January 2, 2014
Building Performance Institute
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
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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:
>>Search for specific keywords or phrases.
>>Flag favorite articles.
>>Make notes in the margins.
>>Connect with vendors quickly and easily.
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Industry News and Announcements
>>Politics, Environmentalism Beating Out Science in Regulating Risk Say Experts
>>3M Unveils State-of-the-Art Fall Protection Testing Facility
>>New-Home Sales Post Solid Numbers in November
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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 Commits Resources on Sprayfoam to Homebuilders
>>Start Planning for SprayFoam Convention & Expo, Jan. 26-29, 2014
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SPFA Membership
Critical milestones and information you need to make your plans now:
1. Convention and hotel registration is open.
2. SPFA will be offering the PCP certification Field Exams for Master Installer levels of insulation and roofing.
3. 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 Member Benefits
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Federal/State Government News
>>President Obama Issues Memo on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance
>>Year Set to End Without Major Energy Efficiency Bill; Policymakers Begin Looking for Alternatives
>>Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency to Expire At Years’ End
>>New Director of DOE Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Announced

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 mames@ashrae.org.
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SPF Tech
Source: edcmag.com / Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
In this era of heightened energy consciousness and high-profile projects with "superinsulation," an R-20 roof in Indianapolis might seem a bit lax. However, there is actually a very good reason why ASHRAE, the International Code Council and others have set the mark at these specific levels. The reason has to do with the diminishing return on investment for increasing R-values.
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SPFA Training & Certification
>>SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) Updates
>>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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SPFA Member News & Services
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Version of Thermal Comfort Standard
>>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
>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
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Energy & Advocacy News

Source: ase.org
As we reflect on the accomplishments of our personal lives over the last year, let’s also revisit energy efficiency’s year, which, by the way, was pretty busy. 

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Current Call to Action
>>ASHRAE Offers Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Guideline for Commissioning Existing Systems, Assemblies
>>ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Call for Presenters
>>CPI Seeking Papers, Posters for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
>>NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company SAFE Awards Now Accepting Entries
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