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HACC, VPCC square off in SCA Elite semis today

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Having already topped the standings in this year’s Elite League of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) tournament, Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) will be aiming for their second consecutive title, following their triumph last year, the first since the Elite League was introduced four years ago.HACC will, however, need to get past archrivals Victoria Park Cricket Club (VPCC) when the two battle today in their 50-over encounter at the Ashtonbee Number Two ground. The other semi-final features Highland Creek and Ambassadors at Lamarouex. The final is set for Saturday, September 28 at Ashtonbee Number One.It will be recalled that VPCC surprisingly forfeited last year’s final to HACC after reportedly not being able to field a team since several of their players were involved in the Toronto & District (T&D) league the said day of the SCA Elite League final.At the end of the preliminary round of matches, HACC led the standings with 105 points, having suffered one defeat at the hands of Highland Creek who placed second on 100, with Ambassadors a distant third on 65 while VPCC qualified with 60, edging out Bilal (60) on superior net run rate. Of the other participating teams, United Cricket Club ended on 40, Janbaaz 30 and Knightly 20.Led for the first time by an overseas-based player in former Berbice youth player Krishnadat Ramoo, HACC have been clinical throughout the season and despite suffering a big loss to Highland Creek over the Labour Day weekend, bounced back the following day to easily dispose of Bilal.The batting has been superbly led by veteran Bim Bodhoo whose 309 runs are the third highest in this year’s Elite League. With the commendable average of 51.50, the left-handed opener has also slammed one century (107) while missing another by a mere three runs. Bodhoo has also featured prominently in the bowling department, bagging 11 wickets at 25.36 runs each.While HACC will be missing West Berbice-born fast bowler Keyron Fraser, who was the main destroyer in last year’s semi-final versus Highland Creek, with the astonishing figures six for 17 in eight consecutive overs, two of last year’s heroes in the said match are once again expected to play big roles.Former Canadian wicketkeeper Surendra Seeraj, whose six dismissals in the semi-final included five catches and a stumping and Rishi Samuel, who starred with the bat with a brilliant 61, are primed and ready for the big occasion.Ramoo has also starred with both bat and ball, tallying 208 runs with a highest score of 66 while averaging 41.60. His 16 wickets at 16.38 runs apiece saw him being placed fifth overall in the bowling department.Rajaamit Pooran has also been a welcome addition to the squad, showing his worth with 201 runs in 10 matches with the fine average of 67.00 runs per innings. While he has donned the wicket-keeping gloves for most of the season, he’s also a useful off-spinner when called upon.Much is also expected from Azhad Amidon who has been his usual steady self with his stoic performances with the bat and all-rounder Zaheer Allard, who despite only playing four games during the season, is a vital clog of HACC’s batting and bowling.HACC had ruled the roost in the Premiere League for six consecutive years before winning the Elite for the first time in 2018 after an enduring two seasons when they had to settle for the runner-up spot and a semi-final loss in the Elite League.HACC president Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan is supremely confident that his charges are primed and ready to finish the season on a high and go on to cart off their second consecutive Elite crown.last_img read more

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Don’t Be an Air Hole! — Part 1

