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Approaching hurricane season underscores importance of well-built homes

Hurricane season is approaching, and Floridians will soon prepare themselves and their homes for potentially serious storms.

Everyone knows that preparing for a hurricane includes making sure buildings are as secure as possible, including boarding up the windows and removing loose items that may damage nearby structures. However, building scientists understand the importance of building homes so they are inherently more durable and resilient structures.

Using high-quality, energy-efficient products like spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation can not only increase the comfort of a home, but also can help to reduce wind damage during hurricanes. When installed properly, SPF expands and conforms to the surface to which it is applied, forming a seamless layer of insulation or roofing. This unique application method can completely seal a structure, which works to prevent wind uplift.

Visit the Southeast Building Conference to learn more

Residents, builders, architects, and anyone interested in building structures who is located in the southeast should come visit the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) from July 27-28 where the Spray Foam Coalition (SFC) will be on hand to answer questions and share information on the SPF.

The SFC will host a breakfast forum on Thursday, July 27, in the Sanibel room of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference center at 8:30 am. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many qualities and versatile benefits of SPF.

The breakfast forum will feature presentations by Thomas Kline of Johns Manville, Paul Duffy of Icynene, and Rick Duncan of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. Kline’s presentation will focus on how SPF can help increase energy efficiency, while Duffy will discuss the performance characteristics of SPF conditioned attics in hot, humid climates. Duncan will address how the proper application of SPF can help prevent wind damage during a hurricane. The forum will also feature an SPF industry expert panel to take questions from the audience.

To register for the free SFC breakfast forum, please click here.

SEBC, a two-day show on July 27-28, is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. According to the event website, “SEBC includes outstanding educational programs featuring three days of hard-hitting seminars, networking opportunities, round table discussions and industry briefings.”

Also be sure to check out SFC’s newly redesigned and revamped website for information on how to use spray foam for comfort, energy efficiencies and building resiliency.

The SFC was formed in December 2010 under the American Chemistry Council’s Center for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI). The SFC is a dynamic organization of companies that produce and sell polyurethane spray foam insulation systems and the chemicals and equipment necessary for their use.

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