PAC-CLAD Metal Wall Panels Approved For NFPA 285 Assembly With Spray Foam Insulation

PAC-CLAD metal wall panels from Petersen have passed the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association 285 Standard for exterior wall assemblies. The test results expand cladding options beyond masonry for designers and specifiers when using spray foam as continuous insulation on exterior walls of any height, while satisfying International Building Code requirements.

The NFPA 285 test provides a method for evaluating the fire propagation characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies and panels. The test is intended to evaluate the inclusion of combustible components within wall assemblies and panels of buildings that are required to be of non-combustible construction. The test was backed by Carlisle Construction Materials, which owns Petersen, to test its spray foam insulation. Carlisle included PAC-CLAD metal cladding in the test to provide design professionals with a complete brand-specific NFPA 285 wall assembly.

“Because Petersen products are included in this successful wall assembly test, architects and specifiers can now confidently choose PAC-CLAD wall panels as a specific brand of exterior metal cladding for these applications. Petersen remains committed to investing in product safety and code compliance. It is our goal to provide architects with design flexibility, and confidence in their product selection,” said Mike Petersen, president.

The NFPA 285 compliant assembly can be found under UL file R40016 and incorporates the following products: SealTite PRO Closed Cell Spray Foam, DC315 intumescent coating and approved protective topcoat by IFTI, and PAC-CLAD aluminum cladding. This product combination met the acceptance criteria for NFPA 285 tested at Underwriters Laboratory fire labs in Northbrook, Illinois.

“Achieving continuous insulation and satisfying IBC requirements for use of spray foam on exterior building walls of any height should not limit building designers’ choice of cladding options to masonry,” said Kevin Wiacek, product marketing manager for Carlisle Spray Foam Insulation. “Meeting the acceptance criteria for the NFPA 285 test with Carlisle’s PAC-CLAD aluminum panels gives designers and architects a new wall panel option with 46 color choices.”

Petersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in Kynar 70% PVDF finish in 46 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weathertightness warranties are offered. BIM and CAD documents are available for most products. Founded in 1965, Petersen’s facilities are located in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Arizona and Minnesota.

For more information, visit pac-clad.com

SPFA Launches At-Home Certification Offerings for Contractors During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, is encouraging members of the SPF community to participate in professional development activities during any downtime resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. For a limited time, the alliance is offering Exam Preparatory Courses of its Professional Certification Program (PCP) free to SPFA Members and companies with employees enrolled in PCP. Those who don’t fall into either category may enroll in the PCP and get full access to all courses as they are released. All courses are offered in an online format for easy, safe remote access. 

“The Coronavirus pandemic has slowed the jobsites of many of our members, particularly in regions where construction has not been categorized as essential business,” said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. “While unfortunate on many levels, the virus provides a unique opportunity for our professionals to enhance their marketability and reputation for best practices through certification while they have the time to do so.”

The online certification courses being offered include:

· SPF Assistant Exam Preparatory Course – Now available. The SPF Assistant Exam Preparatory Course lays the foundation in the basics of SPF chemistry, chemical health and safety, and jobsite safety. The SPF Assistant is the first level for both Insulation and Roofing certifications. 

· SPF Roofing Installer Course – Now available. This course helps prepare students to take Part Two of the SPFA Certification Written Exam for SPF Installer Roofing. The curriculum includes: Jobsite Set-up Procedures, Substrate Preparation, Startup Procedures, Foam Installation Methodology, Shut Down Procedures, and Coating Chemistry and Installation Methodology.

· SPF Insulation Installer Course – Now available. This course helps prepare the student to take Part Two of the SPFA Certification Written Exam for SPF Installer Insulation. The curriculum includes: Pre-Job Planning, Jobsite Set-up Procedures, Substrate Preparation, Startup Procedures, Installation Methodology, and Shut Down Procedures. 

The additional online Exam Prep Courses are in development and will be released as they are completed. These courses include: SPF Insulation Master Installer; SPF Insulation Project Manager; SPF Roofing Master Installer; SPF Roofing Project Manager.

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. All courses offered in the current special are completed online, allowing participants to complete sessions from the comfort and safety of their homes.

 “The SPFA is always looking for ways to enrich its members and their businesses and the Professional Certification Program is an important piece of that,” says Kelly Marcavage, director of the SPFA Professional Certification Program. “This is a perfect time for all contractors who find they have some extra time on their hands to work on their certifications and improve their professional standing.”

Those eligible for free courses will be contacted via email. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, but would like to attend the courses, please contact certdirector@sprayfoam.org. Enroll in PCP and your company will have access to all PCP Exam Prep Courses.

