Sprayfoam Pro Newswire
June 4, 2014
 
Building Performance Institute
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
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Industry News and Announcements

>>U.S. Court Awards $7.4 Million Verdict to Cellchem Against Yoke Subsidiary Shekoy Chemicals US, Inc. and Former Agents
Source: gupta-verlag.com
A Cobb County Superior Court recently awarded just under $7.4 million, including $5.1 million in punitive damages, to Cellchem International, LLC in its lawsuit against Shekoy Chemicals US, Inc. (the US subsidiary of Jiangsu Yoke Technology Co., Ltd. of Yixing City, China), Tritec International, Inc., Dale Lyman, and Helen Lyman. 

The 12-member jury found in favour of Cellchem, a 50/50 joint venture between Cellular Technology International, Inc. of Kennesaw, GA, USA, and ChemFoam International, Inc. of Duluth, GA, USA, on four counts: breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, computer trespass, and computer theft.

The award of punitive damages required that the jury find by "clear and convincing evidence" a specific intent to harm Cellchem by Shekoy, Tritec and the Lymans. The jury also included an award of attorney’s fees, having found that the defendants acted in bad faith. Read more here.

>>Polyurethane Sustainability/Innovation to Headline UTECH North America
Source: utech-north-america.com  
Sustainability and innovation in the use of polyurethanes are set to headline at the UTECH North America trade show and conference (http://www.utech-north-america.com/) taking place June 4-5 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina.

Mark Bassett, Global Vice President, Polyurethanes at The Dow Chemical Company USA will deliver the conference’s opening keynote with a paper entitled: <i>A World of Change, A World of Opportunity,</i> looking at shifting markets, energy dynamics, technology innovation, chemicals regulation and sustainability trends.

Places at the conference have sold out, but visitors can still register for free admittance to the trade show.

>>Better Buildings Neighborhood Initiative Upgrades 100,000 Buildings, Saves $730 Million on Energy Bills
Source: energy.gov
The Energy Department announced that the Department's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings and save families and businesses over $730 million on utility bills. Supported by the Recovery Act, the Energy Department's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 competitively selected state and local governments and their partners to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and local buildings and leverage early federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs. 

>>Novomer Announces Commercial Launch of Converge PPC Polyols
Source: gupta-verlag.com
Novomer Inc. in Waltham, Mass., has announced the commercial introduction of Converge polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols for use in polyurethane formulations targeted at adhesives, coatings, sealants, elastomers, as well as rigid and flexible foams. The company’s initial product offerings – 1000 and 2000 molecular weight grades – are manufactured at a multi-thousand-tonne commercial-scale toll facility in Houston, Texas. Read more here.

>>Shaheen-Portman Bill (S. 2262) Derailed
Source: ase.org
Energy efficiency policy experienced a set-back as the Shaheen-Portman bill (S. 2262) was derailed before reaching a final vote on the Senate floor. It has been seven years since Congress has passed a major energy bill, and non-energy efficiency related pent-up political issues were blamed for contention over the legislation. 

In other words, the disagreements over Shaheen-Portman had nothing to do with the bill itself; everyone agrees about the merits of energy efficiency. After all, the House of Representatives recently passed energy efficiency bill H.R 2126 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, and the President announced last week that the Administration would provide $2 billion in additional funding for energy efficiency performance contracts.
 
Read more here and here
 
>>Update from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America
Source: energy.gov
Topics addressed in the current newsletter include: 

-A Top Innovation Spotlight on the Building America Solution and new checklist and mobile app features 
-Winners of the DOE "Race to Zero" Student Design Competition 
-Applications now being accepted for the 2014 Housing Innovation Awards 
-Residential building success stories from the Pacific Northwest 
-Upcoming DOE Challenge Home technical trainings on Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt), Housing Innovation Awards, and Low Load HVAC 
-The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies.
 
Click here to access the newsletter. 
 
