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& sPfa toDaY MEMBERSHIP NEWS NUMBERS spfa spoNsors DoE's CompETITIoN, WINNErs aNNoUNCED IN aprIL T he winners of the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition (formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition) were announced April 18-20, in Denver. Colo., with the Grand Winner being Opti-MN Impact House - Opti-MN, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. The competition had 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders. SPFA sponsored both the inaugural competition last year and this year's competition. The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution in the United States and Canada. The competition is based on a real-world scenario where a builder needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a highperformance house design or is developing a new high-performance home product line. Teams are presented a specific design problem and are asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements. The mandatory performance target is the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification. In addition to sponsoring the competition, SPFA also hosted a webinar for the competitors. SPFA's Technical Director Richard Duncan, Ph.D., P.E., hosted "Introduction to Spray Polyurethane Foam" for registered students/teams in the competition. "It was an educational experience for the participating students," said Duncan. The webinar provided a generic introduction to SPF chemistry, safety and building applications, including: understanding the different types of polyurethane foam products used for insulation and air sealing of buildings; learning the unique benefits of SPF compared to other insulation materials; discovering where SPF can be used within the building envelope; learning how SPF must be applied to comply with ICC's model building codes in regard to fire safety; and understand basic site safety requirements during application of SPF. For details, visit http://1.usa.gov/1IG1gys. For a complete list of winners, visit www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/2015-results. frEE spfa CoNTraCTor safETy KIT A s an SPFA member you are entitled to complimentary use within your whole company of the SPFA Contractor Safety Kit, a hefty document with compliance and record keeping resources, fillable forms, and more to aid you in preparation for an OSHA visit or just for keeping your folks safe. Purchasing a similar document on the street could run you more than $600 and it's free to you as a member! For more information, contact Dr. Richard Duncan, SPFA Technical Director, at rickduncan@sprayfoam.org. The document is accessible in the Member Only Section of SPFA's website at www.sprayfoam.org. spfa HosTs fIrsT 2015 foam-IT-rIGHTTm CampaIGN WEBINar sErIEs for mEmBErs oNLy O n March 4, 2015, SPFA and its Safety Committee presented the first of several 2015 SPFA Foam-It-Right TM webinars, in this case focusing upon fall protection for insulation and roofing installations. The recording of the presentation will be available on the SPFA Member-Only portion of the website. The live session provided both AIA LU credits, as well as SPFA PCP Certification CEUs for attendees. Upcoming Webinars Include: May 6, 2015: Respiratory Protection Programs July 1, 2015: SDS and Global Hazard System (GHS) September 2, 2015: Personal Protective Clothing November 4, 2015: Containment and Mechanical Ventilation January 6, 2016: Lock-out/Tag-out March 2, 2016: Supplier Air Systems for Respirators www.sprayfoam.org | sprayfoam Professional 15 http://www.sprayfoam.org http://1.usa.gov/1IG1gys http://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/2015-results http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2015

Executive Director’s Corner
President’s Post
Foam Business News
SPFA Today
Sprayfoam 2015 Convention and Expo Coverage
The Impact of Negative Media
Legislative Update
Behind the Foam
Speaking Sensibly New Building Codes – Air Tightness, Ventilation and Moisture Control
Communication and Commercial Sprayfoam Projects
ABAA News
2015 SPFA Contractor Awards
Safety First
Ask the Expert
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