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Residential Energy Savings

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Explaining SPF for fun and profit By Robert Naini In the United States, almost 25 percent of the energy consumed can be attributed to residential consumption. Single-family residences use most of that energy, around 80 percent, and multi-family residences and mobile homes use the remaining 20 percent. This means that single-family residences consume 20 percent of all the energy consumed ...

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Measuring Thermal Performance

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By Robert Naini What do you think of when you hear the words thermal performance? Do you think of insulation, R-Value, energy efficiency? That’s a good start, because it’s all of them; it’s how something performs with respect to temperature. But how do you measure thermal performance? Let’s consider a simple example that many of us are familiar with, a ...

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Spray Foam Myth Busters

The most common SPF myths are easily busted with the common sense presented in the article

Spray foam insulation is a very interesting industry. By Robert Naini It has expanded from a small niche market that was custom home-builder-centric, and has seemingly exploded to over a billion-dollar industry in a relatively short 15 years or so. Now, don’t get me wrong, spray foam has been around for more than 15 years, but in the past 15 ...

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RELAX During a Crisis? …Exactly!

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The secrets to discovering peace of mind in the midst of the storm By Gregory Lay “Every day’s a crisis,” Jeff complained to the guys on his crew after work. “If it isn’t an urgent deadline, then the boss is mad or the equipment is on the fritz! I never get to relax, no matter how hard I try!” From ...

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411: Overview of EPA Checklists

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While working with spray foam, there are always potential risks and hazards than can occur unexpectedly. Therefore, it is important for SPF workers to be prepared for every step before, during, and after a spray foam application. To facilitate this process and comply with the job requirements, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers checklists that contractors should utilize on the ...

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Introducing the New SprayFoam.com

SprayFoam.com gets a facelift.

The SPF Industry’s Number One Website Gets More Than a Makeover It’s been a long time coming, but excellence is worth the wait: the new SprayFoam.com is upon us. After months of development, which included an expanded scope of work, the new website is debuting the first week of July. ”We knew we had to hit a home run with ...

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California DTSC Update: SPF Misinformation Corrected, Issue Remains Unresolved

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The recent efforts of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to list spray foam as a hazardous consumer product reached an important checkpoint in fall of 2014, as a concerted effort by the SPF industry lead to several revisions of misinformation about spray foam. As highlighted in the May/June 2014 edition of Spray Foam 411, the DTSC presented in ...

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Flood Damage-Resistance and Spray Foam Insulation

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Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam is the only Class 5 flood damage-resistant insulation, as rated by FEMA With the rash of rainfall across the Southeastern U.S. in the beginning of October, flooding has again reared its ugly head as a cause of concern for homeowners across the country. Flooding is often a concern in coastal areas, but as we saw with ...

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New OSHA Rule And Its Impact On Spray Foam Insulation Safety

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It’s a common sight in the spray foam industry: an applicator getting into an attic or crawl space to bolster a home’s insulation. While accessing these confined spaces, crewmembers are exposed to potential risks that could lead to workplace hazards, including low oxygen, fumes, and flash fires. To raise awareness and combat these risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ...

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Fundamentals Of Open- And Closed-Cell Foam

Open-cell spray foam is intended as cavity insulation inside exterior and interior walls, and for use in attics and crawlspaces.

By Robert Naini In the world of spray foam, there are two categories of products: open-cell and closed-cell foam. Open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation products are regularly used on many different types of projects in commercial, residential, industrial applications, and on various substrates such as wood, metal, and concrete. OPEN-CELL SPRAY FOAM Open-cell spray foam is referred to as ...

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