cufca-certified-abbotsford-kelden-constructionThe Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors (CUFCA) was established in 1981 to promote and expand the use of spray polyuretherane foam. To accomplish this, the spray polyuretherane foam industry had to ensure that building industry professionals, including architects, engineers and specification writers, could rely on consistent quality for all applications of spray polyuretherane foam.

Spray polyuretherane foam will make signficant contribution to providing energy efficiency in buildings and other applications. Spray polyuretherane foam can also be a signficant part of the solution to the challenges we face with the environment. Use of high performance insulation can help reduce various emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in buildings or by utilities. The spray polyuretherane foam industry wants to ensure that the products installed for the consumer or owner is of the highest quality and provides the maximum benefits.

Canada Mortgage and Housing have estimated that there is $500,000,000 spent annually due to premature deterioration of buildings. Many of these expenditures are as a result of improper installation of products rather than defective products themselves.
Applications for tanks and vessels, mining operations, pulp and paper plants, truck bodies, motor homes, underground applications, oil and gas industry, freezer and cold storage plants, fishing boats, flotation devices, shipbuilding, rail cars all required a mechanism for assuring proper application of spray polyurethane foam insulation.

Although many of the requirements in this quality assurance program have been designed for the application of spray polyurethane foam in buildings, the requirement for properly and professionally installed spray polyurethane foam is applicable for all applications.

The SPF Quality Assurance Program used by CUFCA takes a holistic approach to quality assurance on the job site.
The manufacturers, along with the spray polyurethane foam industry, have worked together with government departments, the Building Professionals Consortium (BPC), the Professional Skills Development Institute (PSDI) & the Energy Conservation Contractors Warranty Corporation (CWC) and the National Energy Conservation Association (NECA), to establish the SPF Quality Assurance Program (QAP) to meet this challenge.

BPC has designed programs with similar requirements for the air barrier industry, the door and window industry, the fire stopping industry, and the insulation industry.

The SPF Quality Assurance Program used by CUFCA starts with the proper research and development on the product and installation methodology which leads to the development of material and installation standards and specifications.

Certifying Organization provides a quality assurance program for the proper installation of the product.

The CCMC Evalution Reports for spray polyuretherane foam also lists that the material be only sold to Licensed contractors and one manufacturer currently lists CUFCA as providing this quality assurance program. The manufacturer has to prove to CCMC that they only sold CCMC Evaluated material to properly Licensed Contractors.

A process was developed to evaluate and license contractors who meet the necessary criteria, who are prepared to comply with the SPF QAP, conform to ISO 9002 quality standards and sign a licensicing agreement wtih SPF-QAP.

A process was developed to train, evaluate and certify the site installer. NECA was used to develop an installer training program and PSDI has developed and provides the certification of the site installer.

The training program provides the education to the installer. It is the basis to ensure that all installers possess the appropriate level of skill and have met the established levels of competency. An annual renewal, along with appropriate upgrading will ensure this level of competency be maintained by the industry. Once trained and they have successfully completed the certification test instruments, the installer is certified to install spray polyurethane foam.

The training program ensures that installers are competent to install the product according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the national installation standard, the installation specifications published by CUFCA and the requirements of the CUFCA quality assurance program.

An independent inspection system provides ongoing training and spot surveillance to ensure that installers continue to follow the high standards set forth in the SPF Quality Assurance Program used by CUFCA. Inspectors form an important link in the Quality Assurance Program, observing and providing feedback on each installer’s abilities.

Installers complete and maintain records for each job. The contractor is obligated to forward a copy of the daily work sheets, a summary sheet or the information in another form to the CUFCA office each month. A Job Site Label is attached at the location where the product is installed.

Once the daily work sheets are received they are data based. The database enables CUFCA to maintain a record of jobs completed by all certified installers. This provides for continuous monitoring of installers and product, allowing the administrator to identify trends. The database tracks job site work, tracking individual manufacturers/suppliers and consumers to ensure quality control.

The final link is the proper warranties. The supplier and contractor both provide warranties. In addition, material that has been evaluated by CCMC is covered by the third party warranty provided by the Energy Conservation Contractors Warranty Corporation (CWC).

The first job of the CWC third party warranty program is to act as a conciliator between the owner and the contractor. If necessary, the warranty program ensures customer satisfaction by correcting deficiencies or completing a job when a contractor or supplier is unable or unwilling.