Historic Preservation and Green Renovation

first_img Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old WindowsInsulated Storm Windows?Replace That Window?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance?7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Options At a recent round-table meeting on sustainable historic preservation, I was struck by how much alignment there is between preservation and green renovation. Now, green renovation is a wide and diverse field, and some of the deep energy retrofit people probably don’t have the same opinion on sustainable preservation standards as I do, but disagreements just help to keep things interesting and further the conversation.I certainly have my issues with historic commissions. In fact, my local group managed to cause enough delays in approval of a new house for myself that I have put the whole project on hold until the economy picks up.The Secretary of the Interior’s rehab standardsFollowing the discussion, I located a document that the speakers referred us to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. (Man, is that a mouthful!)The book (or pdf document if you prefer) is a reasonably well thought out guide to making appropriate decisions on sustainable rehabilitation projects. It was designed to expand on and replace a small chapter on Energy Conservation in earlier guidelines. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img WindowsThe guidelines appropriately recommend doing building diagnostics before undertaking energy efficiency work – always a good idea. They prioritize weatherization appropriately – insulate attics, insulate crawl spaces, and fix air leakage before insulating walls and replacing windows.Saving old windowsSpeaking of windows, this is probably the biggest issue with preservationists – they look to save existing historic windows in almost all cases, with very few exceptions. Recommendations for existing windows include repairing sashes, adding weatherstripping, and adding interior or exterior storms to improve performance – steps which very often provide better value and are overall as sustainable as, or more sustainable than, window replacement.The guidelines promote operable windows for natural ventilation, open porches, shutters, and awnings for shading and passive cooling, vestibules, the use of natural light, and low VOC finishes. Some other key concepts they promote, all very logical, include not insulating wall cavities that are susceptible to water infiltration and installing renewables only after all efficiency improvements are implemented. I like the way they think!What about spray foam?I found only one area where they guidelines and the speakers at the round-table separate themselves from standard green renovation practices – their fear of foam insulation. The major issue is their concern with reversibility, followed by a fear of creating moisture problems by using it.On the first issue, I believe that they are not properly distinguishing between low-density and high-density foam. Low-density (or open-cell) foam can be removed without damage, and while it may leave some residue that non foam insulations don’t, I don’t believe that it should be dismissed out of hand. High-density or closed-cell foam is often more difficult to remove, and while I don’t fully agree with the concept of reversibility, I will concede this point to the historians.On the second issue, two speakers at the round-table responded to a question about spray foam insulation by stating their view that it often traps moisture and causes structural damage. In addition, the National Trust website states, “Spray foam insulation … can hinder airflow and lead to the rotting of timber-frame members.”While this issue is not explicitly stated in the guidelines, it is often repeated, I feel incorrectly, by preservationists. Spray foam is one of the best ways to improve the performance of an existing building, and when installed correctly and in the proper location, won’t create any more moisture problems than any other type of insulation.Here is to hoping that in the name of better building performance, there may be some flexibility in their future guidelines.Old thinking is new againIn doing research for this post, I ran across this short piece on windows on the National Park Service website, which I think provides a good guide for sustainable design: “Early builders and architects dealt with the poor thermal properties of windows in two ways. First, the number of windows in a building was kept to only those necessary to provide adequate light and ventilation. Second, to minimize the heat gain or loss from windows, historic buildings often included interior or exterior shutters, interior venetian blinds, curtains and drapes, or exterior awnings.”Given how many buildings have too much glazing, much of which isn’t operable or effectively shaded, it seems like our forefathers had some pretty good ideas about how to build right.last_img read more

3 killed in clashes near Dera HQ

first_imgThree persons were killed and four sustained injuries in violent clashes between the supporters of the Dera chief and the police in Sirsa as violence erupted near the Dera headquarters here on Friday evening, soon after the CBI court pronounced its verdict holding Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a rape case.The clashes took place around 5 p.m. after a mob torched a milk plant, a paper mill and a power sub-station near Shahpur Begu village. A Hindi news channel journalist was also manhandled by the mob.3 in serious conditionOne of the deceased has been identified as Wazir Chand, a resident of Sukh Sagar Colony. The identities of the other two deceased were yet to be established. “Three of the injured are serious and have been referred to the medical college hospital in Abroha,” said Deputy Director, Haryana Public Relations Department, Satish Mehra.The violent protests against the verdict, however, mostly remained confined to the neighbourhood of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises on the outskirts of the city. Gurbaksh, one of the Dera followers, said the verdict was not acceptable to him and lakhs of the supporters.last_img read more