first_imgTRANSCRIPTChris: Hey everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast once again. I’m Chris Briley.Phil: And I’m Phil Kaplan. Hello, Chris!Chris: Hey Phil! How are you doing?Phil: I am really happy at the moment.Chris: Why? Is that the cocktail?Phil: It’s a little bit the cocktail, and it’s a little bit that it’s summer. It’s finally here. Man! It’s taken a long time.Chris: It has, for us. It’s been one heck of a winter.Phil: Yeah, it’s brutal! Even through June, it’s been in the 50s during the day.Chris: I know.Phil: What the what?Chris: What the what? I’ve been out sailing; working on my tan. [Much laughter.]Phil: You’ve got a long way to go, my friend. Keep working! You’ve gotten a little sun there.Chris: Not enough. I’ve actually tried to not stay out in the sun too much, because I’m fair and I burn and it’ll grow cancer on my face if I… No, I don’t know.Phil: The Kaplans are a long line of olive-skinned men.Chris: Yeah? Dark complected. Tall, dark, and handsome-ish?Phil: Short, dark, and happy. How about that?Chris: That’s awesome. Happy is the best. Who gives a [BEEP] about this? I just got BEEPED by Sheila! Wow! Thank you, Sheila, for BEEPING me.Phil: She’s quiet in the background, but we still rely on her.Chris: Oh yeah! Otherwise, this wouldn’t happen. Because, you and I never find enough time to get together. We could stammer on and on about what we do, but you guys want to hear about architecture.Phil: You know what I’d like to hear first about?Chris: This cocktail? Sweet![The guys jaw about this episode’s cocktail.]Chris: Cheers, Phil. Here we go; let’s do this podcast.Phil: What are we doing today, Chris?Chris: I’ll tell you what: Don’t be an air-hole, Phil.Phil: [He laughs.] I never would.Chris: So, here’s the deal: Phil and I, in 2013, we were on the “Fundamentals” track at NESEA, for the Building Energy conference.Phil: And, for those of you who don’t know NESEA – because it is a regional thing – it’s the North East Sustainable Energy Association. It’s a group, and we meet for a conference in Boston every year: it’s a Building Energy conference. And we just started one in New York a few years ago – BENYC – which has been really wonderful.Chris: I’ll tell you what, these are the smartest people I’ve had… You know, I go to those things and I feel like a student again. It’s a fantastic mix of feelings where I feel like I’m both a teacher and a student simultaneously the whole time (and man, that feels great!). It’s humbling and inspiring all at the same time. And you walk away from that going, “Wow, we’re on the right track. We’re doing the right thing. I’m not alone. These are great people.”Phil: And it is the thing that, Chris, you and I have learned so much from, that we use in our podcasts every time we come on here. So here we are, we were asked to do a Green Architects’ Lounge version of one of our shows for the Building Energy conference, which was flattering and it was kind of fun.Chris: Right. And it’s been long enough that we thought, “Now we can put it on the air to share with you guys.” Basically, it was fundamental. So we’re talking about basic things.Phil: So today, Chris, we’re going to get back to basics. And we’re going to talk to people about our fifteen “Top 10” things not to do.Chris: Right. Don’t blow these things when you’re doing your project, guys. This is fundamental stuff. So don’t be an air-hole. So, let’s do this, Phil.Phil: All right. So, one of the questions we had was, “Sprout follies? What’s a sprout folly?” We had talked about this a while back, when we’d had Martin Holladay on.Chris: Oh, yeah. They said to us, “Hey, can you do a Sprout Follies for us?” And we said, “Heck, yeah.” So: a sprout. I’ll tell you what a sprout is. A sprout is someone who’s new to this green stuff.Phil: A green newbie.Chris: Which we all have been. You and I were sprouts once, but look at us now – big towering trees!Phil: [Laughs.] I’m still breaking a limb every now and then. I don’t know what that’s about.Chris: Well, it’s growing old, that’s what it is. That’s 40s. Welcome to the 40s there, buddy!Basically, when you’re a sprout, what you want to be, is… You don’t want to look like, or talk like, or act like a sprout because you come off being like a sophomore. You’re walking around like you know everything but, in fact, everyone else is saying, “This guy barely knows anything; he thinks he does.” You don’t want to be that guy.Phil: No, you don’t. So our goal is to say, “All right, here is a number of really basic mistakes that sprouts need to look out for.”Chris: Right. Don’t be dumb. So, everyone out there has got a green brochure. Everyone out there is a green person.Phil: Everybody’s website says now, “Oh yeah, we also do green.” Most of them don’t integrate it into their work. They don’t say, “We do this in everything.”Chris: “Oh, you want to do a green house? We can do a green house.”Phil: “We could do that also.”Chris: “Yeah, yeah, sure. What do you want to do? Yeah, yeah. We can do that. Absolutely.” You also see products – water bottles. (“We use less plastic, so we’re green.” Jerks!) Or diapers. Or even… (What was the slide that we had? It had some big Hummer-thing.)Phil: Right, yeah. Citco could be green. Oh yeah, we’re local.Chris: Local! Sure you are, sure you are!Phil: And then, you’ve got the website that has the green tab. They have a tab here that says they do green.Chris: So they must be green.Phil: Yeah, right.Chris: We want to make sure our architect is green, so luckily they have that. You hear all the time, things like…I’ll tell you what, guys, we’re going to attach our slide show. Phil, do you want to share our slide show with these guys?Phil: Yeah, we should absolutely do that. It’s back to the basics with this one, folks.Back in 2013, we were asked to do a presentation at NESEA for the “Fundementals” track — something similar to our “Sprout Follies” podcast. We put together a PowerPoint presentation, and did our best to deal with the fact that our cocktails would be coffee.It was well received, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a condensed version of that presentation as a podcast here at GBA. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes— you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free! Chris: Yeah. So if you see our slideshow, I think we had mustaches. Were we wearing Martin’s mustache? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I’m totally remembering now. (We’re pulling it up while we’re talking). Oh, yeah. Yeah. We made a fictitious architectural firm.Phil: “Washet and Spongem.”Chris: That’s right. And curiously, they had a very familiar mustache – both those guys – and they said dumb things like, “Our houses breathe naturally.” And, what else, Phil?Phil: “We’re green experts. We use the LEEDS system.”Chris: That’s right. They used the ‘s’ – LEEDS. Yeah, I still hear that out there. We all know it’s LEED without the S, but whatever. “And we use efficient systems like geothermal and radiant slabs.” Yeah, you’re cutting-edge, buddy.Phil: “We use SIPs panels!”Chris: Oh, that’s your biggest pet peeve, isn’t it?Phil: Because the P stands for panels.Chris: So why do you say SIP panels? It’s like saying Structural Insulated Panel Panels. My brother has the same problem with ATM machines: Automated Teller Machine Machines. Yeah, but you get the point, people. Basically, you want to just use your head. You want to be smart about things.You want to do this? Let’s do this.Phil: All right. Top 10 things not to blow. Number One, Chris: don’t be an air-hole.Chris: Don’t be an air-hole. Are we going to make T-shirts?Phil: I think we should.Chris: That’s our favorite, by the way.Phil: If you want a T-shirt, let us know and I think we’re going to do a Café-Press thing.Chris: Yeah, we’ll figure it out. We’ll come up with a great graphic. It’ll be awesome. The best that you and I can come up with in fifteen minutes of our time. It’ll be great. Yeah. Don’t be an air-hole.Phil: Airtightness, in our buildings, is really the most important thing that we can do. It’s the lowest hanging fruit.Chris: It is the lowest hanging… I think we’ve said that many times. Typically, with your average house, 25% of its heat loss is through air gaps in the envelope. Honestly, that’s cheap. It’s just being tenacious with your air gun and your caulking and your sealing during construction. But also, from a design standpoint (architecturally) it’s also being very observant about your details.Phil: Yeah. And in your details – which Chris and I are both doing in our firms – include a line of air barrier and vapor barrier in the drawings in a different color. Why do drawings have to be black and white anymore?Chris: Well, because the color is more expensive to print. [He laughs.] I had a set of drawings for a veterinary clinic that – you could not look at the mechanicals without it being in color – and boy, did that make for an expensive set of drawings! But anyway, moving on.Phil: But it really helped the process, I bet.Chris: Well, it did. I mean – it wasn’t pertaining to this – it was all about ductwork. But for this, we’re talking about having an air barrier which I usually show in blue, and a vapor barrier which is in red.Let’s take a moment and talk about those two things because, probably, if you’re on Greenbuildingadvisor.com, you’ve heard this to death, but: there’s a real difference between a vapor barrier and an air barrier.Air barrier: you’re trying to block air intrusion from the outside. You’re trying to basically seal your house off from an air-pressure standpoint.Vapor barrier: you’re trying to seal your house off from a vapor standpoint – vapor being a gas, or a water molecule in a gas form. And, basically, you’ve got vapor pressure on the inside of the house. If it’s warm on the inside and cold on the outside, it’s going to move from hot to cold and you want to keep that moisture out of your wall assembly.In most cases, you have a vapor barrier on the warm side of the wall, and you’ve got an air barrier on the cool side of the wall. And where you get in trouble, Phil, is where those assemblies – and I’m thinking about where your joists are resting on the wall (basically, where different systems are coming together) – that little line is where the barrier can get lost and that ends up being where air comes in and out.So, if you trace it, and you say, “Aha! We need a continuous bead of caulk here. We need a continuous gasket along this line and we’re going to use our sheetrock as the vapor barrier. Then you have to be thoughtful about that, diligent, and make sure that the building crew knows that too.Phil: Well said. And we’ve got some nice graphics to accompany this.Chris: Yeah. In the slide I’ve got an example of something you do too, right?Phil: Yeah. All right: Number Two! Raise your glass.Chris: That’s right. Cheers, buddy!Phil: So, we should be paying very close attention to the windows and the performance numbers on those windows. Most people who are listening to this don’t take that for granted. There are numbers that you should pay attention to closely and understand specifically what they mean. Solar heat gain coefficient, U-factor, and Visible Transmittance are the three that we usually speak of very often.Chris: Yeah. Very often. For us, being in a cold climate, the solar heat gain coefficient is a big deal. Because, if we’re trying to do a Passivhaus, for example – or even a passive solar house – you need that heat gain. And so you need to know that, on the south side, you want that heat to come in.Boy, I wish we could go back in time and redo our windows podcast. In fact, we will redo it. Because, back then, European windows were very, very new. I remember I’d mentioned Bonneville as one of the products used in one of my projects. I’d never use them again!Phil: And they don’t exist, so you can’t.Chris: No, they do exist! They got bought out by another company, so they do exist. But they don’t warranty certain products.Phil: Oh I know, Chris, because I have them in my house.Chris: Oh, that’s right! I forgot – you have them in your house! And how are they doing?Phil: They’re doing fine, although a few need repairs and it’s not so easy to come by the parts.Chris: Yeah, those guys suck! I’m sorry. Bonneville – whatever. Don’t use those guys. If they have a problem, they can call me and I’ll tell them why. You know they’ll say, “Oh, but we’re not the same window company.” Yeah well, you’re the same name. And if you’re dumb enough to buy that same name… I’m sorry. It’s the booze talking.Phil: [He laughs.] You were burned.Chris: I was burned! My client was burned, that’s the thing. So I’m mad about it. There’s nothing worse.Phil: You’re right. Solar heat gain coefficient essentially goes from 0.0 to 1.0. We look for above a 0.5 if you’re trying to get a high solar heat gain coefficient, because you’re trying to bring in that heat and trying to offset your heating loads. You know, sometimes you don’t want to do that.Chris: Right. So, if we were in Florida, we would want a low solar heat gain coefficient.Phil: Right, we’d want to stop that.Chris: And I’ll tell you what: when you get to 0.6 or higher, you’re in fading-furniture territory again, guys. You’re back almost to single-pane glass. I mean, that’s impressive. That takes some glass technology of coatings that are used – what, platinum? I don’t know.Phil: And you’ve got to be careful with some of those, too, because you have to deal with overheating.Chris: Right. And they’re not cheap, so you use them effectively where you can.Phil: This is not a windows podcast. We’ll go into it more, but look at your numbers. Also, know there are different kinds of glass. Cardinal makes a whole plethora of different glasses. I don’t know if plethora is the right word. It’s probably a handful.Chris: Handful of glass. And not too long ago, the same window was being sold in Florida as it was in Maine. And that was very frustrating to the likes of you and I, but they’re getting smarter. So, if you don’t want to be a sprout, pay attention to your glass. A window is not just a window.Phil: And I will end it with this, Chris: if you are still on