Magnolia beats San Miguel but still falls to No. 7

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ “Going into the playoffs it’s a good game and a good victory for us. We know it’s not easy to go into the playoffs. We encountered a lot of challenges, injuries and import changes,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino.It wasn’t the result Magnolia desired but Victolero was still pleased to take the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was still a good last game for us because we’re able to get our character. It’s always good to win so we can’t say we’re not happy because we won. We tried to achieve winning by 14 points but this win allows us to have momentum going into the playoffs.”The Hotshots led by as much as eight, 90-82, but the Beermen managed to keep them in a safe distance. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Froome starts pursuit of 5th Tour de France title Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Wayne Chism powered Magnolia with 21 points and 14 rebounds while Ian Sangalang also posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Paul Lee also scored 14.Renaldo Balkman had a game-high 31 points while June Mar Fajardo added18 points and 12 rebounds for the Beermen.The quarterfinals begin on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with a pair of best-of-three duels. No. 3 TNT takes on San Miguel in the first game before No. 4 Meralco faces Barangay Ginebra in the main game.The other quarterfinals match-ups start on Tuesday with No. 1 Rain or Shine clashing with GlobalPort and Alaska locking horns with Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA IMAGESMagnolia beat San Miguel Beer, 101-97, Saturday night but the victory wasn’t enough to avoid being in a tough spot heading into the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.The Hotshots needed to win by at least 14 points for them not to slip into seventh place and be in a twice-to-win disadvantage against No. 2 Alaska in the first round of the playoffs. ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

Winners Inc. Presents Festive Gifts to Orphans

first_imgIn support of giving back to Liberians in this festive Season, Liberia’s biggest sports betting company, Winners Incorporated has identified witha little over 100 orphans at Love a Child Orphanage Home situated along the Robert International Airport (RIA) Highway.The company, on Friday December 26, 2014 presented to the home 100 bags of 25KG rice, 100 3gallons of vegetable oil and 17 cartoons of assorted biscuits.Making the presentation on behalf of Winners Inc., the Marketing Manager of the company, Randall Kaybee, said the gifts were part of the company’s way of identifying with Liberians, especially children who are orphans and do not have other means of survival.He said the company started its operations in Liberia since 2010 and has been involved with giving back to Liberians as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility, with special emphasis on needy Liberians,  like the orphans, disabled and blind.Winners will never relent in living up to its commitment to give back to Liberians as a means of buttressing the government’s efforts to help successfully implement the  Poverty Reduction Strategy  (PRS),” said the Winners executive.He pointed out that Winners had over the years identified with several vulnerable institutions in the country.Mr. Kaybee urged the administrators of the home to use the donated items wisely.At the same time, Winners marketing manager encouraged the children to focus on their education and take their lessons seriously,  adding that education is the most powerful gift that a child can boast of.He averred that while it is true that the kids are orphans, “yet  the future looks bright for you, provided if you listen to your teachers and caretakers and give them the greatest respect Do not lose hope; those taking care of you are also mothers and parents.  They know just what is good for you and your survival since you are here striving for your better future.” he advice.Receiving the donated items on behalf of the home, Mother Rebecca Brooks Wreh extolled Winners Inc. and said since the establishment of the institutionin March 4 of 1998, Winners is the first company to have make such a huge offer.The orphanage receives no direct support, she said, adding, “Support has been coming from humanitarians and philanthropists like Winners but not as compared  to the current Winners donation.” In the same vein, Mother Wreh is calling on other well meaning Liberians and philanthropists to emulate the good example of Winners in making sure that the children  survive.Mr. Kaybee was accompanied to the orphanage by the company’s Administrator, Beyan Flomo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parker’s Co-defendant Flomo on the Run?

