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From the Current Issue of SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL Magazine
IRAQ – Between March 2008 and December 2009, the U.S. Military in Iraq benefited from the performance of SPF.

Tom Harris, project leader with Honeywell, was onsite in the warzone with 26 other Americans for five months spraying various structures – from 6 a.m. to sundown, every day. The teams methodically covered 17 Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) from North, to Western and Southern Iraq. “This is what we did,” said Harris.

Visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/SPFQ0312/index.php?startid=31 to view the full article online.

 
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Industry News and Announcements
Chemical makers have submitted data for nine chemicals selected by the Environmental Protection Agency for 2013 and 2014 risk evaluations. Supplying such information demonstrates the industry's commitment to the government's chemical-assessment efforts, said American Chemistry Council spokesman Scott Jensen. EPA is expected to assess 18 chemicals next year and in 2014.

Visit http://www.bna.com/epa-received-data-n17179870055/ to view the full article online.

 
• The Employment Situation for September – Weak Payrolls and Noisy Unemployment Rate
• List of Improving Housing Markets Eclipses 100 in October
• Spotlighting Threats to a Sustained Housing Recovery
• Residential Construction Spending Rebounds in August

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193161&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
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SPFA News and Announcements

CERTIFICATION:
SPFA met with the EPA and other federal agencies last month to present upon its development and deployment plans for the new Sprayfoam Professional Certification Program. This program is planned to be an ANSI/ISO 17024 standards compliant Quality Assurance Program (QAP) that will offer model curriculum for training programs, testing of knowledge, skills and abilities of SPF professionals, and field examinations. It will be the best measure of professionalism in the industry and serve the SPF professional by producing an avenue of distinction for those who complete the program. SPFA requested feedback on the program from EPA to be certain it is the most comprehensive and complete program available. The program will be rolled-out at the 2013 SPFA Annual Convention and Expo in Jacksonville, Fla., February 12-13.

OUTREACH:
SPFA presented upon two landmark topics at the 2012 Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., recently. In one session, SPFA members and staff provided an overview of the forthcoming Sprayfoam Professional Certification Program to a standing-room-only crowd of interested polyurethane manufacturers. Later that same day, SPFA’s Rick Duncan presented upon completion and final report of the new SPF Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The LCA represents over two years of work among members, staff and LCA professional practitioners and represents a huge milestone in the economic and environmental validation of SPF. 

SPFA’s Rick Duncan provided a presentation on behalf of the CPI Sprayfoam Coalition at the 2012 Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA) Annual Conference last week. Possibly the best-attended session, Dr. Duncan informed the attendees on specifics regarding retrofits for attics and crawlspaces. Over 20 minutes of technical and insightful questions followed the session.

TECHNICAL SERVICES:
SPFA recently announced completion of a two-year project resulting in publication of an industry-first complete, ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for SPF in North America. LCAs have a variety of purposes and are in demand for certain sustainable building program credits around the nation. But more importantly this represents a method to validate the overwhelmingly positive impact on energy, and other environmental factors that SPF insulation and roofing systems provide. It enables an “apples to apples” opportunity of comparison for other insulation technologies willing to put in the time, cost and effort to similarly assess their products under the new North American Product Category Rules for Insulation. “In its typical nature, SPF has again found itself in the leadership position of defining the benchmark for excellence,” said Dr. Richard Duncan, Director of Technical Services for SPFA. “The body of work proudly produced by the industry in this regard is exceptional and puts SPF ahead of competing technologies yet again.”

 
SPFA Membership

New Members This Quarter
Bovio Advanced Comfort & Energy Solutions; Coatings Application & Waterproofing of Illinois; Coatings Application & Waterproofing of Indiana; Distinctive Roofing, LLC; Guardian Building Products; Installed Building Products; Installtec, Inc. dba; Foam-Rite Insulation; Minnick’s; North East Spray Foam; PermaDri, Inc.; Raders Insulation Express, LLC; SES Foam, Inc.; Thermaseal/Lakeside Insulation; Next Generation Power; The Spray Market

Lost Members This Quarter
Anderson Insulation, Inc.; Conservation Services Group; DAS Products, Inc.; Evergreen Insulation Inc.; Flame Control Coatings, LLC; GDA Consulting, LLC; Homeway Homes; Seward Sales Corp.; Urethane Foam Operations; Wilserv

For additional membership updates, click here.

