KENTUCKY INVADER MY MAJESTIC ROSE OUTFINISHES FAVORED SNEAKING OUT TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS

first_imgKENTUCKY INVADER MY MAJESTIC ROSE OUTFINISHES FAVORED SNEAKING OUT TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY BRISSET, SHE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:45.08 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–With Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sneaking Out and Bob Baffert’s Flor de La Mar ensuring a solid pace, Kentucky invader My Majestic Rose was well in-hand early and rallied strongly around the far turn in route to a half length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by fellow Frenchman Rodolphe Brisset, My Majestic Rose, a daughter of Majestic Warrior, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.08.“We had a good trip,” noted Prat, who registered his fourth win through the first six races.  “She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside.  At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me.  When she made the lead (approaching the quarter pole), she waited on that other filly (Sneaking Out), but then she got back to business.”One mile maiden winner on a muddy track at Churchill Downs on May 2, My Majestic Rose, who was making her first stakes assignment, was off at 5-1 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $13.80, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks, My Majestic Rose, who is out of the Pleasant Tap mare Victory On Tap, picked up $120,000 for the win, boosting her earnings to $207,028 from an overall mark of 6-2-2-1.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me,” said Brisset.  “It was a small field and at the end of the day, if we ran third, it’s still black type.  So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision.  Thankfully, Tex Sutton (air transport) helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.”For her part, Sneaking Out, who tried two turns and had a four-game winning streak snapped today, ran too good to lose as she battled the winner head and head the final five sixteenths of a mile after repelling a stubborn challenge from Flor de La Mar.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and off as the 4-5 favorite in her first graded stakes start, Sneaking Out paid $2.60 and $2.10.“She ran absolutely huge,” said Van Dyke. “It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”Colonial Creed, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, checked in third at 7-1 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.44, 1:12.49 and 1:38.30.last_img read more

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Quality, talent and personality in the best midfield in the history of Albacete

first_imgThe hobby of Albacete has already chosen the best midfield in its history through social networks and the result is a combination of quality, talent and personality. The fans of the white club have chosen the Uruguayan first José Luis Zalazar, considers by the vast majority as the best player in the history of Albacete who was the leader of the mythical ‘Mechanical Cheese’ trained by Benito Floro. The Uruguayan footballer left a great mark on La Mancha lands with a powerful shot and for history there will always be a real goal from Atlético de Madrid from his own field. Beside Zalazar appears another legend of the ‘Mechanical Cheese’ as is Catali. The great captain of that team from the 90’s, a man of the house who played more than 300 games with the team of his life and who went from playing in Second Division B to First Division providing personality, quality and talent for the center of the La Mancha field. Also to remember his great goal for F.C. Barcelona after a great cross from Menéndez from the left wing.Albacete fans have also wanted this midfield to be made up of players with a lot of quality in their boots as they were I release Parri, a true master of set pieces that in addition to Albacete also defended the Cádiz, Numancia or Racing de Santander shirt, among other teams. The best midfield player in history is completed by the Croatian Nenada Bjeliça, who scored the goal of the 0-1 victory of the white team at the Camp Nou against F.C. Barcelona and that after playing in Albacete he would sign for Betis. Until a few months ago, Bjeliça was the coach of Dinamo Zagreb, a team that has played in the Champions League this season.Other midfielders who have also received votes have been Viaud, Jandro or Eugeni Valderrama, among others.last_img read more

