Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation has become widely used within residential construction, but this surge of interest has some important implications that builders who are now working with foam - or who are considering doing so - should be aware of. This program is for builders, spray foam manufacturers and spray foam installers. It will address the different types of SPF products and recommended practices and guidance for avoiding and/or minimizing potential problems. Subjects covered include: climate zone guidance, unvented attic and crawlspace guidance, inspection guidelines, SPF health and safety considerations, and performance explanations, such as shrinkage, moisture, and more.
Define components and applications and also characteristics and proper installation of spray foam insulation (SPF) systems in residential buildings.
Compare the different insulation performance characteristics of open-cell SPF and closed-cell SPF.
Identify the areas of the residential building envelope where SPF is best used and discuss the preferred types of SPF for each area, including unvented attic and crawlspace guidance.
Learn about reported problems with SPF and the likely causes of those problems.
How to Attend:
Attendees must have a full registration or a one- or two-day education registration for the day of the session. Seating for Building Knowledge sessions will be on a first come, first served basis.
Matt Belcher is an experienced builder and nationally-recognized consultant and Author on the business of green building. He has been actively involved in the St. Louis area residential construction industry for three decades, including six years as a top building codes official. He founded Belcher Homes in 1993, specializing in building Sustainable “green” homes and light commercial construction using low-impact, ecological development. Mr. Belcher has also lent his expertise to lobby for green building legislation, advising on managing legal risks associated with green building as a member of Construction Dispute Resolution Services National Panel of Green Construction Specialists. He also assists other HBA’s and Trade Associations in developing green building programs, green educational programs and promoting building practices shown to create homes, buildings and developments that are safer, cleaner, more energy-efficient, healthier and better for the environment. Mr. Belcher serves on the National Association of Homebuilders Board of Directors and NAHB’s Green Building and Energy sub-committees and NAHB’s Building Codes and Standards sub-committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Green Building Initiative. Mr. Belcher was the 2007 President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. He has served on its Building Codes committee for sixteen years including seven as Chairman. He chaired both the 2006 NAHB National Green Building Conference in Albuquerque NM and the 2007 Conference held in St. Louis. He was instrumental in helping to organize the St. Louis HBA’s green building effort and has served as its chair for the past four years. Mr. Belcher is a Technical Partner with the University of Missouri’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. He is also a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the US Green Building Council. Mr. Belcher was recently invited to testify to the U.S. House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee on Climate Benefits of Improved Building Energy Efficiency.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
Rick is currently Technical Director for the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. Prior to joining SPFA, he was the Senior Marketing Manager for Honeywell's Spray Foam Insulation business from 2006 to 2008. From 1997 to 2006, he was the Global Program Director for CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain Insulation's New Materials and Applications Portfolio. From 1989 to 1997 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University, MSME from Bucknell and a BSME from the University of Maryland. Rick is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.
David S. Jaffe is Staff Vice President for Construction Liability & Legal Research for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jaffe coordinates NAHB's efforts in matters relating to builder liability problems in connection with new residential construction and remodeling. He monitors emerging and existing construction defect and building product defect problems; recommends appropriate Association action, and implements NAHB policy as it relates to those matters.
In addition, he oversees NAHB's Legal Research Program, which provides legal research on building industry-related problems or questions to all NAHB members and affiliated home builder associations. The Legal Research Program also provides outreach to NAHB members through its educational programs and seminars.
Mr. Jaffe is the author of Contracts and Liability for Builders & Remodelers (3rd & 4th eds.), and the co-author of Contracts and Liability (5th edition). He is also the author of Warranties and Disclaimers for Builders and Warranties and Disclaimers for Remodelers and co-author of Warranties for Builders and Remodelers (2nd edition).
Mr. Jaffe is a graduate of Kenyon College and Suffolk University Law School.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
Kurt Riesenberg is the Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). In this role Mr. Riesenberg provides leadership for activities of the association focusing upon industry safety and certification, promotion of high-performance roofing and insulation materials, energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and quality in materials and installation. SPFA represents the complete value chain in the SPF industry, with membership comprised of the largest multinational material and chemical manufacturers in the SPF arena, as well as key distributors, systems houses (blenders), and SPF wall insulation and roofing contractors.
Mr. Riesenberg was formerly a Director of Operations for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and responsible for several divisions, including lighting, high efficiency motors and generators, power T/D equipment, and distributed generation among others. In this capacity he also carried the concurrent title of Executive Director for both the National Lighting Bureau (NLB) and the Lighting Controls Association (LCA).
Prior to that he held positions including National Certification Director at the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Communications Manager at Triad Communication, a Washington DC public relations firm.
American Chemistry Council
Ms. Salamone currently serves as Senior Director for the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry where she manages the day-to-day operations of the CPI, leads strategic implementation of advocacy and market promotion efforts and coordinates the work of CPI with domestic and global stakeholders and members of polyurethane value chain including CPI's Spray Foam Coalition. Ms. Salamone has over 20 years of experience in federal legislative and regulatory policy development, advocacy and regulatory consulting having spent most of her career managing a variety of chemical security, human health, environment, science policy and general business issues for the chemical and energy sector.
Ms. Salamone's trade association experience includes her previous tenure at the American Chemistry Council where she led advocacy and managed issues and programs related to children's health, public health, environmental justice, science policy and environmental issues.
Ms. Salamone is a graduate of Georgetown University and The George Washington University.