May 20, 2015
 
Graco
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
For 2014, SPFA’s quarterly magazine, SPRAYFOAM Professional, earned the Naylor National Publication of the Year award, competing against hundreds of other publications and associations.
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The summer issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional was mailed and will be in your mailboxes soon! Plus, the online version has been posted. If you want to be sure your inbox is on our email distribution list, sign up for the digital version below. Some of the topics in this issue include:
>>SPRAYFOAM 2015 CONVENTION AND EXPO COVERAGE
>>THE IMPACT OF NEGATIVE MEDIA
>>OSHA INSPECTIONS INCREASE FOR THE POLYURETHANES INDUSTRY
>>SPEAKING SENSIBLY: New Building Codes – Air Tightness, Ventilation and Moisture Control
>>2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS SPOTLIGHT – Wedge Roofing
>>ABAA NEWS – The Effectiveness of Air Barrier Installations
>>ASK THE EXPERT – Quality Control Sampling of SPF
>>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Is an Energy Bill in Congress’s Future?
>>BEHIND THE FOAM – Jim Andersen: What 40+ Years in SPF Can Teach You
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It is never too early to plan for next year!
Event: Sprayfoam 2016
Date: February 8-11, 2016
Location: Rosen Centre, Orlando, Fla.

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Burtin Polymer Laboratories, Inc. / Foametix
Industry News and Announcements
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>>Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Key Component to Any Net Zero Solution
>>2015 Green Building Trends
>>OSHA Unveils New "It's The Law" Poster
>>BPI Releases 2014 Annual Report
>>New White Paper Offers Tips on Building Successful Projects
>>2015 Race to Zero Winners Announced
>>ABAA Holding Spray Polyurethane Foam Installer Training -- Registration Deadline Is May 25
>>Better Buildings Summit Program Slated for D.C., May 27-29
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Covestro
SPFA News and Announcements
>>Article by SPFA's Richard Duncan Appears in Retrofit Magazine, SBC Magazine
>>Walls & Ceilings Magazine Publishes SPF Article
>>Gupta-verlag.com and Energy Design Update Share News About SPFA Health & Safety Program
>>SPFA Sponsors DOE's Race to Zero Student Design Competition; Winners Announced!
>>SPFA's Board Members
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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.
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"We tried to build it and hoped they’d come. And they did!" said SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg during the General Session at Sprayfoam 2015, which experienced record-setting numbers this year, especially in the breakout sessions. Slides from the presentations and breakout sessions have been uploaded to the SPFA website, www.sprayfoam.org/expo, and the sessions with the highest attendance will be featured in upcoming issues of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine.
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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership
>>Future Safety Webinars -- Topics and Dates (FREE for SPFA Members)
>>2015 Is the Year of SPFA Membership Growth
>>2014-15 SPFA Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide
>>SPFA Member Benefits
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Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI)
Federal/State Government News
The State Net Capitol Journal contains timely and pertinent information for almost every business owner in every state. Read up on Budget & Taxes, Politics & Leadership, Governors, Bird's Eye View, Hot Issues, and Once Around the Statehouse Lightly.
Volume XXIII, No. 15
May 18, 2015
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Federal Activities
>ASHRAE Submits Testimony for House, Senate Hearings on Energy Efficiency Legislation
>Congressmen McKinley, Welch Pursue Action on Energy Efficiency in House
>House Passes Energy & Water Funding Bill for FY 2016
>HUD, USDA Issue Final Determination on 2009 IECC & 90.1-2007

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
>May is Building Safety Month
>Legislatures Adjourn in Six More States
>ASHRAE Opposes North Carolina House Bill 583
>Anthracite Chapter Visits U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
>Benchmarking Passes in Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon
>ASHRAE Argentina Chapter to hold Annual Congress
>GGAC RVC for Region XII Visits Colombia
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SPF Tech
Source: buildingscience.com / Joseph Lstiburek
So, what should the airspace or air gap be behind a cladding and what should the venting geometry be behind a cladding? We looked at this earlier but apparently we need to look at it again so that we can all stop arguing. It is instructive to look at the evolution of walls from a water management perspective...
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C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification
>>Company Accreditation Marks to Be Displayed in SPFA Directory - Deadline June 29!
>>Upcoming Training Dates
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Naylor Association Solutions
Health & Safety
Source: gacowallfoam.com / Will Parker
More contractors are joining the sprayfoam industry than ever before. There are a variety of sprayfoams for different applications, but the chemicals we handle each day are similar and the risks involved are shared by us all. No matter what product you spray, safety has to play a key role in your daily job duties.
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Marketing & Industry Promotion
Source: bpi.org / Darren Slaughter
When it comes to your contractor website, you have to make sure you bake into the design and content these three key ingredients; know, like and trust. Without these things, the phone won’t ring. Pure and simple. But do it right and it can make for a much easier sales process. Here are some ways you can build these aspects into your contractor website starting today.
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Source: bpi.org / Steve Van Remortel
"Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours." That quote from Les Smith really summarizes a breakthrough I experienced in my life. Early in my career, I found it difficult to be happy for the success of others around me. Here I was, working my butt off to provide for my young and growing family and it seemed like I was treading water compared to others. It was even more of a challenge for me when I first started our consulting business because our strategy and talent process was bringing significant success to our clients.
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If you're considering other avenues for promoting your SPF projects, video might be an option that is easy to post and share. SPFA Member Build Marketing shared this video they made (and posted on YouTube) that highlights some ideas for inclusion in your video.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Demilec names a CEO and a VP of sprayfoam and signs on for another season of Tiny House Nation.
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"The entire approach to achieving zero energy homes isn’t just an idea any longer," said Doug Kramer, President and CEO of Lapolla Industries, Inc. "Lapolla insulation adds value to the environment and homeowners worldwide. We’re proud to be a supplier of sprayfoam insulation to Meritage Homes, who is the innovator in high performance home building."
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
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Energy & Advocacy News
>>Energy Department Invests $4 Million to Strengthen Building America Industry Partnerships
>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
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Current Call to Action
>>DOE Issues Request for Information Regarding the Cost-effectiveness of Building Energy Codes, Deadline June 3
>>Save the Date: Code Development Stakeholder Meeting -- June 15-16
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Events
Events
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See what's in store, as far as industry events, expos, training classes, online courses, certification programs and more.
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Business Trends
>>Close More Deals with a Complete Sales Team -- Three-Part Webinar Series
>>Time Management for Busy People
>>SBA Introduces New Spanish Language Website
>>The Facts Behind the Figures: Determining the Cost of Goods Sold
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