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February 27, 2015
 
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From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
The Spring 2015 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional is complete -- both online and in print. Some of the content in this issue includes:
 
>>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE -- Turbulence Coming on Immigration and Regulations
>>SAFETY FIRST -- SPFA Drafts Safety Program for Member Use
>>ASK THE EXPERT -- Measuring Thermal Barrier Coating Thickness
>>WHY I SUPPORT SPF by Ty Pennington
>>HOW TO MAKE MONEY AND HAVE FUN DOING IT by Mac Sheldon
>>SPF INDUSTRY PREPPING FOR CODE CHANGES IN SWEDENby Shani Calvo
>>WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU FILE IN 2015 by Kendall Coleman
>>TIPS ON SPRAYING FOAM -- Are You Doing It Right?
>>10 WAYS YOUR COMPANY CAN USE INSTAGRAM by Kelly Donovan Clark
 
Some enhanced features in the digital version include:
 
>>Search for specific keywords or phrases.
>>Flag favorite articles.
>>Make notes in the margins.
>>Connect with vendors quickly and easily.
 
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And, for your convenience and quick reference, the SPRAYFOAM Professional archives and enewsletter archives are both available online.
 

If you missed the Conference Daily enewsletters, check them out! We released one pre-expo issue, one each day of the show, and one wrapup:

Issue 1 (pre-expo)

Issue 2

Issue 3

Issue 4

Issue 5

Issue 6 (post-expo wrap-up)

 
Industry News and Announcements

>>Evolution of SPF Noticed at IBS
Lapolla Industries Inc., Dow Building Solutions, CertainTeed, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Honeywell, Ron Hazelton and Ty Pennington are some of the companies/people who helped with positive promotion of SPF at International Builder's Show. SPFA was also represented at the show by Dr. Richard Duncan, who was one of the speakers. Read More at Plastics News 

 

>>GIA Releases Global Report on Insulation
GIA announced the release of a comprehensive global report on insulation. The global market for insulation is projected to reach $44 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need for thermal and acoustic insulation in housing and commercial buildings. Read More at PRWeb

>>DOE, ORNL Researching New Insulation Material
Researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are collaborating with industry to develop a high-performance material that nearly doubles the performance of traditional insulators without a high cost premium. The material is a composite polyiso foam board containing "modified atmosphere insulation," or "MAI," cores. While polyiso and sprayfoam hover around an R-value of 6 per inch, the goal for MAI-polyiso composites is 12. Read More at Labdesignnews

>>Free Webinar on March 18 by DOE Building America Program
Source: energy.gov
A webinar being presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America program on March 18 is titled, "Building America Research Tools: Field Test Best Practices, BEopt, and National Residential Efficiency Measures Database." Register here for the 3-4:30 p.m. (EDT) webinar. Find more information here.

>>Codes, Standards Developers Align Guidelines to Create Sustainable, High-Performance Buildings
Source: ashrae.org
Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors. Read more here.

>>ASHRAE/IES Publish Updated Standard on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
Source: ashrae.org
A newly revised standard from ASHRAE and IES seeks to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency. Published in February, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to achieve greater measured energy efficiency. Appendices are included for life-cycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy conservation measures. Read more here.

>>Manufacturers Wary About Proposed EPA Rule
Manufacturers of cast polyurethanes, polyurethane foam, adhesives and sealants are reacting cautiously to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Significant New Use Rule on toluene diisocyanates. The SNUR is meant to cover only uncured products containing TDI and used in home applications, said representatives of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association, Polyurethane Foam Association, and Adhesive and Sealant Council. However, the current version of the plan is so written that it might allow the EPA to regulate some cured products, which do not contain or emit TDI, they said. The EPA issued the SNUR on the TDI page of its website Jan. 8, and it was published in the Federal Register Jan. 15. Read More at Rubbernews

>>SPF Aids in NASA Launch: It Is Rocket Science!
Plastics News reported that NASA's test of the Orion spacecraft in December took advantage of spray polyurethane foam insulation on its second-stage liquid fuel tanks. The spacecraft was successfully launched Dec. 5, the first such take-off since the Space Shuttle program ended. Read More at incrediblepolyurethane.com


 
Bayer Material Science
SPFA News and Announcements
>>SPFA Technical Director Speaks at IBS Session on Insulation
SPFA's Technical Director Dr. Richard S. Duncan was one of the speakers at a session at IBS 2015, the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Along with C.R. Herro of Meritage Homes and Martins Pecholcs of Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Duncan discussed the topic "Insulation: From Spec Through Inspection, Steps to a Versatile High Performance Solution" on Jan. 20. The moderator was Justin Koscher of the American Chemistry Council and Spray Foam Coalition. Read more here.
 