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Down, not out

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES The Falcons’ second straight loss made Far Eastern U the top team of the first round via a superior quotient, even if the Tamaraws share the same 5-2 card with Adamson and Ateneo.Earlier, National U relied on a breakout performance from rookie John Lloyd Clemente to overpower University of the East, 88-61, and close out the elimination round with a 2-5 card for seventh spot.Clemente, the former high school star, notched 21 points, while brothers Dave and Shaun Ildefonso combined for 26 points for the Bulldogs, who led by as many as 31 points on their way to snapping a five-game slide.“It feels good to get a win,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin, whose first and only win before last Saturday came last Sept. 8 at the expense of University of Santo Tomas. “I expect the team to get better in the second round.”Melecio forced overtime with a floater with 13.8 seconds remaining, completing the Archers comeback from seven points down in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Racela, Tamaraws look to build on big wins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With Aljun Melecio and Santi Santillan hitting the biggest shots down the stretch, the Archers closed out a roller coaster first round on a high after stunning the Adamson Falcons, 79-78, in overtime Saturday night at MOA Arena.Melecio, the pint-sized playmaker, who never shies away from the big moments, fired 22 points, including nine in the fourth quarter and in overtime, while Santillan, Justin Baltazar and Kib Montalbo helped seal the thrilling victory that also created a logjam at the top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAt the heels of a 71-55 loss to Ateneo last Oct. 6, the Archers showcased their finest performance of the season to finish in the upper half of the standings with a 4-3 card.“We’re right on track,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzales. “This was a game that boiled down to preparation. For the past week, after that loss to Ateneo, we went back to basics and checked our system and we made sure we were learning from the Ateneo game because this is the end of the first round already and we should be competing already.” Their pride pricked following a crushing defeat to their fierce rivals last week, the La Salle Green Archers provided a quick reminder that they should never be counted out in UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal La Salle held Adamson scoreless in the first three minutes of overtime for a comfortable 69-62 edge, before the Falcons mounted a late charge that ultimately fell short. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Urgent meeting needed to clarify Constitution – Jagdeo writes to Granger

first_imgGECOM Chairmanship…President confirms receipt, AG hints at unilateral appointmentOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has written to President David Granger requesting an urgent meeting to clarify the misinterpretation of the Constitution of Guyana regarding the qualifications of nominees for the post of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Responding to the President’s rejection of his first list of nominees and his consequent request for a second one, Jagdeo asked that the Head of State elucidate his interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana, which deals with the requirements of the nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader.“I hereby request that Your Excellency clarify what you interpret the qualifications are of the persons to whom Article 161(2) of the Constitution refers. I am of the considered view that an urgent meeting will immeasurably assist in reconciling any differences of opinion which may exist on this issue,” Jagdeo expressed in the correspondence.It was dispatched on Tuesday, one day after he was formally informed by the President of his rejection of the list.In the letter, which was made public to the media, Jagdeo also expressed his interpretation of the Constitution: that the requirements go beyond the qualifications of a judge.“I am obliged to inform Your Excellency that my interpretation of Article 161(2) is different, in so far as, it also provides for, in addition to the category of persons to whom you  have referred, “or any other fit and proper person”,” Jagdeo penned.President Granger, in his letter to the Opposition Leader, expressed that the nominees he submitted to fill the position of the GECOM Chairman “do not seem to conform to the requirements of … Article 161(2) …” of the Constitution.Prior to dispatching the letter, the President told media operatives that the Constitution requires only persons who are judges, qualified to be judges, or former judges of either a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court.An extract of Article 161 reads, “Subject to the provision of paragraph (4), the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be  a person who holds or who has held office as  a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly”.The Constitution, therefore, clearly provides for any person other than a judge or someone who is qualified to be a judge who is “fit and proper” to be appointed as GECOM Chairman.This is also evident in the fact that many of the past Chairmen of GECOM lacked legal qualifications, including the immediate past Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally.AG’s takeA statement from the Ministry of the Presidency confirmed that President Granger received the letter from the Leader of the Opposition and he would be responding in due course.Nonetheless, the Attorney General Basil Williams shared his views on the situation, asserting that the President has “done nothing wrong”.In his defence of the President’s posture, the Attorney General has signalled the intention of the Government to unilaterally appoint a GECOM Chairman (see story on page 2).According to him, the determination of “fit and proper” is at the discretion of the President.He contended that all the nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader must be acceptable to the President, which is strange because the President only has to select one acceptable person as the GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

