first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez Mendy struck in the second half as Kaya FC Makati turned back JPV Makati, 2-0, for its second straight win in the Philippines Football League at the muddy University of Makati pitch.Mintah, the Ghanaian striker in his second season with the club, opened the scoring in the 61st minute with a low shot from just inside the box, before Mendy added a second goal with 10 minutes remaining as Kaya jacked up its tally to 20 points from 11 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES The win pushed Kaya to third spot, a point behind Global Cebu, which was held to a goalless draw by Davao Aguilas on Saturday night at Cebu City Sports Complex.Davao remained winless in 10 matches, but picked up another point after a fifth draw of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re very happy with the win,” said Kaya coach Noel Marcaida. “All the players responded well to the game plan against a tough team like JPV.”JPV lost for the second straight game, after missing top scorer Takumi Uesato, who was out due to an injury. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ The Marikina side fell to fifth spot with 18 points.Mintah had a couple of appeals for a penalty waived off earlier before he pounced on Adam Reed’s long ball into the box. After expertly controlling Reed’s pass, Mintah sent the ball past JPV keeper Felipe Tripulca.Kaya’s ploy of sending long balls to its strikers worked anew in the 80th minute when Mendy outfoxed JPV defender Camelo Tacusalme in an aerial challenge before firing to the bottom corner to make it 2-0.Known for its short and crisp passing game, JPV struggled with the poor field conditions which was compounded by rains the past days.Marcaida said his team only played to its strengths.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Pirates, not Lions, in roaring start “We have the strength on top with our strikers and its a good thing we were able capitalize on our chances,” Marcaida added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Yankees acquire 17-year-old Then in trade with Mariners He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold PLAY LIST 04:16Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The weightlifter — 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall — won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. “I do not know about silver or bronze.”Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FILE- In this July 22, 1996 file photo, Naim Suleymanoglu, of Turkey, lifts 147.5kg, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Turkey’s official news agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who was known as “Pocket Hercules” and who won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996, has died. Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He was 50. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)ANKARA, Turkey — Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgA man who reportedly hid cocaine in a Krazy Glue container was on Friday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for trafficking in narcotics.Dexter Cross appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly, who read the charge which stated that he had three grams of cocaine in his possession on March 15, 2019, while he was in the vicinity of Bourda Street, Georgetown.After the charge was read to him, Cross explained to Senior Magistrate Leron Daly that he does not know whether he should plead guilty or not.“Your worship I don’t even know what to say, but it wasn’t me own,” Cross said.As such, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the court after he denied ownership of the drug.The court heard that on the day in question, the defendant was observed acting in a suspicious manner when he was subjected to a search by ranks of the City Constabulary.During the search, the alleged cocaine was found stashed in his trouser pocket, concealed in a container.The prosecution opposed bail citing the prevalence of the offence. The prosecution’s submission was subsequently upheld by the magistrate who remanded Cross to prison.The matter will continue on April 12, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgThey will get a chance to wrap up the championship on Tuesday night, at the Coca-Cola Centre in Grande Prairie. The game starts at 7:30 PST, and will be broadcast live on Moose FM. But in the third, the Flyers would finally pull away.  Adam Loncan scored the winning goal when he got two bangs at a Ryan Carter centring pass.   Todd Alexander scored two consecutive goals, firstly driving to the net and jamming home an Ian Munro pass, and then pouncing on a loose puck behind David Larson, and poking it over the goal line.  Ryan Carter added a final powerplay goal, with he fired a Clayton Bahm feed past David Larson. After the game, Todd Alexander said the difference between the Flyers of games four and five, and the Flyers of games one and three, was mainly in the team’s work ethic. [asset|aid=1141|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3c9917b21524ef79b01bef2aa05729e3-Todd-better_1_Pub.mp3] Todd led the way offensively, with two goals and an assist.  