>>Spray Foam Coalition Comments on California "Priority Products List" Workshop
Source: americanchemistry.com
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products Program held a public workshop May 28 in Oakland to gather input on the initial Priority Products list before the official rulemaking process began.The Spray Foam Coalition, a self-funded group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), released the following statement after the workshop.
  

>>SPFA Sponsors U.S. DoE Student Competition --  Apply by June 30 for Next Year
Source: energy.gov
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 were 28 teams from across North America and more than 300 students participating. 

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) was a sponsor of this event.

From April 26-28 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., the teams presented their designs and competition awards were announced in these categories: Grand Winners, Best Design Solution Integration, Best Technical Integration, Best Presentation and Best Production Home Integration.

The Grand Winners were:
>Montage Builders Northern Forest: State University of New York – Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University, and Onondaga Community College - Best Single-Family Detached Design (project profile | presentation)
>Ryerson University’s Urban Harvest Team - Best Single-Family Attached Design (project profile | presentation)
 
For a complete list of winners, click here.
 
To be part of the next competition, be sure to fill out your applications! Applications for the second annual Housing Innovation Awards have just been posted. This distinction allows builders to transform their core message from ‘what you build’ to ‘why you build.’ And in the case of award-winning, zero energy ready homes, it’s all about delivering a superior living experience. But, you have to apply. And of course you must have at least one DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home) certified by June 30, 2014. Which means it’s also time to make sure your HERS rater is submitting all certified homes to DOE.  
 
The 2014 Housing Innovation Awards ceremony will be held on September 23, 2014, at EEBA’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, MO.  

>>Free Monthly Webinars with U.S. Dept. of Energy Building America Program
Source: energy.org
U.S. Department of Energy Building America program to present monthly webinars that will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. 

June 5, noon--1:30 p.m. EDT
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) studies the impact of natural disasters on buildings at its research facility and uses the lessons learned as the basis of its voluntary FORTIFIED building programs. Learn how buildings and wind interact, and how FORTIFIED uses a holistic systems-based approach to improve the durability of residential properties.

This session will present resources from DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes to help builders more effectively communicate how their homes live better, work better, and last better. 

Part 1 of this series introduced the basic concepts of building and wind interactions and how the FORTIFIED building programs can reduce property damage and loss. In Part 2, IBHS will discuss the building systems that are most vulnerable and how getting the roof right can reduce as much as 50% of the $20 billion of insured property losses that homeowners experience each year in the United States.
 
>>Invista’s Latest Terrin Polyol Offering Completes TSCA Registration
Source: gupta-verlag.com
After introducing the Terrin polyols brand to the market in 2013, Invista recently manufactured the first commercial batch of Terrin 170 polyol at its facility in Wilmington, NC, USA, completing TSCA registration for the entire Terrin polyol family and placing it on the U.S. Chemical Inventory.Invista employee, Richard Beatty, poses with the first commercial shipment of Terrin 170 polyols in Wilmington, NC, USA. Beatty helped drive the development of the chemistry for Terrin polyols.

Invista says it continues its commitment to sustainability and the polyurethane industry by developing products with recycled and renewable content. According to the company, the Terrin product portfolio contains 100 % aliphatic polyester polyols that contain a minimum of 50 % recycled content – with some containing renewable content, as well. They can be used in lieu of or in combination with conventional polyether or polyester polyols to formulate a variety of polyurethane products. Terrin polyols are versatile materials that can be used in applications ranging from viscoelastic foam to spray coatings and adhesives to elastomeric resins. Read more here.
 
Bayer Material Science
SPFA News and Announcements
RE: California Department of Toxic Substances Control Proposed Regulation of Chemicals Utilized in Spray Polyurethane Foam "for Home and Building Insulation, Weatherizing and Sealing, and Roofing" 

In March 2014 the California Department of Toxic Substance Control announced three priority product areas that the state will focus upon for potential rulemakings, intended to limit or potentially ban the use of those products in the state. Spray polyurethane foam was identified as one Priority Product area. Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) contends that this decision to include SPF was misguided, an over-reach, and based upon information utilized by California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that was less than accurate as presented. SPFA recognizes that the state is a very important driver for reducing environmental footprints of products and buildings, and increasing building energy efficiency.  Customers from home and commercial building owners to homebuilders and architects demand the use of SPF to reach the ever-increasing energy codes in the state due to its superior product performance.  SPF is a safe product that delivers, and any efforts to limit or ban its use will be a great detriment to the customers in the state, as well as the many small professional businesses that install SPF, and will be met with significant opposition by SPFA.  
 
