The Sprayfoam Show 2021 Convention & Expo to be Held in San Antonio, Texas

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announced that the Sprayfoam Show 2021 Convention & Expo will be held February 1-4 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The Sprayfoam Show 2021 is the largest annual convention and trade show dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) in the United States. Bringing together industry participants in insulation, roofing, specialty applications, and related equipment, the event will span four full days and include educational sessions, a 65,000-square-foot exposition hall, professional certification programs, the annual Industry Excellence Awards luncheon ceremony, annual Golf Tournament, VIP events, and an entertainment-filled Close-Out Event Party. The event is expected to draw approximately 1,500 attendees from all regions of the United States and abroad. The sprayfoam industry grows domestically and internationally every year and The Sprayfoam Show is the signature event bringing together the sector’s professional community.

Learn about the latest developments in Spray Polyurethane Foam including solutions for maximizing energy efficiency and achieving Zero Net Energy in residential and commercial building projects, as well as the latest in high-performance roofing and specialty applications. Explore the newest products, learn installation best practices, and network with customers, leaders and peers. Learn about the innovations, opportunities and challenges affecting your business today by attending The Sprayfoam Show 2021.

The Sprayfoam Show 2021 is hosted by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the 501(c)6 industry trade association serving as the educational and technical voice of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry. SPFA members include contractors, manufacturers and distributors of SPF, professional SPF consultants, as well as participants in related equipment, protective coatings, inspections, surface preparations and other services. 

For more information, visit www.TheSprayfoamShow.com.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Announces Winners of SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards

The winner in the category SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet was Central Coating Company, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for Uber Advanced Technology Group – Historic Pier 70 Project in San Francisco. 

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced the winners of the 15th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program highlight some of the most noteworthy 2019 projects completed by contractors in spray polyurethane foam insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. The winners received their accolades at the sold-out awards luncheon held at the Sprayfoam Show 2020 Convention & Expo in Pasadena, California.

“The nominations for our 15th annual awards program comprised an incredible group of projects in our field and the competition to win this year proved stiff,” said Denny Vandewater, owner of Sadler Coating Systems Eagle Grove, IA, SPFA past president and chairman of the 2020 SPFA Awards Program. “All entries impressed the judges and the winners selected ultimately represent the best in a bunch of standout projects.”

The awards program recognizes stellar projects representing best practices in six core categories which include: SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Specialty Applications; Commercial Wall Foam; Residential Wall Foam; and Elastomeric Roof Coatings.

The winners and runners up of the 15th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include: 

  • Wedge Roofing with suppliers Everest Systems Co. and Beacon Roofing Supply for the Eichler Residence in San Rafael, California (Winner – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • West Roofing Systems, Inc. with suppliers Henry and Carlisle for the Thor Mann Residence in Croton-on-Hudson, New York (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Central Coating Company, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for Uber Advanced Technology Group – Historic Pier 70 Project in San Francisco, California (Winner – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • West Roofing Systems, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for MTD in Willard, Ohio (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • RPC Industries, Inc. with supplier Carlisle for US Navy Aircraft Carrier Catapult Covers in Newport News, Virginia (Winner – Specialty Applications)
  • J. Calman Industries LLC and supplier Specialty Products Inc. for Four Naval Buoys (dimensions 40-foot long x 10-foot diameter) in Seattle, Washington (Runner up – Specialty Applications)
  • Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the MillerCoors Yeast Propagation Lab in Elkton, Virginia (Winner – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Polyseal Insulation LLC with supplier Demilec for the Silver Bay Seafoods Fish Processing Facility in False Pass, Alaska (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Callahan Foam Insulation LLC with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Harris Residence in Nettleton, Mississippi (Winner – Residential Wall Foam)
  • Nelligan Insulation Inc. with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for The Hobbit House in Stanardsville, Virginia (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)
  • Wedge Roofing and suppliers Everest Systems Co. and Beacon Roofing Supply for Creekside Homes in Mill Valley, California (Winner – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)
  • Central Coating Company, Inc. and supplier National Coatings for Google Building 1015 in Mountain View, California (Runner up – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

 “The attendees of the Sprayfoam Show look forward to the annual awards luncheon each year,” said Tiffiny Flaim, president of the SPFA. “Showcasing our industry’s top projects gets everyone excited about the undeniable performance and resiliency of spray polyurethane foam and elastomeric coatings.”