first_imgDeneah M. Flomo, one of three persons indicted in July in the alleged corruption engulfing the National Port Authority (NPA), has remained at large and has given no sign that he plans to surrender to face charges of economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property.Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ on November 19 ordered his clerk to issue a ‘writ of arrest’ against Flomo and subsequently issue another writ, this time of summon, on Flomo’s Demar Enterprise, to have it represented yesterday. Defendant Flomo is accused of conniving with the suspended NPA Managing Director, Matilda Parker, and her Comptroller, Christiana Kpabar Paelay, to make US$800,000 in illegal payments to his Demar Enterprise Company that is also charged in the indictment. Currently, the whereabouts of Flomo are unknown, since the information regarding his arrest was announced by Judge Blamo Dixon, a court staff hinted the Daily Observer. When our reporter noticed that Flomo was not in the courtroom, he decided to ask some staff of the Criminal Court ‘C” whether or not Flomo had been arrested.“We have not received any writ of arrest from the clerk to arrest Flomo; besides, we don’t know where Flomo is,” the court staff said.Most of the money was deposited in Flomo’s company account at Ecobank, a point prosecutors alleged Flomo confessed to during investigations at the office of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).The LACC has reported that Flomo received more than US$10,000 from the deal.Flomo has never appeared before the court since he was indicted along with his co-defendants, and also not posted bail like the two co-defendants.In the indictment, the prosecution alleged that defendants Parker and Paelay conspired with co-defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise to defraud government of US$837,950 between July 2011 and December 2012.They allegedly designed a criminal scheme in which co-defendants Parker and Paelay awarded two “sole source” contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission.The contracts awarded defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise to remove wrecks from the Port of Greenville and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville on behalf of the NPA.The contracts allegedly valued at U$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively, with claims of fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the NPA to co-defendant Flomo for their personal use.Prosecutors claim that defendants Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise did not possess expertise regarding the contracts, and that he and his enterprise did not render the services to the NPA under the US$800,000 contracts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guardiola hits back at Toure’s racism jibes

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola has coached Yaya Toure at both Barcelona and Manchester City © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMADRID, Spain, Jun 10 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hit back at Yaya Toure denying accusations he’s racist in an interview on Spanish television.“He knows I’m not,” insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure’s previous claims the Spaniard “has problems with Africans”. “What do you want me to do,” added Guardiola in an interview with TV3.“We were together for two years. (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).“It’s not important, it doesn’t matter.”Ivorian international midfielder Toure had told France Football magazine earlier this week that he had questioned whether his skin “colour” had contributed to him being little used by Guardiola during City’s record breaking run to the Premier League title last season.“He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out,” Toure had said.“But when you realise that he has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”Toure, who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona before the Catalan sold him to City, pointed to the treatment his compatriot Wilfried Bony received when Guardiola arrived at City.Bony was quickly loaned out to Stoke City for the 2016/17 season before being sold to Swansea City.Toure said “Pep brutally got rid of Bony”, although the Ivorian’s record since leaving City — four goals in 25 league appearances — hardly suggests Guardiola was mistaken.During his outburst, Toure said he wanted to smash “the myth” surrounding Guardiola.Toure played 319 matches over eight seasons with the Sky Blues and won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup once.But he was limited to just 17 appearances in all competitions last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week on the Preview Show, Tom Rennie is joined by a former Premier League manager in Bobby Gould to discuss not one, but TWO new appointments ahead of game week 9 of the season!Liverpool will be managed by the former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp for the first time as they go to Tottenham, while second from bottom Sunderland will be led by the former West Ham manager Big Sam Allardyce as they go to West Brom.Elsewhere, Bobby has his say on Watford, Wenger and… Red Adair.Also on the show… the former Manchester United and Ipswich Town striker Alan Brazil picks his three to watch and Nathan Quao from Citi FM in Ghana (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img read more

Wenger hints at shock revelation and insists Arsenal can win the title next year