With industry best practices and the safe and effective installation of spray foam representing two core missions of the organization, SPFA has consistently, openly and transparently collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the safe use of spray foam ingredients and systems over the past half-decade. While SPFA understands and emphasizes that the recent DTSC announcement is not a ban of spray polyurethane foam (or the use of diisocyanates found in a multitude of consumer products), it considers the announcement unfortunate as it undermines the desire among California private and professional customers for a safe and effective building product that delivers on performance.

California has demanded increased energy efficiency performance of homes and buildings in a way that few products other than spray foam can deliver, and simultaneously initiated efforts to regulate the product in a way that may render its performance impotent.
 
Read full statement here.

>>
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.
 
>> 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 Department initiated a new regulatory process in March 2014 under the new California Green Chemistry Initiative and the Safer Consumer Products law. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) reviewed over 1,500 products and constituent materials and selected a three initial priority products to work with. Spray polyurethane foam, or more specifically "Unreacted Diisocyanates in SPF" was one of the products selected. SPFA and the SPF industry have reached out to DTSC on many occasions to better understand the process of selection and what the Department is expecting from industry. SPFA and the American Chemistry Council have contended from the moment of the announcement that no outreach was performed by the Department to the industry. SPFA further contends that this lack of outreach resulted in a failed selection process that still lacks open explanation, in critical misunderstanding of SPF systems among the Department staff, erroneous conclusions drawn from cited research studies, lack of citations to studies such as those published from the US government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) and California’s own Department of Health that directly conflict with the DTSC’s basis for determination, likely duplication around Isocyanates programs already ongoing, such as the EPA’s Chemical Action Plan (CAP) on Isocyanates, and OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanates (in which CalOSHA participates), and a published Priority Product Profile available on the DTSC’s website still today that delivers factually incorrect information.  

"Members have indicated in public testimony that the Department’s mishandling of the process and information, and resulting perception among customers of uncertainty for the product’s future in California, have resulted in immediate material negative impact to their businesses. Manufacturers have reported hearing questions regarding DTSC action in states as far away as New York and Texas thanks to the mainstream media’s coverage of this debacle. And the homebuilding industry in California, a big proponent of SPF, suggests that their advanced purchasing decisions have been thrown into uncertainty because of the confusion around SPF resulting from DTSC’s handling, just at the time when preparations are being made to comply with 2016 high efficiency Title 24 California energy codes," said SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg. "It’s like being locked in a house with both the heat and air conditioning running at the same time, when these different state agencies are actually working against each other’s internal interests."

The DTSC has listened to the concerns of the industry, but have provided little remedy in the way of correcting bad information on their website. SPFA, the American Chemistry Council, and a team of members spent almost an entire day with DTSC staff after the announcement educating them on SPF topics in the hopes of addressing concerns from an informed standpoint.  "What is really unfortunate," continued Riesenberg, "is what we’ve said all along: this could have all been avoided if they had just asked us some questions before they surprised everyone with the announcement."  SPFA has formally requested within the DTSC public workshops that the erroneous information contained in the Priority Product Profile document be removed from the DTSC website until corrections can be made, to avoid the continued spread of incorrect information. To date, DTSC has added a disclaimer within the document. SPFA and the California members anticipate working with DTSC and other state interests as this regulatory process continues unabated toward the next steps, including potential alternative assessments for SPF.

"While we are certain the DTSC is well intentioned in pursuing this new regulatory path available to them in California for the health, safety and well-being of their constituents, the guinea pig nature of our involvement and the complete failings we have seen to date by the state leave us with these unfortunate and serious allegations," said Riesenberg.  "It is very difficult to accept the time, expense and ill-defined expectations of an alternative assessment when the process that led us to this point has been wrong, period."
 