For details on member benefits or joining, click here.

 
Federal/State Government News
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is working on a bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act that could be introduced next year. Chemical producers think the Congressional Budget Office is underestimating compliance costs of a bill proposed by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., writes InsideEPA.com.

Visit http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/ArchiveServlet?issueid=86C599F9-4B42-436A-8DD0-835F88EF6A94&lmid=archives to view the full article online.

 
The nation’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly four years in September. And unlike some recent declines, this one happened for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for a job, but because far more people reported having one.

Visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/unemployment-rate-plunges-to-78percent/2012/10/05/bdb6e5bc-0ee7-11e2-a310-2363842b7057_story.html to view the full article online.

 
Efforts to promote life-cycle cost considerations and building commissioning gained an important victory when a subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved two amendments to the Public Buildings Reform Act (H.R.6430).

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193165&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) celebrated a significant milestone on Thursday. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the completion of the 1 millionth home weatherized under funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009.

Visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2012/09/30/obama-administration-marks-1-million-homes-weatherized-under-the-stimulus/ to view the full article online.

 
SPFA Member News & Services
This award program recognizes advancements to the broader polyurethanes field. VITROX resins are the world's first polyurethane-based pipe repair resins in a cure-in-place process. This process is more affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional pipe repair methods.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193150&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
Among the biggest proponents of cheap natural gas is one of the nation's largest energy users - Dow Chemical Co.

The Midland, Mich.-based chemical juggernaut, which consumes the equivalent of 850,000 barrels of oil a day - more than the amount used by Australia - has jumped at the chance to make big bucks off of the shale boom.

Visit http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Dow-finds-real-money-in-energy-efficiency-3885305.php to view the full article online.

 
SPF-Related Codes & Standards
From Idaho to New York state and local code jurisdictions have incorporated a HERS Index Score option to their building energy codes. Home energy raters, builders and efficiency advocates played a key role in this development.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193166&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
Energy & Advocacy News
Massachusetts and California are the two most energy-efficient states, according to a report this week from a group that promotes new energy policies, technologies and investments.

In its annual scorecard, the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that those two states topped all others as far as advocating energy-efficiency programs.

Visit http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/04/3848412/some-states-score-high-on-energy.html to view the full article online.

 
2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard Top 10 Also Includes CA, NY, OR, VT, CT, RI, WA, MD and MN.

States Most in Need of Improvement Are NE, LA, MO, KS, AK, SD, WY, WV, ND and MS.

Visit http://aceee.org/press/2012/10/aceee-massachusetts-still-1-state-en to view the full article online.

 
Did You Know
The State Net Capitol Journal contains timely and pertinent information for almost every business owner in every state. Read up on Health Reform, Budget & Taxes, Politics & Leadership, Governors, Bird's Eye View, Hot Issues, and Once Around the Statehouse Lightly.

Volume XX, No. 31
October 8, 2012

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/pdf/sncj_100812a.pdf to view the full article online.

 
Events
October 12, 2012 — SPFA will be delivering this webinar to RESNET members and HERS Raters around the country.
 
October 18, 2012 — SPFA will be presenting at the Fall Meeting of the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association upon developments in the SPF industry.

Visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e68qnii97ae7e552&llr=j6l8wkdab to view the full article online.

 
October 23, 2012 — Preventing Subcontractor Default: Prequalify and Mitigate to Survive

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193159&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
November 5-9, 2012 — VersaFlex Inc.'s 2012 Polyurea Training Series will continue this fall with the first three levels of the program scheduled from November 5-9. The courses will be held at VersaFlex's facility in Houston, Texas, and headed by Dudley Primeaux, VersaFlex's Director of Education and Development.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/articles/?aid=193146&issueID=31950 to view the full article online.

 
February 12-15, 2013 — SPFA's Annual Convention & Expo will in be in Jacksonville, Fla.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/spf-nwl/pdf/20_SPFA_MembershipDir_AD-2012-FINAL.pdf to view the full article online.

 

"Introduction to Air Barriers" provides an overview of the performance requirements of air barrier materials, assemblies, and systems, and includes a discussion on relevant building code requirements. This course AIA and state credits and qualifies for HSW. Please check course specifications for all available credit and details: www.aecdaily.com/sponsor/abaa

 
 
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