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted this current squad can win the Premier League, and revealed he will one day explain this season’s drop in performance.The Gunners finished the campaign in fifth position after a loss of form following two consecutive defeats to Everton and Manchester City in December.Arsenal had only lost once in the Premier League up until that point, and Wenger hinted he will disclose the reasons behind their demise when the time is right.He told talkSPORT: “I think what is the most important is this group of players stay together because they have exceptional quality, they have matured a lot and learned a lot this season.“The strength they have shown in the last two months in a very hostile environment tells you something special about them.“No matter what happens, I’m convinced this group will win the Premier League [either] next year or [in the future]. If you keep them together they will be a force next year.“We were a force this year until December, fighting for the championship [but] after we dropped off. I will say one day the real reason behind that but it doesn’t take away from the quality of the players.”last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Releases 2019 Schedule

first_img“We look forward to another challenging non-conference schedule,” said Horner. “Our two exhibitions and first four matches will test us straight away. Colorado was nationally ranked last season, and Denver, Baylor and Saint Louis all competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. We are excited to see how we stack up against them then need to be prepared to execute against our next stretch of mostly home games against mid-majors to gain momentum leading into MVC play.” Drake’s first exhibition contest is at home against Creighton on Aug. 14 before it visits Iowa State on Aug. 17 for its final preseason competition. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program released its 2019 schedule, head coach Lindsey Horner announced Wednesday, June 19. Drake will prepare for the 2019 campaign with two exhibition contests before its scheduled to play 17 regular season matches, including seven Missouri Valley Conference contests. The Bulldogs’ home slate begins on Aug. 30 against Baylor in the first of 10 home matches. Drake has six home matches at the Cownie Soccer Complex scheduled for September, including its league opener against the defending MVC regular season and tournament champions, Loyola, on Sept. 28. 2019 Schedule Drake starts the regular season with two matches in Colorado with the season opener at Colorado on Aug. 22 followed by a short trip to Denver on Aug. 25. Those two matches are the first of seven road matches and includes the regular season finale, at Illinois State, on Oct. 31.center_img The Bulldogs start October on the road with back-to-back matches at Missouri State on Oct. 5 and at Evansville on Oct. 12. Drake then hosts three-straight home matches, beginning with in-state rival UNI on Oct. 16 followed by Indiana State on Oct. 20 and finally senior day against Valparaiso on Oct. 26. Story Links The 2019 MVC Tournament begins with on-campus matches on Nov. 3 before the semifinals on Nov. 8 and championship on Nov. 10 are hosted by Missouri State. Print Friendly Version “Our league will be a battle again this year and the first matchup against Loyola at home will be so important to MVC standings,” Horner said. “I like that we have four MVC home games, but our three away league opponents are traditionally very good on their home field.”last_img read more


first_imgVogue Williams will appear at Pulse Venue Letterkenny this weekend.The newly-renovated Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny was BUZZING again on Saturday night and is set to do the same again this week following the announcement that DJ Vogue Williams and her husband Brian McFadden are set to perform at the club this weekend.At the PULSE we have SIX rooms and NINE bars spread over two floors and are bringing a new clubbing experience to DONEGAL which makes it Letterkenny’s No.1 nightclub.Customers rocked the night away with the fabulous LOGUES playing in the Live experience room. Dara K was belting out the tunes in The Club and Paul R was playing the best of the hits in The Living room.If dancing wasn’t for you, then revellers could take in the relaxing vibe of the Secret Garden or tuck in to a delicious Pizza from the Pizza shack or go all out for the VIP experience in the Reserve lounge.This Saturday night we have Irish model and DJ Vogue Williams and Former Westlife star Brian McFadden playing in The Club.Vogue is Ireland hottest celebrity at the moment and is sure to have everybody strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Brian was part of the hugely successful Westlife band before going his separate way and becoming a huge success in Australia.Upstairs in the LIVE experience we have Shaken Edge who with an energetic mix of Pop and rock the crowd will surely be entertained.Why not go to our Facebook page Pulse Letterkenny for your chance to win free entry and a bottle of Bubbly. VOGUE WILLIAMS AND BRIAN MCFADDEN TO APPEAR AT PULSE NIGHTCLUB LETTERKENNY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: April 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Pulse Venuelast_img read more

Foundations — Part 1

