dennco Brands, Kronoz LLC, MetaWatch, Neptune and Qualcomm Toq.  

The 2014 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting innovation across 15 different product categories. Companies interested in exhibiting in the new WristRevolution TechZone should contact Pedro Vittes at pvittes@CE.org or 703-907-7751.
 
For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit CESweb.org.
 
 
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® released the 2014 edition of Five Technology Trends to Watch, an annual publication that examines five prominent technology trends that will influence the consumer electronics (CE) industry in the years ahead. The publication was released during a panel discussion at CEA’s Industry Forum in Los Angeles, a three-day conference designed to inform and connect CE industry leaders. 

This year, Five Techs examines key technology trends from the Internet of Things (IoT) to driverless cars, digital health care, robotics and the future of video distribution and consumption. Geared toward industry professionals, this publication provides in-depth analysis and outlines related issues and market forecasts for the coming year. Each section also explores consumer perspectives, partnerships, key players and public policy issues.

"A Hundred Billion Nodes" looks at how the IoT is using vast webs of information to "learn" consumer habits and needs and enrich our lives. As more digital devices replace their analog forbearers, there are growing opportunities for electronics to take over many of the analog tasks now handled by humans. "There is an implied assumption that the Internet of Things will bring greater productivity," writes CEA’s Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac. 

Meanwhile, CEA’s Senior Manager of Business Intelligence Jack Cutts looks at where the major auto makers are in testing and refining their driverless vehicles, and the legal and social implications of ceding the open road to science in "On the Road to Driverless Cars".

"The technology industry is always changing, evolving and innovating and this report provides crucial insight into the trends that are revolutionizing our lives and impacting our future," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "Using exclusive CEA market research, the trends highlighted in this report show promise and hold significant potential in the marketplace."

Five Technology Trends to Watch is a special supplement to CEA’s bi-monthly flagship publication, It Is Innovation (i3). The complete publication can be found online at CE.org/FiveTechs.



 
 

 

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