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.

Icynene-Lapolla Names New Chief Executive Officer

Icynene-Lapolla announced it has named Doug Kramer its Chief Executive Officer. Kramer will also retain the title of President. Former CEO Mark Sarvary will become Executive Chairman and will remain actively involved in ensuring the company’s continued success. These changes are effective immediately.

“This shift in leadership is a natural progression for Icynene-Lapolla,” said Mark Sarvary, Executive Chairman of Icynene-Lapolla. “We have now successfully completed the merger of the two legacy spray foam companies, integrating the best of each entity into one extremely powerful organization.”

Icynene-Lapolla has combined all operations and the best practices of both legacy companies while retaining its two industry leading brands – Icynene and Lapolla – and their respective product lines, serving existing and new customers domestically and globally with the high performance, energy efficient building envelope solutions they are accustomed to.

For more information, visit www.Icynene.com and www.lapolla.com.

Sprayfoam Event Features Steve Thomas as Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced that author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Steve Thomas, from PBS’s This Old House, will be the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention and Expo. Being held now through Feb. 1, in Palm Springs, Calif., the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry features three days of educational sessions, an 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, an industry awards ceremony, professional certification programs, an annual golf tournament, and other special events and features.
 
Steve Thomas will deliver the official Sprayfoam 2017 keynote address on January 31st at 9 a.m. He is currently spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, with an emphasis on Builders Blitz and the ReStore. Steve Thomas completed three seasons hosting Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, a sustainable building show. During his 14 years as the host of a home improvement series, This Old House, he became known as a home enthusiast and helped catapult the show to the top of PBS’s most-watched ongoing series list. He also contributed to the debut of Ask This Old House, the series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year. Steve was honored with a 1997 – 1998 Daytime Emmy Award and a total of nine nominations for Outstanding Service Show Host. He is a speaker, video producer, blogger, photographer, renovator and branding consultant. He also consults on sustainable building and renovation for clients across the U.S. and is currently writing a book.
 
“As a longtime sustainable building and renovation expert, Steve Thomas is a major coup for our annual event,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the official organizer of the show. “His enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship in the built environment, as demonstrated in his hosting This Old House, and his high profile role with Habitat for Humanity, align with the Sprayfoam Convention & Expo’s goal of providing education and business insight to the industry.”
 
During his keynote, Steve Thomas will likely speak about his various experiences working with spray foam, both personally and professionally, as well as his current renovation efforts, while providing attendees a great perspective on the business that they will be able to bring back to their customers. He will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life-long passion for building, his time spent on This Old House and his upcoming book.
 
Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo’s event agenda includes a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; the 12th Annual Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony highlighting innovation, best practices and excellence in SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; a entertaining Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
 
The SPFA offers Professional Certification Program testing onsite. Testing is administered to individuals active in the installation of SPF in roofing and insulation, as well as to contractor and supplier companies, with the ability to gain professional accreditation on-site. Testing is offered as part of the internationally recognized program built to advocate best practices and safety in the installation of SPF. The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant, was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA. Due to an abundance of PCP scholarship sponsors the Field Exams needed to obtain the Master Installer certification will be offered for free to candidates at the show for the second year in a row.
 
“Sprayfoam 2017 is the spray foam event of the year,” says John Achille, president of the SPFA. “As an annual event serving our industry with education, onsite certification, networking opportunities and more, it is the place to be if you are part of the spray polyurethane foam marketplace.”
 
Attendance for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo is expected to exceed 1,200 individuals representing the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.
 
Premier sponsors of Sprayfoam 2017 include: Accella Polyurethane Systems, CertainTeed, Chemours, Covestro, Gaco Western, Honeywell, Icynene, Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, and Polyurethane Machinery Corp. Premier Media Sponsors include “Sprayfoam Professional” (the official publication of the Sprayfoam 2017 event), “Building Enclosure”, “Roofing Contractor”, and “Walls & Ceilings” magazines.  

NCFI Polyurethanes’ Spray Foam Products Use Honeywell’s Low Global-Warming Material

Honeywell has announced that NCFI Polyurethanes has transitioned to Honeywell’s low-global-warming material for roofing applications, with wall insulation systems to follow.

NCFI is offering closed-cell polyurethane spray foam formulated with Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in roofing products. This offering marks another milestone as NCFI transitions its engineered building products line from hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents with high global-warming-potential (GWP) to low-GWP products. This includes converting much of its polyurethane product line to Solstice LBA encompassing integral skin and other applications in advance of environmental regulations calling for a phaseout of HFCs.

