The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced that BPI has signed on to be a partner organization for REMODELING magazine's 2014 Home for Life project. REMODELING's Home For Life project is an online virtual home tour that showcases how to remodel a home to save money and live well throughout the retirement years.
As part of the partnership, BPI will be providing high-level content focused on home performance, which will be featured in the Home for Life resource center and throughout the site. Content will include check lists, summary papers, and other resources. Additionally, BPI will provide key content bites to be included in pop up boxes contained in the virtual renderings specific to home performance issues. BPI will also provide a link to connect the site's consumer visitors to BPI's online directory of certified contractors, located by zip code search.
The practice of building commissioning is changing with the new push to certify and license commissioning agents. In this Conversation, Joe Lstiburek and John Straube discuss what the impacts might be and why the building industry should pay attention.
>>Huntsman Polyurethanes Signs New Spray Foam Coalition Code of Conduct
A new campaign was launched that celebrates more than 75 years of innovation enabled by polyurethane. "Versatile. Durable. Incredible. Polyurethane." will employ a website, social media, advertising, and event marketing to highlight the ways polyurethane touches lives everyday.
"We want to recognize this nearly $20 billion industry and the many ways polyurethanes are used in products that we take for granted everyday," said Lee Salamone, Senior Director of the Center for Polyurethanes Industry at the American Chemistry Council. "Polyurethane’s versatility and durability are essential in a number of industries from construction to furniture, to clothing, to automotive and we look forward to celebrating the incredible success of polyurethane-enabled products with these industries."
In March 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
released the first three products to serve as test cases for the new Safer
Consumer Products Regulation. One of the products listed is Spray Polyurethane
Foam (SPF) Systems containing "unreacted" diisocyanates.
This California state program has been in the works for seven years, and is
intended to assess the necessity of certain chemicals in consumer products.
Though the state has long said they intend the program to be "practical,
meaningful and legally defensible," the American Chemistry Council, its member
companies and other industry organizations, have continued to express concerns
about whether the program in its current form will achieve those goals.
"The Code of Conduct shows an important and continuous commitment to product stewardship that benefits the entire SPF value chain, as well as everyone in the built environment," said Lee Salamone, Senior Director, Center for Polyurethanes. The use of SPF continues to grow, and is one of the most effective tools to efficiently air seal and insulate residential and commercial buildings. The signatories, SFC members that manufacture SPF systems, promote worker and public health and safety with respect to their SPF products, which include the chemicals that react to make SPF and the final SPF materials."
The SFC Code of Conduct is the first of its kind and includes commitments to leadership, hazard communication, applicator training, education and research.
"Internally, as well as externally, Huntsman Polyurethanes strives to maintain a culture of product safety and product stewardship," said Steve Burns, Vice President, Americas, Huntsman Polyurethanes. "This shows in the way we manage the manufacture, sale and handling of our products for the SPF industry. Supporting the new SFC Code of Conduct is a natural extension of our strong commitment to the market and to our product stewardship principles."
Examples of best practices outlined in the SFC Code of Conduct include:
- Providing customers with appropriate health and safety information specific to each product;
- Supporting and encouraging professional SPF contractors to seek professional certification; and
- Encouraging innovation through research in building sciences, new products and technologies.
The SFC Code of Conduct will be reviewed at least annually to ensure the code remains an up-to-date reference for members.
The 2012 Economic Census Advance Report is now available at business.census.gov. This report highlights national-level data for over 100 industry groups, including number of establishments, revenue, payroll and number of employees. Visit the Advance Report page to view the data. Additional releases of detailed industry and geography statistics will be released over a two-year period, through June 2016.
SPFA to Elect New Board Members
This is an election year for the SPFA Board of Directors. Nominations will go out in April to the membership. Any member in good standing may self-nominate or nominate any other member that is also in good-standing. The nomination process will close and the election ballots will go out electronically, with the election concluding in May 2014. The new Board of Directors will be seated on July 1, 2014 for their two-year term. If interested in serving on the SPFA Board, please watch for the nomination and election forms in your email, or access them once available in the member-only section of the SPFA website.