first_imgNot too long ago I found myself in a deep conversation (pun intended) about frost-protected slabs with some other architects and building professionals. I was surprised at the energy surrounding the topic. We all seemed to have developed substantial differences in the details on our own and we were all learning from each other.I was equally surprised at how fresh this concept seemed — I mean, haven’t we been founding our wood structures on the ground for centuries now? Millennia, even?The diversity of approaches has to do with our culture’s new desire to create ultra-energy-efficient houses. I walked away thinking that we should do a podcast on the subject, but then I thought about how much drawing we all did, and wondered if an audio podcast was a good forum for this topic.Luckily, with the courage supplied by a good cocktail and the “challenge accepted” attitude and encouragement from Phil, we decided we’d make a go of it. We decided we’d cover the concepts in audio form and provide some details from our own work here on GBA.So here’s a quick disclaimer about the details provided: We’re providing them for the purposes of education and discussion. Be sure to consult with your own structural engineers and code enforcement officials before proceeding. This is especially true for the frost-protected slabs. In fact, some of the details we are showing involved conversations of “equivalency” with code enforcement officers. Some of these details deviate from the less-than-adequate section from the IRC 403.3, but would, in our professional opinion, perform better. PODCAST: An Update on the Pretty Good House, Part 1Foam Under FootingsPolyethylene Under Concrete Slabs Insulating a Slab on GradeHow to Insulate a Basement WallPart 3 – GBA Passivhaus Series Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations Radon Mitigation Systems RELATED CONTENT Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes— you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free! The highlights:The 1401. Our cocktail of the episode is made possible by Maine Craft Distilling and is a variation of their cocktail, the 1400.The basics. Foundations hold up the building, keep out the water, and, done well, can really help to insulate your house.Radon. It’s a radioactive gas and you may have built your home over the elements producing it. It can cause brain and lung cancer, so you need a plan to detect and mitigate it.Frost. Deal with it. You either need to build down to get below the frost (with frost walls), or insulate out to bring the frost line up (with a frost-protected slab).Slabs. Where the vapor barrier goes, and how to treat the slab edge to prevent a thermal bridge.Frost-protected slabs. Why do them? They can be cheaper and more energy-efficient, for the right project and with the right detailing.Be sure to check out Part Two where we will discuss basements and the evil crawl spaces.Thanks for tuning in. Cheers!TRANSCRIPTChris: Hey everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. I’m your host, Chris Briley.Phil: And I’m your host, Phil Kaplan. Chris!Chris: Phil!Phil: You know, we’ve been here the whole time.Chris: Oh yeah, I just forgot to press ‘record.’Phil: Chris and I had actually recorded a whole bunch of these, and they just didn’t take.Chris: They just didn’t show up. I don’t know what happened.Phil: Yeah, we’re sorry that it’s taken this long for us to come back.Chris: Again, yeah, this is not our day job. We are architects (green architects, one would even say…).Phil: But, man, have we learned so much, Chris, since our last podcast! This one’s going to be ‘killer’!Chris: I’m sure it is! Buckle up, people!Phil: Strap in, because we’re talking about foundation details!Chris: That’s right. Yeah. This is all about the foundation of your building project. We’re going to be talking about frost-protected slabs, basements, crawl spaces, and some of the details we’re doing. We realized when talking to some colleagues (there’s a lot to talk about), we don’t get into that a lot: these details, “How did you do that frost-protected slab?”Then you have that conversation and, “Well, I don’t do it that way.”“Well, how do you do it?” And then you realize: Wow, there are a few ways to do this out there!Phil: There are. And you know what? I think we’ve both seen some real innovation lately. It feels like we’ve been doing the same thing for years and years and years. And we were barely insulating our foundation walls and slabs at all, for years.Chris: Oh yeah. The number of basement walls that have nothing is amazing! And there are still production builders out there right now – I’ll bet you right now, someone is pouring an uninsulated foundation and they’re in Climate Zone 6 – and they’re just pouring a basement wall.Phil: That’s right, because that’s that way they’ve always done it.Chris: “It’s just a basement, Phil.”Phil: It’s a crime!Chris: “Don’t worry… they’ll put some pink stuff in the floor, maybe.”Phil: “It’ll be fine. Just put some pink stuff under the slab.”Chris: “The house has to breathe.” All right. Before we do that…[The guys jaw about this episode’s cocktail.]Chris: All right. Are you ready to do this?Phil: Let’s do this! So, what are the basic goals of a foundation? What does a foundation do? It holds up a building.Chris: Exactly; that’s the biggest thing. And if there are any engineers listening they’re going to say, “It’s more than vertical load. There’s horizontal load.” And of course, if you’re in California, there are seismic loads, and that sort of thing, that you’ll have to worry about.Phil: And then there’s frost heave.Chris: Frost heave is for us.Phil: Yeah, it’s huge. You’ve got to go deep enough.Chris: Oh yes. It’ll split a building in half. No kidding. Those forces are not to be reckoned with. You don’t have enough steel in your house to handle that.Phil: It could rip your face off. In Climate Zone 22, people have been killed by frost heave.Chris: Yeah. And if you ever have a 30-foot-long foundation wall, and you have Joe Shmoe Builder put an 8-inch wall in here… No! You’re going to have cracks like crazy! You’ll need some engineering, but we’ll get into that.The other thing, Phil…Phil: It keeps the water out.Chris: Yeah. How often is the biggest complaint about basements that it’s wet? Or, it smells wet. Or something that has to do with wetness.Phil: I should say, it should keep the water out. Right? And it often doesn’t. And often, I say, the only way to avoid a wet basement in Maine is not to have a basement.