Tyler Brough was held off the scoresheet, but had a lot of goal-scoring chances, and contributed to the offensive threat his line (Brough, Carter, Loncan) provided. [asset|aid=1142|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3c9917b21524ef79b01bef2aa05729e3-brough-feelsgood_1_Pub.mp3] And so, the Flyers win game five 7-3, and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Campbell Cup finals. Advertisement The Senior Flyers won their second game in as many nights on Sunday evening, to take a 3-2 lead in the NPHL Campbell Cup finals. After dominating game four in Grande Prairie, the Flyers kept their feet on the gas in Sunday’s game five. Fort St. John also had a full team on the bench, and a lineup similar to what is expected for the upcoming MacKenzie Cup.  The extra bodies helped the Flyers play their physical brand of hockey, which led to success on the forecheck, and helped earn more powerplays.  – Advertisement -Ryan Carter was playing his second game of the playoffs, after chipping in a hat-trick in Saturday’s game four. Chad Vizzutti remained with the team, after starting in goal for games three and four, though it was Troy Hunt who got the start. And, Tyler Brough played his first game of the playoffs, joining a line alongside Ryan Carter and Adam Loncan. Brough admitted playing with those two carries a bit of pressure to contribute offensively, but says it’s a challenge he welcomes. [asset|aid=1140|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3c9917b21524ef79b01bef2aa05729e3-Brough-line_1_Pub.mp3] It was Grande Prairie who scored first, when Jason Jubb redirected a Mike Mohr point-shot, and then fired home the rebound.  Arlo Hadland would get the Flyers on the board, when his slap-shot from the right point found its way to the back of the net.  The Flyers took a first period lead, when Matt Shuya chipped a puck ahead to Paul Wiens, whose centring pass was swatted in by Dustin Kersey. Though the Flyers would control the puck for the majority of the second, the Athletics would fight back with a couple of goals against the flow of play.  Grande Prairie tied the game 2-2, when Luke Middleton shattered a stick, and Tyler Loney mishandled the puck right in front of Troy Hunt, with the free chance converted by Jordan Bombier.  Ian Munro regained the Flyer lead, when he deflected a Mike Shipton point shot past Larson, for the Fleyrs first powerplay goal of the night.  Halfway through the second, DJ McDonald tied the game again, when his snapper just trickled through Troy Hunt, to make it 3-3 after 40 minutes. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Tags: asaph mwebazeMaroons FCOnduparakaUganda Premier League Asaph Mwebaze has signed a three year deal with the Arua based side (File Photo)Uganda Premier League side Onduparaka F.C has named Asaph Mwebaze as their new head coach. This comes days after Mwebza’s former side Maroons confirmed that George ‘Best’ Nsimbe was taking over at the Prison side, leaving him (Mwebaze) without employment.Mwebaze led Maroons to  10th place finish last season in the league, something that was supposed to be an achievement to the side.The reason as to why he fell out with his former side remains unknown but at Onduparaka, he will face a huge task of trying to improve their fourth place finish from the 2017/18 season.Mwebaze signs a three year deal and will replace Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, who was suspended before he took over Kyetume (temporarily) and finally settled at Mbarara City F.C.Mwebaze a hands on tactician will work closely with Onduparaka’s first team assistant, Simone Masabe as well as technical director, Loe Adra.His first task will be trying to get the Arua based side into the semi finals of the FUFA Super 8 when they take on SC Villa later this week.The Catapillers have recruited massively ahead of the 2018/19 season that starts in just under two weeks time, signing Nicholas Kagaba, Richard Ayiko, Fred Agandu, Denis Okot, Amis Muwonge and Abel Etrude.Comments last_img read more

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first_imgVirgin Australia will this week begin selling a new brand of extra legroom seats that comes with a range of perks and will account for about 20 per cent of economy class seats on its 75-aircraft Boeing 737 fleet.Economy X seating will launch on May 21 and comes with three inches (7.62cm) of additional legroom, designated overhead lockers, priority boarding and priority screening.Touted by the airline as an Australian first, the new product will be available for an additional $29 one-way on short sectors such as Sydney-Melbourne with prices ranging up to an extra $149 on its longest routes to Los Angeles.  A transcontinental route such as Brisbane-Perth will cost an extra $59 each way.It goes on sale Thursday and can be purchased when selecting a seat during the booking process, at check-in, at any time through the Virgin website’s Manage Your Booking feature or through a travel agent. Velocity Platinum frequent flyers will get the seat free for themselves and companions on domestic or short-haul international bookings.The seats will feature a 34-inch seat pitch, as opposed to the 31-inches in normal economy seating, and will be take up first three rows of the economy cabin in Boeing 737 aircraft as well as the exit rows. The airline has managed to accommodate the roomier seats without putting the squeeze on other B737 economy passengers by using space available in the partition between economy and business class.Virgin’s entire B737 fleet is being reconfigured and most of the work is due to be finished by the end of May, although the airline warns there will still be a small number of aircraft with a limited number of the new seats until August.On long-haul international flights, Economy X replaces Economy Space+ and will offer extra legroom, premium check-in and boarding, designated overhead locker space, guaranteed first meal choice and noise-cancelling headphones.The number of Economy X seats will vary according to aircraft type with 24 to 30 available on Boeing 737 aircraft, eight on Airbus A330s and 57 on international Boeing 777-300ER flights. In some cases, it is limited to the exit rows.The move is in keeping with current airline thinking that people get annoyed when they believe features such as checked baggage are being taken away but are happy to pay extra if they see additional benefits. Passengers in the ordinary economy seats will still get complimentary food, checked baggage and entertainment.