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Caretaker boss Luke Williams handed full-time manager job at Swindon

first_img Luke Williams handed full-time manager job at Swindon 1 Swindon have appointed Luke Williams as head coach on a full-time basis, signing a five-year deal with the League One club.The 35-year-old took over at the County Ground on a temporary basis after Martin Ling resigned in December due to health reasons.Williams, who had previously coached Brighton’s reserves and under-21s, impressed the Robins enough to initially earn the job until the end of the season.And with Swindon having won four straight games in their division, chairman Lee Power announced on Wednesday that the arrangement with Williams would become a longer-term one.“Luke is an integral part of our project at Swindon Town,” Power said in a statement on the club’s official website.“He is a fantastic coach – the best I’ve come across in 25 years of football. He has had to do it the hard way and has certainly served his apprenticeship.“He finished as a player very early on due to injury and has put his whole life into coaching and improving players. He’s been an under-14s coach, a youth-team manager, an under-21s manager and an assistant manager and is now ready to be a head coach. He buys fully into the club’s model and is the ideal man to lead the club forward.“The reason we have taken a bit of time over the appointment is that we both wanted to make sure that he was ready and comfortable to take on the other parts of the job that he hasn’t had to do up to this point – mainly picking the side and dealing with the press.“If either of these jobs had detracted from the quality of his coaching, we would have looked at going down a different route but he has taken to the role in his usual calm, controlled manner and been totally unfazed.”last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – SCOIL CHOLMCILLE CLOUGHFIN GO DONEGAL MAD!

first_imgPhoto: L – R, Sandra Stewart (secretary), Ms. Niamh Crumlish (Junior Room Teacher) and Ms. Fiona Farry (principal) with new junior infants)It has been a busy couple of weeks in Scoil Cholmcille as our six new junior infants and new 5th class girl got settled in to the school for the first time.The new principal Ms. Fiona Farry also commenced her new role this month, and she knows a thing or two about football – she’s from Kerry!She has spent 17 years teaching in a wide variety of roles in a large primary school in Monaghan. She was warmly welcomed by parents and pupils alike. (Photo: L – R, Sandra Stewart (secretary), Ms. Niamh Crumlish (Junior Room Teacher) and Ms. Fiona Farry (principal) with new junior infants).Since then it has been a return to day to day school routine, but with a little extra excitement of preparing for the All- Ireland final! Bunting has been put up outside the school and students have been busy with artwork and of course learning “Jimmy’s Winning Matches”!!   COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – SCOIL CHOLMCILLE CLOUGHFIN GO DONEGAL MAD! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ballindraitCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – SCOIL CHOLMCILLE CLOUGHFIN GO DONEGAL MAD!last_img read more

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Safety plea issued by Donegal Town Chamber after Christmas lights accidents

first_imgA safety warning has been issued after two incidents in which lorries collided with Christmas lights in Donegal Town.The warning was issued to the drivers of lorries, HGVs and buses by Donegal Town Chamber.A statement from the Chamber said “We realise that this is an extremely busy time of year and are aware of the difficulties faced by lorry drivers in all our towns and villages with ongoing deliveries pickups etc. “Unfortunately we have had two instances over the weekend where our overhead Christmas Lights display strings have been damaged by large vehicles passing through.“As these are erected by a voluntary committee and volunteers, we are asking the drivers of large vehicles to be extra vigilant of our overhead lights when passing through and where possible to avoid the Town Centre as obviously these damages will incur extra costs.“We depend on the generosity of the Business Community of Donegal Town for their financial support in lighting up the town.”Meanwhile, the official annual Switch on will take place this Thursday 28th of November at 7.00pm on the Diamond. Safety plea issued by Donegal Town Chamber after Christmas lights accidents was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasDonegal TownLIGHTSsafetytrucksWarninglast_img read more

