From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
August 18, 2016 – The SPFA Building Envelope and Technical Oversight Committees are pleased to announce an update to SPFA-126 "Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for the Spray Polyurethane Industry". This new document, last revised in 2011, represents significant changes to content to address recent changes in the 2015 IRC and IBC model building codes. A volunteer task group led by Lindsay Lenze of NoBurn worked diligently since April to develop this updated document. Many thanks to those that participated on this project. Copies of SPFA-126 and all other SPFA TechDocs may be downloaded at no charge from the SPFA website at: http://www.sprayfoam.org/technical/spfa-technical-documents
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In 2013, the SPFA Safety Committee developed two OSHA-compliant, bilingual jobsite safety signs. These included a Do Not Enter sign and a Fire Hazard sign. The Do Not Enter sign should be placed at all entry points of the spray zone to provide adequate warning of the need for proper PPE. The Fire Hazard sign should be placed throughout any area interior area with exposed SPF not protected with a fire protective covering or coating, to prevent ignition of exposed foam during construction.
In 2016, two more OSHA-compliant jobsite safety signs were added. The first is the No Storage sign. This sign should be prominently and permanently placed in all attics and crawlspace areas where the foam is not covered with an approved 15-minute thermal barrier. It warns building owners that no storage is permitted in these areas. The second new sign for Permit Confined Spaces, should be placed at the entry point of all Construction Confined Spaces, per the new OSHA regulations.
All four signs are provided as a color PDF and formatted for 8.5 x11 paper. If a larger sign is needed, they can be scaled by changing the printer settings. A single PDF file containing all four signs can be downloaded from the SPFA Members Only website.
Industry News and Announcements
>> Honeywell Challenges Spray Foam Insulation Contractors and Builders to "Hit a Foam Run"
>> The Quest for Home Utility Bills of...Zero
>> Builder Calls Spray Foam One of Top Emerging Technologies
>> Spray Polyurethane Foam Market will increase at a CAGR of around 7% between 2016 and 2021
>> ASID Welcomes American Chemistry Council as Material ConneXion Library Founding Sponsor
>> Covestro Provides Key Material for Arc House, Featured at 2016 Solar Power International Show
>> Polyurethane Foam Market Worth 74.24 Billion USD by 2021
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SPFA News and Announcements
The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice to the spray polyurethane foam industry, today announced its newly elected Board of Directors. Representing senior leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sectors, the 15-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.
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SPFA exhibited and was invited to speak in the policy session at the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo held in the Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC on July 12, 2016. This was a coming-together of the biggest names in government and the biggest names in renewable energy and energy efficiency. SPFA delivered the message that if customers are going to be looking for high performance, energy efficient and sustainable buildings, they are going to be looking for sprayfoam insulation and roofing. To view information about the event, or to watch Kurt Riesenberg, SPFA Executive Director speaking in the Policy Forum (Panel 3), click below.
Visit http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/expo2016 to view the full article online.
The 2017 Sprayfoam Convention and Expo will take place from January 29 through February 1, 2017, will be held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. For more information or to register, please visit the website at www.sprayfoam.org/expo
. To nominate your project for a 2017 SPFA National Industry Excellence Award
please click here
. To see sponsorship information
for this year's convention, click here
Federal/State Government News
U.S. Federal Legislative & Regulatory Activities
> US House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Workforce Preparedness
> EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Speaks on the Federal Government’s Role in Indoor Air Quality at IAQ 2016 Conference
> Deadline Extended for Comments on Design Details for EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program
> DOE Issues Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Consumer and Commercial Water Heaters
> Pre-Publication Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking Issued by DOE on Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Residential Furnaces
> ASHRAE Seeks Applicants for Engineering & Public Policy InternshipGGAC Regional and Chapter Activities
> NB/PEI Member Presents on National Energy Code
> EWeek 2017 Scheduled for February 19-25, 2017
> California Concludes 2017 Floor Session of the Legislature
> Colorado Proposes Rule on Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program
> State of New York Approves Bill to Test School Drinking Water for Lead
> South Carolina Senate LCI Committee to Meet and Discuss IRC
> City of New York Releases Benchmarking Report
Visit https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs/government-affairs-updates to view the full article online.
|Source: sprayfoamadvisor.com / Robert Naini
In accordance with both the International Building Code and the International Residential Code, that’s IBC Section 2603 and IRC Section 316, all foam plastics are required to be separated from the interior of the building by a 15-minute thermal barrier, like 1/2″ gypsum.
