July 1, 2015
Burtin Polymer Laboratories, Inc. / Foametix
From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
SPFA invites you to submit your industry-specific presentation topic(s) for consideration. Click here to submit your suggested topic and proposed presenter information.The deadline to submit ideas is July 15!
Event: Sprayfoam 2016
Date: February 8-11, 2016
Location: Rosen Centre, Orlando, Fla.
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Industry News and Announcements
>>OSHA's New Rule on Confined Spaces Goes Into Effect Aug. 3
>>Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks Buildings-Related Problems to Solve -- Deadline July 15
>>"Moments of Truth": Customer Service as a Foundation Webinar -- July 20
>>ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification Earns ANSI Accreditation
>>House Approves TSCA Reform with a 398-1 Vote
>>ACEEE Releases Report About the Past and Future of Energy Efficiency
>>ACC Publishes 2015 Comprehensive Economic Profile of $801 Billion Business of American Chemistry
>>Senate Panel Approves Drastic Cuts to HOME Program
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SPFA News and Announcements
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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>>SPFA at Work for You, for Industry
>>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
>>Breakout Sessions at Sprayfoam 2015 Are Posted Online
>>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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Foam Supplies, Inc.
SPFA Membership
To ensure your company information prints correctly in SPFA's 2015-16 Membership Directory and Buyers' Guide, send updates no later than July 6. If you did not receive the proof via email, please contact Mickey Riesenberg at michele@sprayfoam.org.
>>SDS and Global Hazard System (GHS) Webinar Is FREE for members! -- July 8
>>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. 19
June 22, 2015
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Federal Activities
>Markup of U.S. House Comprehensive "Architecture of Abundance" Energy Bill Delayed Until After July 4th Recess
>Legislation Renewing Nation’s K-12 Education Law Could Soon Be Debated on Senate Floor – Several STEM Amendments Could Be Offered
>DOE Issues Final Determination on 2015 IECC
>DOE Extends Comment Period for Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces and Boilers
>2015 High Performance Building Week Succeeds in Educating Policymakers!

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
>Region IX RVC Honored with Award
>Legislatures Adjourn with Unfinished Business
>Montgomery County, Maryland has first Benchmarked Buildings
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SPF Tech
Source: buildingscience.com / Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., PEng., ASHRAE Fellow
We have long wrapped our framed buildings with a "layer." What we called it and what we make it out of has changed over time. And now the vapor permeance of it needs to be re-thought. How low can you go? How high can you go? Does it matter? Where does it matter? Vapor transmission at the exterior of a wall assembly is not always straightforward. We have to worry about how much can get out as well as how much can get in. And things change as thermal resistance goes up and air leakage goes down.
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C.J. Spray, Inc.
SPFA Training & Certification
>>Deadline Extended to July 6 for Getting Company Accreditation Mark Printed in SPFA Directory
>>Upcoming Training Dates
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Dr. Energy Saver
Health & Safety
Dr. Richard Duncan, Technical Director at SPFA, sheds some light on the new OSHA standard related to confined spaces, which will go into effect August 3, 2015.
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Marketing & Industry Promotion
What are you doing to reach your customers? What is marketing and why is it important? In this online course, learn how to:
-Conduct marketing research.
-Develop a marketing plan and strategy.
-Get resources to help you as you create your marketing plans and strategies.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Bayer MaterialScience LLC has appointed Jeremy Parker as the National Sales Manager for the spray polyurethane foam insulation and roofing materials business. Parker has been with Bayer for six years, recently serving as an SPF regional account manager for the south central United States. In his new role, Parker will lead national sales strategy for SPF in residential building and commercial construction markets.
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Graco Inc., a manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, announced that it has acquired Machine Technologies LLC, a Texas-based manufacturer of mortar pumps and continuous mixers. Machine Technologies’ products will become part of the product portfolio of Graco’s Applied Fluid Technologies Division (AFTD).
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Huntsman Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy.Tecnoelastomeri markets its diverse product line globally under a number of well-known trademarks, including Tecnoelastomeri engineering urethane elastomers, Tecnothane polyurethane systems, Rithane specialty polyurethane systems, Castech polyurethane machines and Linthane specialty thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs).
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
>>DOE Issues Determination of Energy Savings for Residential Buildings
>>Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
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Energy & Advocacy News
>>Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency
>>News & Events from Building Technologies Office
>>U.S. DOE Building America Update
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Did You Know
Source: news.wisc.edu
A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction. An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.
The researchers reported their development, which is the first of its kind, in a paper published May 6, 2015, in the journal Nano Energy. Xudong Wang, the Harvey D. Spangler fellow and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison, and his PhD student Yanchao Mao have been working on this device for about a year.
The nanogenerator relies on the triboelectric effect to harness energy from the changing electric potential between the pavement and a vehicle's wheels. The triboelectric effect is the electric charge that results from the contact or rubbing together of two dissimilar objects.
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Business Trends
>>"How to Determine a FAIR Price" Webinar -- July 9
>>Why Are #Hashtags So Darn Important?
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Career Opportunities
CLEAResult, an energy-efficiency consulting firm, is looking for energy engineers at its East Lansing, Mich. and Indianapolis, Ind. locations. These positions are responsible for supporting commercial and industrial programs and identifying opportunities to increase energy efficiency, including designing measurement and verification (M&V) plans.
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