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The South African SME toolkit

first_img6 September 2007Global computer giant IBM, local company Business Partners, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Department of Trade and Industry have come together to offer South African entrepreneurs and small enterprises a free web-based toolkit to help them start, finance and grow their businesses.The South Africa Business Toolkit, launched on Tuesday, contains “the latest information and communication technologies to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets learn and implement sustainable business management practices”, IBM said in a statement.The aim, IBM said, was to increase the reach of South African small business into the global economy by improving the productivity, efficiency and capacity of the estimated 600 000 active small businesses in South Africa, as well as by improving their access to capital and new markets.The South Africa toolkit was developed by IBM and the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. It is available both as online and offline modules which include the website, offline CDs, mobile alerts and classroom training.“The SME Toolkit is a particularly powerful combination of technology and business expertise in a country such as South Africa, where there is so much potential for small and medium business growth,” said IBM South and Central Africa MD Mark Harris.Specially designed free toolsThe toolkit website contains information and tools to address accounting and finance, business planning, human resources, legal and insurance, marketing and sales, operations, and technology needs. For example, a business owner can quickly go to the site, find templates for employee evaluations, then log off.Among the specially designed free tools are:An online calculator to help businesses determine their readiness for financing.Software to build a website.Business forms for employee performance evaluations.Community tools such as online conferencing, blog capability, group calendars.Survey and quiz builders to help small businesses make decisions.A multilingual business directory to help small businesses link locally, regionally and globally.“Small businesses are the growth engines of the world’s economies, yet their success rate is not as good as it could be simply because of a lack of access to good business management practices,” said IFC director for Africa Thierry Tanoh. “Giving small businesses the information and new collaborative technologies they need will help them grow and prosper.”Small businesses can, through the toolkit, receive business training delivered via classroom workshops and partnerships with local support providers. The toolkit can also help small businesses go global by providing detailed market access, investment and trade information for the 64 countries most exported to.In South Africa, where an estimated 70% of new businesses fail within 18 months, the toolkit has been designed to provide the access and expertise to enable small business to connect to the world economy.“Many entrepreneurs struggle through their challenges laboriously, and many of them get it right, after they have tried and failed a few times,” said Ferose Oaten of Auto Vehicle Test Centres AVTS. “Some don’t get it right at all, as they think that a good idea is enough.“This toolkit should go a long way in taking away the obstacles and goes further than just the starting, establishment phases, but goes on to provide the tools for maintenance and sustainability.”Customised for the SA marketAccording to IBM, its local partners in the countries hosting the toolkit – such as Elite in Nepal, Dunn & Bradstreet in Singapore, and Business Partners in South Africa – are responsible for making sure the more than 500 pieces of content, tools and resources are customised, localised and available in the language of their respective markets.“These partnerships provide small businesses with local support, thus nurturing their businesses to improve their chance of survival and to generate more jobs,” IBM said.“When a business is in trouble one of the most important things needed is advice from someone who cares, who has been through it before,” said Jo’ Schwenke, MD of Business Partners, a specialist investment company for small and medium businesses in South Africa.“The Web 2.0 collaborative features of this toolkit provide that advisory service by allowing small and medium business owners to interact with each other as well as access data normally available only to Fortune 1000 companies,” Schwenke said.Plans for wirelessSince the toolkit was launched by the IFC in 2002, IBM has spent more than US$1.6-million on rebuilding it on open source platform “using top talent in IBM research.“The Toolkit now includes new Web 2.0 features such as live chat, online forums, business directories and survey capabilities to create a community where small and medium-sized business can collaborate – anywhere around the world,” the company said.There are also plans to allow users to connect to the toolkit using wireless devices such as cellphones.“This truly is one-stop shopping for small businesses, and it levels the playing field,” said IBM vice-president of corporate affairs Stanley Litow. “We know the tools that large businesses use mostly and we know the role technology can play in leading to growth.“Now, every business can have the same chance to succeed.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Announcing The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’re really excited to announce the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app! The reading and sharing experience was key for us, so we kept the functionality smart and simple. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve integrated with Read it Later and Instapaper, so that you can mark things to read later. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app.We invite you to find out more details about the ReadWriteWeb iPhone app and download it now from iTunes. Tags:#Admin#web I’d like to thank the developer of the app, Nicolas Koenig, who runs an iPhone development shop from the Netherlands called Toopia. Toopia also created theThermometer iPhone app, which enables your iPhone / iPod touch to get the current temperature based on your location. I’d also like to thank ReadWriteWeb’s Webmaster Jared Smith and Marketing Manager Elyssa Pallai, who both put in a lot of work to develop this app.So check out the new ReadWriteWeb iPhone app and download it from iTunes. Then tell us what you think!Camera Plus Pro is the only iPhone camera app which offers geo-tagging, full-resolution photo editing, and multiple and simultaneous photo uploading to various sites. You can tag, search and personalize photos. Visit now and explore other power-packed features! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanuslast_img read more