the edge about whether or not to specify triple glazing – if you are still afraid to say that to your clients (it’s like it gets caught in your throat because you think they’re going to get mad at you because it’s going to be expensive) – just be bold about it. Say, “Listen, if you want to save money, why don’t we go to single glazing?”Chris: Yeah, you’ve said that before. Yeah, that’s a really good point.Phil: Yeah. Just do it because it makes sense.Chris: Yeah. And hey, energy models help anyway. We’ll get to that.Phil: We’ll get to that too.Chris: Number Three.Phil: Don’t cross that bridge when you come to it.Chris: That’s right. We’re talking about thermal bridging, of course, here. If you imagine 20% of your wall is probably structural stuff holding up other stuff – 20% of it is wood studs – that’s 20% of your wall that is not insulation. And if you have that connected to your sheathing and connected to your sheetrock and the inside, boy, that is 20% of your wall that is working against you as a thermal bridge.It’s more than just your wall; it’s also your floor joists, your sheathing, all of that jazz. So, come up with some details – and you don’t need to take it from us directly – there’s strapping on the outside, or there’s strapping on the inside. There’s wrapping the whole building in a continuous exterior insulation.Phil: Where I find that a lot of rookies make mistakes have to do around the windows and the rim joists. It’s easy to do a little wall section and say, “Hey look, I did it! I’ve got double studs” or “I’ve got rigid insulation on the outside.” But then they blow it.Chris: Yeah, they stick a window in it.Phil: That’s where you need to be careful and pay attention to it. Look at your details; look at all your joints. Because, from here on out, every house that you do, you’re going to be looking at those details.Chris: In our slide show, we’ve got a couple of photos that I think I took on the way down to the NESEA conference, of snow melting on the outside. You can actually see the rafters.Phil: Yeah, I like to call it “lines of failure at 24-inches-on-center.”Chris: Beautiful, Phil. Did you come up with that?Phil: I did.Chris: You’re the man!Phil: Every now and then I score one, Chris.Chris: That’s good. Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.Phil: [He laughs.] What have you got for Number Four, Chris?Chris: Number Four: Belts, suspenders, and clean underwear.Phil: Redundancy.Chris: And redundancy. That’s right. And basically, by that, I was always taught: your building will fail. It will fail just like you’re going to die, Phil. I’m sorry.Phil: I’m a little sad. I try not to think about it.Chris: You’re going to die; I’m going to die. Every building you’ve ever made is going to crumble and be dust later. So, deal with it. The whole planet is going to be consumed in a big ball of fire. Our sun is going to expand. Don’t worry – you’ve got 50 million years or whatever.What I’m saying, Phil, is your building is going to fail. And what you want to do is make sure that it can be resilient enough to take that failure.Phil: I feel a little angry that you’ve told me my building’s going to fail. [He laughs.]Chris: Hey everybody, my buildings are going to fail one day. It’s just the nature of… you build your house – or you build your buildings – not to fail. And you build them to deal with a failure when they do fail.So, what are we talking about? We’re talking about simple things like…Phil: Simple things like getting your flashings right.Chris: Right.Phil: Flashing your window properly. Lapping things positively.Chris: Right. I’ll have a head flashing and then a flashing under that at the window. The trim – the siding comes down and then – at the trim we’ve got flashing, or the window itself has flashing. So it’s like these built-up layers of redundancy that we have.Phil: Rainscreens are part of this.Chris: Exactly. You design a system to keep the water out and you design a system to drain the water when it does get in.Phil: Overhangs.Chris: Overhangs – the simplest thing in the world. And you know what? We argue in the office – my business partner and I, because he…Phil: He really likes the sleek look, doesn’t he?Chris: He loves it. You get it all the time: these beautiful architectural things where it’s this gabled…Phil: Damned architects!Chris: You take this house form of the gable [without an overhang], with these super-clean edges… And I love it and I respect those clean edges and pure forms. And I’m like, “Yeah? And you’ve just aged the building 20 years.”Phil: There was a reason why we put them there in the first place.Chris: Exactly. Vernacular architecture looks the way… You’ve got to respect it, even though we (as architects) like to fight it.Phil: That’s right.Chris: But, that’s what it is.Phil: “Just relax and make it look good.”Chris: Yeah, all right.Phil: Okay. Number Five?Chris: Group hug!Phil: Group hug!Chris: Get off me, Phil. Stop hugging me!Phil: A.K.A.: Don’t wait to integrate.Chris: Don’t wait to integrate.Phil: Get your group together right away. If we’re going to make great buildings, we’ve got to do them together. We have to have everyone at the table, from Day One. We’ve spoken about all of these things, Chris. But even in small projects, if you can get your client and your builder and your architect and even some of your top subs at the same time…Chris: Exactly. Some people bring builders on at certain points, but the real point is: you’ve got to bring them in before it’s too costly to start making these changes from the inputs that they could actually give you. If you’re an architect out there thinking you know everything and the builder should do whatever you drew and just shut up and do it – you’re going to be served a big slice of humble pie one day. I’ve learned great stuff from builders – I don’t know about you, Phil.Phil: I do. All the time, we learn great things. And if you think, “My design is going to be hurt by involving these people early on,” then you’re not a good architect.Chris: No, you’ve got a real problem.Phil: I’m serious. Get your damned ego out of the way and say, “I can design something beautiful with parameters.” And if you can’t, then you shouldn’t be in this profession. All right? So, do the right things first. Team up with your people.Chris: There are cost implications; there are performance implications; there’s everything. And I love having the subs involved. Before the pour (the concrete) – especially if there’s a finished slab that’s going to be the actual floor finish – having a meeting with everyone involved in that and saying, “Look guys, seriously, no coffee on this job.” (Maybe not so strict, but…) “This slab is precious. If you mess it up… you’ve been warned!”All right. Number Six, Phil?Phil: Do your modeling before the runway.Chris: Nice! Yeah. We like this slide. We put it up, and we’re like… [He whistles.] “Look at that!”Phil: That’s a good-looking spreadsheet.Chris: That’s right! What we’re talking about there is learning about what your house is going to do before you actually do it. Energy models are