For more details click here. For the full SPFA statement, click here.
 
Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership

>>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.
 
>>SprayFoam 2014 Coverage, Award Winners
In addition to coverage of some of the SprayFoam 2014 sessions and events in the SPFA magazine, SPRAYFOAM Professional, there will be spotlights on some of the SPFA National Industry Excellence Award winners:
 
Commercial Wall Foam Winner: Domestic Insulation (See coverage in Summer 2014 issue.)
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 

>>Break-Out Sessions
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.) 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 Facebook site!
 
Federal/State Government News
SPFA Partner News
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 kicked 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.
 
 
C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification

>>PCP Certification Mark Available to SPFA Certified Individuals 

Hear ye! Hear ye! If you are an SPFA PCP Certified Professional, you should be shouting it from the rooftops! You are among the first in the SPF industry to achieve this certification. We have a Certification Mark available for your use to help you promote this accomplishment. Simply contact our office at 866-222-5000 or email admin@spfapcp.org and we can send you your customized SPFA PCP Certification Mark to use on your business cards or in your professional correspondence. The Certification Mark that is on your 
ID card has been customized with your certification number. We can send you the same thing in a format that can be printed. 

It is important to note that the Certification Mark may only be used by certified individuals for their own personal use. In other words, the mark cannot be printed on T-shirts and worn by your entire crew. It is only to be used by the person who earned the distinction. The terms and conditions of the use of the Certification Mark are defined in the Certification Agreement that all SPFA PCP Certified Professionals have signed.  

>>SPFA PCP Exam Prep Courses and Exams
New locations are frequently added for SPFA PCP Exam Preparatory Courses, Written Examinations and Field Examinations, so be sure to check www.sprayfoam.org Certification Calendar of Events for the most complete list.
 
June 3-4 -- Mansfield, MA
Hosted by Demilec
Contact Mac Sheldon at mac@demilec.com
 
June 10-11 -- Ames, IA
Hosted by Demilec
Contact Mac Sheldon at mac@demilec.com
 
June 23-26 -- Marlborough, MA
Hosted by Lapolla
Contact Shana Rand at srand@lapolla.com

July 14-17 -- Marlborough, MA
Hosted by Lapolla
Contact Shana Rand at srand@lapolla.com

July 14-18 -- Houston, TX
Hosted by Lapolla
Contact Shana Rand at srand@lapolla.com

Sept. 15-19 -- Santa Fe Springs, CA
Hosted by Diamond Liners
Contact Danette Bender at dzb@diamondliners.com

October 14-16 -- Waukesha, WI
Hosted by Gaco Western
Contact Karen Wolfenberger at kwolfenberg@gaco.com 

October 15-17 -- Houston, TX
Hosted by Lapolla
Contact Shana Rand at srand@lapolla.com

Ongoing -- Webinar SPFA PCP Refresher Courses for Previously Trained SPF Professional
Hosted by Gaco Western
Contact Karen Wolfenberger at kwolfenberger@gaco.com

More details for each location are available on our website – www.sprayfoam.org. If you would like more information on the PCP, please contact Kelly Marcavage, SPFA PCP Certification Director at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org.

 
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>DOE Issues Preliminary Determination of Energy Savings for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013
Source: energycodes.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its Preliminary Determination for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, affirming that the updated Standard provides an additional 8.5 percent energy savings over the previous edition.  Interested stakeholders are invited to submit public comments within 30 days from publication of this Notice in the Federal Register.  DOE expects to finalize its Determination later this year. Further information on DOE support for building energy codes is available at www.energycodes.gov.

>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
Source: energycodesocean.org
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. 
 
Energy & Advocacy News
Source: bpi.org
President Obama announced a new executive regulation that has the potential to dramatically increase demand for residential energy efficiency and home performance services. The new EPA regulation will cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030, allowing each state flexibility to develop a plan to cut emissions. Options include energy-efficiency and renewable technology and incentive programs, as well as creating or joining state cap-and-trade programs.

