Kevin Krawietz replenishes fruit in a supermarket

first_imgThe German tennis participant Kevin Krawietz replenishes fruit in a supermarket Munich. Krawietz, champion of Roland Garros in doubles along with his compatriot Andreas Mies, He has labored as a stocker, for 450 euros a month, for the reason that disaster of the COVID-19. He has already returned to coaching with a particular permission from the Authorities.last_img

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Health Minister denies appointment of new CEO at Diamond Hospital

first_imgDespite social media posts by Collin Haynes, a reported Alliance For Change (AFC) member indicating that he is the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of the East Bank Regional Hospital, commonly known as Diamond Hospital, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton said no individual has yet been selected officially to fill the position.Subsequent to the post on Wednesday, speculation had been raised over the fact that Haynes, an overseas-based Guyanese, who has been residing in Maryland, USA for a number of years prior to his “appointment”, had been chosen over other individuals who are residents of Guyana.However, Dr Norton, during a telephone interview with Guyana Times, contradicted these claims by Haynes, confirming that there has not been any appointment made. He added that candidates who applied for the post were still being scrutinised by the committee to decide on who best fitted the position.The Minister added that while Haynes possessed the necessary qualifications for CEO, there were no assurances of whether or not he would be the selected individual.“There has not been any appointment of a CEO attached to the hospital even though he holds the qualifications needed. Currently, persons are still being considered for the post,” he affirmed.On Wednesday, which was said to be Haynes’ first day on the job, he had posted images on Facebook of him paying courtesy calls on families in Grove.He had even updated his profile’s biography to “Chief Executive Officer of East Bank Regional Hospital.”These were followed by a number of congratulatory messages from friends who commended Haynes for achieving the aforementioned position at the hospital.While the Minister did not indicate a specific time when the new CEO would take up the office at the hospital, he reiterated that the selection phase was still ongoing.last_img read more

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Bike week: the wheel deal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Bike Week PasadenaBike Week Pasadena began Monday with The Mayor’s Bike to Work Brigade, when Mayor Bill Bogaard led riders from the One Colorado Courtyard to the newly renovated City Hall. Among events is The Ride of Silence at 7p.m. Wednesday in Lot K at the Rose Bowl, where riders will do three silent, slow laps around the bowl. Bike to Work Day in Pasadena will be from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Children’s Bicycle Safety Check and Free Helmet Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday at One Colorado. The first 300 children to bring bicycles for a safety check will receive free, fitted helmets. – From staff reportslast_img read more

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Upscale housing units to transform downtown

