Sprayfoam Pro Newswire
June 2, 2015
 
Burtin Polymer Laboratories, Inc. / Foametix
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
The Summer 2015 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional is complete and has been mailed! Plus, the digital, online version has been posted as well. Check it out! Some of the content in this issue includes:
 
>>SPRAYFOAM 2015 CONVENTION AND EXPO COVERAGE
>>THE IMPACT OF NEGATIVE MEDIA by Kurt Riesenberg
>>OSHA INSPECTIONS INCREASE FOR THE POLYURETHANES INDUSTRY
>>SPEAKING SENSIBLY: New Building Codes – Air Tightness, Ventilation and Moisture Control by Nikki Krueger
>>2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS SPOTLIGHT – Wedge Roofing
>>ABAA NEWS – The Effectiveness of Air Barrier Installations by Laverne Dalgleish
>>ASK THE EXPERT – Quality Control Sampling of SPF
>>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Is an Energy Bill in Congress’s Future? by Craig Brightup
>>BEHIND THE FOAM – Jim Andersen: What 40+ Years in SPF Can Teach You by Shani Calvo
 
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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Sprayfoam 2016 Planning -- Save the Date!

It is never too early to plan for next year!
Date: February 8-11, 2016
Location: Rosen Centre, Orlando, Fla.  

Sponsorships are now available for Sprayfoam 2016! Download the prospectus on the website. Exhibitor and attendee information will be released soon.

 

Sprayfoam 2015 Coverage 

If you want to see what you missed at Sprayfoam 2015 or just want to revisit some of the activities that took place, check out the Conference Daily enewsletters (see the links below). They contain highlights from the event and details on how you can follow through with the contacts you made there. Also, check the SPFA website, www.sprayfoam.org, for post-show updates, the breakout presentations and other pertinent information.   

Issue 1 (pre-expo)
Issue 2
Issue 3
Issue 4
Issue 5
Issue 6 (post-expo wrap-up)

 
Industry News and Announcements
Source: ashrae.org
Zero energy buildings (ZEBs) eliminate the use of non-renewable energy sources by decreasing energy use and producing enough renewable energy to meet the annual energy use attributable to their buildings. While the concept of ZEBs is generally accepted in the building industry, no common definition exists. This creates a challenge in trying to incentivize such buildings and in developing common design strategies. Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., will address this topic during a seminar at the ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference, June 27-July 1, in Atlanta, Ga. The seminar, "What is a Zero Energy Building, and How Can We Get There?," is part of the Conference Technical Program, which features some 100 sessions, with more than 300 presenters and 103 paper presentations
 
Source: energy.gov
To improve energy efficiency in our nation's homes, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched two new residential Better Buildings Accelerators. The Home Upgrade Program Accelerator and Home Energy Information Accelerator will focus on streamlining processes for improving the energy efficiency of homes and expanding awareness of homes' energy performance. DOE is pleased to partner with state and local governments, utilities, and real estate industry groups in these market-transforming efforts. 

"By improving the efficiency of buildings across the country, Better Buildings partners are saving money by saving energy, creating more sustainable communities, and helping to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change," said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr. "Expanding the program to include water savings and the residential sector means that American families can be a part of this successful partnership that cuts costs and pollution." 
 
 
Source: energy.gov
Connecticut recently launched a statewide residential energy labeling program that will make energy efficiency labels ubiquitous across the state. Using the Energy Department’s Home Energy Score, EnergizeCT’s Home Energy Solutions program will provide an energy efficiency score and recommend efficiency improvements to residents across the state. This change signals an important step to improve the nation’s housing stock and encourage energy-saving solutions.
Several other states are following Connecticut’s lead and making the Home Energy Score available on a statewide basis where the score is available at the point of sale. Besides Connecticut, the states of Colorado and Vermont are close to implementing a Home Energy Score program. Elsewhere, some cities, including Berkeley, California, are exploring its use in energy disclosure policies. The goal is to help more Americans realize potential energy savings when purchasing a new home.
 
Source: airbarrier.org / Mr. Peter Spafford, Quality Assurance Manager, ABAA
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) has implemented a comprehensive Quality Assurance Program (QAP) to address many of the problems that design professionals and general contractors have struggled with for many decades. Air barriers are a relatively new technology in the construction of buildings, and few people in the construction industry fully understand the concept of air barriers and exactly what role they play in the performance of the building. To access the ABAA master specifications, visit www.airbarrier.org.  Go to Supporting Documents and see Master Specifications. You can choose the type of specification that best meets your needs. The ABAA specifications include all of the QAP requirements. For assistance, email abaa@airbarrier.org or call 866-956-5888.
 