‘Enjoy hell:’ Doctor’s sentence next for assaulting gymnasts

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES Read Next Frankie Lim tempering expectations but optimistic for Perpetual’s campaign John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which is the sport’s national governing organization and trains Olympians. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)LANSING, Mich. — After listening to the riveting pleas of more than 150 victims, a judge is set to sentence a Michigan doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse by molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes instead of solving their sports injuries.Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear from a few more victims and then send Larry Nassar to prison Wednesday, the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that has given the girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront him in court. He faces a minimum prison term of 25 to 40 years but it could go higher.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The judge is likely to be unsparing in her treatment of Nassar. Aquilina has praised the victims who have appeared in her court since Jan. 16, calling them “sister survivors,” while also assuring them that their perpetrator will pay. The women have included Olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.“Your words are vital. They are as strong as your martial arts,” Aquilina told Christina Barba, who has known Nassar for decades and practices karate. “They will take him down quicker and cleaner than any kick you’ve got.”Hutchins and Mattie Larson, a former national gymnast, talked about how Nassar won their allegiance with candy, Olympic trinkets and encouraging words while they were under constant scrutiny from their demanding coaches.Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to compete in college, heaped scorn on Nassar.“I cannot believe I ever trusted you and I will never forgive you,” she said Tuesday. “I’m happy you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. Enjoy hell by the way.”ADVERTISEMENT Among those expected to speak on the last day: Rachael Denhollander, a Kentucky woman who contacted Michigan State University police in 2016 after reading reports about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints of sexual misconduct. Nassar worked at Michigan State and also was the national gymnastics squad’s doctor.Nassar, 54, eventually pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, including Denhollander, but the sentencing hearing has been open to anyone who said they were a victim. His accusers said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them, often without explanation, while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to care for them properly, were in denial about what was happening or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.“I’d been told during my entire gymnastics career to not question authority,” a former elite gymnast, Isabell Hutchins, said Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emily Morales had a softer message.“I want you to apologize to me right here,” the 18-year-old told Nassar. “I want to forgive you, but I also want to hear you tell me that you regret all the hurting you caused.”He did. She replied with, “Thank you.”Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan.last_img read more

Puneri Paltan begin their campaign with a bang

first_imgMumbai, June 25 (PTI) Puneri Paltan began the defence of their title with a naroow 28-24 win over Telugu Titans in the opening game the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, here today. The Titans started aggressively and put in a solid all-round performance with their attack and defense working well in tandem. Paltans raider struggled in the first half and their Nitin Tomar was restricted to zero points. It took nine minutes for the Titans to inflict the first all-out of the match with the score at 11-6. It looked like the defending champions were losing their grip on the match but came back to reduce the deficit to two points and the score at half time was 15-13 in the favour of Telugu Titans. The second half, however, was a different story as Paltan showed their mettle and their star man Manjeet Chhillar was solid at the back. With the game on knifes edge at 18-17, Puneri Paltan struck at the right time to inflict their first all-out. Vinod scored five points for the Titans as did Sandeep Narwal. Tomar who was looking out of sorts for the most of the game crucially scored his first point to make ita four-point game in favor of Pune. With score at 22-18, Telugu Titans captain Rahul Chaudhry failed with a do-or-die raid. For a while, it looked like Titans might just stage a comeback and with two TV reviews going in their favour but Puneri Paltan held their nerve. Chhillar marshaled his troops magnificently and showed why he is considered one of the best players in the league. Both teams showed their defensive prowess and it was a bit surprising to see both teams missing out more than a few do-or-die raids. Paltans Sonu Narwal was adjudged the best raider of the match whereas Chhillar was the best defender. PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic Is Falling Behind In His Quest To Break Roger Federers