first_imgGLENDALE – Downtown could account for more than 90 percent of new housing across the city as officials try to transform the area into a high-rise residential corridor. But those plans come with concern – a lack of affordable housing, a spike in traffic and a real-estate slump that has developers nervous. “Right now, it just feels like we’re so darn close to gridlock here that I hope somebody’s thinking, just planning ahead,” said the Rev. Craig Hall of Glendale Presbyterian Church, a downtown mainstay for 85 years. About a dozen downtown Glendale projects are either under construction or being planned. They include everything from the massive Americana at Brand outdoor mall, which opens in the spring, to a 12-story hotel under construction just north of the Ventura Freeway. Most include apartments or condos. “That would not go over very well because I think the developers would just be very, very opposed to that,” he said. “We’re having a hard time getting them to pay a couple thousand per unit for our parks.” And it’s not as if there is a lot of room for those parks. City officials say there’s no space to build them unless they pay top dollar for land where rents and property values are expensive. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to charge developers $2,000 per housing unit to fund the expansion of parks and libraries. Any new project being proposed after Dec. 1 would pay $3,500 per unit. Without parks, developers have gotten creative with what they build and how they build it. At the proposed 24-story Verdugo Gardens, the developer plans to give residents a little open space to unwind within the project. Five “sky gardens” would be built into the face of the building, giving residents a place to relax in gardens high in the air and each have a different theme, using elements of forests or colors associated with the sunset. Builders are marketing their downtown condos to affluent professionals and seniors trading in a big house. Najarian said less affluent, middle-class residents could find it hard to afford a place in the city. “Work force housing sort of gets ignored and overlooked because it’s those folks who, they do have jobs, they’re productive, but their income levels are not such that would permit them to live in Glendale,” he said. “We want our teachers, our nurses, our firefighters to live in Glendale.” Glendale’s downtown development plan centers on building apartments and condo units on top of shops and restaurants so residents don’t need to drive to the dry cleaner or the market. Officials also hope residents walk to work at nearby offices, or use the bus. It’s an urban planning style state and regional officials have encouraged to accommodate a growing population and reduce traffic by building close to transit lines. The city of Los Angeles has approved similar projects in several San Fernando Valley redevelopment zones. Since 2004, more than 1,180 housing units have been built around the North Hollywood subway station, and more are in the pipeline. Still, one possible hitch in the plan to build up downtown has been the downturn in the real-estate market. Several projects are on hold, even though the city has already approved them, as developers seek buyers. “Of course this whole business with real estate is not helping at all,” Councilman Bob Yousefian said. “Interest rates are high and there’s a lot of foreclosure, so people are not buying anything new and the developers frankly are very nervous.” Rodney Kahn, a consultant who is working with developers on several projects for downtown, said that even though developers are wary of how the housing slump could affect condo sales, they are taking a long-term approach and still see Glendale as a good investment. “Hopefully you’ll see more new and exciting restaurants, entertainment venues,” he said. “I can see a lot of positive momentum being built up. “There has not been a lot of new housing that’s been built in the city of Glendale, so it’s not as if there is a glut on the market already.” Meanwhile, Hall said he worries about Louise Street in front of his church getting busier and is waiting to see how city officials plan for growth. “When I go into a city, I like to look forward to it and expect an enjoyable experience, not a frustrating experience,” he said. “That’s where the planning comes in.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But none of them offers affordable units for low-income residents. In areas designated as redevelopment zones, the state requires developers to set aside some of their units and sell them at reduced prices for low- and moderate-income buyers. But downtown Glendale was established as a redevelopment zone in 1972, four years before the state requirement went into effect. So developers are not required to create any affordable housing. That doesn’t sit well with Paul Zimmerman, executive director of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing. “The people of Glendale are missing out on a tremendous opportunity to provide housing that’s affordable for most of the people in the city of Glendale,” Zimmerman said. Glendale has a low-income housing program for the more industrial area around San Fernando Road and other neighborhoods throughout the city, but not for downtown. 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LADIES GAA: BRAVE TERMON JUST FAIL TO DETHRONE ULSTER CHAMPIONS

first_imgBy James  Trearty at the Ulster  Senior Ladies Final,Termon 2–6 Donaghmoyne  Co  Monaghan  1–12Termon  Senior  Ladies came  ever  so  close to  topple  current Ulster  champions  Donaghmoyne  at  Augher  Co  Tyrone on  Sunday. Termon who had  Therese Mc Cafferty  back in the  starting  line up  was  two  points  down inside four  minutes  when  Catriona  Mc  Connell pointed  two  frees  for  the  champions.  Geraldine  Mc Laughlin opened  Termons  account  with  a point  before Roisin  Friel  levelled matters for Termon. Majella  Woods  extended  Donaghmoynes  lead before  Roisin Friel  goaled  following  good  play  by Roisin Mc Cafferty. Better  was  to  come  for  Termon  when  the  referee  awarded Termon  a penalty for  a foot  block on Geradine Mc Laughlin as  she  attempted  to  pull  the  trigger  on goal. Mc Laughlin raised another green  flag from  the  spot  to  put  Termon  ahead by five  points. Catriona mc  Connell with  three  points reduced  Termons  lead and  on the  close of  the  first  hald  Geraldine  Mc  Laughlin added  a Termon  point  to  leave HT  Termon   2–4  Donaghmoyne 0–7.On the  resumption it  was  all Donaghmoyne as  Mc Connell  with  two  points  and  a  great Lisa Kingham  goal  after being setup  by Sharon Courtney put  Donaghmoyne  two  ahead. Geraldine  Mc Laughlin reduced the deficit with  a point  with  ten minutes  to  go ,and  this  was  to  be   the last  Termon score.  Donaghmoyne added  further  scores  via  Majella  Woods , Mc  Connell and  Lisa  Kingham.Best  for  Termon  was  Laura  Galllagher,  Nicole  Mc  Laughlin and  Emer  GallagherDonaghmoyne  were  best  served  by Lisa Kinghan, Sharon Courtney  and  player  of  the  match  Catriona  Mc  Connell  who  ended  up  with  a grand  total of nine  points Termon  team was  Laura Gallagher, Caroline Duffy,Niamh  friel, Nicole  Mc  Laughlin, Grainne  Mc Cafferty, Therese  Mc  Cafferty, Petra Mc Cafferty, Emer  Gallagher, Sharon Mc  Laughlin, Roisin  Mc  Cafferty, Geraldine Mc Laughlin, Olive  Mc Cafferty, Maureen  o  Donnell, Roisin Friel Dara  Kelly.Prior to  the  game  a minutes silence  was observed  for  the late Elaine  Winston Friel  wife of  current Termon Senior player Francis Friel  who died  on Saturday.In  his  post match speech Ulster President Hugh  Devenney   also  made  reference  to  the  vast  contribution that Elaine had  made to all  Gaa  matters  during  her short  lifeteime LADIES GAA: BRAVE TERMON JUST FAIL TO DETHRONE ULSTER CHAMPIONS was last modified: November 5th, 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:LADIES GAA: BRAVE TERMON JUST FAIL TO DETHRONE ULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