>>California DTSC Corrects Misinformation About SPF 
SPFA Pleased with Corrections, but Continues to Represent Industry in the Fight to De-list the Product Completely from the Agency Process Aimed at Potential Product Regulation 

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), a leading voice representing spray polyurethane foam industry contractors, manufacturers and the complete product value chain, is pleased to announce that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has completed corrections to the public documents distributed by the agency as part of the Safer Consumer Products Priority Products Initiative. Corrections completed by the DTSC include the deletion, or adjustment, of inaccurate facts about the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) product, its chemical components and safety. The SPFA, along with partner organizations representing a resolute coalition of homebuilders, building performance professionals and systems manufacturers, had previously made requests to the Department in person during a series of public workshops and in submitted letters, as part of the formal process surrounding the state’s Priority Products Initiative.

As part of the DTSC’s corrections, changes have been made to the publicly distributed Priority Product Profile for SPF, in addition to the scope of the Department’s activity. Corrections include:
 
-- The Department has altered the definition of "Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems", narrowing it to include only pressurized two-component systems utilized to make SPF. Additionally, the definition includes two-component systems marketed for insulation and roofing applications, however now excludes roof coatings.
-- The Department has excluded one-component spray polyurethane foam systems sold in cans from the official Scope of Products being evaluated.
-- The DTSC has removed HDI and TDI, isocyanates utilized in some elastomeric roof coatings but not in the A-side of SPF systems, from the scope of the Chemicals of Concern documentation.
-- The Department has deleted certain reference documents from the Priority Product File.
-- The DTSC revised the contentious and incorrect statement found on page 6 of the Product Profile that read "diisocyanates are the leading attributable cause of asthma in the workplace" to state "exposure to diisocyanates in the workplace can cause asthma." SPFA has long contended that California’s own CDC data (p. 104) tracking all of the sources of Occupational Asthma, indicates the incorrectness of their statement.

"The SPFA is pleased that these critical changes were completed to these public documents, as the facts put forth in the initial documents were grossly incorrect and have caused irreparable harm to our members and the building industry in the state of California," said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. "However, the SPFA and its members believe that spray polyurethane foam was unjustly selected for the Safer Consumer Products Initiative because it is not a consumer product, but rather a professionally installed product, and because the information used by the DTSC in the selection process was so faulty. Furthermore, any safety concern surrounding the installation of SPF is a worker issue and is already being addressed by US OSHA under the Isocyanates National Emphasis Program. It is for these reasons that the SPFA believes it should be de-listed from the DTSC Priority Products Initiative process altogether."

Next steps in the Department’s Priority Products evaluation process include the establishment of the Final Priority Product List, an Alternatives Analysis and a Regulatory Response (which could range among a number of rules and regulations regarding the use of SPF in California). The SPFA will actively participate in the process at all stages on behalf of its member constituents and the spray polyurethane foam industry at-large.

"Our members in California continue to face unwarranted scrutiny because of the inclusion of SPF in the Priority Products Initiative and the SPFA will continue to fight to have it removed," added Riesenberg. "The process has not only damaged the business of our California members, but it has called into question the state of California’s ability to achieve its stated net-zero energy goal by 2020. Spray polyurethane foam outperforms competing building materials in energy efficiency, but is being simultaneously promoted and persecuted by two sides of the same state that needs it to achieve this aggressive energy goal."
 
See press release here.
 
>>SPFA Forms Marketing Committee
SPFA formed a Marketing Committee -- co-chaired by Mac Sheldon and Ridge Stockdale --  and there are opportunities for SPFA members to be involved. If you would like to be involved in promoting, protecting and growing the SPF industry, and helping SPFA do the same, please reach out to Kurt Riesenberg, SPFA Executive Director. 
 