The annual awards are an integral part of the Sprayfoam Show 2020, the nation’s largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam. The annual convention and expo also features: onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a robust 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall; two keynote speakers; numerous education breakout sessions covering a wide array of topics; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; and an entertainment filled roaring 20’s themed Closing Party. For the first time, the show also opened with an SPF Street Festival featuring carnival rides and and OSHA demonstrations. Attendees at the Sprayfoam Show 2020 represent the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public. 

Wedge Roofing with suppliers Everest Systems Co. and Beacon Roofing Supply was the winner in the category SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet for the Eichler Residence in San Rafael, California.

Demilec is the Platinum Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show. Gold Sponsors include Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, SES Polyurethane Systems and Thermoseal. Silver Sponsors of the event are Chemours, Conklin and Handi Foam and Bronze Sponsors are BASF, Carlisle Construction Materials and American Chemistry Council/Spray Foam Coalition. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional magazine (the official publication of the event), Sprayfoam magazine, Building Enclosure magazine, Roofing Contractor magazine, Walls & Ceilings magazine, and CoatingsPro magazine. Additional Media Sponsors include Roofing magazine and PU magazine. Industry Partners include Foam Expo, International Roofing Expo, National Roofing Contractors Association, HPIP, Urethanes Technology and Spray Foam Worldwide. Sponsors of the SPF Street Festival include Demilec, MCC Equipment & Sales, Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation and Thermoseal.

For more information, visit www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

The Sprayfoam Show Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020 Event

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) kicks off The Sprayfoam Show, its annual convention and expo, February 11 through 14 in Pasadena, California. This year, the largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam will feature two prominent keynote speakers: Stacey Hanke, author, certified speaking professional and leader of Stacey Hanke, Inc; and George Hedley, CSP CPBC, a top construction industry speaker, certified professional business coach, and author. Spanning four full days, The Sprayfoam Show also features education sessions, an annual awards luncheon, professional certification programs and numerous additional attractions.

Stacey Hanke kicks off the main conference event on February 13 with a morning keynote. Stacey Hanke is the author of two books: Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday and Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. She helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery – to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message. 

George Hedley will present his keynote the morning of February 14. The author of Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit! is a recognized authority on best practices for building a growing construction business into a company which consistently produces bottom-line results, profits and loyal high margin customers. He founded and grew his own construction company into a $50 million business in just seven years and has constructed over 500 projects, executed over 10,000 subcontracts and currently owns and manages several office and industrial buildings.

For the first time, this year’s event kicks off with a two-day SPF Street Festival for sprayfoam industry professionals. To be held February 11 and 12, the Street Festival will feature food trucks, carnival games, demonstrations, OSHA information sessions and SPF skills competitions. SPFA Professional Certification Program preparation classes and written examinations will also be held on February 11 and 12.  The annual Golf Tournament is scheduled on February 12. 

February 13 and 14 feature keynotes, numerous education break-out sessions, a 50,000-square- foot exhibition hall, the annual Contractor Excellence Awards luncheon (February 13) and the Contractor Only Working Lunch (February 14). The SPFA Hospitality Suite will host cocktails and networking each night and the anticipated Closing Show Reception and Dinner, featuring a Roaring ’20s theme, will be held February 14.

