>>U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home Student Design Competition
As part of
its Building America Program, the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) invited college students across the United States to participate
in the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition and become part of a
leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes. There are 33 teams from across North America and more than 300 students participating.
Through the Challenge Home, DOE seeks to apply proven
innovations for high-performance homes that could be implemented by the home
building industry, thereby serving as "models for success." The idea behind
this competition was to inspire and develop the next generation of building
science professionals, to advance and enhance building science curriculum in
universities, and to provide a practical and accessible competition to
compliment the "more aggressive" Solar Decathlon competition.
From April 26-28 at the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory in Golden, Colo., the teams will present their
designs and competition awards will be announced.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) is a sponsor
of this event. For details on sponsorship or for more information on the event,
Finance Committee Approves Tax Extenders Bill
Finance Committee has approved a tax extenders bill – the Expiring Provisions
Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act – that renews the Residential
Energy Efficiency Tax Credit (IRC Sec. 25C) through 2015 with corrected roofing
language. The provisions to the Chairman’s Mark (bill) includes language
"allowing energy efficient roofing products to qualify" and the text from Sen.
Warner’s amendment that adds the product-neutral roofing criteria that SPFA has
been advocating. "Current law specifies pigmented metal roofs and asphalt roofs
with cooling granules. Update this language to ‘roof and roof products that
meet Energy Star program guidelines’ (code sec. 25C(c)(1) and sec.
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>>BPI Announces Release of 2013 Annual Report
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced the release of its 2013 Annual Report, detailing a year of productive work leading to several major milestones for the home performance credentialing and standards setting organization, and the industry as a whole.
"Reaching our 20th anniversary in 2013 presented BPI with an opportunity to take stock of the organization's historical accomplishments and challenges," said BPI Board Chairman Carrie Smith. "While our tremendous growth triggered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has slowed, we benefit from the broad reach of certified professionals across all 50 states and abroad, and particularly from the contributions these practitioners make to industry standards and best practices. We've learned a lot from our history. BPI's 20th anniversary was marked by several major accomplishments that set us on a strong course for the future."
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.
>>Nominations Sought for Polyurethane Innovation Award
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council today opened the call for entries for its 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award. This award recognizes visionary technologies in the global polyurethanes industry and commercialized the previous year.
Nominations for this year’s award must be submitted to CPI no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 18. Click here for the award rules and entry form. The award winner will be announced during the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will be held Sept. 22-24 in Dallas.
>> 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 (See coverage in Summer 2014 issue, coming out soon!)
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 (See coverage in Summer 2014 issue.)
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.
(See more details on the session "OSHA Is at My Jobsite -- What Do I Do?" by Joseph E. Bolduc, MBA, CSP in the Summer 2014 issue, which will be coming out soon.)
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.
Special Offer for SPFA Members: AGC Contractors Environmental Conference
June 12-13, 2014 | Arlington, Virginia
From leadership in sustainability to compliance with environmental requirements, this year’s Associated General Contractors of America’s Contractors Environmental Conference provide invaluable resources for environmental professionals in the construction industry. As an Industry Partner for this conference, SPFA Members receive a savings of $100 off the non-AGC member rates that kick in on April 26.
Here are five reasons why you should attend the 2014 AGC CEC:
1.Learn how to manage the environmental issues that keep you up at night before they result in an emergency situation. Attendees will learn about the strategies and tools that help companies stay on top of environmental compliance issues, communicate effectively with the project team and document compliance.
2.Get up-to-date information on environmental compliance and sustainability issues that most often show up on your to-do list. New "rapid fire" style sessions will provide attendees with the most current information on a host of regulatory compliance issues. Coupled with more in-depth educational looks at hot topic issues, attendees will gain new insight and helpful tips on a wide range of environmental topics.
3.Hear about initiatives and trends that could be a new source of savings or revenue for your company. Attendees will hear ways to help their companies stand out as environmental leaders. Find ways to convert waste to profit, explore alternative fuel options, learn how resiliency initiatives may impact future development – these are just a few of the issues AGC will cover at the conference.