Solstice LBA, which is based on low GWP hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, is an ingredient in closed-cell foam, allowing it to expand and enabling insulating performance. Solstice LBA has a low GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFCs and equal to carbon dioxide.

“A part of our low-GWP commitment is to introduce HFC-free spray foam products that meet our performance standards,” states Chip Holton, president, NCFI Polyurethanes. “Not only is our internal plan for conversions to a SmartSPF line ahead of the deadlines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we also believe these spray foam products give us a competitive advantage.”

The adoption of Solstice LBA is part of how NCFI is fulfilling its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that was first publicized during a 20-company roundtable discussion held by President Obama at the White House last October. At that event, NCFI was honored for plans to transition from HFCs to low-GWP products. Honeywell was also recognized at the event during which it presented projections on the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the adoption of the Solstice product suite. Worldwide adoption of Solstice products has resulted in the reduction of more than 31 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, equal to eliminating emissions from more than 6 million cars. 

“NCFI continues to make progress with the adoption of Solstice LBA,” says Laura Reinhard, global business manager for spray foam, Honeywell. “Not only is NCFI demonstrating environmental leadership by offering spray foam products with reduced climate impact, it is also seeing performance improvements.”

Compared to NCFI’s HFC-based insulation systems, the new systems featuring Solstice LBA deliver improvements in sprayability, consistency, and surface finish. The foam is strong and allows for walking on the roof to maintain equipment with less risk of damaging the foam.

Solstice LBA is nonflammable (ASTM E-681) and is not a volatile organic compound under applicable EPA air quality regulations. Solstice LBA is listed as an acceptable substitute for HFC blowing agents under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. Similarly, in Europe, Solstice LBA is regarded as non-global-warming and is not considered an F-Gas under the F-Gas regulations. It is registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s Solstice LBA manufacturing plant in Louisiana started up in May 2014.

ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. Adopts Honeywell’s Solstice GBA

Honeywell has announced that ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. will use Honeywell’s Solstice Gas Blowing Agent (GBA) in its Handi-Foam High Density roof repair kits.

“We are proud to be making a change that not only improves the performance of our products, but positively impacts the world,” says Stefan Gantenbein, president, ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. “In addition to these kits, we are transitioning to Solstice GBA in our one-component aerosol can products and will soon be introducing a low-pressure foam mining product.”

Solstice GBA is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology. It is a near drop-in replacement for HFC blowing agents such as HFC-134a, delivering performance with a lower climate impact.
             
“ICP’s conversion to Solstice GBA is a milestone in the global adoption of Honeywell’s low-GWP product platform,” says Laura Reinhard, global business manager for spray foam, Honeywell. “The launch by ICP demonstrates Solstice GBA’s comparable advantages for low-pressure foam applications.”

Prior versions of the Handi-Foam repair kits used HFC-134a blowing agent. According to Mojee Cline, vice-president technology, ICP Adhesives, “The switch to Solstice GBA has allowed us to achieve a compressive strength in these repair kits that match typical foam densities on roofs. This provides the toughness needed to handle foot traffic and the durability that contractors require.”

Handi-Foam roof repair kits provide thermal performance, a smooth surface that can be coated, and a shelf life of at least 12 months. They offer contractors an alternative to high-pressure spray foam for repairing foam roofs. Another feature of the new kits is Handi-Gun II, the latest in ICP’s spray gun technology, offering a variable speed trigger among other features.

Solstice GBA has low GWP of less than 1, more than 99.9 percent lower than HFCs and also lower than carbon dioxide. It is nonflammable (ASTM E-681 and EU A11) and is not a volatile organic compound per the Environmental Protection Agency. Solstice LBA is listed under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. In Europe, it is not listed in the Annex I of F-Gas regulation and thus not considered an F-Gas. Solstice GBA is registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s Solstice GBA manufacturing plant in Louisiana started up in May 2014.

Lapolla Industries Inc. Supports Amendment to 1989 Montreal Protocol

Lapolla Industries Inc. has announced the company’s support of an amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Joining forces with more than 500 national and international companies and organizations, as well as hundreds of sub-national governments, the company is calling for world leaders to pass the Montreal Protocol hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown amendment, which will be voted on in October during a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, amongst signatories to the original Montreal Protocol.
 
“Getting this amendment passed lies in its ability to help deliver on the goals set forth by the December 2015 Paris Agreement,” said Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla Industries. “In essence, the amendment will allow us to further reduce the use of HFCs and, in doing so, avoid up to 0.5C of global climate warming by the end of the century. The importance of this to the health of the global environment, economy and our nation cannot be overstated.”
 
