December 5, 2013
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
While the Winter 2013 SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine should have arrived in your mailbox already, don't forget it is also available online. If you didn't receive a digital copy, be sure to sign up below to have it delivered directly to your Inbox. Take advantage of these enhanced features in the digital version:
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Industry News and Announcements
>>Graco Takes the Guesswork Out of Foam Insulating
>>ASHRAE Announces Technology Award Recipients
>>BPI's Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List Now Available
>>Building Science Experts' Session, Dec. 11-12
>>Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards
>>Icynene Sprayfoam Insulation Featured in NextGenHomeTV Series
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SPFA News and Announcements
>>SPFA Completes New Worksite Safety Signs
>>Underwriters Laboratory Environment (ULe) Publishes Environmental Product Declaration for SPF
>>SPFA PCP Certification Exams Break 1,000
>>SPFA Publishes Cold-Climate Hybrid Insulation Guidelines for Zones 4-7
>>SPFA Committee Updates
>>SPFA Presents at the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Annual Conference
>>SPFA Commits Resources on Sprayfoam to Homebuilders
>>Start Planning for SprayFoam Convention & Expo, Jan. 26-29, 2014
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Icynene, Inc.
SPFA Membership
Critical milestones and information you need to make your plans now:
1. ALL Contractor Excellence Awards Projects are due to SPFA by Dec 13, 2013.
2. Convention and hotel registration is open.
3. SPFA will be offering the PCP certification Field Exams for Master Installer levels of insulation and roofing.
4. If you are interested in exhibiting, there is limited space remaining.
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>>SPFA Publishes New Membership Brochure
>>SPFA 2013-2014 Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide
>>SPFA 2013 National Contractor Excellence Award Winning Projects
>>SPFA Member Benefits
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Federal/State Government News
>>U.S. Senate Debates National Defense Bill
>>Federal Government’s Role in STEM Education, Research Examined at Congressional Hearing
>>Data Center Energy Efficiency Addressed by Congress at Capitol Hill Briefing
>>National Stakeholders and Congressional Leaders Join to Celebrate & Urge Action on Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE's Government Affairs Update details information on government affairs-related activities of interest to ASHRAE members and others interested in the built environment. For questions or more information, contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE's Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at
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SPF Tech
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>>BSI-073: Macbeth Does Vapor Barriers (Double, Double Toil and Trouble)
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SPFA Training & Certification
>>SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) has one more SPFA PCP Course scheduled for December.
>>Spray Foam Coalition Supports SPFA Professional Certification Program
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Health & Safety
>>Guidance for Developing a Written Respiratory Protection Program
>>OSHA Schedules Public Meeting on Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
>>OSHA Releases New Resources to Better Protect Workers from Hazardous Chemicals
>>ACC Offers Recommendations to Improve New Worker Safety Tools Released by OSHA
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Marketing & Industry Promotion
Imagine being able to buy a home the same way you would when buying a car or a major household appliance â€" 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 â€" and affordability of the homes they are viewing? They can ask for the HERS Index Score.
Hear more about the HERS Index Score from Steve Baden at the SprayFoam Convention & Expo, Jan. 28, 10:15-11 a.m. 
SPFA Member News & Services
The new website breaks out the pages by products (board stock, spray polyurethane foam, insulated metal panels, structural insulated panels, appliances and commercial refrigeration, pipe insulation and one-component foam) and by applications (residential and commercial). The website also features information about Huntsman's new line of Terol aromatic polyester polyols, the latest addition to the company's portfolio of insulation solutions. The media resource section of the website include more than 50 presentations, data sheets, brochures and sales sheets about Huntsman’s polyurethanes-based products.
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>Spray Polyurethane Foam Design Guidance: Insulation and Air Barrier Requirements of the 2012 I-Codes
>>buildingSMART alliance Symposium Provides the Basics of BIM, Identifies Value of Standards
>>Standards for Uniform Data Transfer and Collection in Home Performance Updated
>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
>>My Introduction to the Alliance and Energy Codes
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Energy & Advocacy News
>>Alliance to Save Energy Efficiency News
>>Results of State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
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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.

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Current Call to Action
>>ASHRAE Seeking Comments on Purposed Data Center Energy Standard
>>ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Call for Presenters
>>NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company SAFE Awards Now Accepting Entries
>>CPI Seeking Papers, Posters for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
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Business Trends
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