important, and they’re a great, effective tool. And usually, if you don’t do it in-house, I bet there are companies out there that can do it for you for a reasonable price. And it’s a pretty easy sell for us to convince our clients, “Hey, for maybe $1,600 ($2,000 even), you can team up with a company that will get you Energy Star certified. But, you’ll get a REM/Rate model (which will help us choose a mechanical system), you’ll get inspections midway through, and a final blower-door test (and maybe a mid-construction blower-door test).”But basically, you have a sense of where you’re headed with your energy performance of your house. And you can play the cost-offset game, Phil.Phil: Yup. Can I tell you a dirty little secret, Chris?Chris: Oh yes!Phil: Maybe this is not for the sprouts. Okay?Chris: Okay. Sprouts, go do something else. We just want to talk to the real green guys.Phil: We still do an energy model for every project. We’re not doing them as early now.Chris: When are you doing them?Phil: We’re doing these to double-check. Most of the time, now, it’s not affecting what we do because we’ve done enough of these that we have a really good sense of where we’re headed, to the point where the only difference it’s going to make is the size of the heat pump. That’s it. We just may have to size it a little differently. We know how much glass we need on the south. We know if it’s a different orientation, then we’re probably going to have to pay attention to it in a different way. We still do it, but if you do all these other right things, it matters a little less. How do you feel about that?Chris: Can I tell you something?Phil: Yes! Just between you and me.Chris: Just you and me. [He whispers.] I’m almost the same way.Phil: Yeah?Chris: Yeah. Intuition and experience – and I say this to my clients – gets us about 95% of the way there, and the other 5% is…Phil: …is pure bullshit. [He laughs.]Chris: Right now I have clients who want to twist the project to face more west, because that’s where the view is. And we will be playing the game of, “As you rotate west, you’re going to lose efficiency. But how much?” With an energy model, we can answer this. We can rotate it 10 degrees – that’s going to cost you $200 per year.Phil: Right. And you can say, “All right. So, we’re going to be worried about overheating it a little bit more now.”Chris: Right.Phil: We’ve got more glass to the west. Now we can know these things.Chris: Exactly. Right. So, is your view worth $200 a year? “Yes it is.”Phil: Oh yeah.Chris: Then, BOOM! And so, that’s their answer. And they get it. Or, is your view worth $1,200 a year? “Hmmmm…”Phil: Right. But you can be smart and you can go into this and answer it really intelligently.Chris: Yup. With gut instinct and all that stuff.Phil: Really good; and you’ll look really damned smart.Chris: Right. And I’ll throw in for hay: the existing house that you’re doing renovations to – that energy modeling can really help, because you’re getting an energy audit of the existing structure. All right. Let’s move on, buddy. Number Seven.Phil: Bigger is not better.Chris: What do you mean by that, Phil?Phil: A.K.A., toe-dipping will leave you all wet. [He laughs.] Did we over-clever ourselves?Chris: Yeah, we did. That’s a little too much. But anyway, tell us about toe-dipping.Phil: The toe-dipping problem is something that I’d like to believe is going on less and less these days, but I’m not 100% sure.Chris: No, I think it does. You want to be green, so let’s put a layer of insulation on the outside. Or let’s do a solar panel or two or something like that. If you’re not actually digging into your house (in terms of what you’re doing) by performance, you can find the sweet spot – we’ve talked about it before – where you’ve increased the insulation by so much that now you can reduce the mechanical systems.Phil: That’s right. That’s when you’re the real hero. If you don’t get to that point, if you say, “All right. I just want better windows and I want a fancier boiler that’s more efficient and I’m adding insulation.”Chris: Yeah, and you weren’t able to…?Phil: That was really expensive, yeah.Chris: And if you’re not able to actually recoup that by reducing your mechanical system… you’re fired!Phil: You’re a chump.Chris: You’re a chump. And you just cost more money. And now you’ve made kind of a grumpy client. But if you actually do enough, if you stop toe-dipping and dive in…Phil: Hero!Chris: Hero! You’ve just saved them money in the long run and they love you.Phil: And it’s people who are not doing this that are really hurting the industry. It’s finally coming around. I think people are getting smarter, but this is why people say, “I want it a little green but not too green.” The problem is, if you don’t go to that next step and get to that level where you can reduce the mechanical system, it’s a problem.Chris: All right. Number Eight.Phil: Are we going to do a full podcast on this, Chris?Chris: You know what? Let’s do it in parts. I’m looking at the time, and we’re at 25 – we’re into this thing. But, don’t worry folks! We’re going to post Part One and Part Two almost simultaneously, so you don’t have to wait with anticipation. So, all right. Let’s call this Part One, freshen up the drinks, and let’s get going, buddy.Phil: Cheers!Chris: Cheers![Click here for Part Two.] RELATED CONTENTcenter_img The highlights:Most “Top 10” lists have only ten items. Ours has fifteen! We tackle 1 through 7 in this podcast. Be sure to tune in soon for Part 2 (Things 8 through 15).Without further ado, I give you our fifteen “Top 10” things not to blow on your next project.1. Don’t Be an Air Hole. Minimizing air leakage is the cheapest, and easiest way to effectively make your project more energy efficient.2. Raise Your Glass. A toast, to understanding the numbers on that window label and making the right window choice for your project.3. Don’t Cross That Bridge. With careful detailing thermal bridging can be easily and greatly reduced.4. Belt, Suspenders, and Clean Underwear. We’re talking about redundancy, and having back up for when envelope details fail.5. Don’t Wait to Integrate. Get your team together and involved at the beginning.6. Do Your Modeling Before the Runway. There’s a good time and a bad time to do your energy modeling. Do it early when you can easily react to the information you receive.7. Bigger isn’t Better. No “toe-dipping” here! Half measures that don’t allow you to shrink your mechanicals will keep the owner from feeling the payback.Be sure to check out Part Two, where we cover Things 8 though 15.Thanks for tuning in. Cheers! The Green Architects’ Lounge – Sprout Follies.pdf POSTCAST: Don’t Be an Air Hole! — Part 2PODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1PODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 2PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 3PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 2: How to Get to Net ZeroPODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 1: Concepts and BasicsAir Leaks or Thermal Loss: What’s Worse?last_img read more

