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SPF GROWTH NEW CONSTRUCTION NEEDS OPEN DOORS FOR SPF INDUSTRY HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES EMBRACING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Y ears of pent up demand; thriving biotech and life science industries plus some clarity in Obamacare has many construction projects on the front burner once again, especially in the healthcare, life sciences and educational facilities - and energy efficiency is one of the top priorities in these buildings. "Energy efficiency has become a necessity for these types of projects, both for practical reasons and financial ones," said Richard Vendola of MED|Ed Facilities. "In addition to the other energy efficient building options, spray polyurethane foam has been the subject of many budget conversations when designing and planning for these construction projects, whether it is new construction or renovation." The anticipated growth has been validated by Dodge Data & Analytics 2016 Construction Outlook, as well. "Healthcare construction is likely to see stronger increases given the speed with which changes are happening in both the population and the healthcare industry itself." The opportunities have been realized already by some SPF contractors, as is evident by the SPFA National Industry Excellence Award winners in 2014: Domestic Insulation won an award for work done at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, West Roofing Systems won an award for their Southwest General Hospital project in Ohio. The articles about these projects can be seen in SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine, Summer 2014 and Fall 2014, respectively. But it is not just hospitals that are seeing increases in construction and renovation. The changing landscape of hospital care has led to increased demands in their support networks, urgent care facilities and primary care practices, both of which are a major direction for development. In addition to healthcare building, the need for new and renovated schools will continue to grow in most parts of the country. The National Education Foundation (NEA) reports that $197 billion is "needed for repairs, renovations and modernizations to bring onsite public schools up to a good overall condition." According to FMI 2015, new designs for schools will be more flexible for changing classrooms and greater use of natural light; expect more use of modular building designs; greater attention to reducing energy use and employing green building technologies; renovation and additions to current school buildings will continue to grow in comparison to new school projects. Domestic Insulation won a SPFA award for work done at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. "The boards of school systems other educational facilities are recognizing that energy efficiency is a vital part of a building's design," said Vendola. "Not only does it save money in the long run, it is important for our next generation to see sustainability in action and learn from it." Vendola said that SPF has been either mentioned or included in many of the projects he has seen recently as an important piece of the energy efficiency puzzle. All new healthcare and educational facilities are demanding and requiring cutting-edge facilities designed to save money and minimize annual operating costs. These new building require state of the art energy and building management systems to help operators achieve these goals, which begins in the design process. o Learn More! The concerns, goals and needs of developers, architects, building engineers and other building industry professionals for healthcare and educational facilities are annually addressed at MED|Ed Facilities Boston (www.mededfacilites.com). Sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, MED|Ed Facilities is an educational program featuring real-world solutions-based case studies and management discussions relating to the planning, designing, construction, and facility management of medical and educational building types. MED|Ed Facilities Conference Director Mark Kalin FAIA, FCSI LEED AP, brings together nationally recognized industry related professionals offering their expertise. Presenters include architects, engineers, lawyers, building science professionals, facility and operations managers, specification writers, manufacturers and more. Over 80 medical and educational facilities planners, building science experts and others share their day-to-day experiences. Building code and facility guideline updates are covered at MED|Ed Facilities, as well. Topics range from code requirements for existing buildings to designing air and vapor barriers to FGI guidelines. www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 39 http://www.mededfacilites.com http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2016

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – RICHARD R. RAWLINGS
OSHA STANDARD FOR CONFINED SPACES:
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: TRANSPARENCY AND CHOICE
INDUSTRY’S CHALLENGES SHAPE OUR EVOLUTION
SPF RESEARCH ON AIR QUALITY – PART 2
NEW CONSTRUCTION NEEDS OPEN DOORS FOR SPF INDUSTRY
TOP TRUCKS FOR SPF CONTRACTORS
BEHIND THE FOAM
2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
SPEAKING SENSIBLY
ABAA NEWS
ASK THE EXPERT – How to Write Clear Contracts
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS | ADVERTISERS.COM

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