SPF Article by Rick Duncan Appears in Roofing Contractor
SPFA Finishes Environmental Product Declaration for SPF
As a continuing step toward effective product and environmental stewardship, SPFA and Underwriters Laboratory Environment (ULe) conducted the necessary steps to complete an SPF Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which further validates the 2012 release of the SPF Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This Declaration, along with the LCA, are recognized by sustainability experts as additional verification of a product’s environmental performance. The EPD is maintained on the ULe website, available at www.sprayfoam.org/technical. The LCA is available there, as well.
The attendance at the 2014 SprayFoam Conference & Expo was fantastic. As the rest of the country built igloos and bundled up, attendees enjoyed 80-degree, sunny skies in beautiful Palm Springs. The conference was the highest-attended West Coast show, and had a record number of booths (92) as well as a record number of large booths: (7) 20x20s and (1) 20x40.
During SprayFoam 2014, the winners of the SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards were announced. More details on the winners and their projects will be covered in upcoming issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional, but here are the results:
Commercial Wall Foam Winner: Domestic Insulation
Commercial Wall Foam Runner-Up: Biofoam Inc.
Residential Wall Foam Winner: PROFOAM of Tennessee
Residential Wall Foam Runner-Up: Jag Construction Inc.
Roof Foam Less Than 40,000 sq. ft. Winner: PROFOAM of Tennessee
Roof Foam Less Than 40,000 sq. ft. Runner-Up: Honeywell Building Envelope Solutions
Roof Foam Greater Than 40,000 sq. ft. Winner: Arizona Foam & Spray
Roof Foam Greater Than 40,000 sq. ft. Runner-Up: West Roofing Systems, Inc.
Specialty Applications Winner: West Roofing Systems, Inc.
Specialty Applications Runner-Up: Polyseal Insulation LLC
If you were not able to attend SPFA's 2014 SprayFoam Convention & Expo, be sure to stay tuned. Speakers at the highest-attended break-out sessions will be summarizing some of their material in upcoming issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional
. Also, many of the slides from the presentations are available here
Be sure to check out some of the photos from SprayFoam 2014 and see if our photographer saw you! Some images from SprayFoam 2014 are posted at the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) Facebook site.
>>SPFA Publishes 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 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.
>>SPFA PCP Supplier Company Accreditation
The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announcde the launch of the SPFA PCP Supplier Company Accreditation
at the SprayFoam 2014 Convention
By definition, an SPFA PCP Accredited Suppler is a Company that has met criteria of the certification scheme for Accreditation. A Supplier is any company who provides materials, equipment or services to the SPF industry.
The SPF Supplier Company Accreditation Handbook outlines the criteria in detail.
Here is a recap:
1. Supplier offered Training Programs for Contractors
2. Supplier Personnel Requirements
a. Certified Supplier Representative(s)
c. Written Examiner(s)
d. Field Examiner(s)
3. Best Practices/Risk Management Program Verification
4. Supplier offered Written Exam(s) and Field Exam(s)
Companies that operate using good business practices can easily meet most of this criteria and just need to have the appropriate personnel become SPFA PCP Certified and develop a program to offer SPFA PCP Written and Field exams to meet the other criteria.
Please carefully review the Company Personnel section in the Handbook to help you know which and how many of your personnel need to be SPFA PCP Certified individuals to meet this criteria.
>>SPFA PCP Updates from SprayFoam 2014
1) Contractor Company Accreditation
2) Supplier Company Accreditation
3) Supplier Representative Certification
In addition to the launch of Phase II, the work of the first phase continued with the completion of 235 exams at the 2014 SprayFoam Convention & Expo. This brings the grand total to 1,324 PCP exams taken to date and the program hasn’t even marked it first anniversary yet! Currently, 197 SPFA PCP Certifications have been issued and the number continues to grow!
A total of 31 Field Examinations were conducted in Roofing and Insulation, hosted by Western Pacific Roofing. Ron Winkle of Western Pacific Roofing is a big supporter of the SPFA and the Professional Certification Program. "It confirms applicators' safety and quality installations." This three-day event served three purposes:
1) Candidates for Master Installer Certification were able to fulfill the Field Exam requirement.
2) Field Examiners in Training were able to see how Field Exams were conducted and to fulfill their obligation to observe and/or be mentored prior to conducting Field Exams on their own.
3) Observers were able to view the Field Exam process and over 120 people chose to do so. These observers represented governmental agencies, sponsors, suppliers who will be hosting in the future, international attendees and Field Examiners in training.
