From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
Industry News and Announcements
>>Industry Mourns Loss of Sig Hall
>>Race to Zero Student Design Competition Registration Is Open
>>Prices Fall for Most Commodity Resins
>>U.S. EPA Awards Almost $800,000 to UC Santa Barbara to Research Effects of Chemical Exposure on Ecosystems
>>SPF Showcased in Top Designs of Competition for Energy Efficient Homes
>>Center for Polyurethanes Industry Announces Finalists for Innovation Award
>>ORNL to Host First EERE-sponsored Industry Day Event - Sept. 23-24
>>OSHA's New Rule on Confined Spaces Went Into Effect Aug. 3; Full Enforcement Begins Oct. 2
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SPFA News and Announcements
SPFA’s Board of Directors has recognized the substantial growth of the SPF industry in recent years, and the subsequent increasing number of issues the industry is dealing with. Membership growth was identified as a critical priority to success, not just for SPFA to have the resources needed to properly represent the industry, but also to grow the ranks of members to populate committees, and to have important industry information reach a critical mass of dedicated recipients.
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The first step is to decide which project(s) you're going to enter. Then head to www.sprayfoam.org
to check out the Tips on Winning. Next, nominate your best project(s) using our online forms! Nominations for the Contractor Awards are due Dec. 4, 2015.
Winners will be announced Feb. 11, 2016, when SPFA sponsors the Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon as part of the Sprayfoam 2016 Convention & Expo.
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Federal/State Government News
>Talks Continue in Ramp-Up for Energy LegislationU.S. Federal Regulatory Activities
>President Obama Announces New Actions on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy
>Comment Period Extended for Proposed Rule on Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves
>Quadrennial Energy Review, Weatherization Assistance Program to be Discussed at DOE State Energy Advisory Board MeetingGGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
>2015 Legislative Wrap-Up
>Honolulu City Council Urges Quicker Adoption of Codes
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|Source: buildingscience.com / Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow
Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. And sometimes the not so obvious becomes obvious. For example, installing leaky ductwork in a vented attic is a pretty dumb idea. It leads to negative pressures and high air change that, depending on the time of year and climate zone, results in part load humidity problems, ice damming, excessive energy use, loss of comfort, whatever. If radon were valuable we would mine it this way. Where there is an attached garage we call it the Kevorkian option. Everyone pretty much gets it...
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SPFA Training & Certification
Marketing & Industry Promotion
|Source: atlantahomebuilders.com / Sheryl S. Jackson
Sustainability and environmental impact are increasingly affecting consumer choices. Consumers are more aware of the need for and benefits of energy efficiency than 20 years ago for a number of reasons.
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SPF-Related Codes & Standards
Current Call to Action
A proposed standard from ASHRAE, currently open for public comment, would serve as the "backbone" of rating systems. ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program
, is being written to standardize building energy rating programs by requiring the minimum content of any labels associated with rating programs, establishing minimum requirements for rating program documentation and other essential components in rating programs.
The proposed standard is currently open for public comment until Sept. 28, 2015. To learn more or to comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews
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