Demilec is the Platinum Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show. Gold Sponsors include Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, and Thermoseal. Silver Sponsors of the event are Chemours, Conklin and Handi Foam and Bronze Sponsors are BASF and Carlisle Construction Materials. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional magazine (the official publication of the event), Sprayfoam magazine, Building Enclosure magazine, Roofing Contractor magazine, Walls & Ceilings magazine, and CoatingsPro magazine. Additional Media Sponsors include Roofing magazine and PU magazine and Industry Partners include Foam Expo, International Roofing Expo, National Roofing Contractors Association, HPIP, Urethanes Technology and Spray Foam Worldwide. Sponsors of the SPF Street Festival include Demilec, MCC Equipment & Sales, Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation and Thermoseal.

To register for The Sprayfoam Show, visit https://bit.ly/39Xfmyl. To inquire about attending or sponsoring the 2020 event, please contact Mickey Riesenberg at Michele@sprayfoam.org. For more information, visit www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

Industry Q&A: SPFA’s Professional Certification Program Benefits Contractors and Consumers

Kelly Marcavage is the Certification Director for the SPFA. Photo: Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

A Conversation With Kelly Marcavage, SPFA’s Certification Director

Q: What is the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance’s Professional Certification Program?

A: The SPFA Professional Certification Program, which we sometimes refer to as PCP, is a certification that allows spray foam pros to demonstrate to the world they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job properly. It’s an opportunity for contractors and suppliers to stand apart from everyone else. With a certification, they have proven they understand spray foam and how to use it safely and effectively, which maximizes performance.

Q: What role do you feel the Professional Certification Program plays in the roofing industry?

This photo shows certification testing being conducted in the field. Photo: Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

A: Certification is key for roofing because roofing, in general, is highly specialized. Not only do installers need to consider best practices in the spray application of the product on the roof, but they also need to consider that the roof often houses mechanical equipment, solar panels, drainage components, skylights and other items, thus foot traffic is inevitable. Also, roofing is an exterior component to the structure and needs to withstand rain, wind, storms and debris. A certification helps a contractor, installer and supplier prove their knowledge and understanding of all of these key factors. Certification also gives those hiring these parties peace of mind.

Q: What are some of the things that SPF roofers should know about the certification and testing?

A: Unfortunately, in the industry we sometimes see folks who tout that they have professional spray foam experience when they don’t. Certification is a way to prove you have the credentials. Our certification isn’t a fly-by-night program. Participants are verified by a third-party, ISO well-respected organization.

Q: What’s new with the certification program this year?

A: The biggest thing this year is we are taking the certification on the road. We have officially launched a road show. While our program has always been designed to be available at the grassroots level with PCP testing and field exams offered regionally, we are taking it one step further. Our road show features a trailer full of all components needed to give a field exam. We are traveling the country testing and helping people meet the qualifications to become certified.

Q: For those that want to participate in the road show, how can they get involved?

A: For companies that want to get involved, they should contact me. I am the certification director and can be reached at certdirector@sprayfoam.org. I will guide them and help them get onto the calendar for the road show. As far as contractors, I would suggest they start by visiting www.sprayfoam.org and reviewing our calendar of events. We will keep that updated as we add new road show dates and opportunities with links and info on how to sign up.

Q: Other than the road show, what other ways can roofing professionals participate?

Certification demonstrates the applicator has the knowledge and skills to do the job properly and provides a high level of consumer confidence. Photo: Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

A: We provide opportunities throughout the year, with testing provided at supplier facilities across the country. The program is also available annually to attendees of our Sprayfoam Show Convention & Expo, which draws approximately 1,400 people. Next year’s event will be held in Pasadena, California, February 11-14. Typically, field exams are the first two days of the event. We are fortunate that the Sig Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund has donated the cost of the Sprayfoam Show’s field exams allowing contractors to participate free of charge. We hope this sponsorship will be available again in 2020.

The most accessible way to participate is through our remote testing platform. Live proctors administer exams and remotely monitor participants. For master installer level certification, participants still need to take an over-the-shoulder evaluation, but we have many field examiners willing to travel to the jobsite and oversee the exam there.

Q: I know you have different categories, or levels, for the certification. Do you plan to introduce any additional categories in the near future?