The PCP also conducted eight Examination Preparatory Classes at SprayFoam 2014. To help candidates meet other criteria, the Center for Polyurethanes Institute (CPI) sponsored online course availability by setting up a computer lab where SPFA attendees could take the CPI Chemical Health and Safety course, which is required for all PCP Certifications. We also offered CPR/First Aid Training on site at the Convention Center to help PCP participants meet this criteria.
The only complaint we heard was there was so much to do and so little time! To help alleviate this concern, please remember that suppliers are now making Exam Prep Courses, Written Exams and Field Exams available on a regular basis. Check the website at www.sprayfoam.org
for current listing of upcoming PCP events.
To find out more about the program, enroll, register for a test, or get set up for one of the upcoming testing locations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 222-5000 and simply state what you want to do.
>>SPFA PCP Exam Preparatory Course, Written Examinations and Field Examinations
>>SFC Supports New SPFA Professional Certification Program
The Spray Foam Coalition (SFC) of the American Chemistry Council recently released a document outlining the benefits of SPFA's Professional Certification Program (PCP). The Coalition strongly supports this 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 2013 SprayFoam Convention & Expo. The program was developed in compliance with the ANSI/ISO 17024 standard.
>>OSHA NEP Letter to SPFA
October 2013 SPFA received a letter from OSHA Director Dr. Michaels referencing
the 2013-released OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanates, which is
available on the SPFA website: http://bit.ly/1iUOmBA. In the letter Dr.
Michaels requested that SPFA work to inform the SPF industry and SPFA members
of the tenets contained in the NEP. After four focused years of involvement,
SPFA continues to work on the members’ behalf with federal representatives to
develop and deliver practical, meaningful guidance leading to increased
contractor and customer safety, high performing installations, and compliance
with regulations. For more information on the NEP visit SPFA’s website under Health & Safety or attend the 2014 Convention session.
CPI released an updated Guidance for Developing a Written Respiratory Protection Program
. This document provides regulatory background and a model respiratory program that addresses OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Program Standard (29 CFR §1910.134) which applies to all respirator use in general industry and construction workplaces. The program provides guidance on appropriate respirators, respirator use, storage, fit and evaluation.
Now Registering - Level 3 GacoFlex S20 Advanced Applicator Training (2-Day)
If you are ready to take the next step forward with your roofing business, Gaco Western can give you the skills and knowledge you need with our Level 3 GacoFlex S20 Advanced Applicator Training (2-Day) -- April 23-24, 2014.
This highly interactive program is intended for new applicators and those who want to meet the requirements for participation in the Gaco Western Roof Warranty program. This class is a pre-requisite for achieving Level 3 GacoFlex Qualified Applicator status, which allows a contractor to offer labor and material warranties. The S20 Applicator Training provides a technical understanding of GacoFlex S20 Solvent-Free 100% Silicone Coating, Graco X-70 spray equipment, spray techniques, and application tips.
Gaco Western has applied more than 10 million square feet of roof coatings. By attending this class you will gain the equivalent of years of experience on applying S20.
for additional details and to register for the course.
When it comes to the how-to of measuring a building’s energy use, there is much to take into consideration. Are the measurements of a building’s area—used in the equation to derive energy use per square foot—to be taken from the exterior dimensions or to the centerline of the wall? Since they are normally unoccupied, are storage spaces to be included or not?
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, supports commonality in reporting the energy performance of existing or proposed buildings to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
>>Spray Polyurethane Foam Design Guidance: Insulation and Air Barrier Requirements of the 2012 I-Codes
provides building designers with easy-to-use information about spray polyurethane foam (SPF) for use as wall and roof insulation and as an air barrier. Air barrier information and R-value requirements for commercial and residential buildings complying with the 2012 IECC and 2012 IgCC are provided. (booklet version)
>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
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 email@example.com.
>>Sample alert recently posted:
ICC Code Book Survey
Alert Status: In order to make a case to DOE for funding to provide IECC or combo IECC/90.1 codebooks to code officials, ICC needs to hear about specific states or jurisdictions that would benefit from a free download program. Cases might include:
1. Jurisdictions with budget issues, that do not allow purchase for all code officials/inspectors;
2. Jurisdictions that need copies to provide outreach to builders/contractors;
3. Jurisdictions that are not moving ahead with adoption, due to the expense of books/training on the 2012 IECC. There may be other situations as well.