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GitHub’s New ‘Trending’ Feature Lets You See The Future

first_imgTags:#GitHub#Open Source No one really knows what Apple will release next, pushing analysts and interested observers to scour patent filings, review job openings and even check factory orders. But to see the future of technology, Tim O’Reilly has for years told us to look to the alpha geeks, to developers, and watch their current concerns turn into mainstream reality.One great place to track developers is GitHub, the world’s most popular code repository. But with over 7.8 million projects hosted on GitHub, it can be a daunting task to determine which projects are flying and which are mostly dormant.Or it was, until GitHub announced its new Trending page.An Open Window On An Open FutureAs explained in a blog post, GitHub has launched a new Trending page to showcase the top-25 trending projects. The site allows you to quickly gauge what’s trending today, this week, or this month, backed by a variety of data points including stars, forks, commits, follows, and pageviews, weighting them appropriately. As GitHub explains, “It’s not just about total numbers, but also how recently the events happened.” Matt Asay In addition to the capability to track trends by time, the service also allows you to filter by language. Given GitHub’s developer focus, it’s also not surprising that the Trending page lets you drill down into the individual developers and the organizations of developers that have trending repositories on GitHub.Not surprising, but still cool.So What’s Next?Of those 7.8 million projects, what’s bubbling to the top? Which projects are capturing the imaginations (and time) of the world’s developers?Topping the list is Effeckt, an HTML5 library that enables high-performance CSS transitions and animations. In other words, it dramatically advances the state of the art for the web. Have a look:Second on the list is Bootstrap, a front-end framework for faster, easier web application development. And while you might assume the rest of the trending projects also involve the web, it turns out that the projects are quite varied.For example, number five is a Skype replacement called Tox that “allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.” In other words, it’s the NSA-free Skype. Number six? It’s called Skeuocard, and it “progressively enhances credit card input forms so that the card inputs become skeuomorphic, facilitating accurate and fast card entry, and removing barriers to purchase.”Further down the list are Photoshop enhancements, projects from Facebook and the BBC to catch visual regressions in Web applications and compare screenshots, respectively, and a replacement of memcached.A Very Varied FutureIn other words, while the future of technology certainly looks to be skewed toward the web, it’s a highly varied web. And it’s all happening on GitHub. In the open.There are, of course, other ways to use the GitHub API to determine which projects are hot (and which are not), but the GitHub Trending service makes it very simple. No code required. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Arwind Santos ready to take ‘kind guy’ Terrence Romeo under his wing