A: We do have four certification levels for the contractor. These four levels are offered in both SPF Roofing and SPF Insulation certifications. The levels include the Assistant, Installer, Master Installer and Project Manager. We are currently developing a Consultant certification that will launch by year-end. This is designed for those that consult in the industry, whether it be as inspectors or witnesses who provide testimony in the judicial system. This is an important addition to our certification offering.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about the certification program?

A: I would stress that it is ideal to complete your certification now, before you find yourself on deadline trying to complete an RFP that requires it for consideration of the job. We frequently receive calls from frantic contractors in this predicament. While we can often accommodate them in time, provided their qualifications are in place, this isn’t the ideal way to become certified.

The other thing to note is that certification provides a high level of consumer confidence in the person or team they are hiring. Not only is the program standards-based, but if a certified individual doesn’t comply with best practices on the job, there are ramifications. They may even lose their credentials.

SPFA Announces 2019 National Road Show for Professional Certification Program

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, has announced a 2019 Road Show for the association’s Professional Certification Program (PCP). Designed by the industry to promote safety and the highest standards in the installation of spray polyurethane foam, the internationally recognized certification program will be brought to various locations across the country in partnership with industry-leading companies, to ensure its availability to participants in key regions nationally. 

The 2019 Road Show will stop at various locations across the U.S. to provide added ease and program access to certification participants. Exam Preparatory Courses and testing will be provided at each location along the way. The Road Show made its first stop on March 22-24, 2019 with Service Partners in Milpitas, California.

“This Road Show increases the Professional Certification Program’s accessibility to contractors,” said John Trace, spray foam territory manager with Service Partners. “Not only do these trainings make contractors more marketable, but they will also give owners and customers confidence that they are working with a skilled and certified workforce. It is a win-win for everyone.”  

Additional stops will be made at the locations of key industry partners who stand behind the value of the PCP and encompass some of the most influential players in the industry. In addition to Service Partners, SPFA PCP 2019 Road Show partners include: BASF, Carlisle, Demilec, Gaco/Firestone, Icynene-Lapolla, Profoam, Spray Foam Systems and TruTeam.

The next scheduled Road Show dates include: May 20-24, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam), June 18-20, 2019 in Duluth, Georgia (hosted by Service Partners), and August 19-23, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam). Additional dates will be announced soon and posted at sprayfoam.org in the Calendar of Events.

Established in 2013, the PCP program is standards driven and ISO 17024 compliant. Safety and product performance are the centerpiece of the program, which establishes a set of criteria through which individuals can demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in working safely, efficiently and professionally. 

“The inherent value in being certified through the SPFA PCP is proof of passing a program which promotes the highest level of product performance as well as the health and safety of the contractor, occupants and other trades on the job,” says Kelly Marcavage, certification director with the SPFA. “Certification program participation continues to climb as members of the industry realize it is critical to be able to prove to customers that you adhere to the highest of professional industry standards.”

The PCP offers certification opportunities at various levels to accommodate and serve all insulation and roofing industry participants involved in the installation of the product. Certification testing levels include those for Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, Project Manager and Field Examiner. Additionally, company-wide accreditation opportunities are available through the program in the Contractor Company and Supplier Company categories. There is also a Supplier Representative certification that may be obtained for individual supplier and manufacturing professionals looking to demonstrate their understanding, experience and commitment to the industry in ways that relate directly to their contractor customers. 

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.  

SPFA Announces National Industry Excellence Award Winners

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, today announced the winners of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the prestigious industry awards program represent standout contractors and projects in the Spray Polyurethane Foam sector in insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. The winners were recognized in front of their peers and industry at the awards luncheon held onsite at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 6.

“This year our judges were blown away by the caliber and diversity of projects submitted for these prestigious awards,” said Denny Vandewater, Owner of Sadler Coating Systems Eagle Grove, IA, SPFA Past-President and Chairman of the 2019 SPFA Awards Program. “While we are only able to honor some of our contractor entries each year, we are very pleased with all of the projects reviewed this year as they represent best practices, innovation and the highest achievable performance of spray polyurethane foam.”

