EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK | GARY WOLFE, IFTI
SFM: Aside from testing, what else
differentiates IFTI in the SPF industry?
GW: We look at the foam industry, and
we’re constantly asking how we can make
the foam industry a safer place for safer
growth. What might the SPF industry
SFM: What has that perspective resulted in?
GW: We spearheaded AC456. We hired the consultants, we
worked with the ICC and all of its affiliates, and we worked
with the industry at large to write, edit, promote, and pass
AC456. We think it’s as important a document to the foam
industry as AC377, because it makes AC377 whole–it’s a
missing link. The foam manufacturers didn’t ask us to do it
and the ICC didn’t ask us to do it; we put that burden on ourselves because we knew the outcome from it would be a safer,
more bulletproof foam and coating industry.
SFM: What about efforts beyond building codes?
GW: We went out there and put the Certified Applicator
Program together. We expect to exceed 750 certified applicators in five countries by year’s end. We have code officials and
architects, and fire marshals taking it. A smarter partner for
our SPF and our coatings partners is a safer partner.
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SFM: Is that reflective of IFTI’s stance on fire protective coatings
GW: We want people to understand how to use it, what
they’re using it for, and what the codes are. That’s why we’ve
been a big supporter of putting on regional shows for code officials, authorities having jurisdiction, architectural firms, and
even contractors to educate them in a non-biased way, because
the codes are the codes.
SFM: So it all just boils down to code compliance?
GW: Yes, we don’t want to only meet the codes, we want to
give the foam industry a cost-effective way to exceed the codes.
Not because it’s required, but because it’s right, as well as a
path to industry growth via safe and intelligent use of coatings
to meet today’s and tomorrow’s Alternative to Thermal Barrier Requirements. Anyone can be a follower, but someone has
to be the leader.