[The guys go a little off-topic and joke about whether their clients listen to the podcast.]Chris: Yeah. Keep out the water, and this is also an opportunity to insulate. Basements are not that well insulated because people think, “It’s just a basement. I’m not going to be down there.” But still, your house leaks tons of energy into the ground if you’re not insulating it. So, here’s your opportunity, folks, to insulate your house where you meet the ground.Phil: Again, as Chris said, there are people out there not insulating still. 2012 IRC requires basement insulation now in Climate Zones 3 or higher. You’ve got no choice. And I’m afraid there are a number of builders out there who don’t know that. Right now, in Climate Zone 3 you’ve got R-5. If you’re in Climate Zone 4, it’s an R-10. And if you’re in 5, 6, 7, or 8, you’ve got an R-15. (An R-15, Chris!). The builders now who think they’re doing a good job will put 2 inches of XPS on it.Chris: Well, guess what? You didn’t make it.Phil: You didn’t make it. Don’t be so proud, buddy. You’ve failed.Chris: Yeah. They think, “I insulated the basement enough.”Phil: Did you? “With 2 inches; I doubled it up!”Chris: It’s still not enough. You still failed. F! F-minus.Phil: Can you do that?Chris: Yeah. You think you’re doing great… F-minus! Yeah.Phil: You’ve failed on your next house, too.Chris: Exactly. And we should also say: it’s not just builders; it’s code-enforcement officers, too. And, of course we’re saying that it’s 2012. There’s a big difference between the 2009 and 2012 IRC.Phil: But you know what doesn’t change in the new decade? In the new millennium? The good old boys network. Those guys have been working with the same builders for years and years and say, “Hey, don’t worry about it. I know the codes have changed.”Chris: “Yup. I’ve been building like this for years and they’re fine.”Phil: And the CO’s say the same thing and they turn the other way. So, empower yourself, people. Do a little research and know that this has to happen: at least an R-15 in Climate Zones 5 and up.Chris: Yeah; which we are. Again, everyone knows this: Phil and I are used to the cold-climate stuff. We’re idiots when it comes to air conditioning. There are probably more clever people out there (a couple!).One other thing that I always like to throw in about what your foundation really is doing is radon mitigation. Here in Maine, radon is a real issue. It’s a real deal here. You can’t do a house without either a passive or active radon mitigation system. Maybe this is our public service announcement for radon gas. It can cause brain cancer and do bad things.Phil: They say that radon are the termites of the north.[The guys go a little off-topic and joke about designing T-shirts and judging a wet T-shirt contest.]Chris: What do you want to start with first?Phil: Let’s talk about slabs.Chris: Now, back to the basement slab conversation – and I think we’ve mentioned this before in our podcast – it’s becoming more and more common to have no basement. For me. I don’t know… are you finding that, Phil? Are you finding that you’re doing a lot more slab-on-grade?Phil: Yeah. Absolutely. We definitely are. And I think we’ve talked about this before: the building site has almost everything to do with that. If you’ve got a sloping site, you’re not going to do it. You’re bringing in too much fill and it doesn’t make sense and there are other ways to figure it out. But otherwise, it’s a really great solution.Chris: The client, the homeowner, also has a lot of input. They might say, “Well, I have a workshop.” With the last Passivhaus I did, that happened. Normally, you don’t see basements in passive houses. In fact, I wonder if this is the only Passivhaus that has a basement. That would be very interesting. I haven’t looked into that.Phil: Yeah. Somebody, chime in. I’m sure there’s one out there.Chris: But that doesn’t happen often. That’s because that’s a space you have to heat – you’ve just increased your volume. Remember what Pat Coon said: “A basement is the cheapest space you never use.” And if that’s a basement to you, then I think you’re better off without it.I’ve sat down with clients and said, “Alright: basements. Why do you need one?” And if they say, “Well, I need to put my utilities in it.” Then I say, “All right. Well, what if your utilities were just small enough to fit inside that closet (and I point to my closet over here that houses my materials storage – it’s just a little closet)?”And they say, “Well, okay. But I need to store stuff.” Then I say, “Well, what if, for cheaper than your basement, I can give you some dry storage over your garage?” And they say, “Oh, yeah. I guess that would work. Then I guess we don’t need a basement.”No. Probably not, if it’s cheaper. That’s the thing that brings it in: “Well, if I can save you $10,000 by just not having a basement and not having to deal with it. Don’t you want that?” And they say, “Yeah, actually. Yeah!”But, programmatically, if you need a workshop or something…Phil: Right. Then you’ll deal with it. But, really, it’s probably the highest risk space in any house.Chris: I would agree. And the only thing that saves you is that no one puts their heirloom furniture down in the basement. If you do a basement right, I could blindfold you and take you down to a basement and you’d go “Sniffffff…”Phil: Right – one whiff!Chris: In a normal basement – I could do that in most houses in Maine – you’d smell it and you’d say, “Oh, you just brought me down to a basement.” You could feel the area cooler.Phil: And there are, really, two less joints if you move that slab up.Chris: That’s right. Two fewer joints.The basic thing you have to deal with – when you’re doing a slab-on-grade – is