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Specifying Green To Save Green

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Collaboration between Chemours, BASF, and eleV8 Design+Build leads to a Five Star house in the Lone Star State By Jen Kramer Austin, Texas is known for being a little “unconventional,” perhaps a little more cutting-edge than the rest of the state – sometimes more than the rest of the nation. The city’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin weird” and predictably ...

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Code Change: Are You Ready?

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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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MDI and Respirator Safety

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Are you wearing the correct respirator? By Mike Bennett The Spray Foam Coalition of the ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry defines spray polyurethane foam (SPF) as a spray-applied plastic that can form a continuous insulation and air-sealing barrier on walls, roofs, around corners, and on all contoured surfaces. Simply described, the process is this: Mixing and reacting unique liquid ...

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The Proper Care and Cleaning of Equipment

keeping equipment clean is important to job success

By Murphy Mahaffey, Director of International Sales, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation with contributions by Tom Rivera,  Director of Technical Services; Mike Burke,  Senior Technician Every profession has its associated tools – the carpenters have their saws, planes, and hammers; the spray foam applicators have their spray system – pumps, hoses, and guns. While the tools are different, the tasks cannot be completed ...

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Flip N Over Foam

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DIY Network’s home improvement television show turns to spray foam to solve insulation challenges By Alan Annis Driving a 1,400 square-foot home down the road isn’t an everyday occasion; that is unless you are part of the hit television show “Texas Flip N Move.” Unlike other real-estate flip shows, “Texas Flip N Move” features a twist. The old homes that ...

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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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Ask The Expert: Flushing Equipment

flushing foam from equipment will save your job

By Mason Knowles Question: Should I flush my equipment when switching from open- to closed-cell? How about when switching from one brand of foam to another of the same generic type? Answer: Foam equipment typically requires flushing when switching from open- to closed-cell foam and vice versa. There are vast differences in formulations of open- and closed-cell foam and mixing ...

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The Goose-Proof Roof

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This massive waterproofing job unexpectedly included waterfowl By Jen Kramer In business for over 25 years, the crew at R&A Contracting Inc., is quite familiar with challenging projects. They are not afraid to tackle cool roof installations on the cusp of seasonal change in St. Louis, Missouri. Their slogan, “We put the proof in waterproof” is hard-won through a series ...

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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 in Canada: Editorial Contributions by Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC)

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National Research Council of Canada’s Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) Ensures Code Compliance for Non-Standardized Products By Bruno Di Lenardo, Evaluation Officer, Canadian Construction Materials Centre Editor’s Note: In response to questions generated by the Editorial Spotlight  “No Shortcuts to Safety” in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, we offer the following information by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC). The Canadian ...

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