Some of the initial goals of the committee are to:
- Provide input to SPFA’s SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine & bi-weekly newsletter for future articles, topics, authors, new areas
- Consider/establish consistent industry messaging for various audiences – architects, specifiers, builders, general contractors, code officials
-Establish regular informational webinars on SPF (safety, PPE, OSHA, fire testing, introduction to foam, decoding thermal and ignition barriers, building science, troubleshooting, etc)
-Utilize SPFA’s deep list of previously-submitted projects (Annual Awards Program) to construct dozens of success stories and promotional material 
 
>>SPFA's Board Members
SPFA's Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term include: 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Mr. Dennis Vandewater, Sadler Coating Systems (IA)
Vice President: Mr. John Achille, Coastal Insulation (NJ)
Treasurer: Mr. Richard Spiess, Innovative Insulation Solutions (IL)
Immediate Past President: Mr. Robert (Bob) Duke, Carolina Comfort Foam

BOARD MEMBERS
Contractor Officer Seats (6):
Ms. Bonnie Strickler, Puff Inc. (VA)
Mr. Ron Winkle, Western Pacific Roofing (CA)
Mr. Larry Ash, United Thermal Systems (NY)
Mr. Tyler Fiske, Anchor Insulation (RI)
Mr. Bryan Heldreth, RPC (VA)
Ms. Tiffiny Flaim, Biofoam Inc. (IL)

Non-Contractor Officer Seats (6):
Mr. Joe Stockdale, Bayer Material Science (TX)
Ms. Mary Bogdan, Honeywell (NY)
Mr. Mitch Clifton, NCFI (NC)
Mr. Mac Sheldon, Demilec Inc. (TX)
Mr. Nick Pagano, Graco Inc. (MN)
Mr. Tom Sojak, Gaco Western (WI)
 

The Contractor Industry Excellence Awards recognize SPFA contractor members’ exceptional accomplishments for the quality of their work, the uniqueness of the project, speed of application, superiority of polyurethane, ability of foam to conform to unusual/irregular surfaces, and special safety considerations. The winners were revealed and recognized during the 10th Annual Contractor Awards Luncheon at Sprayfoam 2015. 

"The scope, complexity and breadth of projects submitted this year were among the best ever. It was great for the recipient to have Ty hand out one of the awards, everyone commented how large and grand the luncheon has become, and we are excited to highlight the great work done by our winning companies, as well as everyone that submitted a project."  In addition to the winners and 1st runner-ups being recognized with awards, the other runner-ups went onstage to receive awards, as well, this year.

Winners received a crystal award, pop-up banner, and press-kit assisting them in promoting their win within their local markets and media.  All projects were submitted anonymously to the panel of judges representing SPF and ancillary professional industries.

Many of the projects will be featured in upcoming issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine.  

These are the five award categories and the winners: 

Residential Wall 
Winner: A New Millennium for Adobe House
Runner-up: Arizona Foam & Spray for Meerkat Manor 

Commercial Wall
Winner: Foam Tech for Spooky Nook Sports
Runner-up: Nunavut Excavating for Nunavut Multiplex 

SPF Roof under 40,000 sq.ft. 
Winner: Wedge Roofing Inc. for Life-Time Spray Foam Improvement on Historic Residence
Runner-up: Arithane for Cedar House 

SPF Roof over 40,000 sq.ft. 
Winner: RPC Industries Inc. for Hampton Plaza Shopping Center; formally a G.E.
Runner-up: Henderson-Johnson Co., Inc. for Northeast Carpenters Private Cllubhouse  

Specialty Applications
Winner: Western Pacific Roofing Corporation for Hildebrand Dome Construction Monolithic Dome
Runner-up:  West Roofing Systems, Inc. for Charter School Gym Rehabilitation

 

 

Waiting for winners to be announced at the 10th Annual Contractor Awards Luncheon...
Photo by Maria Lewis 

 

"We tried to build it and hoped they’d come. And they did!" said SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg during the General Session on Thursday morning, referring to the SPFA show, which experienced record-setting numbers this year, especially in the breakout sessions. Below are outlines of some of the most highly-attended sessions, some of which (and others!) will be expanded on in future issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine. All presentations will be uploaded to the SPFA website, www.sprayfoam.org.

Top 5 Sessions (per registration numbers)

1G. Temperature and Pressures: Impact on Quality and Yield
By Justin Strombeck
Among the many variables SPF contractors need to manage on the worksite, temperature and pressure are among the most important. Both impact quality of SPF and yield, the latter having an effect on your project’s timeline, materials consumption, and bottom line.

2D. Understanding the Relationship: Air, Temperature & Moisture 
By Nikki Kruger
The relationship between relative humidity, air and dew point temperatures, and air movement is core to application of proper building science principles in SPF projects. The session also covered the use of a psychrometric wheel and an iPhone/Android app to experiment how these strategies will affect the conditions in the home.