“We know that speed on the ground and space in the air are important to our guests, which is why we’re excited to launch Economy X,’’ said Virgin Australia Airlines group executive John Thomas said in a statement.  “Economy X will empower passengers to tailor their travel experience and will give them more choice when they fly. I’m confident that Economy X will be very well received by guests.”Virgin also on Wednesday revealed more details on its plans to roll-out in-flight wi-fi, saying customer testing will start in April and will be provided by connectivity company  Gogo through Optus satellites on domestic and New Zealand services.The airline said the three-month testing period will be used to test the customer response to the GoGo’s 2Ku technology on which passengers will also be able to use  streaming services such as Netflix, Pandora and  Stan. The service would then be rolled out across its Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330 and Boeing 77 aircraft.Virgin has yet to reveal its business model for in-flight wi-fi and whether it will charge for the service. However, it has reportedly been surveying passengers to see how much they would be willing to pay.Qantas is offering its fast wi-fi service, which has already been shown to offer download speeds of between 7Mbps and 12 Mbps using advanced Ka satellite technology, for free. It was forced to delay the public launch of the service this week because of technical issues.last_img read more

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first_img23 January 2012 ‘I’ve beaten Ernie and Retief in a playoff“I’ve beaten Ernie and Retief in a playoff and I know that I can do it again,” Grace said after securing victory. With the victory at Fancourt, he also became only the fifth South African to win back-to-back European Tour titles, following Dale Hayes (1978 Italian Open and French Open), Ernie Els (2005 Dubai Desert Classic and Qatar Masters), Richard Sterne (2009 Alfred Dunhill Championship and South African Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (2010 Africa Open and Joburg Open). It was also Grace’s second European Tour title in succession, extending his lead at the top of the Race to Dubai standings. Branden Grace (-12) 68, 66, 75, 71, 280Ernie Els (-12) 71, 71, 71, 67, 280Retief Goosen (-12) 72, 68, 70, 70, 280Nicolas Colsaerts (-11) 64, 76, 69, 72, 281Charl Schwartzel (-10) 75, 67, 68, 72, 282Jose Maria Olazabel (-8) 71, 68, 72, 73, 284Raphael Jacquelin (-6) 71, 69, 77, 69, 286Louis Oosthuizen (-6) 69, 71, 72, 74, 286Thomas Aiken (-5) 68, 70, 77, 72, 287Padraig Harrington (-4) 69, 73, 70, 76, 288Paul Lawrie (-4) 72, 68, 74, 74, 288Oliver Fisher (-4) 77, 72, 69, 71, 288 Grace, meanwhile, had two putts for birdie, while Els needed a long putt to extend the playoff. Els failed to sink it and Grace tapped in for the win. Playing behind Goosen and Els, Grace had an opportunity to wrap up victory on the final hole with a short four-foot putt for birdie. Shockingly, he missed, setting up a three-way playoff. “I actually thought I’d hit a good putt, but it was just a little too soft,” he told the Sunshine Tour’s website. Grace’s win was the fifth by a South African in the last seven European Tour events. It will also catapult him up the official world golf rankings from 258th place just over a week ago to inside the top 100. Grace produced two fine rounds to lead the event by four shots at the halfway mark, after shooting a 68 and a 66, but a 75 in the third round pulled the field closer together, with Grace and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts leading on six-under-par 209, one shot clear of Charl Schwartzel and Goosen, and two ahead of Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabel. That miss sent the trio back to the 18th. Els found the rough on the left off the tee and was forced to lay up, while Goosen and Grace knocked their drives down the fairway. Goosen’s second, however, found the front right of the green. His chip was disappointing, leaving him far from the hole.center_img Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With an elite 35-man field, made up of European Tour winners from the previous season and players who had won 10 or more European Tour titles in their careers, the Volvo Golf Champions win was undoubtedly the most prestigious title of the 23-year-old’s career. LEADERBOARD South Africa’s Branden Grace defeated fellow countrymen and long-time idols Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff to win the star-studded Volvo Golf Champions at The Links at Fancourt in the Western Cape on Sunday. Apart from the biggest winner’s cheque of his career of €350 000 (approximately R3.59-million, bringing his two-week haul to R5.71-million), Grace secured some important extras, including European Tour exemption until 2014, and places at the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, WGC-HSBC Champions, and the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions. ‘Just a little too soft’ By following up his maiden title in the Joburg Open with a second win just a week later, he became only the sixth man in European Tour history to achieve the feat and the first since Fred Couples in 1995. Els began the final round four shots off the pace, but found his form to come home in 67 after three successive rounds of 71. Goosen, meanwhile, was steady and posted a 70 to go with previous rounds of 72, 68, and 70 to join Els on 12-under-par 280.last_img read more