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Expect a more explosive Cherry Rondina in her final year for UST View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img “Of course Terrence is the one hurt by most of these harsh words because he lost in his first game and to Columbian of all teams.”Santos added that the Romeo who’s been with them is vastly different from the one the public views.The 2013 MVP said their new teammate is a fun-loving guy who just wants to play basketball.“Terrence is a kind guy, he also likes to joke around and have fun,” said Santos who tied his career-high of 34 points in the loss to Columbian. “There were times when we almost went at each other but that’s just his persona on the court because he doesn’t back down and he just wants to win.”“We can’t just judge the person from what we see on the surface and immediately label him as a bad person. We should try to know him better and every person has a kindness within him or her. Terrence wouldn’t get to the PBA if he doesn’t have any goodness in him.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Romeo has been the subject of unwarranted public scrutiny after the three-time scoring champion got dealt from NorthPort, the team that drafted the offensive guard, to TNT and then to the Beermen in the 2017-18 season.“People always say ‘oh, you have a curse of a teammate with you now’ and we don’t want that to happen to Terrence,” said Santos in Filipino after the Beermen lost to Columbian 124-118 in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Terrence is one of the guys I really want to help because he’s someone that usually gets judged by those who watch the PBA. We want to correct the bad comments thrown at him because I know that feeling.”Santos said that even if Romeo doesn’t show it, his new teammate is greatly affected especially since San Miguel, which is gunning for a fifth straight Philippine Cup title, lost to the perennial cellar-dwelling Dyip. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel Beermen at the 2019 PBA Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos is ready to put Terrence Romeo under his guidance.San Miguel’s veteran leader said he wants to help Romeo get out of the public’s perception as being a cancerous teammate.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Affiliate Management Resource Initiative – Module Four