4.Meet the regulators. AGC will maximize on the proximity of the conference location to Washington, DC, and bring in federal agency representatives to participate in the conference and interact with attendees. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and ask questions about the compliance assistance and sustainability tools provided by federal agencies.
5.Network with your peers. A major benefit of the 2014 CEC is the opportunity you will have to network with environmental professionals in the construction industry. In addition to the receptions, "dine around" and scheduled breaks, this conference provides time throughout the schedule to facilitate one-on-one discussions and opportunities to learn from one another.
Learn more about the 2014 AGC CEC and register here
SPFA Members can take advantage of their membership discounts with a special Industry Partner Code to use during registration. Start your registration as a "non-AGC member" but then enter the code PTNR14CEC to receive the member rate for normal registration, which begins April 26. Everyone benefits from the early-bird registration savings through April 25.
By definition, an SPFA PCP Accredited Contractor is a Company that has met criteria of the certification scheme for Accreditation.
Here is a recap of the criteria needed to become an Accredited Contractor:
1.Proof of Business
2.Proof of Licensing
4.Code of Conduct
5.Safety Program and Training
6.Company Experience Declaration
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. 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 Exam Preparatory Course, Written Examinations and Field Examinations
Two polyurea elastomeric coatings from Rhino Linings Corporation, a global leader in protective coatings, have passed ASTM E-84 burn tests and earned Class I fire ratings.
Rhino Extreme™ 11-50 FR and Rhino Extreme™ 11-70 FR are fire retardant coatings with a balance of hardness and flexibility and superior resistance to tear, abrasion and chemicals. Both are ideal for industrial, commercial and specialty architectural applications where local fire codes require an ASTM E-84 rating.
"We strive to be responsive to the needs of our applicators," said Pierre Gagnon, president and CEO of Rhino Linings Corporation. "Industrial applicators requested a 1:1 mix ratio, fire-rated coating. Now, we have two products that meet those needs."
Rhino Extreme 11-50 FR earned a flame spread of 25 with a smoke density of 300. Rhino Extreme 11-70 FR earned a flame spread of 22 and a smoke density of 150.
Rhino Extreme 11-50 FR and Extreme 11-70 FR are both 100% solids (zero VOC) coatings that require high-pressure, heated, plural equipment for application. Both are applied in a single coat, multi-pass application to easily build up unlimited thicknesses and are tack-free within 10-12 seconds. The polyurea chemistry gives applicators the ability to spray at low ambient temperatures (-32oF/-35oC) or in high humidity conditions.
These products create a seamless, monolithic coating that conforms to any shape and size object. Practical applications for these fire retardant systems include military and commercial vehicles, industrial and mining equipment, corrosion control for steel structures, encapsulation coatings for fragile foams and blast mitigation for buildings and structures.
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.
This webinar will introduce you to the BPI Rating Program and the variety of business models that can participate, an overview of the application process, and an introduction to the Home Energy Score.
April 22, 2014, from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern
With Tiger Adolf, BPI and Joan Glickman, DOE
Click here to register
for webinar on "BPI’s New Rating Program and Role as a National Home Energy Score Partner."
>>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 alerts recently posted:
ICC Code and Standard Development
Alert Status: Voting Registration deadline to participate in the ICC code and standard development in 2014 is 4/28. Several important reminders have been posted concerning the process. ICC Members may participate in the online Assembly Floor Motion Vote that follows the Committee Action Hearing using cdpACCESS. To be eligible, ICC Members must have an active ICC membership by March 28th.For governmental members, To be qualified to vote, ICC Governmental Members must 1) have an active ICC membership by March 28th, and 2) validate their GMVR through the Electronic Voter Validation system by March 28th – for the Assembly Floor Motion Vote and September 1st - for the Annual Business Meeting, Public Comment Hearing and Online Governmental Consensus Vote.
Alert Status: On March 28, the DC Green Construction Code was published after being approved by Mayor Vincent Gray earlier in the week. The code integrates the model version of the IgCC and ASHRAE 189.1 into an already strong energy efficient building standard. LEED serves as an alternative compliance path to the code.
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