A New York City supplier of building materials for high-performance and Passive House buildings is developing a new series of free electronic books for builders and designers. Eventually the e-books will explore nine different types of building enclosures. The company, 475 High Performance Building Supply, is basing its “Smart Enclosure” series on the pressing need to control carbon dioxide emissions and keep atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in check. As 475’s chief operating officer Ken Levenson explained in a telephone call, the initiative builds on an e-book series that the company rolled out several years ago. “We’re regrouping and rebooting to version 2.0,” he said. “It’s the ‘new and improved,’ with a broader context.” Levenson, lead author on the project, said that the material would encompass a greater number of building types than the original e-book series and eventually offer a comprehensive library for buildings and designers. “Our thought is that this is going to be kind of a mini-encyclopedic approach to building assemblies,” he said.RELATED ARTICLESBooks for Homeowners Interested in Saving EnergyBaby Steps on the Path to High-Performance HomesCan a High-Performance House be Livable, Too?The Four Keys to a High-Performance Home475 Building Supply Releases a Third e-Book Guiding principles and levels of performance The company has long advocated building assemblies that minimize both spray foam and rigid foam insulation, so its list of guiding principles won’t raise many eyebrows. It includes: Lower embodied carbon and greater carbon sequestration. Lower toxicity. More natural materials. Vapor, air, and thermal control. Durability of 100 years plus. The initiative also proposes a three-tiered approach to building performance, all of them promising more energy efficiency and lower toxicity than industry standards. Four-Seven-Five calls them modified default, simplified and improved, and optimized performance. “The Three Tiers are not precise demarcations of success,” the website explains. “Rather they indicate the direction of improvement relative to the other tiers and to the typical industry approach we describe as the Industry Standard High-Performance Default.” For example, the section on wood-frame construction begins with a description of the “high-performance default”: spray foam cavity insulation, OSB sheathing, a weather-resistive barrier, exterior foam board and siding over a vented rain screen. Four-Seven-Five’s Tier 1 modified version substitutes wood fiber or wool cavity insulation in place of the foam, and adds a continuous layer of wood fiberboard insulation on the exterior instead of rigid foam. Tier 2 and Tier 3 assemblies would substitute diagonal structural strapping for sheathing, add an interior service cavity, and place continuous wood fiberboard in different thicknesses over the studs. Levenson said that designers and builders could adapt and modify the assemblies to meet their specific needs. Levenson said there is ample in-house expertise to vet the recommendations the books make. “We don’t feel like we’re out on a ledge,” he said, adding that when the project gets to straw bale or mass timber construction, the group would probably have to ask a lot more questions and seek input from others. Helping business is part of the plan Four-Seven-Five’s e-book series is reminiscent of the online Best Practices Manual offered by Hammer & Hand, a high-performance builder in the Pacific Northwest. It, too, is available to anyone who wants to download it. But while Hammer & Hand is a general contractor that wanted to offer field guidance to its own carpenters, the 475 project comes from a retailer of building materials, many of which are promoted in its guide. “We’re a business,” Levenson said. “This is a vehicle to sell products. I kind of joked that this is really about elevating Gutex, which we think is a fantastic material. If every building could be built with Gutex fiberboard insulation, the world would be a better place, right? “But the fact of the matter is that we went into this business because we were freaking out about climate change,” he continued, “and because we saw Passive House as part of that solution.” (Levenson, a registered architect, is a board member of New York Passive House and secretary of the North American Passive House Network.) While the books will help the company get bigger by selling more products, Levenson said, it’s also aimed at spreading the word about best building practices. “We’d be the first to say that if you want a third-party discussion, that’s not this e-book per se,” he said, “but we do think they stand on their own.” Rolled out in stages The series eventually will encompass nine types of enclosures: masonry retrofit, wood retrofit, 2x framing, I-joist outrigger, double-stud, mass timber, straw bale, metal frame, and concrete. For now, only the masonry retrofit section is complete, while some parts of the wood retrofit and 2x framing also have been posted. Each section will include construction photography and a video library. Users can download free CAD files and edit them for their own use. At the present rate, the company could post one section per month, and building out the rest of the series could come as quickly as six months. Printed versions of the same books could follow as early as January.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the establishment of Destination Assurance Committees (DACs) in resort areas, will ensure high-quality standards in the delivery of the country’s tourism product.Speaking at the first meeting of the Negril Destination Assurance Committee held at the Couples Swept Sway Resort in Negril, on Thursday (July 13), Minister Bartlett said Jamaica’s tourism product must be of the highest level, in order for the destination to remain attractive in the marketplace.