After an extraordinary run, Djokovic has been merely ordinary, by his high standards. Over a seven-year stretch from Wimbledon in 2009 through the French Open last year, he played all 28 majors and reached 28 quarterfinals, 24 semis and 18 finals, winning 11. In a sport increasingly dominated by veterans, Djokovic was getting better as he aged, netting seven finals and six titles from his last eight majors of the stretch. Since then, though, he has a second-round loss, a final loss and a third-round loss. That kind of run used to be respectable even for the world’s best players: Sampras had a worse three-major stretch when he was No. 1 in 1997-98. But more recently Djokovic, Federer and Nadal set a much higher standard of consistency. Now that all three are struggling, Andy Murray has capitalized, winning 29 of his last 30 matches to take a commanding lead in the rankings over No. 2 Djokovic.Djokovic is far from finished. Some of his struggles could be chalked up to bad luck: All three of his recent Grand Slam losses were close, and came after a stretch in which he’d won all his close calls. He’s healthy and sounded motivated in Melbourne after having discussed his quest to find emotional fulfillment on the court last fall. Even during his slump, he has won six of nine matches against fellow top 10 players, including a defeat of Murray two weeks ago. He was favored by experts and Elo ratings to win the Australian Open, and barring injury he’ll be one of the favorites at each of the year’s remaining three majors.But time is not on his side. With each upset loss, Djokovic becomes a little less likely to catch up to his rivals for the sport’s most distinguished record. Share on Facebook Seven months ago, it was hard to imagine Novak Djokovic losing a Grand Slam match: He’d won his last 28, and 53 of his last 55. And 24 hours ago, it was hard to imagine him losing an Australian Open match: He’d won his last 15, and 40 of his last 41. But on Thursday in Melbourne, Djokovic crashed out in the second round to Denis Istomin, 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Djokovic will be 30 by the time the next major starts (the French Open begins May 28), and he’ll still be stuck on 12 career major titles. His pursuit of Roger Federer’s record 17 titles has stalled out around the same age that slowed Federer and the other two guys Djokovic is chasing: Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras. read more

Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless

first_img Updated: 10:11 AM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, April 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego real estate developer Affirmed Housing broke ground today on an East Village development that will provide housing and supportive services for local residents who have dealt with homelessness.The project, dubbed the LINK, will include 72 permanent housing units and 14 studios that will be affordable for residents who earn 50 percent or less of the region’s median income. The 50,000-square-foot apartment building will also include services for formerly homeless residents, provided by Father Joe’s Villages.“The LINK will provide quality housing and on-site supportive services, designed to enrich the lives of our residents,” said Affirmed Housing President James Silverwood. “This comprehensive approach will offer this vulnerable population a high level of support, which we have seen lead to success in addressing homelessness.”According to Affirmed Housing, project architect Carrier Johnson + CULTURE will design the complex with a metal facade and exposed concrete to pay homage to the surrounding area’s “creative fabrication.”Affirmed Housing received more than $48 million in financial assistance from Bank of America last year to begin developing the LINK. “Working closely with Affirmed Housing and Civic San Diego, this public-private partnership has created a truly transformative community for our most vulnerable San Diegans,” said Bank of America’s San Diego Market President Rick Bregman.Affirmed Housing did not disclose when it estimates the project will be completed.center_img Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diegos Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statement

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The investigation of Russian Collusion is legally over. There was no collusion, and insufficient evidence to bring a case of obstruction. Yet, the Democrats in San Diego’s Congressional delegation are not convinced President Trump is clear of committing a crime.As KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, our local Congressman believe President Trump is guilty of Obstructions, and they want to begin impeachment proceedings.Later in the newscast, Political Analyst and Attorney Vik Bajaj reacted to the Mueller statement. Watch his full interview by clicking here. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh Updated: 5:56 PMcenter_img May 29, 2019 Posted: May 29, 2019 San Diego’s Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statementlast_img read more

CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing

first_imgSaudi Arabia`s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York on 27 March. Photo: ReutersThe CIA believes Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating president Donald Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally.The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that prince Mohammed was not involved.The CIA’s finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing.Both the White House and the State Department declined to comment.”The claims in this purported assessment is false,” a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement. “We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.”Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government and a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October when he went there to pick up documents he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.Khashoggi had resisted pressure from Riyadh for him to return home. Saudi officials have said a team of 15 Saudi nationals were sent to confront Khashoggi at the consulate and that he was accidentally killed in a chokehold by men who were trying to force him to return to the kingdom.Turkish officials have said the killing was intentional and have been pressuring Saudi Arabia to extradite those responsible to stand trial. An adviser to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of trying to cover up the murder.Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday that he was seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the killing. The prosecutor, Shalaan al-Shalaan, told reporters the crown prince knew nothing of the operation, in which Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and removed from the consulate.US officials have been sceptical that prince Mohammed would not have known about plans to kill Khashoggi, given his control over Saudi Arabia.The Post, citing people familiar with the matter, said the CIA’s assessment was based in part on a phone call the crown prince’s brother, prince Khaled bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi.Prince Khaled told Khashoggi he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so, the Post said.The newspaper, citing people familiar with the call, said it was not clear if the prince knew Khashoggi would be killed but that he made the call at his brother’s direction.The prince said in a Twitter post on Friday that the last contact he had with Khashoggi was via text on 26 October, 2017, nearly a year before the journalist’s death.”I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” prince Khaled said.The Post said the CIA also examined a call from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after Khashoggi’s killing.Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side, made the call to Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Prince Mohammed, to inform him the operation had been completed, the Post said, citing people familiar with the call.last_img