The bad: The U.S. Senate failed to pass the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2262) aka the Shaheen-Portman bill. Partisan wrangling tanked the bill which, if passed, would have increased energy efficiency in residential, commercial, and federally-owned buildings, while training workers to be adept at working in energy-efficient commercial buildings. 

The good: President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. Click here to read more.
 
Did You Know
Current Call to Action

>>Comments on OMB Proposed Update of Circular A-119,  Due May 12 
Source: nibs.org
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 

>>Nominations Sought for Polyurethane Innovation Award, Deadline June 18
S
ource: americanchemistry.com 
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.

>>Applications for Housing Innovation Awards Available, Deadline June 30
Source: Energy.gov
The 2014 Housing Innovation Awards for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program will feature builders in custom, production and affordable categories who are leading a major housing industry transformation to zero energy ready homes.  

Any registered builder who has certified a DOE Challenge Home or DOE Zero Energy Ready Home between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 is eligible to compete.  Applications are due June 30, 2014.  Please contact us if you need assistance.

The 2014 Housing Innovation Awards ceremony will be held on September 23, 2014, at EEBA’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, MO. 

>>SBA Launches Growth Accelerator Fund, Deadline for Competition Is Aug. 2
Source: SBA.org
The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a $2.5 million competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each to fund operating budgets. To award the prizes, applicants will be judged by an expert panel that will consider each applicant's stated mission, founding team members and business goals among other core components. The application deadline is August 2, 2014

 

 
Events

June 5, 2014 -- Going Green and Building Strong: Building FORTIFIED Homes Part 1, webinar, noon-1:30 p.m. EDT  

June 10-11, 2014 --  SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam hosted by Demilec, Ames, IA

June 12, 2014 -- 2014 Renovation and Rehabilitation Seminar, Westford, Mass.
 
June 12-13, 2014 -- AGC of America’s Contractors Environmental Conference, Arlington, Va.

June 16, 2014 -- Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes, webinar, noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

June 25, 2014 -- Going Green and Building Strong: Building FORTIFIED Homes Part 2, webinar, noon-1:30 p.m. EDT  

June 23-26, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam hosted by Lapolla, Marlborough, MA
 
June 25-26, 2014 -- 2014 Building Science Fundamentals 2-Day Seminar, Dallas, Texas

July 9-10, 2014 -- 2014 Building Science Fundamentals 2-Day Seminar, Chicago, Ill.

July 14-17, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam hosted by Lapolla, Marlborough, MA

July 16-18, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam hosted by Lapolla, Houston, Texas
 
August 17-22, 2014 -- 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, Calif. 

August 21, 2014 -- 2014 Renovation and Rehabilitation Seminar, Westford, Mass.

September 10-12, 2014 -- 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

September 15-19, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam hosted by Diamond Liners, Santa Fe Springs, CA
 
September 17-18, 2014 -- 2014 Building Science Fundamentals 2-Day Seminar, Seattle, Wash.

September 22-24, 2014 -- Polyurethanes Technical Conference, Dallas, Texas
 
September 25, 2014 -- 2014 Renovation and Rehabilitation Seminar, Westford, Mass.
 
October 14-16, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam Hosted by Gaco Western, Waukesha, WI

October 15-17, 2014 -- SPFA PCP Exam Prep Course and/or Exam Hosted by Lapolla, Houston, TX
 
October 20-24, 2014 -- Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, New Orleans, La.
  
October 22-23, 2014 -- 2014 Building Science Fundamentals 2-Day Seminar, Denver, Colo.
 
November 5-6, 2014 -- 2014 Building Science Fundamentals 2-Day Seminar, Washington, D.C. 
 
November 13, 2014 -- 2014 Renovation and Rehabilitation Seminar, Westford, Mass.

Ongoing -- SPFA PCP Refresher Courses for Previously Trained SPF Professional hosted by Gaco Western, webinar, contact Karen Wolfenberger
 
 
 

 

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