you are doing it two ways. Right, Phil? You have to beat the frost (we’re going to pretend we’re in a cold climate for this), which means (a) you dig down below the level at which the ground is going to freeze – because we know if that freezing happens underneath you, that water’s going to expand and it’s going to push your house up. And you can’t stop it.Phil: So you’ve got to get your footing below the frost line, whatever that is in your world. We’ve got 4 feet, or 48 inches, here in Maine.Chris: Exactly. And just as there are people pouring uninsulated basements, they are pouring uninsulated frost walls and they are pouring a slab on top. And they might be doing a couple of inches under the slab, but then they’ve got this real weak spot, which is where that frost wall is poking up out of the ground and their slab is hitting it. It’s just concrete going to the outside…Phil: Which is like an R-nothing.Chris: It is an R-nothing! One of the things I’ve started doing in that scenario is: I would pour the wall – not against the concrete, but – I’d pour it up against the framed wall.And people, we’re going to include some details. Click through some details here. We’re going to do this as if you’re driving in a car and you can’t look at things on your computer. We knew when we started this podcast that it’s going to be really difficult to do without details. In fact, we’ve not done a bunch of podcasts. (Yeah, that’s why we’re late! We were just saying, “Let’s do wall sections. Oh… details… They can’t see them.”). Check out these details that we’re going to post. I’m sure in one of them, you’re going to see that one trick you can do is to actually lift the slab up above the frost wall itself, so that your insulation can actually go underneath the slab and then turn up against the framing, and use that as your pour stop. And what you’ve done is you’ve isolated your slab. So, go ahead: let that frost wall get saturated with water! Let it get cold and damp because you’re completely above it, as long as you get in that capillary break to keep that wall dry – that sill plate dry – and then you’re fine. Right as rain.Phil: I think the isolation of that slab is so important. It’s something that we’re doing across the board. You can’t not do that now. One of the things that – even when people started insulating below slabs, they made a mistake of not insulating the edge of the slab. It doesn’t seem like it’s that much when you have this surface area, but I’ve read that – I know I should have researched this stat, but it was something like 20 percent of your heat loss of your slab comes out the edge if that’s not insulated.Chris: 20 percent of the heat loss of your slab! And it makes sense. I mean, it’s all the way around the edge.Phil: Yeah. It’s a big area.Chris: So, either you’re going down – then you have to protect the slab itself. You’re trying not to insulate the wall itself, because, who cares?Phil: That’s right. It’s going all the way down. And it’s really not about the insulation piece; it’s just about the structure piece.Chris: Right. And I’ve seen some weird details where they’ll insulate on the outside of the foundation wall, they’ll insulate under the slab, but then the slab pours right up against the foundation wall (or maybe there’s just three quarters of an inch, or something like that). And it just seems silly because you know that foundation wall is bitter cold.Phil: It’s a serious thermal bridge and it comes all the way into your inside space.Chris: And it’ll be there all year long.Phil: What’s the other way, Chris?Chris: The other way is called a frost-protected slab, as you know. And, what you’re doing instead of digging down, is you are warming the earth outwardly. Basically, the earth is hot down there – it’s really hot, in fact, but by the time it gets to us, it’s only 50 degrees. (Dig down about fifteen feet, and it’s about 50 degrees below us, no matter how cold it is outside or how warm it is outside). And so, what you’re trying to do is, you’re basically putting a skirt of insulation around the outside of your foundation wall. A good rule of thumb is: every foot out that you insulate is equivalent to a foot down.Phil: Right. So we end up doing about a 4-foot skirt, typically, if we’re going 4 feet down. So, you’re keeping that 50 degree air warming the space below your slab, so that frost doesn’t get underneath.Chris: Right. So, what’s happening is that frost is 4 feet deep and it starts to hit your insulation, and then the heat of the earth is pushing back up. And by the time it reaches your building, it’s no longer cold enough to freeze.Phil: That’s right. So, we’re essentially taking that 50 degree mark that was 4 feet below, and inching that upwards.Chris: Yeah. At your foundation. And of course that works way better if you’re actually heating your house too. If you have a house that you’re leaving unattended – like a summer cottage or something like that – then you have to be careful about this, because you’ll need even more insulation since your house even above the slab is bitter cold.Phil: That’s right. And, by the way, an aside: if you have a house like that, expect it to be cold for the first couple of days you get back, because it’ll take a long time to warm up that slab.Chris: That’s right. Absolutely. One of the tricks that you’ve seen lately (and I’ve done this) is you can actually – and we’ll post some details – order some custom foam insulation, which sounds ridiculously expensive. But, in fact, it’s surprisingly inexpensive.Phil: If you find the right people who do it. You have to find somebody who does it without thinking. If people have to think, it costs you money.Chris: That’s right. We use Branch River, out of Massachusetts. Basically, I can send them a CAD file, because