The awards program recognizes standout projects in six categories including: SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Elastomeric Roof Coatings; Commercial Wall Foam; Residential Wall Foam; and Specialty Applications.

The winners and runners up of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

· West Roofing Systems with supplier Accella for John Muir Elementary in Parma, Ohio (Winner – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Cool-Roof Systems with supplier National Coatings Corporation for The Plunge at Belmont Park in San Diego, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Wedge Roofing with supplier Everest Systems for Birkenstock USA Headquarters in Novato, California (Winner – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Central Coating Company, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for Rodney Strong Vineyards – A Roofing & Solar Project in Healdsburg, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Roof Asset Management, Inc. and supplier National Coatings Corp. for Lucix Corporation Facility in Camarillo, California (Winner – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· West Roofing Systems and supplier Henry for MK Asset Management in Norcross, Georgia, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Round Lake Beach, Illinois (Runner up – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· Purefoam Roofing & Insulation with supplier NCFI for the Central Lab Phase 7 in Frankfort, Kentucky (WINNER – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Houlden Contractors with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Houlden Contractors Western Division Headquarters in Chass County, Nebraska (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Coastal Insulation with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Upper West Side NYC Condominiums (346 & 350 West 71st Street) in New York, New York (WINNER – Residential Wall Foam)

· Fencil Urethane Systems with supplier SWD Urethane for Eagle’s Bluff in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)

· STA-AESS-RES, LLC dba “Foam Shielding Technologies” with supplier NCFI for Gamma Guard Radiation Shielding Polyurethane Foam; Tank Waste Radiation Shielding & Macro-Encapsulation in Richland, Washington (WINNER – Specialty Applications)

· Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC and supplier Icynene-Lapolla for Interstate 81 Reed Creek, Wythe County Bridges in Virginia (Runner up – Specialty Applications)

“We are incredibly proud of all of our participating contractor members and these innovative projects completed throughout 2018,” said Tiffiny Flaim, President of the SPFA. “Projects like these prove the energy efficiency, durability, variety of use, and performance capabilities of spray foam and remind us why we are all so passionate about SPF.”

The annual awards are a key part of the Sprayfoam Show 2019, the nation’s largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam. The annual convention and expo also features: onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a robust exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; and an entertainment filled Closing Party. Attendees at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 represent the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public. 

For more information, visit http://www.sprayfoam.org and  www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo Names Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced Ian Altman will deliver the keynote address at The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo. The largest annual event dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam, the convention will take place February 4 through 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will include educational tracks, a robust exhibit hall, annual awards programs, onsite professional certification testing and much more.

“The Sprayfoam Show is the industry’s biggest event of the year and we are expecting the who’s who in spray foam to all be there,” said Tiffiny Flaim, president of the SPFA.  “This year’s exhibit hall is bigger than ever and we expect our Professional Certification Program testing sessions onsite to pull in a lot of participants. Our roster of speakers is also sure to provide the right mix of knowledge and entertainment. There’s something at this show for everyone.”

Ian Altman will present “A Modern Approach to Grow Your Business That Everyone Can Embrace, Even Your Customer,” a keynote address showcasing a unique approach to sales and marketing outlining concrete steps to achieve results rather than hype. Ian Altman is recognized for growing the value of his own companies from zero to over $1 billion and utilizes that experience to communicate insights that set organizations on the path to success. Altman’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of February 6.

Additional Sprayfoam Show General Session Featured Speakers include Tiffiny Flaim, who will provide insights into the current spray foam marketplace, and Geoff Ferrell, chief technology officer with Mandalay Homes, presenting “A Grid-Invisible Future-Focused Neighborhood and SPF” about a recent development in Arizona which is net zero energy and leverages spray foam insulation. 