Source: ACEEE.org
Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Available online at http://aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard, the ACEEE report finds that Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the nation, receiving 82 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of more than five points from that city’s 2013 score. Trailing Boston, the top 10 US cities for energy efficiency are: New York City (#2), Washington, DC (#3), San Francisco (#4), Seattle (#5), Chicago (#6), Minneapolis (#7), Portland (#8), Austin (#9), and Denver (#10). 
 
Source: ACEEE.org / Siddiq Khan
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation are now working on Phase 2 of the Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickups and Vans, a major element of the president’s climate action plan. It offers an opportunity to narrow the efficiency gap between light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles and deliver major savings at the pump to buyers of heavy-duty pickups and vans. ACEEE’s new research report Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Heavy-Duty Pickups and Vans: Phase 2 assesses the technologies available to reduce fuel consumption in these vehicles. 
 
Source: americanchemistry.com
The  American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) sponsored an ASTM International symposium focused on standardizing methods to measure emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation. The event, known as the "Symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from SPF Insulation," enabled regulatory agencies, SPF manufacturers and other stakeholders to engage in conversations about present and on-going development of standards for measuring emissions from SPF insulation.

For details and to see the papers presented by CPI at the event, click here.
 
Source: polyurethane.americanchemistry.com/
Registration is open for North America's longest-running polyurethanes conference. The 58th annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference returns to the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, from October 5-7, 2015. 

>>Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Key Component to Any Net Zero Solution 
Source: retrofitmagazine.com / Dr. Richard Duncan, SPFA Technical Services Director
In July 2014, California initiated the revision process to the 2016 version of Title 24, California’s building energy efficiency codes, which are designed to move the state’s residential and commercial buildings toward zero net energy (ZNE). All new residential construction is to be ZNE by 2020, and all new commercial buildings are to achieve ZNE by 2030. While aggressive, these goals are achievable with the right design implementation and accessibility to proper building materials. Read more here.

>>2015 Green Building Trends
Source: homeenergy.org / Monica Gomez
For both residential and commercial structures, owners are embracing green innovations for a variety of reasons. Concern for the environment is one of them. Other motivations to use green building approaches include saving money and protecting health. That's why the biggest green trends in 2015 will be those that promise long-term savings and an improved indoor air quality. Read more here

Source: bayer.com
Bayer has announced that the new name of its MaterialScience business will be Covestro. It will be effective on September 1, 2015. Bayer intends to float Covestro on the stock market by mid-2016 at the latest. The plan for Bayer MaterialScience to become a separate company was announced in September 2014.

The name Covestro is made from a combination of words that reflect the identity of the new company. The letters C and O come from collaboration, while VEST signifies the company is well invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. The final letters, STRO, show the company is strong. It is strong in innovation, strong in the market and with a strong workforce.

 
Covestro
SPFA News and Announcements
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every year, Naylor Association Solutions recognizes its top projects – based not just on the monetary value, but the overall value to the association and the internal workings that go into the products. The award with probably the toughest competition is the national award, which is why SPFA’s recognition in this department was even more outstanding. For 2014, SPFA’s magazine, SPRAYFOAM Professional, earned the Naylor National Publication of the Year award, competing against hundreds of other publications and associations.
 
"This is super news and we appreciate so much what Naylor does to assist us in our goals," said SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg.
 
The awards, which are officially called the President’s Excellence Awards, recognize the culmination and representation of the service and quality that Naylor provides for its association partners in their magazines.
 
There are five awards to recognize excellence in the design, content and success of each product. The criteria for each award are: that the project is viewed as the most  successful and useful in the eyes of the association; and that the project
serves as the best example of Naylor via great execution and high quality.
 
"Via its magazine and other communications, SPFA does an excellent job of sharing industry-related news with its members, securing support for the industry and increasing the awareness of SPF’s benefits," said Naylor’s Vice President of Content Jill Andreu.
 
SPFA’s team at Naylor consists of: Heather Greyling (publisher), Shani Calvo (editor), John O’Neil (sales director), Sharon Lynne (designer), Adam Lingenfelter (project manager), Emily Rodriguez (marketing), Jenson Howe (project specialist), and a team of advertising representatives.  
 

>>SPFA at Work for You, for Industry

SPFA regularly supports both you and the industry, many times behind the scenes, but at conferences and on the road, as well. Recently, Dr. Richard Duncan, SPFA Technical Director, has done just that at these events:
 
>>Represented SPF industry as co-chair of the ASTM C1029 task group at the ASTM 2015 Spring Meeting in Anahiem on April 27.
 