they’re used to doing SIPs. They do foam-whatever; they do foam-packaging. A lot of times there’s custom packaging – I’m going to ship a weird, funny satellite dish and I need to make sure it’s protected while mailing, so I send them a CAD file for what I want that foam shape to be – so they basically make it to a custom shape.So, you can build a shape that forms a slab. Check out our frost-protected slab detail that we have out there, and you’ll see what we mean. You can get these interlocking foam shapes and you can form a base for which you can pour a slab.Phil: And it takes away some of the thinking. Somebody’s done that for you. One of the questions that comes up in my mind, Chris, while you’re talking, is: Why not do this every time? Every building. Why don’t people do frost-protected slabs across the board?One thing is that it’s new, and they have to think about it. And then the builder has to think about it and the designer has to think about it. And you feel a little uneasy about doing it because it’s the foundation – and don’t screw up the foundation, dummy! Let’s just relax and do it the way we’ve always done it and move on. So, it feels like a risk. Although, I have heard that it saves money for people who’ve done it again and again. You don’t have to excavate as deep, so you use less concrete.Chris: You do; because concrete and steel – in the spectrum of materials that you can use for your building – are pretty expensive. They are among the most expensive materials. So, basically, you’re using more foam (which we like as green architects – not because of the material, but because of the energy you save), less concrete, less steel.Let’s talk about curing slabs.Phil: Just one more reason, to throw in here, why not to do a frost-protected slab. I ran into this once where we were unsure about the soils, so we got a geotechnical engineer up there. And the soils weren’t appropriate for it. It was clay, and there was something about the composition, the clay, that he said this is just going to be really bad news. So, there’s a risk if the soil’s bad.Chris: So, you were worried about the hydrology underneath.Phil: That’s correct.Chris: As in: if you can create this perimeter where you’ve got… Basically, you make this little concrete bathtub with your frost wall where you can control the moisture and you’re not going to have moisture expansion.Phil: Dude. When I say floating slab, I mean floating slab. So, that was the concern. He said, “Not here, friend.”Chris: Interesting. One technique, though, is to have a really thick slab when you do that.Phil: Like a monolithic pour.Chris: A monolithic pour. And that is so you don’t have to do control joints everywhere. But friends, let me tell you from experience – just from anecdotal stories from others: Get a guy who’s done those before – who’s done more than your 4-inch slab.Phil: I usually think of them as 18 inches. Does that sound crazy, Chris?Chris: That’s crazy! The slab?Phil: Yeah. Monolithic pours. I’ve never done one.Chris: Oh really? I’ve done a10-inch slab. We’re about to do an 8-inch slab. The 10-inch slab was for other reasons, which are too complicated to get into now.When you do that, you can span much greater distances without control joints. But now your concrete’s going to cure differently. Maybe we should talk about that for a second. We’ve had this debate, in times past, about where the vapor barrier goes. You should have a vapor barrier (right?) under your slab. Right up against the concrete, that’s where I was always taught to put it. Because, in the old days (think about the ’80s, the ’90s even – maybe even today), there are some commercial projects where they put down a gravel base, or something like that, then a vapor barrier, and then they do this sand layer. Why do the sand layer? So they can level that out. They’ve got a great base. They can walk on it. They can set up chairs. They can do all this stuff for wire reinforcement. Chairs are the little plastic things that hold up the reinforcement.Phil: Oh, I pictured the workers hanging out, having a beer, sunning themselves midday.Chris: I’ve got to clarify for the students, you know. Chairs are the little plastic things that hold up the reinforcement so the concrete flows around it.You’ve got this little sand layer in which water can get in there and can pond. If you can have ponding water underneath your slab, then that’s a point at which the slab will cure unevenly, which will cause curling. That curling slab can be not-so-big a deal, or it can be kind of a big deal. It can hump or, if it’s an edge (and that’s where the curling comes from), it can lift and create weird things. [Editor’s note: For a clarification of the circumstances leading to slab curling, see the comment section below.]Concrete does not dry; it cures. It uses that water to turn itself back into a stone. It’s a man-made rock. We’ve stripped it, and pulverized it, and all that jazz and now we’re putting it back together just by adding water. Poof! Amazing.You want to make it so that it cures evenly. That’s my reasoning for always trying to put the vapor barrier right up against the concrete pour.Our buddies at GeoLogic do it differently – in fact, I’ll try to get their detail on here, because they’ve really done some great stuff.Phil: Yeah. They’re doing some really interesting foundations.Chris: They do it without going to Branch River or going to some custom foam supplier.Phil: Yeah, they’re all DIY. They’re making their own SIPs, too. Don’t they?Chris: I don’t know. That’s fun! They extend sheet goods of foam and then they form an edge and then they create a haunched slab – to take the weight of the wall – and then they say, “Well, we don’t need an 8-inch slab or a 12-inch slab. It can go back to 4-inch.” So they