Symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation

    Dates: Thursday April 30 2015 - Friday May 01 2015

    Location: Marriott Anaheim Anaheim, CA

    Sponsored by: D22 Air Quality

    Deadline for Abstract Submittal: Monday August 18 2014

    About the Event

    Papers are invited for a Symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation to be held Thursday April 30th and Friday May 1, 2015. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, the symposium will be held at the Marriott Anaheim in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the Committee.

    Standardized methods are needed to assess the potential impacts of SPF insulation products on indoor air quality and to establish re-entry or re-occupancy times after product installation in a building and post-occupancy ventilation needs. The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas from SPF manufacturers, regulatory agencies, indoor air quality professionals, testing labs, air quality consultants, instrument vendors, and other stakeholders. Following the presentations on the current status of measuring emissions from SPF insulation, participants will discuss paths forward for research, method development, and development of standards.

    The collaboration and exchange of information at the symposium will be valuable towards the development of standards at ASTM D22.05 on Indoor Air. The subcommittee recently developed D7859 to standardize spraying, sample preparation, packaging and specimen preparation of SPF insulation. Currently, standards are being developed for estimating emissions of semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds (e.g. blowing agents, catalysts and flame retardants) with micro-scale chambers followed by analysis with thermal desorption GC/MS. Specialized chambers are also being evaluated for measuring methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) emissions. The symposium will be informative towards future development of standards for measuring emissions from SPF insulation.

    Papers are requested on the following topics:

    • Research and method development for measuring potential SPF emissions of semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds used in the formulation (e.g. isocyanates, blowing agents, amine catalysts and flame retardants) and from potential reaction or byproducts.
    • Federal and other governmental agencies' regulatory approaches and supporting investigation, assessment, and research needs
    • Modeling, scaling up from lab to large scale chambers or buildings
    • International perspective on regulation and testing of SPF insulation emissions
    • Industry perspective/needs and product stewardship activities
    • Field investigations or large-scale chamber/spray booth studies to evaluate emissions or ventilation rates.
    • Applying the knowledge from product emissions data/research to practice (e.g. stewardship commitment, green building practices, codes for residential ventilation and global leadership).

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Abstract Submittal

    To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit online the Abstract Submittal Form and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than May 30, 2014. Scroll to the top of the page to "Go to Abstract Submittal Form". To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database system, please email stating that your abstract was submitted.

    The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. Symposium Co-chairs John Sebroski or Mark Mason will notify you via postal mail by June 19, 2014 of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


    Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors' instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than April 13, 2015 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost.

    ASTM publishes individual paper(s) in the online STP as they are finalized ASTM also publishes a printed book as a Selected Technical Papers (STP). (A minimum of ten papers is required for a printed STP.)

    Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the symposium is available from the Symposium Co-chairs, John Sebroski, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, Email:, tel: 412-777-3420 or Mark Mason, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Email:, tel: 919 541-4835.