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SPFA Training & Certification
SPFA PCP frequently gets phone calls from frantic contractors wanting to know "How quickly can I become certified by the SPFA PCP?" This usually happens when the contractor receives a bid requiring the work to be done by SPFA PCP Certified applicators. Our immediate question is, "Are you certifiable?"
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The Professional Certification Program is seeking volunteers for the PCP Exam Prep curriculum review. We’ll be meeting shortly to divide assignments and give details on the review process.
If you aren’t able to help out with the curriculum review, but you’ll be attending the Spray Foam 2017 convention in Palm Springs, we could use your help there!
Please contact Kelly Marcavage at email@example.com for more details.
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During Sprayfoam 2017 in Palm Springs, CA, the PCP events will be held during the pre-convention dates.
Here is the preliminary schedule* – check the website at www.sprayfoam.org for more details as we get closer to the event.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams
SPF Insulation Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Master Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Field Examiner Exam Prep Course
Monday, January 30, 2017 – PCP Exam Prep Courses, Field Exams and Written Exams
SPF Insulation Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Installer Exam Prep Course
SPF Insulation Project Manager Exam Prep Course
SPF Roofing Project Manager Exam Prep Course
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - SPFA PCP Written Exams
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – SPFA PCP Written Exams
If you have any questions about these or anything regarding the PCP, please contact Kelly Marcavage at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are looking at data showing that many folks have successfully completed some of the requirements needed to become SPFA PCP Certified; however, they haven’t submitted all the information needed to earn the distinguished SPFA PCP Certification.
Please let us know what is holding you up.
A Working Group is being formed to reach out to those who have begun, but not yet completed certification levels. We’d like to hear from you on what is stopping you from completing the requirements. This same group will also work on retaining and renewing those who are already certified and helping them get to the next level!
We look forward to hearing from you. Please direct comments, concerns and questions to Kelly Marcavage at email@example.com
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In 2012, OSHA began a program to align the old Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ This new system to be implemented over the next several years, includes updated methods to communicate hazards on product labels and safety data sheets using an international standard.
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Breaking News! 360Training is offering SPFA Members and PCP Participants a 15% discount off select online OSHA training courses. This is a great benefit for SPFA Members and PCP participants! Please contact Kelly Marcavage at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the unique SPFA discount code. NOTE: this code is in effect for a limited period of time, so take the course soon to receive the discounted fee.
The 10 Hour OSHA course is required for the SPF Installer and Master Installer Certifications.
The 30 Hour OSHA Construction Course is required for the SPF Project Manager Certification.
If you take the 30 hour course, it fulfills SPFA PCP requirements for the 10 hour course.
For more details on all SPFA PCP requirements – visit our website at www.sprayfoam.org/certification
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Within the next few weeks, SPFA will be hosting an informational webinar about the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP). The program will be moderated by Kurt Riesenberg
, Executive Director SPFA and the speakers are Bonnie Strickler
– Chair of the QAP Committee for the Certification Program and Kelly Marcavage
, Certification Director SPFA.
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SPFA Member News & Services
Lapolla Industries, Inc. the global supplier and manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation and roofing solutions, reflective roof coatings and equipment, today announced the launch of FOAM-LOK™ FLX 500-EM Spray Polyurethane Foam for Insulation. The next generation "Easy-to-Mix" open-cell spray applied foam produces ultra high yield and is recognized for its ability to reduce energy consumption in the structure and enhance energy savings. The high performance product is best suited for installation in attics and crawl spaces and requires no ignition barrier.
Visit https://www.lapolla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/foam-lok-flx-500-technical-data-sheet-tds.pdf to view the full article online.