Spray Foam Professional - Winter 2012 - (Page 6)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER DIRECTOR S COOPERATION & SUCCESS With the release of Microsoft’s new Surface Tablet, I think back to a statement made in the press during the developmental period of the device. Effectively the statement suggested that Microsoft is finally coming around to the maxim that its rival, Steve Jobs and Apple, held dear for so long which gave it an advantage – that the best technologies come about from the close integration of code and manufacturing, and that no company can be successful by focusing upon just one-half of the equation. SPF isn’t making devices or coding software, but the notion stuck with me. We are an industry comprised of various elements, all with a specific function. The product/material is thoroughly researched, code compliant, and formulated to exacting specifications to deliver the performance customers desire in high performance structures. Professional contractors take that half of the equation and add their own – the knowledgeable, skilled installation of the product onsite – to complete the delivery of a final, beautiful solution. Both sides of this equation call for an extensive amount of expertise and, for the final product to perform as expected, demand close coordination and cooperation among the parties. While commercial relationships exist among manufacturers and contractors, there is a great role also for SPFA to play in bringing together elements of this value chain that have a stake in this equation. As recognized in the example above, so too is the case where companies in the SPF industry will realize greater success by not focusing on just one side of the equation. It is essential that manufacturers are sensitive to the landscape and challenges of contractors to empower them to do the best possible job, and that contractors be very familiar with the materials they are using to produce the end-product. Within that equation are many technical and safety considerations, codes, standards, installation techniques and troubleshooting aspects. Add to those the typical hazards and challenges of any construction environment, and the need for cooperation and communication becomes even more evident. It is essential that manufacturers are sensitive to the landscape and challenges of contractors to empower them to do the best possible job, and that contractors be very familiar with the materials they are using to produce the end-product.” SPFA serves as a forum for elements of the value chain to assemble and discuss these types of considerations. This results in greater awareness of the components of a successful installation and increased success among members. It also results in very informative, useful tools for manufacturers, contractors, as well as external stakeholders within the construction and sustainability trades, to rely upon as they familiarize themselves with the technology and embrace its performance for the betterment of buildings. Every day SPFA committees comprised of representatives from various elements of the value chain consider these topics and endeavor to bring the best, most up-to-date resources to all parties for continued success in the industry. One of the most notable outcomes of this is the new SPF Professional Certification Program that is discussed in this issue. The annual convention that highlights all of these efforts, the technical documentation available through SPFA, the results of industry research producing things such as the model SPF Life Cycle Assessment, and other tools emerging from SPFA are meant to aid in information dissemination and increased safety and success among our industry. I look forward to discussing these and many more topics with you at the convention in Jacksonville. Kurt Riesenberg Executive Director, SPFA 6 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Winter 2012 http://www.sprayfoam.org

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

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
SAFETY FIRST
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPFA CONVENTION & EXPO
ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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