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo is anticipated to draw more than 1,200 of the industry’s participants to Daytona Beach. To be held at the Ocean Center, the event will feature: a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the 14th Annual Industry Excellence Awards; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; SPFA Professional Certification Program testing onsite; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Closing Bash and Networking Party. 

“This truly is the one event that everyone interested in spray foam waits for all year,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. “No matter what aspect of the industry they come from, our attendees consistently say this is a must attend event with tremendous value.”

Accella Polyurethane Systems is the Victory Lane Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show 2019. Pole Position Sponsors include Chemours, Gacoä, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, SES Polyurethane Systems and Thermoseal. 

For more information, visit thesprayfoamshow.com and at www.sprayfoam.org/expo.

SPFA Elects and Announces New Board of Directors for 2018-2020

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 to 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

“Our newly elected Board of Directors includes returning experienced members, new individuals offering fresh energy and ideas, as well as the necessary diversity spanning insulation and roofing contracting, SPF materials manufacturing and equipment, and companies of varying size and geographic location, in alignment with our broader SPFA membership priorities,” said Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “I welcome each of these leaders and look forward to serving with them over the next two years as we work to continue the growth in the industry.”

The SPFA Executive Committee includes: Tiffiny Flaim, President of SPFA and President of BIOFOAM; Bryan Heldreth, Vice President of SPFA and Vice President of RPC Industries; Richard Spiess, Treasurer of SPFA and President of Innovative Insulation Solutions Ltd.; John Achille, Past President of SPFA and Vice President of Coastal Insulation.

Incoming voting members of the SPFA Board of Directors include: John Cunningham, Owner of AGL Sprayfoam; Nick Laudenbach, Vice President of Fencil Urethane Systems;  Bonnie Strickler, President & Owner of PUFF Inc.; Ron Winkle, President of Roof Asset Management; Teri England, Vice President of SmartChoice Insulation & Roofing; Jack Moore, President & CEO of West Roofing Systems; Joe Stockdale, Industry Relations, Spray Foam of Accella Polyurethane Systems (Carlisle); Todd Wishneski, Technical Service Manager of BASF; Will Lorenz, Vice President of Sales of General Coatings;  Nick Pagano, Business Development Manager of Graco; Tyler Fiske, Territory Manager of Icynene-Lapolla; Mitch Clifton, Director of Sales & Marketing of NCFI Polyurethanes.

“Our new Board of Directors enters at a pivotal time for our industry. Construction sectors continue to grow at a strong pace,” said incoming SPFA President, Tiffiny Flaim. “As the use of spray foam expands to meet consumer energy goals, we are faced with challenges including ongoing labor shortages, increasing regulatory actions and intense competition. I am confident that our new board members are the right team to help our membership navigate today’s marketplace with greater ease. I look forward to the time I serve as President and look forward to highlighting the positive attributes of this great industry.”

Notably Ms. Flaim, President of BIOFOAM, Inc., a Chicago based SPF contractor, is the first female to hold the title of Board President for SPFA. The organization is proud of reflecting the construction industry trends benefitting from womens’ leadership and ownership in the industry.

“I know Tiffiny is going to be great, and we have a great overall management team,” added Riesenberg. “Everything SPFA and this board are working on eventually impacts most sprayfoam companies whether they realize it or not, as well as the industry and ultimately the customer. This board takes the reigns in a strong position to continue efforts that improve the lives and work of our members. The representation on this board includes just about every perspective of the various industry sectors and they’re having the discussions that need to be had. That should excite people as we prepare to take new strides to get our members ready for fast-paced growth.”

The current SPFA Board of Directors will be active from July 2018 through June 2020.

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a Big Victory for Roofing

Recent legislation is expected to provide a boost to the commercial roofing industry. A commercial roofing application of Lapolla FOAM-LOK spray foam roofing is shown here. Photo: Icynene-Lapolla

2017 proved a significant year for the roofing industry. Not only was optimism high and demand still on the uptick in both the new construction and re-roofing marketplaces, but when The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed in December last year, it marked a huge victory for those involved in roofing. The tax reform essentially opened the door for a series of tax related benefits likely to boost business in 2018 and beyond.