Please send details on specific jurisdictions, including a name and contact info for someone in/at the jurisdiction, to firstname.lastname@example.org
ICC requests that all information be sent by early April.
Action: Please submit information to Dave Karmol of ICC.
Alert Status: The North Carolina Building Code Council moved ALL North Carolina codes to a 6-year review cycle. The only code to be exempted from this change is the commercial electrical code.
Last year, North Carolina HB 120
passed which revised the North Carolina State Building Code: Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, including provisions applicable to One- and Two-Family Dwellings from the NC Energy Code, NC Electrical Code, NC Fuel Gas Code, NC Plumbing Code, and NC Mechanical Code to be reviewed every six years. Once adopted, the code is to become effective the first day of January of the following year, with at least six months between adoption and effective date.
The first six-year revision under this subsection shall be adopted to become effective January 1, 2019, and every six years thereafter.
Registration for the free 2014 ASHRAE Webcast, "Buildings in Balance: IEQ and Energy Efficiency," is now open at www.ashrae.org/ieqwebcast
The webcast will broadcast live on April 17, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. EDT.
Webcast presenters are:
-- 2013-14 ASHRAE President William P. "Bill" Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASME Fellow, professor of Architectural Engineering , director of Indoor Environmental Center, The Pennsylvania State University
-- James W. Bochat, president, Commissioning Concepts, Phoenix, Ariz.
-- Tim McGinn, P.Eng., ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, principal, DIALOG, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
-- Jerry M. Sipes, Ph.D., P.E., vice president of engineering, Price Industries, Inc., Suwanee, Ga.
The IEQ Webcast has been approved for three Learning Units (LUs) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and three Continuing Education Hours (CEs) by GBCI. The state of New York also recognizes AIA course approval.
for more information on the Webcast and continuing education credits, as well as ASHRAE IEQ resources.
Not able to view the live webcast? Be sure to register and take advantage of the free online archive. The archive allows viewers unlimited access to the webcast online until May 2, 2014. Registration is required to view the archived webcast.
>>Comments on OMB Proposed Update of Circular A-119 Are Due May 12
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a proposed updated version of OMB Circular A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities," for public inspection and comment. The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), of which NIBS is a member, strongly encourage representatives of standards developing organizations (SDOs), industry, academia, government agencies and other relevant stakeholders to review the proposed draft, which is expected to have a significant impact on future U.S. government use of privately developed voluntary consensus standards.
The current version of Circular A-119, which was last revised by the OMB in 1998, and the associated National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act
(NTTAA) of 1995 jointly serve to direct U.S. federal agencies to consider the use of private-sector-developed standards in lieu of government-unique standards whenever possible. The proposed changes focus on numerous topics, including the use of voluntary consensus standards in federal regulations, incorporation by reference and intellectual property rights, and government participation in standards development activities, among many other issues. Comments are due May 12. Read the ANSI release
. View the Federal Register
Director of Sales – Industrial Building Materials
Convenience Products is a leader in providing one- and two-component polyurethane foams, adhesives and sealants to a variety of industries, including electrical, plumbing, insulation, weatherization, manufactured housing, LBM and underground mining. The growth of this business requires a professional sales leader.
The individual will report to the Vice President of Sales and will also be responsible for our Private Label business and will directly call on Private Label accounts. Other responsibilities will include:
>>Working with the VP to set strategy, pricing and forecasting while working with Marketing, R&D and overseeing the work of 4-5 Regional Sales Managers on new products, promotions and sales calls.
>>Visiting current and potential commercial customers to demonstrate and promote Convenience Products and negotiate terms and prices of sale.
>>Preparing presentations, quotes, correspondence and proposals to present to current and potential customers.
College degree or equivalent required along with 10+ years field sales experience, with particular emphasis in the IBM industry. Direct experience working in traditional Convenience Products market arenas such as technical services, marketing or field sales is a plus. Building materials experience is a must, with "hands-on" experience in product usage and demonstrations. Experience in "cold storage" sales would be a plus, but not necessary. Position is located in St. Louis, MO. Required travel of up to 50%.
We offer a full benefits package including relocation and competitive starting base salary plus incentives.
866 Horan Drive
St. Louis, MO 63026
Attn: Human Resources