“The aim of our partnership is to improve the standards and physical infrastructure of Negril and engage with citizens to ensure that your town and Jamaica are viewed as favorable to visitors, facilitating growth in the sector,” he stated.The Negril Committee comprises representatives of organizations including the Negril Green Island Area Local Planning Authority; the Jamaica Fire Brigade; Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); the Municipal Corporation for the parish and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among others.Minister Bartlett said the DAC will ensure that the industry becomes a powerful catalyst for improving the socio-economic conditions of everyone.“Our focus is to reposition tourism to generate higher growth rates in both visitor arrivals and earnings. To accomplish this growth imperative, we must ensure that all aspects of the product are right and that we can truly deliver on what we promise when we market Jamaica,” he stated.Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister charged the Negril DAC to take their responsibility seriously, ensuring that visitors to that resort town enjoy a safe, secure and seamless vacation.“The Destination Managers in the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) will be the link between your DAC and the resort’s tourism stakeholders. In this way, we can stay on top of the needs of the industry and monitor the progress of the developmental efforts,” Mr. Bartlett stated.The Negril DAC is chaired by Elaine Allen- Bradley and will meet once a month.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.“The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Elie Wiesel turned the nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace,” Mr. Ban said. “As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.”According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to “reject indifference” in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.Extending his condolences to Mr. Wiesel’s wife, family and all others touched by this loss, the Secretary-General said that the UN is grateful for Mr. Wiesel’s contributions and remains strongly committed to Holocaust remembrance and the wider struggle for human rights for all, the spokesperson added.Bill and Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Wiesel:“Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.“Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.“As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.“We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 per cent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months.The Federal Reserve says that that manufacturing output jumped 1.1 per cent last month, the largest gain since February 2018. Automakers drove much of the growth with a 4.7 per cent jump in production.Utility output slumped 6.3 per cent amid an unseasonably warm December. Mining output rose 1.5 per cent on in increased extraction of oil and natural gas.Overall industrial production is up 4 per cent from a year ago.The industrial sector was using more of capacity, in a sign that they might need to invest more in equipment and facilities. Capacity utilization for manufacturers increased 0.7 points to 76.5 per cent, a solid increase though that’s two points below the long-term average.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
Kolkata: Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th Indian Premier League here Sunday.Under Warner’s captaincy Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading rungetter for his team. But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year’s infamous ball tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his IPL comeback along side Steve Smith. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWarner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role. And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides. Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia’s World Cup squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWarner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month. Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie’s absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack. Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener’s departure. In KKR’s camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors’ attention. Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir’s exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year. KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn. Team (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts: 4pm.
Allahabad: Tanu Tomar of Baghpat has notched the first position in the Intermediate examination (class 12) while Gautam Raghuvanshi of Kanpur has topped the class 10th board exams of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), the results of which were declared on Saturday.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated the successful students and wished them for their bright future. Tanu Tomar has achieved 97 per cent scoring 489 marks out of 500. She belongs to a farmer’s family and was a student of Shri Ram Shiksha Mandir Inter College in Baraut area of Baghpat district. “She has not only bring honours to her family and the school but to the whole district,” principal Rajesh Tomar said. Over 80 per cent students have passed in the class 10 while over 70 per cent have cleared the class 12 examinations. In all over 58 lakh students have registered themselves for this year’s UP board exams.
Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.”
Columbus, it’s time to party like it’s 2002. Well, almost time at least. Your Buckeyes still have to beat Michigan next weekend to cap off the program’s first undefeated season since 2002, when the Scarlet and Gray won 14 games and the national championship. The 2002 squad was notorious for squeaking out wins in close games, and Ohio State seems intent on honoring that team’s 10-year anniversary with an eerily similar season. In 2002 and 2012 OSU entered the season ranked outside the top 10 and was largely an afterthought when talking about the nation’s top teams. Yet week after week they won, sometimes convincingly, but more often by prevailing in nail biters. Such was the case again on Saturday, as OSU overcame Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14. The Buckeyes almost took its connection with the 2002 season too far on Saturday, as the coaching staff channeled its inner “Tressel ball.” It was surprising to see first-year coach Urban Meyer’s staff call such a conservative game. And it was even more shocking how it went about doing it. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller never got it going as a runner, but the staff seemed intent on making it happen for the Heisman hopeful. Miller averaged just 2.1 yards while receiving a team-high 23 carries. Meanwhile, junior running back Carlos Hyde averaged 5.8 yards per touch, yet only carried the ball 15 times. Hyde received eight carries on first down, and averaged 6.5 yards on those attempts. Miller averaged less than three yards on his 12 first-down carries. It was as if the coaching staff was trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, with a circular block lying right beside it. OSU’s inability to move the ball forward on first down set up many third-and-long situations. As a result, it punted a season-high nine times. Had Hyde received just a few more first-down touches, that number could have dropped dramatically. But thanks to some superb defense, clutch special teams, timely offensive production and a little bit of luck, OSU was still able to come away with the win. Just like in 2002. Put a fork in it OSU’s undefeated season is still intact, but the same can’t be said for Miller’s Heisman candidacy. Though he’s had a spectacular season, it was always unlikely that Miller would walk away with college football’s most coveted individual award. There was simply too much working against the sophomore. He plays on a team ineligible for postseason play, in a weak conference against a weaker schedule. Still, there was an outside chance that Miller could receive a late surge with statement performances against Wisconsin and Michigan. He effectively ended that hope with a clunker on Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while looking lost running the football. Surprisingly enough OSU still has a chance to win the Associated Press national title, which not long ago seemed more of a long shot than Miller winning the Heisman. The Buckeyes still need plenty of help to be chosen as the AP’s top team. Without a bowl game it will be out of sight, out of mind after next weekend, and that will hurt its cause. Not to mention there will be a definitive winner in a game designed to crown a national champion. Yes, OSU has to hope for chaos. But chaos is the name of the game in college football, especially in November. Last night alone the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, lost when they were heavily favored to win. There’s still plenty of November football to be played, with the possibility of more contenders falling at the hands of underdogs. Is it likely to happen? No, but it’s certainly possible. And just the fact that we are mentioning OSU and national championship in the same breath this season is fairly remarkable. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The entire OSU defense. Yes, it allowed more than 200 yards rushing. Yes, it surrendered the game-tying score in the final seconds of regulation. And yes, its play redefined the term “bend but don’t break.” The Buckeye defense had plenty of shortcomings on Saturday. You can blame just about every one of the members of the Buckeye offense. OSU’s offense managed a meager 36 yards in the second half, while never sustaining a drive of more than 3 minutes. By the end of the fourth quarter the defense was absolutely gassed. It was unfortunate that they conceded a score to send the game to overtime, but it could have been much worse for the Buckeyes. Senior defensive end John Simon terrorized the Wisconsin offensive line, matching a career-high with four sacks. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier made the play of the season, forcing a fumble on the goal line and preserving a late OSU lead. Junior safety Christian Bryant recovered that fumble, and also broke up a pass in overtime to win the game. There were some great individual efforts from OSU’s defense on Saturday. But as a whole, the unit played its most complete game of the season, in a contest in which it was needed the most.
Fernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”