There are a few key areas of the tax reform applicable to roofing entities. One of the key sections — IRC Sec. 179 expensing provision (deduction) — intends primarily to benefit small businesses who can purchase equipment, then write-off the amount of those purchases during the same calendar year. For 2018, qualifying property purchases include most business equipment such as computers, certain vehicle types, virtually all construction equipment and machinery.

“For contractors in our sector specifically, this portion of the reform is key, as it allows them to write off the equipment and vehicles they purchase specific to transporting and installing spray foam roofing on the jobsite,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “Some of our members have been quite pleased to learn about these tax changes, and although we worked hard with other groups to make them happen they still seem like one of the best kept secrets. We need to change that so all of our members know about them.”

Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of IRC Sec. 179, however, is that the qualified property listed under it now includes non-residential roofs. Hailed as a huge win, the new limit on the total amount of Sec. 179 property that a business can purchase each year before being totally phased out is $2.5 million (up from the previous $2 million), and the annual limit for the deduction itself has been raised to $1 million (up from $500,000). A property owner is now able to write off up to $1 million the same year that a commercial roof is purchased. Additionally, the $1 million annual deduction and $2.5 million business investment limit are now permanent and indexed for annual inflation starting in 2019.

“The commercial roof inclusion in the tax reform is likely to spur increased sales and installations of new roofs this year, and we want our members making the most of the opportunity,” adds Riesenberg.

There was one tradeoff made in order to make commercial roofs eligible for Sec. 179 — the elimination of the deduction for the interest on loans to finance the purchase. However, it’s still a significant benefit for contractors able to leverage IRC Sec. 179’s equipment purchase write-off.

Bonus Depreciation Deduction

Another key area of note is IRC Sec. 168(k) — the Bonus Depreciation Deduction — which the act raises to 100 percent for qualifying new and used property acquired, and placed in service, after September 27, 2017 and before January 1, 2023. Property with a depreciable tax life of 20 years or less generally qualifies and includes: machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, computers and computer software, and vehicles utilized primarily for business (with a dollar cap on cars and trucks with a loaded vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds or less).

More broadly, the tax rate for C corporations, or the corporate tax rate, was cut through the new reforms to 21 percent (from 35 percent). Also of note to many roofing contractors and contractor firms, pass-through entities organized as S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietorships now receive a 20 percent deduction on taxable income up to $157,000 or $315,000 if filing jointly that is phased out at $207,500 or $415,000 respectively.

Many contractors are structured as pass-throughs and pay their business taxes on individual returns, so it also helps that the top individual rate has been lowered from 39 to 37 percent.  However, the rules for pass-throughs are complex and consulting with a tax expert is encouraged.

For contractors that are family businesses, the new tax code doubles the estate tax exemption so that estates of up to $11 million ($22 million for couples) are now exempt from taxation. In addition, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) exemption and phase-out amounts for individuals have been sharply increased.

Finally, in a separate bill, Congress renewed the Residential Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit (IRC Sec. 25C), the Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit (45L), and the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (179D).  While renewed retroactively only for tax year 2017, the door remains open for these incentives (tax extenders) to be renewed for 2018 and beyond.

“These incentives help, but the tax act’s reforms are a big, long-term win for both the spray polyurethane foam sector and the roofing industry at large,” says Riesenberg. “All indications point to this act giving the roofing industry and its many players a boost in business. It’s business and jobs that drive the economy, and when you add in the resulting benefits direct to our members, this news hits the trifecta for an exciting and optimistic 2018 and beyond.”

SPFA Speaks Out Against California DTSC Decision on Spray Polyurethane Foam

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, released a statement opposing the recent proposal by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to designate spray polyurethane foam products containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as a listed Priority Product under the department’s controversial Safer Consumer Products Program.
 