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62 Things We Should Ban to Improve Home Building

first_imgLet’s face it. The state of home building isn’t good. Yes, we have building science and energy codes and green building programs out the wazoo. We have cool new products and home energy raters and even Joe Lstiburek. Despite all this, we still have wild ductopuses, holey air barriers, and insipid insulation installations.And I’ve finally lost my patience. I think the only way to improve the state of home building in America is to ban these things.Wait! Don’t leave yet. I know your blood may be boiling just after reading the title of this article, but please read all the way through. There’s something for everyone here. You may not like the idea of banning batt insulation, but how about blower door tests?This list is progressive. The things further down the list build on the earlier ones.Here we go:(1) Powered attic ventilators – They suck conditioned air from your house and backdraft water heaters.(2) Ventless gas fireplaces – Even the industry has a hard time justifying these things, which are already banned in Canada and other places. RELATED ARTICLESBanish These Details From Your PlansMartin’s Useless Products ListMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design (3) Foil-faced bubble wrap – A small step up from insulating paint. Let’s use real insulation.(4) Batt insulation – It’s almost never done right.(5) Flex duct – Kinks and sags and ductopuses. Oh, my!(6) Recirculating range hoods – Would you want a recirculating toilet? That’s what Prof. John Straube compares them to.(7) Smart vents – A poor solution for a bad duct system. Do the ducts right to begin with.(8) Rules of Thumb – Thumbs are great things but shouldn’t be used to size air conditioners.(9) Vented crawl spaces – They’re moisture and mold factories. And they sometimes allow you to breathe dead possum!(10) Vented attics – Too often a place for ducts, powered attic ventilators, and dead bats.(11) Housewrap – It’s never installed well enough to be a great air barrier and installers still haven’t figured out how to flash windows with it.(12) Attached garages – If you like to breathe carbon monoxide and other toxic gases, this is a great way to add those vital nutrients to your lungs.(13) Dormers – Too hard to insulate and air seal.(14) Complex roofs – Likely to cause moisture damage.(15) Electric-resistance heat – It may be 100% efficient… but you can do better!(16) Recessed can lights – They’re a problem when they’re put in the building enclosure, especially vaulted ceilings.(17) Panned joist returns – A guaranteed way to suck in that moldy air from the crawl space… and the dead possum particles that come with it.(18) Undercut doors for return air from bedrooms – They’re just not going to let all the air get back to the main return.(19) Dryer vents terminating near air conditioner condenser units – Blowing lint into those fins is a good way to kill the efficiency of your AC.(20) High flow range hoods – You really don’t want your house to suck that bad, do you?(21) Excess wood – Less room for insulation, more thermal bridging, and it’s just a waste of money and resources.(22) Zoning that requires less than 12 units per acre – More density is better for location efficiency.(23) Unbalanced ventilation – Like that unbalanced cousin of yours, you just don’t want it in your house.(24) Thermal bridging – Would you leave cow-sized gaps in your cattle pen?(25) Airtightness higher than 1 ach50 – Air-sealing gives you the most bang for your buck in making homes energy efficient. You know this is where we’re heading, right?(26) Carpet, vinyl, and other offgassing products – “If there is a pile of manure in a space, do not try to remove the odor by ventilation. Remove the pile of manure.” Max von Pettenkofer said that in 1858, and it applies here, too.(27) 2×4 walls – Eventually all walls will have to be at least 12 inches thick.(28) Ceiling fans – People don’t turn them off when they’re out of the room anyway.(29) Manual J load calculations – Sophisticated HVAC contractors have figured out how to get rule-of-thumb results from computer programs. 