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Tags:#Application Virtualization#solution-series Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts There are countless conversations about the advantages of using virtualization for business critical applications. But what about app management in a virtual environment? We turned to Focus to get some perspectives on this topic. The views are diverse and should give some insights into this ever-evolving discussion about managing business critical apps in a virtualized environment.A common theme is the difference between physical servers and a virtualized environment. The difference may seem basic to some but the difference points to what can come when applications are no longer tied to a physical servers.Berndt Harzog is an analyst for the Virtualization Practice. He is also CEO and founder of APM Experts. He writes:The challenges are many, but the most important one is that unlike physical servers you cannot infer the performance of applications running on virtualized servers by looking at resource utilization statistics like CPU usage, memory usage, and I/O (network and storage) rates.You need to assess the performance of your infrastructure by using tools that tell you infrastructure response time (end to end latency for all requests) and applications response time. This means you need to throw out all of your legacy tools and start over.David Lynch, the founder of the FIOS Group states that virtualized environments require a combination of change management, release management, configuration management and optimization.In his view, integrated systems can be more effective than a collection of tools. The programmatic nature of virtualized environments means that it can be difficult to use multiple tools when there are issues such as capacity, performance and sprawl.Jonathan Eunice, principal IT advisor with Illuminata, maintains that you need to manage the applications, not just the virtual environment:Running them virtual improves some of their characteristics, such as infrastructure utilization, flexibility of deployment, workload mobility, and so on. But it doesn’t change the fact that you still need to monitor the apps and services themselves. Their throughput, responsiveness, availability, and other operational characteristics are just as important as if they were running on physical infrastructure.Indeed, monitoring app/service characteristics is probably more important once you go virtual, given the relative newness of virtual infrastructure, and the typical need to demonstrate that the apps are running just fine on a shared infrastructure. You can only do that by monitoring app/service characteristics and reporting them in business-relevant terms.This is an evolving discussion. The enterprise is more interconnected than it has ever been before. Apps are migrating to virtual networks. But that’s just the first step. The bulk of the work is in managing the virtual network and the apps that sit on top.last_img read more

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first_imgRecessed lightingRecessed light fixtures are airtight, IC rated and sealed to drywall unless fixtures are in conditioned space. FireplaceFireplace walls include air barrier. Electric/phone box on exterior wallAir barrier extends behind boxes or air-sealed-type boxes are installed. Ceiling/AtticAir barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit is substantially aligned with insulation, and any gaps are sealed. Attic access (except unvented attic), kneewall door, or drop-down stair is sealed. ComponentCriteria Rim joistsRim joists are insulated and include an air barrier Crawl space wallsInsulation is permanently attached to walls. Exposed earth in unvented crawl spaces is covered with Class I vapor retarder, with overlapping joints taped. WallsCorners and headers are insulated. Junction of foundation and sill plate is sealed. Significant changes in the energy provisions of the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) include air-sealing measures. Section N1102.4, “Air Leakage,” has been completely rewritten to include detailed prescriptive air-sealing measures.The builder has two options to demonstrate compliance. One is commonly known as a blower-door test, ostensibly be performed by a third party who would issue a report to the builder to pass on to the inspector. The test ensures that air leakage is less than 7 air changes per hour (ACH) with a pressure of 50 pascals (0.007 psi).The second option is a visual inspection (by an inspector) of several air barrier criteria and insulation. Table N1102.4.2 breaks down what is required for each component: Air barrier and thermal barrierExterior thermal envelope insulation for framed walls is installed in substantial contact and continuous alignment with building envelope and air barrier. Breaks or joints in the air barrier are filled or repaired. Air-permeable insulation is not used as a sealing material. Narrow cavitiesBatts in narrow cavities are cut to fit, or narrow cavities are filled