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision to progress to the next stage of this regulatory debacle,” said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. ““We know the DTSC’s spotlight on our product has been problematic from the start. The department initially based its position on numerous, unsubstantiated inaccuracies about the product without consulting or verifying those details with our industry’s leaders and through verifiable and adequate research. That resulted in a protracted, multi-year process marred by DTSC inconsistency, confusion, errors, faulty research and false application of interpretations gleaned from other technologies then applied to SPF. DTSC has failed to satisfy its own published regulatory requirements for listing under the SCP program, and failed at every stage to progress per published timelines, stretching this experimental process out years beyond their original vision.”
 
“Furthermore,” Riesenberg continued “MDI use in SPF has already been reviewed thoroughly by federal agencies that specifically address worker and public health including OSHA, NIOSH and EPA. We ultimately believe this product assessment and listing process is not only riddled with problems, but is redundant and misusing critical taxpayer dollars that are approaching a dangerous shortfall as demonstrated by the California state budget.”
 
The SPFA has long opposed the DTSC’s targeting of spray polyurethane foam. The DTSC initially identified the product in early 2014 as an initial Priority Product listing without notifying and consulting leaders within the industry for fact gathering and collaboration. This led to inaccurate information about the product being published, damaging the industry’s reputation, the SPF market in California and nationally, and threatening years of coordination and progress between industry and the California Energy Commission (CEC) Title 24 energy efficiency provisions. The DTSC, in September 2014, made corrections to many of those published inaccuracies, but continued with its product assessment process knowing that the agencies whose mission is to ensure the safety of the public and workers had already properly assessed and handled questions about methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI).
 
According to the SPFA, spray polyurethane foam is a high-performance insulation material providing the highest energy efficiency performance available in the construction marketplace today. When installed in a home or commercial structure, it can reduce the energy demands of that building up to, or more than, 40 percent, which in turn dramatically decreases dependence on the use of fossil fuels for electricity (i.e. for heating and cooling homes and structures). This energy efficiency performance directly contributes to Spray Polyurethane Foam’s wide-recognition as an ideal product for use in Net Zero Energy construction and buildings. 
 
“The energy benefits of spray polyurethane foam are far reaching, positively influencing the environment and energy cost savings, while generating un-exportable highly skilled US jobs and stimulating the economy within the state of California,” added Riesenberg. “Not only that, but the state is aiming for all new residential structures to be Net Zero Energy by 2020, and all new commercial structures to be Net Zero Energy by 2030. The ability of the state to achieve these aggressive energy goals is highly dependent on builders’ access to high performing energy efficient building materials such as Spray Polyurethane Foam. Thus, the DTSC’s listing of a common component of the material as a Priority Product, directly undermines the state’s ability to achieve its own sustainability goals.”
 
“SPFA stands ready to continue discussions with DTSC and other California state agencies around productive topics of product stewardship, health, safety, performance, installer certification or other topics beneficial to California and its constituents,” said Riesenberg. “But instead we are faced with an advancing failed regulatory process, very significant associated costs to be forced upon the industry to support a long ill-defined alternative assessment process, and continued confusion throughout the state government agencies extending to customers that are relying upon the product’s performance to hit California energy and climate targets.”
 
“If the DTSC had done its homework in 2013 and 2014 instead of being unduly influenced in the background by special interest groups and SPF industry detractors that have no true interest or concern in California’s energy, climate, economic and employment landscape, I do not believe we would be having any of these conversations,” concluded Riesenberg. “Instead we could be working together to find productive ways to make California stronger, more energy efficient, and more economically robust, while keeping consumers more comfortable in higher-performing homes and buildings with lower energy bills. I still fail to see how DTSC has any option other than to accept their lessons-learned throughout this new regulatory guinea-pig process, drop the proposed listing of SPF, and begin focusing instead upon other actually-documented, high-profile, ubiquitous chemical-product combinations well-known to cause widespread adverse health impacts.”