Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012 - (Page 8)

PRESIDENT S PRESIDENT’S POST MARKET TRANSFORMATION TIME W elcome to the 2nd edition of SPFA’s Sprayfoam Professional magazine, and my inaugural crack at the “President’s Post.” Last issue, Mr. Sig Hall correctly sounded the call for industry unity through involvement, SPFA membership and volunteerism. The reasons for Sig’s heartfelt appeal involve three points I would like to discuss today: Opportunities, Challenges… and a Mindset. The sprayfoam industry as a whole is really coming into its own and we are beginning to see market penetrations we all knew were possible, if for too long unrealized. This increasing opportunity in all facets of construction – residential, commercial, institutional and federal – is something our industry has been working hard for decades to achieve. Many of us feel that SPF’s outstanding performance features and benefits are fi nally getting their due, and, if properly applied, living up to the hype! While these changes and growth are great indicators for us, those of us in the industry are not the only ones noticing. Three summers ago, in June 2009, a group of federal agencies (EPA, OSHA, NIOSH, CPSC, etc…) approached and invited representatives of the SPF industry to a one-day meeting to discuss the increasing use of sprayfoam and its impact on building practice, safety and product stewardship. For those of us in attendance, this was not only an indication of the rising popularity of sprayfoam, it also represented a nod to the responsibility that can come with increased visibility. The topics discussed and the open areas of concern indicated to all of us in the room just how much work we had to do to be prepared for “prime time” in the larger construction world. The call to action that resulted from that meeting was felt in all corners of our industry. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and, most importantly, contractors all were being shown a new standard, a new approach, and a call to increased professionalism in all facets of our business. Health and safety, product stewardship, proper application methods, safety of surrounding workers/building inhabitants, etc., were discussed in detail. While Sig Hall appropriately touched on the more visible aspects of our efforts to meet these challenges, such as our developing certification program, it is still more than that for all of us whose livelihoods rely on SPF – it is a MINDSET! No longer can we afford to think and act as if we were in a niche business. We are not. We have to embrace the responsibilities that come with increased market share and ensure that our industry is putting forth the best standardized practices for all to see, employ and benefit from, period. The aforementioned certification program is just one example of what we must do to meet the challenges of our increasing opportunity and visibility. More importantly we, as an industry that ranges in size from small businesses to multi-national corporations, must make a conscious effort to do what we can to raise the level of performance in every facet of our industry to confidently take on the challenges that increased opportunity present. With all of the members of this industry coming together under SPFA, and the strong direction of our fabulous new Board of Directors, we will do all of these things and more. Market transformation time my friends! Looking forward to a great term as your president. Bob Duke SPFA Board President Applied Energy Savings Systems (AESS) We have to embrace the responsibilities that come with increased market share and ensure that our industry is putting forth the best standardized practices for all to see, employ and benefit from, period.” 8 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Fall 2012 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
ABAA NEWS
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
BEHIND THE FOAM
2012 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT
MILITARY STANDARDS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM INSULATION – PART 2
IRAQ – U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ BENEFITS FROM PERFORMANCE OF SPF
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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