2C. Closed Cell Sprayfoam: A Cost-Effective Solution
By Grant Geise
Closed cell SPF is known as a very effective home insulation option. Attendees heard about all of the benefits along with the installation considerations. 

3E. OSHA and SPF: Site Protection for Foamed Plastic Installations
By Tom Kline of MASCO
OSHA released a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanates in 2013 that included requirements for respiratory protection, respiratory plans, training and enforcement through increased inspections. These requirements apply to the SPF industry. Attend this session to learn how to be safe and compliant on the job.

4C. Existing Structures: How to Address a Retrofit SPF Job
By Jim Anderson
Retrofit and renovation in residential and commercial projects for SPF have added challenges. They were built to codes and designs from many years ago and may have other cosmetic and functional problems that will impact your install.

Some additional sessions that sparked a lot of interest: 

1F. SPFA’s New Model Written Safety Program
By Tyler Fiske, SPFA Board Member
Every SPF contractor business needs to have an effective respiratory protection and safety program. Not only does this require adequate record keeping, but also evidence of proper training and PPE use by employees and information helpful in the case of possible future OSHA inspections. SPFA has constructed a model SPF written safety program for members.

2E. Advanced Best Practices for Avoiding Problems in Foam Plastic Installations 
By Dr. Richard Duncan, SPFA Technical Director
Problems are going to arise on a worksite, and awareness and solution measures are critical to dealing with them and getting back on track. Attendees heard about procedures to avoid off-ratio/off-temperature installations, including strategies for remediating each type of foam material problem, and elements of the new CPI/SFC guidance document on removal methods.

2F. CPI Update: How SPF Manufacturers Are Supporting Your Business
By Lee Salamone, Senior Director, ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry 
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, a division of the American Chemistry Council and home of the Spray Foam Coalition, provided an industry update on a variety of federal and state programs that will impact your business, along with an update on SFC activities in the area of SPF training, marketing and research.

3E. OSHA and SPF: Site Protection for Foamed Plastic Installations
By Carol Hetfield
OSHA released a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanates in 2013 that included requirements for respiratory protection, respiratory plans, training and enforcement through increased inspections. These requirements apply to the SPF industry. 

3E. OSHA and SPF: Site Protection for Foamed Plastic Installations
By Tom Kline, MASCO
OSHA released a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Isocyanates in 2013 that included requirements for respiratory protection, respiratory plans, training and enforcement through increased inspections. These requirements apply to the SPF industry. Attend this session to learn how to be safe and compliant on the job.

4E. California Department of Toxic Substances Control
By Karl Palmer
In early 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a regulatory plan for three initial priority products, SPF among them, to undergo workshops, hearings and other steps to assess product safety and possible alternative materials. The SPF industry has been a vocal critic of the process. The SCP program has been touted as a possible model for future environmental and safety regulation across the country.

4G. Insurance for SPF Businesses 
By Craig and Kirk Campbell
Having the right insurance for your sprayfoam contracting business is critical to be sure you, your employees, business, and customers are protected. Having proper insurance is also a requirement for qualification to the SPFA PCP Accredited Contractor program. Make sure your business is covered!

Contractor Only Session
SPFA Executive Director Kurt & President Denny Vandewater led open discussion in this contractor-only meeting among SPF contractor professionals voicing challenges and opportunities facing them that the association may be able to address. "Every year there is a lot to hear about due to the complexity of this growing industry, but there are always a handful of things we hear that we can address and turn into a value point for members in the next year, be it a new program, committee activity or outreach effort.  It gives us the chance to hear directly from our constituents and do something to show them we are listening, and maybe we’ll be able to make the industry a little bit better place because of it."
 
Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership

>>2014-15 SPFA Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide Available Online
Members in good standing are listed in this publication, which is mailed out every September. This directory is also available in a digital format  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.
 
Available on the SPFA website, the SPFA Membership 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.
 
Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI)
Federal/State Government News
C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification

>>PCP Certified Individuals Can Earn 1 SPFA CEU by Attending SPFA Webinar
(FREE FOR SPFA MEMBERS!)
Earn 1 SPFA CEU (Continuing Education Credit) toward your re-certification by attending this webinar on fall protection and SPF application: "Fall Protection for Insulation and Roofing Applications of SPF."