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FIFA 19 top ten players: Man United, Man City, Chelsea stars included

first_imgAhead of the game’s September 28 release, the final ratings have been revealed and three of the Premier League’s finest have made the cut: David De Gea, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.Scroll down to find out who joins them in the top ten…10. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 90 – CM9. David De Gea (Manchester United) – 91 – GK MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 91 – CAM4. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – 91 – CM3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – 92 – LW RANKED FIFA 19 will feature a host of Premier League stars among the ten highest-rated players in the game.EA Sports has been counting down its top 100 footballers for the past week, with superstars such as Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah missing out on the top bracket of ratings. De Bruyne is the highest-rated Premier League star 8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 91 – ST7. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – 91 – CB6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 91 – LW BEST OF REVEALED Hazard’s excellent World Cup has not gone unnoticed Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 94 – CF1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 94 – ST no dice REVEALED ADVICE center_img Cristiano Ronaldo tops the bill once again huge blow 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 4 De Gea is the game’s highest-rated goalkeeper 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4last_img read more

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UPDATED ‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’ AS TOP CLASS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED

first_imgFunding for Donegal’s biggest and best-known arts festival is down by 50% but the organisers of the Earagail Arts Festival have promised one of the best line-ups for many years.The festival was officially launched at the weekend with director Paul Brown promising ‘something for everyone’ in the Donegal audience.Up to 40,000 people will attends events across the county for this the 23rd festival which runs from the 9th to the 24th of July. Paul said organisers of this year’s event have had to be realistic about their budget but nonetheless a feast of entertainment which includes musicians, comedians, actors, artists and clowns awaits.“I would say that funding is down by 50% but that’s the economic reality we have to work within today.“Having said that, I think the line-up for this year’s festival is first class. We really do have something for everyone.“Planning for such a large festival has to be done literally years in advance. We are already making calls about the festival in two years time. But that’s what you have to do. “There’s such a lot of great stuff at this year’s event and we are trying to bring value for money to people who want to get along to a number of shows,” he said.One of Paul’s personal favourites takes place on the very opening night of the festival and is entiled Feast of the Senses.Admission might be a little steep at 35 but for that people get an unusual three course supper and entertainment by here super acts including Little John Nee, Ponydance and Pokey LaFarge.The event takes place in a huge marquee in Letterkenny Town Park and is one not to be missed.“I can’t say too much about the food but it is being done by Rathmullan House which means it is going to be simply amazing if not a little unusual. “It’s going to be a terrific night and will really kick-start the festival,” said Paul Brown.A high quality FREE brochure outlining everything you need to know about this years two week event has been produced and is available in shops and other outlets.The festival officially kicks off at 9.30pm on Saturday, July 9th with the Eargail Arts Festival Parade on Main Street.After that it’s endless days and nights featuring such legends as John Prine, Solo Cissokho, Puja, Trad Trathnona, Scubadice, The Selecter, Lisa Hanningan, T with the Maggies, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and The Tragedian. And that’s before we even talk about drive-in movies, carnivals or children’s events!But that’s just a sample of what’s on offer with the full list being available on www.eaf.ie or in the festival brochure.To try and encourage as many people to get to as many events as possible while also thinking of the purse-strings, the festival has a special ‘five for 50’ deal which entitles people to get into any five of certain listed shows for just €50.Throughout the two weeks of the festival, donegaldaily will be bringing you updates, pictures and gossip from an event we should all be very proud of.EndsUPDATED ‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’ AS TOP CLASS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED was last modified: June 15th, 2011 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:donegalEaragail Arts Festivallaunchedlast_img read more