96 occupants. Single-pane windows instead of low-e. Worst-case orientation. It’s easy to add load when you need to justify that oversized AC and furnace.(30) Combustion appliances – Long after our caveman ancestors discovered fire, we’re still polluting our caves with combustion products.(31) Bonus rooms – Nobody uses that room anyway. It’s too uncomfortable.(32) Attic kneewalls – One of several reasons bonus rooms are so uncomfortable. Rarely done right.(33) Energy modeling – See Manual J above.(34) Storm doors – They’re not a great investment for saving energy.(35) Thermostats – Too many people set them incorrectly anyway, sometimes at the suggestion of their helpful HVAC service company.(36) Rim and band joists insulated with anything other than spray foam – It’s just not going to work.(37) Spray foam insulation – It smells. It shrinks. Some greenie weenies don’t like it.(38) Rim and band joists – Since there’s now no way to insulate, they must be banned. Ban the band!(39) HERS ratings -Wildly imprecise. Didn’t you see my article on the Stockton study?(40) HERS raters and energy modelers – Why should we pay for something so imprecise?(41) Cantilevers – We’ll never get to 1 ach50 and no thermal bridging without eliminating cantilevers.(42) Homes without advanced framing – See excess wood above.(43) Stick building – We might as well just go all the way and admit that stick building is the root of so many problems with home building.(44) HVAC contractors – The industry is broken. It’s time to start over.(45) Home builders – Ditto (what I said about HVAC contractors).(46) Windows – One of the biggest liabilities for heat loss/gain and moisture problems.(47) Skylights – A particularly bad kind of window that deserves to be singled out.(48) Site-built homes – The only way we’ll ever get good houses is to build them in factories in China.(49) Blower door testing – We should use that money for air sealing instead.(50) Single-family homes – Too inefficient.(51) Tiny houses – A fad for millennials who don’t know they’re just expensive trailers.(52) Mansions and McMansions – Just as no one needs more than 640 kB of memory in their computer, no one needs more than 500 square feet person in their home.(53) Ugly houses – As Joe Lstiburek said, “Ugliness is not sustainable.”(54) Energy Star New Homes Version 3 – Builders abandoned it in 2012 anyway.(55) LEED – Can we really support a program that requires all-glass houses!?(56) Passive House – A boutique program for architects who think they can do physics.(57) Know-it-all bloggers – Someone’s always got to come behind them to dispel the myths they create when they try to dispel myths.(58) Stack effect – Too controversial.(59) Psychrometrics – Too complicated. Have you seen that chart!?(60) Rain and snow – The cause of so many problems with houses.(61) Hot and cold weather – A terrible waste of energy.(62) Occupants – The number one reason high-performance homes never reach their full potential!OK, that’s it… for now. Clearly we have some issues in the world of home building. And as you should have been able to figure out by the time you got to the bottom of the list, I don’t really think we should ban all these things.The root of the problem isn’t really using the wrong products or even doing things the wrong way. It really boils down to motivation. Builders are motivated to build to code when they know they’ll have to pass inspections. They’re motivated to build energy-efficient houses when there’s demand for them. They’re motivated to build houses without comfort or moisture or IAQ problems when they’ve had too many callbacks to fix those problems.Of the 62 items on this list, there’s only one I would definitely like to see banned: ventless gas fireplaces. I’d like to see less of some of the others or better ways of doing them, but I think the real problem is getting home builders and other stake holders — including home buyers — motivated properly.And the good news is, as Joe Lstiburek likes to say, the gap between stupid and hurt is narrowing. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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