If world leaders adopt the amendment, it will enact a first reduction step in HFC use for Article 2 countries and a freeze date for Article 5 countries. The amendment represents global action toward reducing the use and emissions of global-warming potential HFCs as well as a transition over time to more sustainable alternatives that enhance energy efficiency.
 
Lapolla Industries is a Houston-based manufacturer and global supplier of building products including spray polyurethane foam for insulation and roofing applications, reflective roof coatings and equipment. In 2014, Lapolla Industries eliminated ozone depletion potential (ODP) and reduced global warming potential (GWP) in its product line. The company accomplished these initiatives through re-engineering of its product chemistry. 
 
Development of Lapolla’s product line innovation commenced approximately four years ago. CEO Doug Kramer was subsequently invited to participate in the President’s Climate Action Plan roundtable at the White House alongside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some of the nation’s recognized business leaders.
 
“Lapolla’s foremost commitment across all of its products is to maximize energy conservation in the building environment,” added Kramer. “We pushed to deliver a spray foam line that protected the ozone and the climate as well. This effort has fared well for both the environment and for our business.”
 
The innovation in Lapolla Industries’ fourth generation spray polyurethane foam product line produces additional product yield, resulting in lower installation cost and increased ROI and savings to the consumer. 
 
Lapolla’s fourth generation spray polyurethane foam products include: FOAM-LOKä 2000-4G Spray Foam Insulation, FOAM-LOKä, and FOAM-LOKä 2800-4G Spray Foam for Roofing and all other closed cell spray foam systems. While applications for each vary, all provide performance in energy efficiency by reducing the energy consumption of a home or commercial building up to 45 percent.
 
“Not only are we protecting the ozone and climate, but our next generation spray foam line also reduces fossil fuel use for heating and cooling,” said Kramer.
 

Icynene Europe Assumes Control of Distribution within Benelux

Icynene Europe S.P.R.L., the European arm of global spray foam insulation manufacturer, Icynene, has announced that it will now assume control of distribution within Benelux.

The announcement comes as the spray foam insulation manufacturer moves to realign its business operations and focus within the Benelux market to better service its local dealer network and grow business within the region. The launch of a new website complements the renewed focus within Benelux and specifically within Belgium and the Netherlands.

“Since formally establishing a European presence and opening our first European office here in Brussels in early 2013, Icynene Europe has seen tremendous growth and entry into new markets across Europe. As one of our more well-established markets, Benelux is an important and growing market for Icynene,” says Bertrand Lauret, the contracted director of Icynene for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“Our focus on the region means that we are able to allocate more resources to addressing the needs of our customers, as well as providing the additional support they need to respond to market demand. Plus, the new website means that architects, builders and homeowners can gain a better insight into the immediate and long-term performance advantages of Icynene spray foam insulation,” says Lauret.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Recognizes CertainTeed Insulation Products

Thanks to an accreditation awarded by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Professional Certification Program (SPFA PCP), contractors can be confident that CertainTeed operates using the industry’s best practices for world-class spray foam insulation products, technical knowledge and training. CertainTeed is one of the first supplier companies in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry to meet the rigorous demands of the respected professional organization’s certification program.

“We believe excellence in manufacturing the highest quality spray polyurethane foam products is just part of the equation,” says Ken Forsythe, manager of product marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. “Education and proper installation of building materials have always been top priorities with CertainTeed. SPF insulation is one of the more technical products to master, and our SPFA PCP supplier accreditation shows our dedication to partnering with building professionals well after the product leaves the factory.”

The SPFA PCP is an internationally recognized program built for those involved in the installation of spray polyurethane foam. Covering roofing and insulation applications, the program advocates industry best practices and safety. The new SPF Supplier Company Accreditation category is designed to increase the scope of the program, to include additional organizations and individuals which are key to the SPF supply chain, and to provide further distinction for those companies that invest in their people and customers.

The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant and was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in addition to other federal agencies and external stakeholders. It is offered both domestically and internationally.

“This prestigious achievement signifies CertainTeed’s adherence and commitment to the SPF industry’s best practices,” says Kelly Cook Marcavage, certification director for SPFA PCP. “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated company who shares our demand for the highest of standards and utmost professionalism.”

As part of the accreditation process, select CertainTeed personnel were required to become certified as SPF Insulation Supplier Representatives through the SPFA PCP. Criteria also included supplier offered training programs for contractors and best practices/risk management program verification.