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Opportunity knocks

first_img This plan would spell out the values and rules – in as much detail as possible – how current Angelenos want the city to grow in transportation, in housing density, in open space and everything else. Until we have a plan, one hammered out through many community and commission hearings and discussions, it’s going to continue to be a haphazard city cobbled together by random acts of political favor. One non-negotiable part of the plan must be to end the fiefdoms that allow City Council members to decide virtually every project in their districts – a system that never had any purpose beyond allowing politicians to shake down developers and look after their friends. L.A.’s neighborhoods aren’t separate entities, functioning independently of one another. They are interrelated. They feed each other or fail each other. What’s bad for Sunland-Tujunga is bad for Westchester, and vice versa. Let this audit, this opportunity, be the catalyst for change in the Planning Department and, thus, in the city’s future health. This could also be Villaraigosa’s great opportunity. It might not win him an immediate political victory, but it could assure his place as the man who brought Los Angeles into the next millennium.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But what’s more imperative than making a good personnel pick is making a good growth plan. It may not be glamorous. It may not make headlines across the country. It may not even help propel anyone into a higher office. But we won’t be able to avoid the type of dystopian Los Angeles as depicted in “Blade Runner” and “Escape from L.A.” without a master plan for the growth and development of the entire city. All of it, from tiny Harbor City to Porter Ranch and everywhere in between. There’s been plenty of attention paid to the pleasant growth and development of downtown. Glorious edifices are replacing shabby government buildings at a rapid pace. Tax dollars are being diverted by the bucket to turn the city center into a place where developers make billions and Angelenos might even consider going someday. And clearly there is a comprehensive, if secretive, plan to make a handful of people even richer once the homeless are shipped out for other neighborhoods and the streets are made safe for the urban hipsters willing to mortgage their futures for a live/work loft space. But comparatively little effort has gone into mapping out a similarly beneficial future for the rest of the city, and that’s painfully true of the San Fernando Valley’s most valuable real-estate asset: The North Hollywood subway station area. If Los Angeles is ever going to lose its reputation as a place that planners study as an example of what not to do, it’s by collectively building a blueprint for its future. City Controller Laura Chick’s official assessment of Los Angeles’ Planning Department confirms what many of the city’s roughly 4 million inhabitants already know: The department is an archaic, overly bureaucratic agency that has no coherent scheme to help Los Angeles grow into the 21st century. The criticism came as Chick released an audit of the city department that found plenty of red tape and other frustrations. But more important than the long list of things the department does badly was Chick’s comment this week that the audit comes at a time of tremendous opportunity. Hear that, Mr. Mayor? It’s opportunity knocking. One big opportunity is the selection of a new planning director; a search is currently under way. We’ve already advocated that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council choose a crack urban planner who brings vision, energy and organization to the department. last_img read more

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Harvest update from South America