Every five years, PCP Certified individuals need to become recertified. Part of this process entails earning Continuing Educational Credits (CEUs). This is a quick and easy way to earn one CEU and it is FREE TO SPFA MEMBERS!!!

Assistant Level Recertification – 5 CEU required
Installer Level Recertification – 10 CEU required
Master Installer Level Recertification – 15 CEU required
Project Manager Level Recertification – 20 CEU required

Webinar Title:
"Fall Protection for Insulation and Roofing Applications of SPF"
Date: Wednesday March 4, 2015
Time: 4-5 p.m. ET 
Speaker: Joe Bolduc, CSP - Director of Environmental Health and Safety, MASCO Contractor Services

The presentation will acknowledge the differences between fall protection regulation in states that are regulated by State Occupational Safety and Health Plans (OSHA) and states regulated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Realizing that most state OSHA plans have adopted Federal OSHA regulations the webinar will explore residential hazards OSHA has identified along with the risk prevention regulations adopted to minimize the risk of serious injury and fatality in America’s Construction Workforce.

When properly employed these Fall Protection prevention techniques are proven to prevent serious injury and fatality.

This webinar will discuss:
> Overview of Regulations 
> Fall Protection Options 
> Anchorage 
> Body Harnesses 
> Lanyards 
> Training 
> Planning 
> Guardrails 
> Hand Rail 
> Observation

Joe Bolduc is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Masco Contractor Services. Prior to his employment in the construction industry he was employed in the Risk Management group of Shaw Flooring a Berkshire Hathaway company in Dalton, GA. Prior to Shaw Joe spent 28 years with SAPPI Fine Papers in Boston, MA. While working at SAPPI Joe held various assignments of increasing responsibility in Operations, Maintenance, Quality, Training, Safety, Workers Compensation, Occupational Medicine, Security, Emergency Response and Risk Management with experience in both site and corporate levels of the organization. Joe was active 25 years in the emergency response activities of his home town serving as a Fire Department Officer - Paramedic/Firefighter. 

Joe earned a BS degree in Business Management and MBA from Thomas College in Waterville, ME, where he was also an adjunct faculty member. Bolduc is chair of the SPFA Safety Committee and holds Professional Member status in the American Society of Safety Engineer.  

Click here for more details and to register

 

>>SPFA Newsletter Adds a Spotlight on Newly Accredited Companies
Bayer MaterialScience and Premium Spray Products have recently achieved the acclaimed SPFA Accredited Supplier designation, joining Huntsman. 

Each month, we’ll highlight one of our newly accredited companies! This month’s spotlight is on Bayer MaterialScience. Next issue will have the spotlight on Premium Spray Products --- stay tuned for others as they earn this prestigious designation. 

 

Bayer MaterialScience LLC Earns SPFA Supplier Accreditation
Bayer MaterialScience LLC, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems house and raw materials supplier, has completed a comprehensive certification program to become a Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) Accredited Supplier.

Bayer strongly advocates for continually raising standards related to SPF safety, product stewardship, quality and professionalism. Becoming an Accredited Supplier underscores the company’s commitment to remaining involved in ongoing efforts to raise the standards of health and safety for the entire SPF industry.

"Bayer is proud to be among the leading sprayfoam manufacturers coming together to define their commitment to product stewardship and safety," said Paul Royba, interim general systems house manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Furthermore, Bayer is convinced that all value chain members can work with various industry groups including the Center for the Polyurethane Industry, the Spray Foam Coalition, SPFA and other system houses to enhance product health and safety.

"Much progress has already been made and Bayer is optimistic that along with the industry, consumers will continue to recognize the importance of using properly trained and educated SPF providers," Royba continued. Read more here.

 
Diamond Liners Inc.
Marketing & Industry Promotion
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>ASHRAE Announces Spring 2015 Online Courses; New Course on Commissioning Process
Source: ashrae.org
With the commissioning process becoming widely recognized as being critical to the success of high-performance buildings ASHRAE has added a new Learning Institute course focused on requirements in its first commissioning standard. Taught by Walter Grondzik, P.E., the course, "Commissioning Process and Standard 202" is being held March 25, 2015. It is one of 12 Spring Online courses being offered by ASHRAE. Read more here.  