by spray sprayed/blown insulation.center_img Shafts, penetrationsDuct shafts, utility penetrations, kneewalls and flue shaft opening to exterior or unconditioned space are sealed. Garage separationAir sealing is provided between the garage and conditioned space. Plumbing and wiringInsulation is placed between outside and pipes. Batt insulation is cut to fit around wiring, and plumbing or sprayed/blown insulation extends behind piping and wiring. Shower/tub on exterior wallShowers and tubs on exterior walls have insulation and an air barrier separating them from the exterior wall. Common wallAir barrier is installed in common wall between dwelling units (condo or townhomes). Windows and doorsSpace between window and door jambs and framing is sealed. HVAC register bootsHVAC register boots that penetrate building envelope are sealed to subfloor or drywall. Floors (including above garage and cantilevered floors)Insulation is installed to maintain permanent contact with underside of subfloor decking. Air barrier is installed at any exposed edge of floor. In addition to these measures, this section also adds a few extra requirements:New wood-burning fireplaces have gasketed doors and outside combustion air.Windows, skylights, and sliding-glass doors have air infiltration rates of no more than .3 cubic feet per minute (CFM).Recessed lighting installed in the building thermal envelope must be IC rated and sealed to prevent air leakage.last_img read more

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first_imgCompetition on many levelsEach of the houses is about 1,000 square feet. Students not only have to design the houses, but also figure out how they can be knocked down, shipped to the site of the competition, and then reassembled on a tight schedule.Each of the 10 contests had its own objectives and scoring rules. Organizers said this year’s contest put special emphasis on innovation, water use, energy use, and market potential. By the end of the competition, Switzerland had accumulated 873.409 points to become the overall winner with first-place finishes in six separate categories.The University of Maryland was second with 824.717 points, and a team from the University of Denver and the University of California, Berkeley, was third with 808.635 points.In addition to assembling and running their demonstration homes under deadline pressure, student teams also contended with weather that brought rain, sleet, snow, and wind to the site near the Denver airport. Dutch and Swiss projects were shipped through Houston, which had been struck by Hurricane Harvey just a couple of weeks before teams were due in Denver. Shipping snafus also slowed down other teams. Snow in Denver prompted officials to close the Solar Decathlon for one day out of safety concerns, according to an article in The Denver Post.But students were clearly delighted with the opportunity to see their projects finally come to fruition, and to see what other competitors had cooked up.Typical was this comment from Flavia Viscardi of the Swiss team, who was asked what she considered to be the highlight of the competition: “Meeting the other teams. And the fact that the competition is real now. We’ve been working on it two years, and now it’s concrete. The best thing is being in the United States and to actually build the dream.” Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon-Neutral HouseSolar Decathlon Winners Embrace Passivhaus StandardAn Innovative Net-Zero Solar Decathlon HouseEnergy and Building Programs Brace for Trump Budget “This flexibility ensures that, over time, the house will meet the needs of the greatest number of occupants while using the least amount of land and facilitating strong connections within the neighborhood,” the team said.Among NeighborHub’s features:Laminated veneer lumber for both the house and its furniture.Walls that include photovoltaic panels and also collect heat from the sun for space and water heating.A vegetated roof with plants chosen specifically to attract bees.Two vertical greenhouses, one of which has an aquaponic system for breeding fish.A toilet that uses worms to treat and recycle waste.After the competition, the house will be shipped back to Innovation Square in Fribourg, which already includes research and development facilities. RELATED ARTICLES A team representing four Swiss schools emerged as the overall winner in this year’s Solar Decathlon in Denver, Colorado, with an entry called “NeighborHub.”The biennial competition included a total of 11 student teams this year, two of them from Europe, that have been at work for nearly two years designing and building solar-powered demonstration homes. In addition to competing for the overall winner’s title, teams also were judged in 10 separate areas, such as architecture, market potential, innovation, and engineering.Student teams typically seek partners to help cover the expense of developing, building, and moving the houses. This year, for the first time, the Department of Energy also awarded cash prizes, including $300,000 for the first place winner.The Swiss team was comprised of students of from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg; Geneva University of Art and Design; and the University of Fribourg. Their entry, according to a project description provided by the Department of Energy, was designed so that in addition to being used as a dwelling, the building also could be used for community meals, educational workshops, or even bicycle repair.last_img read more

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