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Code Compliance: Go With The Most Approved

Evaluation Reports Verifying Code Compliance Helps Ensure That Intumescent Coating Products Over Spray Foam Are Properly Vetted Editorial Contributions by International Fireproof Technology Inc. September 15 is right around the corner, and if you didn’t know about any significant changes impacting you as a member of the spray polyurethane foam industry—you have definitely not been in the know. If you ...

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Code Change: Are You Ready?


R-Value requirements have changed. Are you in compliance? By Peter Cantone, Northeast Sales Director, Profoam The Energy Codes have changed for much of the Northeastern United States. As of late 2016, R-21 is the required R-Value in residential walls. As with all code changes, increased restrictions mean environmental protections, which leave some buildings – and some contractors – falling short. ...

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Code Officials: Friend Or Foe?

Explaining codes to code officials

The code official knows code, but does he or she know spray foam? By Tom Decker, President, Chicago Green Insulation, Inc. Energy codes, code interpretation, energy efficiency, comfort, and safety are all responsibilities that fall under the umbrella of a code official — every day. “Code officials play a major role in ensuring that all commercial, residential, public assembly, and ...

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Spray Foam Canada: Insulating the Big Box Store’s Big Box

Actually insulating the 460,000 square foot Costco distribution turned out to be the easiest part of the job

When Costco opened a massive new distribution center, they turned to spray foam to keep the building insulated. By Jen Kramer Just north of Toronto, in the province of Ontario, is the city of Vaughn. According to the 2011 Canadian census, Vaughn was Canada’s fastest growing city for the years 1996 to 2006, experiencing an 80 percent growth rate. A ...

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A Canadian Milestone

The proof is in the testing.

CCMC Confirms IFTI’s DC315 Qualifies as Equivalent to Generic and Prescriptive Barriers Over SPF By Gary Wolfe After spending much of 2015 and 2016 developing criteria and testing DC315, a fire-protective intumescent coating, as well as working in tandem with the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and several other well regarded accredited fire ...

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Expand Your Business Using Intumescent Thermal Barriers

Adding intumescent to your business? The first step in this plan is to understand the regulations and code requirements.

By Dylan Nowak Any business owner will tell you, you must grow or die. The success of a corporation hinges on its ability to offer unique and innovative solutions to the marketplace. Technical advances in spray foam, and code-compliant intumescent thermal barriers have drastically expanded the applications and opportunities for spray foam applicators. Drywall is no longer the only choice. ...

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Severe Weather Solution: Hurricane Proof Homes


Spray Polyurethane Foam Helps Keep Roofs In Place During Major Storms By Jen Kramer “You know the phrase, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help?’” asks Ed Skvarch, Extension Agent III, Commercial Horticulture with the University of Florida / IFAS Extension, with a chuckle. “Well, for once it is actually true. We really are here to help.” We ...

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Intumescents And SPF: Spray It Safe

The new testing criteria for intumescent coatings when used as a component of an SPF alternative thermal barrier has standardized the inspection and specification processes.

The code for spraying intumescent coatings over spray polyurethane foam has changed. Get the facts here. BY JEN KRAMER Using an intumescent coating as an alternative thermal barrier over spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is an effective, efficient means of fire prevention. The code for alternative thermal barriers has recently changed and the new Acceptance Criteria will be in effect October ...

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Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

By Juan Sagarbarria Since occupant safety is an inherent component of good stewardship in the construction industry, building codes continuously grow more and more stringent as time moves forward. It is imperative that building product manufacturers comply with building codes if they intend to have their product utilized in the field. In the case of fire-protective intumescent coatings that are ...

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Through the Fire: An Overview of the Rigorous Testing Procedures for Fire-Retardant Coatings

Fire Retardent Coatings

When it comes to fire testing, the benchmark for a thermal barrier, as it pertains to spray foam insulation, is half-inch gypsum wallboard. In fact, gypsum board, or drywall, is the prescriptive thermal barrier defined by the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). Materials not defined in the IBC or IRC can meet non-prescriptive thermal barrier standards ...

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