>>2015 Energy Codes Conference Returning in 2015 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding an energy codes conference for the first time since 2011. This conference, scheduled for March 23-26, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, will be solely dedicated to energy codes. A major theme will be achieving compliance but sessions will cover development, adoption, policy and research. Click here to register and here for more information

>>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. Topics addressed in the current issue include:  

* Ongoing General Alerts *
DOE - DOE National Energy Codes Conference 2015 Announces Keynote Speakers

* New State and Local Alerts *
Maryland - Hearing on the Latest Maryland Building Performance Standards
Tennessee - New Bill to Allow Local Jurisdictions to Opt Out of the International Energy Conservation Code Standards
Washington - New Bill to Strengthen Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

* Ongoing State and Local Alerts *
New Jersey - Accepting Comments on the Proposed 2015 IECC Adoption and Amendments
New York - Reviews to Update NY Codes to the 2015 I-Codes and 2015 NEC
Pennsylvania - Accepting Comments on the 2015 I-Codes Adoption
South Carolina - Accepting Comments Concerning the Adoption of 2015 I-Codes
government-contracting-and-national-defense-authorization-act-of-2013-amendments
 
Energy & Advocacy News


>>Federal Government’s Energy Use Lowest in Almost 40 Years
Source: energy.gov
The amount of energy consumed by federal agencies is now at its lowest level since 1975, primarily as a result of decreased jet fuel use. Find out how our Federal Energy Management Program helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals. Read more here.


>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
Source: energy.gov
The February 2015 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Update newsletter is now available.
Read this issue to learn about:
>Two 20-year Building America teams—Building Science Corporation (BSC) and Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB)
>The 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home sessions
>Race to Zero Student Design Competition sponsorship opportunities
>Optimized Climate Solutions Tool available for five major climate zones
>The February 27 deadline for the 2015 EEBA Conference Call for Papers
>Residential success stories highlighting BSC and CARB team projects
>Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Range Hood Roundup to improve indoor air quality
>Building America in the news
>The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!
 
Read the full February issue for the latest news and information from Building America.
 
Did You Know
Current Call to Action

>>Calling All Comments! Proposed Rule for Government Contracting - Due Feb. 27
Source: sba.gov
Are you a small business owner doing business with the government? The SBA recently published a proposed rule to implement Section 1651 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), proposing to change several key areas that could impact you. Read more here.
 
>>ASHRAE Announces Next Energy Modeling Conference, Call for Presenters 
Source: ashrae.org
ASHRAE has announced that its next "Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings" will take place September 30 to October 2, 2015, in Atlanta. ASHRAE seeks presenters who can speak specifically about the use of modeling to design, construct, commission, operate and maintain new and existing buildings to improve a building's energy performance and indoor environmental quality while reducing the cost to operate and maintain them.  The conference will focus on the tools, step-by-step processes, best practices and workflows for the application of single or multiple modeling techniques. Read more here.

 
Volatile Free, Inc.
Events

Feb. 26-27, 2015 -- Better Buildings: Better BusinessChicago, Ill.

March 3-5, 2015 -- ABAA Conference & Trade ShowDallas, Texas
 
March 23-27, 2015 -- 5-Day SPFA PCP Training, Spray Foam Nation, West Haven, Conn.
 
March 24-26, 2015 -- Energy Codes Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

April 20-22, 2015 -- 2015 National Symposium on Market Transformation, Washington, D.C.
 
 
May 31-June 2, 2015 -- Energy Efficiency Finance Forum, San Francisco, Calif.
 
June 27-July 1, 2015 -- ASHRAE Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga.
 
 
Sept. 20-22, 2015 -- ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a ResourceLittle Rock, Ark.
 
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2015 -- 2015 ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

Oct. 5-7, 2015 -- Polyurethanes Technical Conference, Orlando, Fla.  

Nov. 18-25, 2015 -- GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, Washington, D.C.

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

 
Business Trends
 

>>Going Global with Your Small Business
Source: sba.gov
Interested in exporting but not sure where to start? Learn about export financing, getting help entering the global marketplace and how to get paid by foreign buyers overseas in this blog post. Read more here.

>>How the Emerging Leaders Initiative Can Take Your Business to the Next Level
Source: sba.gov
If you are looking to expand and grow your small business in 2015, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative may be for you. The SBA is once again looking for small businesses to participate in our successful Emerging Leaders executive-level training program that provides the tools to help small companies sustain and grow. The Emerging Leaders initiative, now it its eight consecutive year, is an intensive training program for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation. Read more here.
 
>>Q&A: Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades with a PowerSaver Loan
Steve Dunn with the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, Better Buildings Residential Program, shares information related to a new loan program – available through May 4 – that helps homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades. Read More at Energy 
 
 

 

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