>>Presented a paper entitled "Computer Simulation of Peak Temperatures in Spray Polyurethane Foam Used in Residential Insulation Applications" at ASTM Special Technical Publication 1589 Symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation.
 
 
>>Will be a panelist and presenter at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) Spray Foam Roundtable on a topic entitled "Reducing Air Infiltration with SPF and Its Effects on Indoor Air Quality" on June 4 in Salt Lake City.  

>>Article by SPFA's Richard Duncan Appears in Retrofit Magazine, SBC Magazine
An article written by SPFA's Technical Services Director, Dr. Richard Duncan, that was published in Retrofit magazine, was also picked up and published in SBC Magazine. Titled "Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Key Component to Any Net Zero Solution," the article addresses spray polyurethane foam characteristics and explains how they are integral to SPF’s ability to contribute to total ZNE solutions — solutions that will become increasingly necessary as the net zero revolution takes hold across the U.S.   

>>Walls & Ceilings Magazine Publishes SPF Article
Source: wconline.com / Richard Duncan
"Barrier Requirements for SPF" is the subject of an article in a recent issue of Walls & Ceilings Magazine. Written by SPFA Technical Services Director Richard Duncan, the article addresses the combustible nature of SPF and how to utilize thermal and/or ignition barriers to ensure safety in the use of SPF.  Read more here. 

>>Gupta-verlag.com and Energy Design Update Share News About SPFA Health & Safety Program
Sources: gupta-verlag.com, oneskyhomes.com
SPFA's new Health & Safety Program is securing attention from all aspects of the industry, even internationally in the news section of gupta-verlag.com and on the energy side in Energy Design Update. Space was allocated in the May 2015 issue of Energy Design Update for details related to the program, as shared in a press released distributed by SPFA. See SPFA press release here and gupta-verlag.com article here.

>>SPFA Sponsors DOE's Race to Zero Student Design Competition; Winners Announced!
The 2015 DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition (formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition) wrapped up in April, and SPFA was one of the sponsors. SPFA also sponsored the inaugural competition last year.
 
The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution in the United States and Canada. The competition is based on a real-world scenario where a builder needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a high-performance house design or is developing a new high-performance home product line. Teams are presented a specific design problem and are asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements. The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification. In its inaugural year, 28 teams from U.S. and Canadian universities competed to design cost-effective Zero Energy Ready Homes for mainstream builders.  The core zero energy ready requirement focused on high-performance features that sharply reduce energy use, and allow for all or most of the remaining energy use to be offset with renewable energy. The winning teams produced market-ready, state-of-the-art design solutions for high-performance homes that are energy efficient, comfortable, and durable.
 
The winners were announced April 18-20, in Denver. Colo., and received a firm commitment by a production home builder to actually construct the winner and runner-up designs, and a free two-day building science training program by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube. There were 33 teams registered to compete, representing 27 schools across the United States and Canada. Read more and see the list of winners at energy.gov   

>>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

 

"We tried to build it and hoped they’d come. And they did!" said SPFA Executive Director Kurt Riesenberg during Sprayfoam 2015, 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/expo.

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

>>Future Safety Webinars -- Topics and Dates

These safety webinars are FREE for SPFA members:

SDS and Global Hazard System (GHS) | July 1, 2015
Personal Protective Clothing | September 2, 2015
Containment and Mechanical Ventilation | November 4, 2015
Lock-out/Tag-out | January 6, 2016
Supplier Air Systems for Respirators | March 2, 2016 

Direct questions to: Dr. Richard Duncan, SPFA Technical Director at rickduncan@sprayfoam.org.  

>>2015 Is the Year of SPFA Membership Growth  
The challenges and opportunities facing you as a professional in the SPF industry get larger and more complex every day.  If you are looking for an ally in growing your business and being the best, consider joining SPFA!  Expert staff and committee members are here to help you make the most of your SPF business.  New members are joining every month that recognize the need for community and the strength in numbers.  How have members created value for themselves and their companies through SPFA?  By: 

-- Completing industry-led commercial roof testing with Factory Mutual, producing sets of data accessible to SPFA members, streamlining and reducing the cost of their approval process

-- Completing essential research and testing on alleged product interactions between SPF and cPVC demonstrating no incompatibilities, with an independent third-party report available to members for sharing with customers and code-officials

