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FREE Half Day Workshop on Insulation Options
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 08:00am - 12:30pm

Safe Spraying and Intelligent Insulation:

Spray Polyurethane Foam and other Building Insulation Options

FREE Half Day Workshop on Insulation Options

December 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Firefighting Academy, One State Road, Stow, MA, Room 105

Session Description:

Isocyanates contained in spray polyurethane foam insulation materials present concerns that require management. Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers from occupational exposure to isocyanates. Several organizations have joined to organize this free workshop on safe installation, for those considering or applying spray foam, and to discuss best practices concerning insulation generally.


When applied correctly, spray polyurethane foam can improve the energy efficiency of a building and save owners and occupants money. When sprayed improperly, however, the foam can present a health threat to the installer, the surrounding workers and the building inhabitants, as well as cause issues relating to fire, maintenance and indoor air quality. During this session, experts will discuss the essential elements of environmental, health and safety practices and available certifications of training.

It is important professionals understand both the variety of insulation options available and the factors that impact insulation performance. Considerations include cost, proper ventilation, moisture control, and options for using different materials, perhaps in combination. Our panel of experts will discuss current practices from a variety of perspectives. Bring questions and comments!

RECOMMENDED FOR: CONTRACTORS, INSTALLERS, ARCHITECTS, WEATHERIZERS, REMODELERS, DESIGNERS, INSPECTORS: any other party installing insulation or influencing decisions involving how insulation is installed.

BPI and AIA Continuing Education Credits are available

Space is limited! Reserve your spot ASAP!

For registration contact or go to:  

Registration for this event is for the purpose of determining capacity limits only. OTA will not share the event list with any party.


7:30 – Coffee and Registration

8:00 – 10:30

Session A - Safe Polyurethane Spray Insulation: Essentials and Available Training

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

OSHA & OSHA Consultation Service
ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

Building Performance Institute

U.S. EPA New England

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, Yale Medical Group

10:45 – 12:30

Session B - Intelligent Insulation:

Options and Best Practices

Richard Keleher, AIA,Thompson & Lichtner
Henri Fennell, HC Fennell Consulting
Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Design Build
Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Instit.
Tyler Fiske, Anchor Insulation
Mark Hutchins, Conservation Services Group
Tom Riley, Board of Buildings Regulations and Standards, Commonwealth of MA
(Session B will be followed by open discussion.)

Coffee and treats breakfast sponsored by the Mass Save Program Administrators: Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, The Berkshire Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, National Grid, New England Gas Company, NSTAR, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

Organized by representatives from: The MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA); the MA Department of Energy Resources; the MA Department of Labor Standards; the MA Department of Public Safety; the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, and the MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact the Office of Technical Assistance at EEA: 617 626 1062, or email

Location Firefighting Academy, One State Road, Stow, MA, Room 105


SPFA believes that the path to a healthful, safe, high-quality and performing SPF installation travels through the hands of a knowledgeable, trained, experienced, and ideally PCP-certified professional contractor.