first_imgModule Four of the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been released. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA). The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture. The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources. Module Four of the AMRI features the following documents:– Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure– Papers Contents Sheets– Team Registration Form– Participant Declaration Form– Introduction to Online Registrations and Payments– Online Registration Standard Text– Online Team Registration Recommended Fields– Online Individual Registration Recommended Fields– Membership and Participant Application and Declaration– Standard Work Instructions Template– TFA Online Registration and Payments: Reporting– Touch Football Australia SportingPulse websitesModules One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255 Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related LinksAMRI Module Fourlast_img read more

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New Brunswick had surplus last year auditor says days ahead of election

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal government got some good pre-election news today: The auditor general says the province actually had a surplus last year.Audited financial statements, released today, show a surplus of $67 million for the fiscal year of 2017-2018.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers says the surplus is the result of a decrease in expenditures and a $150 million increase in revenues — largely due to corporate income taxes.She says the economy is growing at a rate faster than predicted by private sector economists.However, she says the government is forecasting modest deficits over the next few years — with the net debt expected to top $14 billion by the end of March next year.The provincial election campaign officially begins Thursday, but Premier Brian Gallant launched his party’s campaign Sunday, and all the parties have been in pre-election mode for weeks.The Liberals promised today to provide free second-language training if re-elected.Gallant says it could help attract investment and bring jobs to the province because of a bilingual workforce.The Progressive Conservatives and the Green Party are also both expected to make announcements today.The Tories say their first campaign announcement will be at Carleton Park on Fredericton’s north side, while the Green Party plans to launch its campaign with the opening of its Fredericton regional campaign office by leader David Coon.The NDP says it will launch the official campaign Thursday, so far nominating 29 candidates with plans to run 49 in the vote expected on Sept. 24.last_img read more

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Exhead of New Yorks Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

first_imgNEW YORK — The ex-president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.Alain Kaloyeros (uh-LAYN’ kal-oh-YEHR’-ohs) was the school’s president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday’s sentencing. Defence lawyers want leniency.Kaloyeros was convicted in July of conspiracy and wire fraud after prosecutors presented evidence that the bidding process for the project was rigged to benefit a Buffalo developer and a Syracuse development company.Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of over 11 years, but even the government concedes that is too much for a fraud that stretched from 2013 through 2015.Larry Neumeister, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Citys Christmas Tree PickUp

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Annual Christmas Tree pick up is quickly approaching.If you are looking for ways to dispose of your real Christmas Tree, Saturday, January 5, 2019, Volunteers will be out collecting trees in city limits all day. The City asks that you have your tree out at your curb in an accessible spot by 8 am.For those that wish to drop of their own tree or require more time, you can do that at the Grounds Building; 9312 111 St from January 5-13th, 2019.last_img

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We hit terrorists in their backyard after Pulwama: Modi

first_imgGreater Noida: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India hit terrorists in their backyard after the Pulwama terror attack and accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of lacking courage to take action against Pakistan-based terror groups after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Addressing a rally here, Modi said what his government did post-Pulwama has not been done in decades. “We hit terrorists in their houses. The terrorists and their masters were not expecting this kind of response. The air strikes were done at 3.30 am and Paksitan lost its sleep. They tweeted at 5 a.m. and started saying that Modi has hit us,” he said. Recalling the surgical strike of 2016 in the wake of terror attack at Uri, he said terror masterminds were accustomed to thinking that India would do nothing, but his government has “taught them a lesson”. He alleged that perception about inaction by India was due to the government that ruled India before 2014. Modi said that there was need of action after the Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people as the world community was with India. “But it needs courage. There were proofs of involvement of terror masterminds based in Pakistan. But what did India do?” he asked. Modi said the forces were ready for action but “Delhi was cold”. He said terror cannot be fought by constraining hands of defence force. Referring to the terror incidents after the Mumbai attack, Modi said these were also linked to Pakistan but the “remote-controlled” government showed inaction. “What did the then government do? They did not change the policy, but (changed) only home ministers. If they had shown the courage, given reply to terrorists in their language, terrorism would not have become such a big problem (for the country),” he said.last_img read more

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Giorgio Chiellini I did consider leaving Italy

first_imgItaly captain Giorgio Chiellini admits that he considered retiring from international duty, despite being just four games shy reaching 100 senior capsThe 34-year-old defender is one of several veterans that have remained at the Azzurri following last November’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.Italy will play their first competitive game today against Poland under new manager Roberto Mancini in the UEFA Nations League.The 53-year-old has called up new rising young stars for Italy and feels that the Nations League provides his youngsters with an opportunity to prove themselves.Now Chiellini is excited to team up with this new crop of young talent and hopes this marks the start of a new beginning for Italy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I did consider a few things and discussed it with my friends,” said Chiellini, according to SportsKeeda.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm the youngsters bring really pushes you on.“During this training camp, there’s been a calm atmosphere, a desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“You can’t leave the national team behind. I hope my presence will never be a problem for this squad.”Italy will face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in their second game of the Nations League on Monday.last_img read more

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