fill that middle area with crushed stone and then pour on top of that. So the vapor barrier is in that cavity. That makes me uncomfortable, but they’re fine with it, and off they go. Maybe I’ll e-mail them and we’ll give an update or something.Phil: So, what are the other conversations and things that we still see changing, moving? Even though I think we’re pretty consistent in how we do it, one thing is: Where is that vapor barrier? Which goes first: the insulation or the vapor barrier below the slab? Right now, what we’re doing is, we’re putting the insulation down and then we’re putting the vapor barrier – as Chris said – right underneath the slab.Chris: That’s my preferred way.Phil: Right. We’ve seen it the other way, more often than not. In fact, we were on a job site two weeks ago. Even though we had it drawn properly, we were out there at the time when the guys were prepping for that slab. Of course, they didn’t look at our drawings.Chris: No! They looked at them a week ago!Phil: The builder – who’s a really good builder (he’s built with us before; he’s done it the right way before) – still had to stop and think. He wasn’t quite sure. The guy said, “Listen. Back off, man. We’ve got to get in here and go. Trust us. This is how you do it. Just relax.”And we actually said, “Stop. You can’t do it that way.”Chris: Good for you!Phil: They were a little pissed off at first, and then we talked it through with them. And they said, “Oh, all right. That’s fine. We’ll pick up what we did.” And they redid it. They put their insulation down the proper way.Chris: Good for you, Phil. I’ve been in situations like that. That’s a difficult position – where things have been installed, there’s precedent where it’s okay this way. You have to go in there and stick to your guns and say, “Hey, dude. The client didn’t hire me to draw this thing (and tell you how it should be done) for you to go out there and just wing it or do it your own way.”Phil: And these poor guys are paid to get out there and do this job as fast as they possibly can and move onto the next one. They lose money and they don’t really care and it’s not fair for them to do it.But they were really great sports and they moved it around. And one of the things that we’re starting to do with our drawings is we’re actually showing pictures of this. In the drawings, right next to the slab details. So you can see how the vapor barrier sits on top of the insulation and all the seams are taped with a particular kind of tape. And once you get that visual, these guys get it a little quicker.Chris: And you know, the truth is, they are probably right. It probably would be fine. Probably. But, you’re rolling the dice there a little bit.Phil: It’s hard to discover problems with a slab. It takes a long, long time.Chris: Right. And why roll the dice, if you can keep those dice in your pocket and detail it right?Phil: Anything else we need to say about slabs, Chris?Chris: Well, probably there’s tons to say – but do people want to sit here and listen to them? They’ll just click on the details and go, “Oh yeah. Cool!” and then we’ll get tons of e-mails.Let’s call it good with slabs. In fact, let’s call this Part One. Let’s freshen up these delicious drinks, and then we’ll come back with a Part Two and we’ll talk about basements and crawl spaces – evil, evil crawl spaces. Sound good?Phil: Boo! Cheers, Chris.Chris: Boo! Cheers, buddy![END]last_img read more

Solar Leasing Looks for a Foothold in the South

first_imgIn Florida, it’s a petition driveA citizens’ group called Floridians for Solar Choice has launched a petition drive to put the question of third-party ownership on a statewide ballot next year. “End the solar eclipse in the Sunshine State,” the group’s website says.The proposal would amend the state constitution and rescind a restriction that now bars residents from purchasing electricity from anyone other than an electric utility.“It can remove the upfront cost for solar power systems and expand solar power options to residential and commercial tenants — thereby expanding the choice for solar choice to all Floridians,” the web site says.The group says efforts to change state law in the past have failed, because of “the undue influence of monopoly power companies.” Proposals never made it out of committee, prompting the effort to take the issue directly to voters.SEIA ranks Florida third in the country for solar potential, but 13th for installed solar capacity, in part because of the prohibition on power-purchase agreements. In all, Florida has 229 MW of installed solar capacity, enough for 26,400 homes. Florida and Georgia are among only a handful of states that prohibit third-party ownership of residential photovoltaic systems, but initiatives are underway in both states that would open the door to solar leases. PV Magazine reports that Republican Representative Mike Dudgeon has introduced a measure that would allow third-party ownership of residential systems of up to 10 kilowatts in capacity. The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015 also would cover commercial systems with a capacity of up to 125 percent of a site’s power consumption.The measure would clear the way for companies like SolarCity that specialize in installing leased solar systems for homeowners who are unwilling or unable to cover the upfront costs of buying a system outright.The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) lists Georgia as 15th nationally with its 141 megawatts of installed solar electricity. That’s enough to power 15,300 homes, the trade group said.PV Magazine quoted market analysts as saying the potential for residential PV for the state’s 2.1 million single-family homes is roughly 10.5 gigawatts, an opportunity that is “clearly massive.”last_img read more