February 26, 2014
Building Performance Institute
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
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Industry News and Announcements
>>Knauf Insulation Re-opens Alabama Plant, Citing Relationships, Support
>>The Center Announces New Roofpoint Registered Professional Program
>>BPI Launches Home Rating Program Using DOE's Home Energy Score
>>Job Task Analysis (JTA) Workshop
>>January Contracts Decrease 13 Percent
>>Spray Foam Coalition Members Approve Code of Conduct
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Bayer Material Science
SPFA News and Announcements
>>SPF Article by Rick Duncan Appears in Roofing Contractor
>>SPFA Finishes Environmental Product Declaration for SPF
>>SPFA Delivers New Website
>>SPFA Publishes Cold-Climate Hybrid Insulation Guidelines for Zones 4-7
>>SPFA Completes New Worksite Safety Signs
>>Massachusetts SPF Workshop
>>SPFA Committee Updates
>>SPFA Commits Resources on Sprayfoam to Homebuilders
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership
SprayFoam 2014 will not be forgotten, though it has wrapped up. In addition to coverage of some of the sessions and events in the magazine, the Challenge Coins that were given out are the beginning of an annual tradition. Plus, an additional 235 SPFA PCP exams were taken, bringing the total PCP exams completed to 1,324. Currently 197 SPFA PCP Certifications have been issued and the number continues to grow! The SPF Professional who is SPFA PCP Certified has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a quality, safe and professional installation of spray polyurethane foam.
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>>SPFA Publishes Membership Brochure
>>SPFA 2013-2014 Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide
>>SPFA Member Benefits
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Federal/State Government News
>>Grassroots Government Affairs Report
>>Lessons from State Energy Efficiency Programs Presented to U.S. Senate Committee
>>U.S. House Tax Committee Chairman to Release Comprehensive Tax Reform Draft Legislation
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SPF Tech
Source: ashrae.org / Joseph W. Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE
We live at the bottom of an ocean of air. Each of us is carrying around 14.7 pounds per square inch when at the beach in Miami. We are powerful creatures indeed. Imagine carrying around 101,000 Pascals on that beach. Or 1,010 millibars. As elevation increases, the weight of the air we are carrying around decreases. This decrease in weight with elevation is called the lapse rate. Read more here.
©2014 This excerpt taken from the article of the same name which appeared in ASHRAE Journal, vol. 56, no. 2, February 2014.
Source: Gaco Western / Will Parker
Winter is here and many parts of the country are experiencing unusually cold weather - in these conditions it becomes difficult to avoid getting a cold or possibly even a frozen drum. So what do we do when one of these drums is delivered to us? The best thing to do is immediately bring it into our drum storage area and let it warm back up on its own to room temperature - around 70°F - before use.
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C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification
>>SPFA PCP Contractor Company Accreditation
>>SPFA PCP Updates from SprayFoam 2014
>>Spray Foam Coalition Releases Document Outlining Benefits of SPFA PCP
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Health & Safety
>>OSHA NEP Letter to SPFA
>>Guidance for Developing a Written Respiratory Protection Program
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Marketing & Industry Promotion
Source: bpi.org / Stacey Freed
There’s still time to claim tax credits for work your clients had done in 2013. Be sure to let them know before it’s too late! As the New Year kicks into high gear, it’s probably a good idea to remind homeowners of all the things they could be doing to ensure the health and safety of their homes. Be sure to share resources such as the CDC’s information on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention, energy-saving product ideas from the Huffington Post, and JB Bartowiak’s "Guide to Home Maintenance Oils and Lubricants."
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>Institute President Addresses the Important Role the Private Sector Plays in U.S. Standards Development
>>Spray Polyurethane Foam Design Guidance: Insulation and Air Barrier Requirements of the 2012 I-Codes
>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
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Energy & Advocacy News
>>U.S. Electricity Use Is Declining and Energy Efficiency May Be a Significant Factor
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Current Call to Action
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>>RESNET Calls for Comments on Proposed CAZ Testing Standards Removal
>>Comments on OMB Proposed Update of Circular A-119 Are Due May 12
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Business Trends
Source: bpi.org / Tom Grandy
Like all things in life, if something isn't working there is usually a reason for it. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been asked, "Tom, the company is growing and sales are up, but rather than making money, we seem to be going farther into debt each month, what’s going on?" After working with contractors for more than 27 years, there are certain things I look for when I perform an onsite company overview. The answer usually falls into one, or more, of the following categories:
>Improper Labor Pricing
>Not Charging Out All Budgeted Billed Hours
>Exceeding Hours Bid on a Job
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