R-Value Podcast

Bringing our industry-leading knowledge even closer to our dedicated contractors.

As your partner in insulation, we want to provide every possible resource to you and your crew to help you grow your business and become more profitable. We’ll be sitting down with industry experts to discuss new products, techniques, best practices and insider details on insulation and much more. We’re covering anything from pro-tips to running a business, technical processes every contractor should know, and even seasonal topics that can reduce any (and all!) downtime. Have a topic you want to discuss? A person you want on the show? Contact Us!

Episode 28

5 Points of Failure for Bidding Contracting Businesses with Joe Arrigo

People think starting a business can be hard, but building a business on the other hand can be even more challenging, ESPECIALLY if you don’t anticipate simple obstacles that can sink your best-laid plans.That’s why business development education is extremely important and why we’re talking to one of the best voices in building business education, Joe Arrigo.

Joe Arrigo is the President/Owner of Resource Development Partners, a company that provides training, certification, and education for building material manufacturers. Joe specializes in building science education for residential and light commercial builders and trade contractors. On today’s episode, Joe reveals 5 elements that have the potential to sneak up on your business and turn it upside down.

In this podcast…

3:30 – The crunch of cash flow

10:00 – “In God We Trust, but in all others we bring data.”

13:17 – The dark side of inventory management

17:33 – Accurately pricing bids based on market conditions

23:00 – The true cost of onboarding a new employee

26:55 – Why you can’t miss on job costing

Episode 27

Where is All This Going? A Building Science Interview with Dr. Joe Lstiburek

We’re well into 2022 and a lot has already changed in the building industry, codes, regulations, legislation, and COVID guidance just to name a few. We’ve called in one of the leading experts in insulation, Dr. Joe Lstiburek, to help you understand these changes and prepare your business for the next 3 quarters and beyond.

Joe Lstiburek is the founding principal of Building Science Corporation. His work ranges widely, from providing expert witness testimony to overseeing research and development projects, to writing for the ASHRAE Journal and buildingscience.com.

Dr. Lstiburek’s commitment to advancing the building industry has had a lasting impact on building codes and practices throughout the world, particularly in the areas of air barriers, vapor barriers, and vented and unvented roof assemblies.

In this podcast…

2:33 – The changes to the 2021 codes and if they will stick

5:00 – Is net zero next?

9:31 – What would the perfect insulation contractor ALWAYS Do?

12:27 – Are we building too tight?

15:59 – If you stop putting in bad stuff, you won’t have bad things happen to your house

18:03 – The new bad habit: over-ventilation

21:56 – Where are the biggest opportunities for retrofits?

26:19 – How important is sealing the rim joists?

31:34 – How will Build Back Better affect the industry?

34:51 – Current suggestions for COVID mitigation could kill houses

Episode 26

Graco Reactor 3 with Nick Pagano

It’s not just your phone, technology is improving rapidly in every facet of our lives including the tools we use to get the job done. Today we pay special attention to one of the most vital and complex pieces of your spray foam operation, the rig.

Our guest this week is Nick Pagano, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Graco’s Contractor Equipment Division. Nick has been in the spray foam industry for over 20 years, with a focus on spray foam and polyurea equipment, and has served on boards of both the SPFA and the Spray Foam Coalition. He’s now involved in product line management, new product development, and new business development.

He’s here to discuss the latest and greatest from Graco, the Reactor 3 Spray Foam System. Reactor 3 pairs revolutionary hardware improvements with software that reduces maintenance costs and helps you to ensure the quality of your projects.

Interested in the new Reactor 3? Reach out to your local IDI branch today!

In this podcast…

1:54 – When do you know it’s time to upgrade your equipment?

3:13 – How Graco gets feedback from contractors that shapes new solutions

7:28 – How Reactor 3 makes it easier to find the person to run your rig every day

10:52 – How many engineers does it take to make a revolutionary new product

12:20 – How Reactor 3 completely re-thinks every aspect of the spray foam system

14:30 – Instead of constantly fixing hose cables…what if we got rid of the cables altogether?

17:07 – Putting Graco’s products to the test

20:00 – What are the differences between the Standard, Pro and Elite models of Reactor 3?

24:15 – Revolutionizing a constant source of problems: the drum pumps

28:00 – A hose made for the all-day contractor

31:25 – A pump system that actually reduced maintenance costs

34:12 – How Graco’s new software can monitor your system AND the product coming out of the gun

 

 

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