-- Completing fire performance research and testing that has brought more reliability, credibility, consistency and become the "industry standard" in ICC-ES AC-377 Appendix X

-- Partnering on emissions and ventilation research that has influenced the landscape of product installation, health and safety regulation, state and federal acceptance of SPF

-- Publishing an independent model SPF industry Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) validating the energy and environmental claims of the product, producing an avenue for manufacturers to perform an LCA on their specific products, allowing for additional LEED credit, and delivering to consumers and professional customers of SPF a reference document that speaks their language

-- Publishing LCA-supporting Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for three types of SPF in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, currently available for download on the UL website

-- Envisioning, constructing and deploying over 18 months, an ISO-17024 accredited SPF Professional Certification Program, along with the necessary infrastructure, policies, procedures, partners, various experience levels and industry buy-in needed to make the program a success.  Today it is already allowing SPF professionals in the US and abroad to distinguish themselves with a level of professionalism being sought by customers, and is being considered by several states as a requirement.

-- Publishing professional AY Technical documents and delivering presentations representing thousands of hours of collective effort among the members, addressing the most common technical, health and safety issues facing the industry

-- Establishing a geographically rotating Annual Convention and Expo as the central event for the industry, hosting over 1000 people, 30,000+ square feet of exhibit hall, dozens of sessions bringing the latest information to attendees, a nationally-recognized awards program, PCP certification testing, and networking for SPF professionals not able to be found anywhere else

-- Engaging in new public relations efforts to establish SPFA as the go-to source for credible, reliable and consistent information on SPF, including the SPFA Publication Sprayfoam Professional Magazine, bi-weekly newsletters, a redesigned website, press-releases on high-profile issues, and placement of articles in trade publications representing correct information on SPF

-- Embracing partnerships with important stakeholders in the industry, including other trade associations in the building performance, homebuilding, efficiency and construction industries, as well as various state and federal agencies.  Partnerships broaden our reach, increase the volume of our voice, and give us an early-warning system when questions or concerns arise.

These efforts and more have had a direct and positive impact upon the SPF industry, your business and circles of influence.  Perhaps you have experienced the benefits directly, perhaps in ways less obvious to you.  But let there be no doubt that SPFA is the forum where good stuff is happening, and our influence is in some way within every drum of SPF sold and sprayed today.  

Are you ready to be part of the team?  If you’re into SPF, you’re into SPFA. Join now! 
 

>>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 Forms -- Now Available in Fillable Format
The PCP staff is working hard to make registering and renewing in the PCP as easy as possible. Fillable forms that enable you to simply type in the information and send to us are now available. These forms can be found in the back of the Certification Handbooks.



Within the next few months all Handbooks and fillable forms will be posted, so continue to check the website regularly for updates at www.sprayfoam.org/certification.

If you have any questions, please email kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org.
 

>>Company Accreditation Marks to Be Displayed in SPFA Directory
Contractor Companies and Supplier Companies who earn the SPFA PCP Accreditation will have the Accredited Company Mark displayed in the SPFA Directory next to their company listing.

The deadline for having it printed in the upcoming directory is June 29, 2015. You still have time to finish up the Accredited Company requirements Please review all details on our website


For more information or questions, please contact Kelly Cook Marcavage at kmarcavage@sprayfoam.org.


>>Training Dates
For upcoming training dates, please visit www.sprayfoam.org

 
Naylor Association Solutions
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>DOE Issues Determination of Energy Savings for Residential Buildings
Source: energycodes.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Determination for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), affirming that the updated code will result in energy savings in residential buildings. DOE analysis indicates that buildings meeting the 2015 IECC (as compared with buildings meeting the previous 2012 edition) would result in national residential building energy savings of approximately 1%, as regulated by the Code. Following an affirmative DOE determination, each State is required by statute to certify that it has reviewed the provisions of its residential building code regarding energy efficiency, and made a determination as to whether it is appropriate to revise its code to meet or exceed the updated edition of the IECC. Additionally, DOE provides guidance to States on submitting certification statements.

More information on DOE support for building energy codes is available at www.energycodes.gov.
 