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BrazilThe Brazilian soybean harvest was 2.2% complete as of Jan. 19, up from 1.5% a year ago and 1.2% on the five-year average. Mato Grosso leads, with 7.5% (about 2.2 million tons), but the return of widespread rains to the state has slowed down the harvest in several areas. More rains are forecasted for the state and will probably prevent farmers from harvesting a total of 7 million tons until the end of January, as forecasted by AgRural in early December.Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás, also in central Brazil, had harvested 1% and 0.2% of their soybean area by Jan. 19, respectively. In Paraná (south), Brazil’s second largest soybean producing state, harvest has had a slow start. Despite the good shape of the crop, some areas planted earlier are not ready for harvest yet because they had a slower development due to lower-than-normal temperatures in October and November.On Jan. 9, AgRural forecasted the Brazilian soybean production at 103.1 million metric tons (mmt), up 7.7 million metric tons from last year. But the soybean crop still has a long way to go in states that plant later, such as the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul and states in the north/northeast of the country, where farmers start harvesting only in late February or early March. Rio Grande is in good shape so far, but more rain would be welcome in the northeast, especially in Bahia. Isolated areas in Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás also have had some troubles due to irregular rainfall.Summer corn harvest (35% of the Brazilian total corn production) is also beginning in Brazil (0.5% by Jan 19), but it’s behind schedule due to excessive moisture in the south. Winter corn planting (65% of the Brazilian total corn production), which is planted right after the soybean harvest, is underway in central states. Delays are expected due to rains in Mato Grosso. By Jan. 19, 2.8% of the total area estimated for south-central Brazil was planted, ahead of 0.8% a year before.AgRural forecasts the Brazilian total corn production at 88.6 mmt, compared to 66.6 mmt last year, when the winter crop was damaged by a severe drought in central states. ParaguayThe country has a good soybean crop on its way and some farmers are already harvesting their first areas. Yield reports are good and our clients there believe that the total production will surpass the USDA forecast of 9.17 mmt. Some areas planted later, however, have been struggling with lack of moisture and high temperatures. ArgentinaWhat’s the real damage caused by excessive rains in Argentina? That’s the billion dollar question right now. In mid-January, Rosario Grains Exchange said that, at that moment, the soybean production could reach 52.9 mmt, compared to an initial forecast of 56 mmt (the USDA forecasts 57 mmt). But they admitted that the number was preliminary and unofficial, since their researchers still have much field work to do in order to assess the damage caused by floods. Also, Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange said that 770 thousand hectares of soybeans (1.903 million acres) were impacted by above-than-normal rains in December and January. Plus, 400 thousand hectares (988 thousand acres) will not be planted due to drought in the south of the grain belt and flood in central areas. Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange doesn’t have a production forecast yet. But, although those acreage numbers look pretty bad (the total soybean area initially estimated was 19.6 million hectares, or 48.4 million acres), the exchange said that several areas beaten by above-than-normal rains still have soybeans in good shape. The problem is that more rains are forecasted for central Argentina over the next two weeks. By Jan. 19, 99% of the soybean area was planted.They’re not too concerned about corn, which has a record planted area this year (4.9 million hectares, or 12.1 million acres). According to Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange, 95% of that area was planted by Jan. 19 and about 290 thousand hectares (717 thousand acres) had been impacted by above-than-normal rains.We don’t have clients in Argentina and we don’t go there often (we’re neighbors, but very different countries). We just track their most reliable sources, such as the exchanges. The problem with Argentina is that it’s really hard to forecast their production. They have a very wide planting window even within the same province. Example of their complex calendar: they start planting corn in late August, take a break of three to four weeks in November (for weather reasons), resume in early December and finish planting in late January. Then, they harvest from mid-February until early September. It’s an eternal loop. And no, they don’t grow two corn crops a year, like Brazil. It’s all summer corn. Crazy, right? It is very hard is to estimate corn and soybean production in Argentina.To make a long story short, I would say that Argentina is in trouble for sure, but it’s not as bad as the market was saying until last week, at least so far. If excessive rainfall continues, however, their losses can be really big, especially because some of the flooded areas are among their best, with excellent soils and high yield potential.last_img read more

