The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, or the “SPFA”, is the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam industry. A national 501(c)6 trade association, the SPFA was founded in 1987 and its constituents include contractors, manufacturers and distributors of spray polyurethane foam, as well as related professionals and entities involved in equipment, protective coatings, inspections, surface preparations and other key services related to spray foam. The SPFA is based in Virginia and its members span all 50 states within the USA.
SPFA developed its Professional Certification Program (PCP) in 2012. It was created to increase the quality of installations. SPFA and industry leaders came together in the Best Practices Risk Management Working Group and recommended the development of a certification program developed by the industry, for the industry.
The SPFA PCP is the only one of its kind for the professional SPF industry. It is the first in the US which is ISO 17024 compliant, standards driven and internationally recognized. The program is an enormous accomplishment that brings rigorousness, credibility and comprehensiveness in industry consensus-developed environment, and the result of almost two years of preparation.
SPFA focuses upon the professional spray polyurethane foam (SPF) contractor in our programs and services. But the end customer is the essential core of the SPF business. While SPFA tends to focus upon technical details utilized by professionals, it is also imperative to address the consumer as the beneficiary of the high performance product. Through SPFA and industry promotion of high quality and safe installations, an informed and educated consumer can better select the contractor for the job, and understand the installation process along with the long-term benefits leading to increased satisfaction.
Spray Polyurethane Foam insulation has fantastic performance attributes including high insulating value, reduction of air and moisture movement in and out of buildings, sound attenuation, durability and depending on type, increased strength of the structure it is installed in or on. The most unique aspect of SPF is that in most cases, certain product can deliver all of these performance attributes in one product instead of combining several - it's more than just insulation! That means fewer opportunities for building construction issues resulting from multiple product dependency, multiple trades working on your project, and from individual component failures. SPF is a one-stop-shop in most cases, for consumers looking for a high-performance building solution. It is a tried and tested product in use since the early 1960s.
The information contained herein is meant to be informative and brief, not prescriptive or comprehensive. For more comprehensive, detailed information please see the related links in the sections below, and consult a knowledgeable, skilled SPF contractor.
The construction and SPF industries are mutual stakeholders in the other's success and growth. It is imperative that professional construction trades be very familiar with SPF, its health & safety considerations, and the impact quality of installation has on performance.
A knowledgeable and informed construction professional, empowered by accurate consensus-developed information, can engage in meaningful dialog with SPF professionals and dramatically increase the likelihood of project success and customer satisfaction.
SPFA has endeavoured to present to you relevant and empowering information on this website. We will be updating these materials regularly.
If you are a home builder, commercial builder, architect, general contractor, building code official, or otherwise considered a “professional customer” in the construction industry, the following resources are intended to aid you in your selection, specification, use and proper understanding of SPF.
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