 
>>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 – Deadline Extended for Comments on the Cost-Effectiveness of Building Energy Codes - Deadline June 3
DOE – Register for the Code Development Stakeholder Meeting in Colorado and Webinars
HUD & USDA – Notice of Final Determination on Affordability of 2009 IECC in Federal Register

 * New State and Local Alerts *
Nevada – Bill to Reduce Stringency of Energy Conservation Standards Passes the Senate
  
* Ongoing State and Local Alerts *
California – USGBC Offers New LEED Pathway in CALGreen and Code Recommendations in CA
Denver, CO – Hearings on the 2015 I-Codes Adoption Rescheduled 
Florida – Bill to Roll Back the Newly-Adopted Building Code Dies
Maine – Update on Three Bills to Roll-Back Energy Codes
New York – Meeting Scheduled to Consider the 2015 I-Codes Including the IECC
Oregon – Errata for the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code
Texas – The Senate Signs HB 1736 that Would Hamper Energy Efficiency
 
Energy & Advocacy News

>>News & Events from Building Technologies Office
Source: energy.gov 

 

-Get Acquainted with DOE’s New Residential Accelerators: Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, Home Energy Information Accelerator
-Call for ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award Nominations: Send nominations to emergingtech@energystar.gov.
-Connecticut Launches Nation's First Statewide Home Energy Score Program
-Attend Clean Energy Manufacturing Summit for Southeast Region on July 9
-Webinar: Innovation for Food Retail: The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores - June 3, 1 p.m. (ET)
-Webinar: DOE Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals - June 17, 3 p.m. (ET)

>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
Source: energy.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Update newsletter is now available.
Read this issue to learn about: 

>Building America teams Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) and the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership, pioneers in innovative building technologies
>Results from the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition
>New funding from DOE for Building America team partnerships
>New Building America Code Compliance Brief for continuous rigid Insulation for cladding/furring attachment
>Upcoming new features for Building America Solution Center: improved navigation, checklists, Building Science Sales Tool
>Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website
>Call for entries for the 2015 GreenBuilder magazine Home of the Year Awards
>Residential success stories highlighting ARIES and NorthernSTAR team projects
>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 issue for the latest news and information from Building America.
 

 
Current Call to Action

 
>>DOE Issues Request for Information Regarding the Cost-effectiveness of Building Energy Codes, Deadline June 3
On April 14, 2015, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking input on how the Department may update and improve its methodology for assessing the cost-effectiveness of building energy codes. The deadline to respond to this RFI has been extended to Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Additional information is available at Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-BC-0001.
For more information on the Department’s support for building energy codes, including energy and cost analysis, please visit the DOE Building Energy Codes Program website.
 
Additional information is available at Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-BC-0001. For more information on the Department’s support for building energy codes, including energy and cost analysis, visit the DOE Building Energy Codes Program website.
 
>>Save the Date: Code Development Stakeholder Meeting -- June 15-16
Source: energycodes.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program will host a public meeting during which stakeholders can present initial concepts for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As part of this meeting, DOE will present its own initial concepts. The goal of the meeting will be to encourage communication and an exchange of ideas among stakeholders.The stakeholder meeting will be held on June 15 & 16, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, CO. Advanced registration is required. Read more here and here.
 

 
Events

May 31-June 2, 2015 -- Energy Efficiency Finance Forum, San Francisco, Calif.
 
June 9-11, 2015 -- ABAA Spray Polyurethane Foam Installer Training, Charlotte, N.C.
 
June 15-16, 2015 -- Code Development Stakeholder Meeting, Denver, Colo.
 
June 27-July 1, 2015 -- ASHRAE Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga.
 
 
July 1, 2015 -- SDS and Global Hazard System (GHS), SPFA Safety Webinar
 
 
Sept. 2, 2015 -- Personal Protective Clothing, SPFA Safety Webinar
 
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. 4, 2015 -- Containment and Mechanical Ventilation, SPFA Safety Webinar
 
Nov. 18-25, 2015 -- GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, Washington, D.C.
 
January 6, 2016 -- Lock-out/Tag-out, SPFA Safety Webinar
 
February 8-11, 2016 -- Sprayfoam 2016 Convention and Expo, Orlando, Fla. 
 
March 2, 2016 -- Supplier Air Systems for Respirators, SPFA Safety Webinar

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

 
Business Trends

Source: sba.org 
Now is a good time to protect your employees, customers and business from the devastating physical and economic toll of hurricanes by making a plan to be safe and stay in business. Join SBA and Agility Recovery on June 9 at 2 p.m. (ET) for a free webinar focusing on hurricane season preparedness strategies.  

Source: sba.org 
Did you know that an important shift is occurring with card payment technology that might impact your business?  Join SBA and Square on June 10 at 2 p.m. (ET) for a free webinar presentation: "EMV 101: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Switch to Chip Card Technology."

>>SBA Introduces New Spanish Language Website
Source: sba.org 
SBA now has a Spanish language SBA website. Utilize thousands of business resources now en Español! Visit website here.
 
 

 

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