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My Forays Into Multifamily Affordable Housing

first_imgAfter a decades-long career in high-end, single-family renovation and construction, and a relatively new business providing consulting and certification services for the same market, I recently became involved in several multifamily projects. Starting with National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification on a market-rate apartment building that was completed in 2010, I am now in the early stages of LEED certification for several affordable projects throughout the southeast.First off, let me say that it is very exciting to see how much affordable housing is being built to green home standards. It appears to me that between various incentives available, and housing authorities recognizing how sustainable building can positively affect the long-term value of their properties, that high-performance housing is well entrenched in this sector. This is reinforced by current statistics from LEED for Homes showing that over 50% of their certified units are in the affordable sector.So What’s The Problem?For those of you who follow my other posts on this site under the Green Curmudgeon banner, you must be thinking, “when will he start whining about something?” Patience, gentle readers, we will get there soon enough.It is always been interesting to me to compare different projects and how they score in various rating systems. Since most green building programs provide significant incentives for density and location in walkable communities, multifamily urban projects tend to start out with a point advantage over less dense, more remote projects.The NGBS project was a 282-unit, eight-story concrete and steel-framed building. Since I was brought in fairly late in the process (just before insulation, actually), there were challenges in obtaining the certification. Budgeted for fiberglass batt insulation, we spent many weeks training, inspecting, and retraining their installers to aim for Grade 1 installation quality.Now anyone who has read my recent post on batt insulation knows, I am not a fan of batts, regardless off what they are made out of, and my experience with recent projects has done nothing to change my opinion.A Recurring ProblemThe same problem came up recently on another project, this one 100 units of affordable duplex gut renovations in Macon, Georgia, home of The Allman Brothers and Little Richard, among notables. This project, known as Felton Homes is an interesting project, consisting of a neighborhood of slab-on-grade, solid brick 1940s era buildings that are being gutted, slightly expanded, and completely remodeled.All the homes are planned to be certified as Energy Star, EarthCraft House, and LEED for Homes. Although I submitted my proposal for LEED certification months before, I was not brought in to start the process until the first building was just about ready for insulation, which leads to the first concern.The existing brick walls are being coated with 1½” of high-density spray foam between furring strips on both the interior and exterior, and the roofs will have low-density spray foam applied to create conditioned attics — both very good decisions. But here’s the rub — for some reason, they specified fiberglass batt insulation in the new exterior wall sections, of which there are very few. And to add to the problem, these walls are framed with metal studs, providing an excellent thermal bridge in the walls.Our first site inspection led to removal of every batt (thankfully not too many in this case) to point out gaps and compressions, and extended discussions with the project team about proper installation. Of course, the cost to upgrade to a spray or blown-in product came it too high to change, but they are still in negotiations on that subject. This is an example where a generally very well designed and specified project could have been even better had energy and green building consultants brought in early in the design process rather than as an afterthought.Anticipating a problemOn yet another project, 18 affordable townhomes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, also scheduled for LEED certification by myself and Abe Kruger of Kruger Sustainability Group, we were brought in towards the end of the design process, just as documents were being released for bids.In our discussions with the architect, we expressed our concerns with batt insulation, but they made it into the specs. Now, as construction is just getting ready to start, we are in discussions with the contractor and his insulation subcontractor about Grade 1 installation. While this quality was written into the specifications, it appears that the installer doesn’t really understand what it takes to achieve it, we are advising them to anticipate having to remove and reinstall most, if not all, of the batts for the first few buildings unit they get it right, and we are urging them to upgrade to a blown or spray product. It will be interesting to see how this resolves itself.Wasted Breath and Good DecisionsSometimes I feel like I am wasting a lot of breath going over the issues with batt installation with project teams, but in the case of Felton Homes, the day after we left the job site, I was copied on an e-mail from the project manager, directing his supervisor to remove the batts and install spray foam on the first two units in order to get ready to hang drywall. When the added cost of the spray foam was weighed against schedule delays, it came out the winner. Once I clearly communicated to the project team how difficult it would be to get Grade 1 quality, they made a good field decision.Interestingly, Grade 1 insulation is not a specific requirement of LEED for Homes, while it is necessary to achieve EarthCraft House Platinum level certification.Overall, I am heartened by the amount of high-performance affordable housing currently under construction and renovation. I appreciate the opportunity to work on these projects, offer my expertise, and help make them as efficient as possible, all while working within budget constraints. I’m looking forward to seeing upcoming projects break ground, and, hopefully, work on many more in the future.Closing moteAn introduction is in order: Carl Seville, GBA’s Green Curmudgeon, joins Amy and Peter on the Green Communities blog. Welcome aboard, Carl!last_img read more

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