In this latest episode of “If Walls Could Talk,” John Wyatt discusses what remains ahead this year for the spray foam industry. PUR Consulting’s Tom Harris speaks to us about the trade shows for the industry this first quarter of the year and what else is happening with various groups and trends. 

Recently, the SPFA event in Las Vegas broke attendance records by more than 20 percent. The ABAA conducted spray foam air barrier training and certification programs – they had more students at this event than ever before. There were 48 educational presentations for contractors.

Spray Foam World Wide, the social media group, ran its annual get-together at the same time and attracted record numbers as well. They gave away over $400,000 in prizes including a brand new, fully equipped rig worth $170,000.  

“The International Builders’ Show was a hit for the spray foam industry. The manufacturers that displayed at the show told me it was the busiest show they could remember,” said Harris.

The Roofing Expo (IRE) was a highlight for those spray foam industry members moving products into the insulated roofing sector. That show had a record turnout, as well. 

Harris’s own Building Envelope Audit Team is growing every month. In April, the team is hosting another virtual training session. All the information is on the website at BEAT is ideal for building owners and operators who want to reduce operational costs, want to help reduce their buildings’ carbon footprint, want to improve indoor comfort–they need to start with a building envelope audit.  

Harris discusses more on energy audits and what’s in store for the rest of the year. Next time, we’ll take a closer look at the use of spray foam in metal buildings.