Researchers Seek High-Performance Walls for Study

first_imgResearchers are looking for builders willing to volunteer to take part in a field study that will measure moisture, temperature, and humidity inside high-performance walls in moderate and cold climates.The Home Innovation Research Labs, a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has put out a call for builders of new homes — additions and remodels aren’t included in the study — who would allow wireless sensors to be installed inside wall cavities. The sensors — as many as ten in a single building — will transmit the data to a remote server.There are a couple of caveats: walls should have an R-value of at least 20, be relatively airtight, and be located in Climate Zone 4 or higher.“The results of the study will provide real-life data on long-term performance of walls constructed using energy-efficient practices,” an announcement from the Research Labs said.It doesn’t cost anything for a builder to participate, and neither builder names nor exact building locations will be included in the final report. Builders can submit multiple homes; monitors will go in this spring and summer with monitoring to continue for at least a year. Program details and objectivesResearch Labs will provide the sensors and related hardware, along with instructions for how to install them. Builders will be responsible for installation, discussing the project with homeowners, and supplying design and construction documentation, such as the results of blower-door testing.Moisture accumulation in exterior walls is an area of intense interest to building scientists. As buildings become tighter and better insulated, the risk of for long-term moisture damage to sheathing and framing has gone up, particularly in regions with long, cold winters. The topic is the focus of research by public and private labs and has been addressed in many articles and Q&A threads at GBA.Nay Shah, one of two directors of the project, said that moisture and temperature issues in milder climate zones are much better understood, but there are still plenty of unknowns about high-R walls in cold climates.“Yes, this has been studied a lot by many people,” he said, “But we do believe there is lots to be learned.”Of particular interest: what happens inside walls with vapor impermeable layers on both the outside and inside; how ZIP System walls with exterior insulation perform; and which type of rigid insulation applied to the outside of the building (extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, or polyiso) works best.The number of sensors will vary by the house, but typically would range from five to ten, he said, adding that it was important the sensing equipment be installed before drywall.“We don’t want to tear into your walls,” he said.Partial results should be available by next spring, with a full analysis completed by June 2017. Interested builders can apply online at this link.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha bypoll: Nitish Kumar seeks Lalu Prasad’s support for JD-U candidates

first_imgOnce sworn enemies following a bitter parting of ways, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are making news for a different reason in the changed political scenario in Bihar.Former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday sought RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s support for two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election.”I have appealed to the RJD, Congress and CPI to support the two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election to defeat the BJP. I have also talked to Lalu Prasad over this matter,” Nitish Kumar said in a press conference at the party’s office.It is probably the first time in last two decades that Nitish Kumar has publicly admitted that he sought support from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief after he and Lalu Prasad parted ways in 1994.Nitish Kumar said he has requested Lalu to support the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) candidates as the RJD extended its support last month to the government of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.”I am hopeful that the RJD, the Congress and the CPI would understand the BJP’s design and support the JD-U candidates in the by-election,” he said.The former chief minister also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of conspiring to destabilize Manjhi’s government in the state. “The BJP has been trying hard to destabilize Manjhi’s government for the mid-term assembly election because it is over-upbeat after its victory in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.Nitish Kumar said the BJP was behind fielding two Independent candidates to ensure the defeat of the JD-U candidates. “Name of the two Independent candidates was finalized at the house of a senior BJP leader here.”advertisementEarlier this week, state JD-U president Vashsisht Narain Singh said the RJD should support the party to defeat the game plan of anti-secular forces. “The RJD has been constantly fighting against communal forces and trying to stop the BJP. If it supports the JD-U in the by-election, we will welcome it,” he said.Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddqui said only Lalu Prasad can take a final decision on this issue.The JD-U faces tough task to ensure that its candidates – Pavan Verma and Ghulam Rasool Balyavi – win the by-election amid some of its rebel legislators announced to support two Independent candidates, Sabir Ali and Anil Sharma.A group of rebel JD-U legislators, who claimed to have the support of over two dozen party legislators, is giving sleepless nights to the JD-U leaders.BJP has yet to announce its official stand to support the two Independent candidates fielded by rebel JD-U legislators. It is likely to make its stand clear only next week.last_img read more

Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Inverness County

first_imgInverness County residents will have better access to active transportation options with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Sept. 25, $25,000 for the Municipality of the County of Inverness to develop an active transportation plan. “Encouraging active living is important for so many reasons. But the reality is, people are more likely to walk or cycle from place to place when there are accessible and safe options available to them,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Today’s announcement is about improving our communities, and continuing to reduce transportation emissions.” When complete, the active transportation plan will identify routes to better connect residents to key hubs such as schools and shopping districts. The plan will also address infrastructure improvements necessary to enable walking or cycling. “As a vast municipality, we see an active transportation plan as both beneficial and necessary to playing a role in sustainability, and in enabling healthy lives for our residents,” said Inverness Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie. “We look forward to seeing its impact in our rural communities.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit read more

AES claims one more life in Bihars Muzaffarpur

first_imgMuzaffarpur (Bihar): One more child died on Tuesday after being admitted to a hospital here for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, even as officials insisted that the severity of the disease, which has afflicted more than 700 children across the state, has lessened. The death was reported in the early hours at S K Medical College and Hospital, which has accounted for 111 casualties, the maximum number in the state, since June 1. The government-run hospital has so far registered 435 cases of AES since the beginning of the month, according to figures released by the district administration. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In addition, 163 AES cases have been registered at the privately-owned Kejriwal Hospital, where 20 children have so far died. It has, however, been nearly a week since any casualty was reported at the hospital. The Bihar Health Department had released state-wide figures, which put the total number of registered cases, across 20 districts, at 714. SKMCH Superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi said with the onset of the monsoon, the number of AES cases will likely come down. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “Like every year, the severity of the outbreak is diminishing with the onset of rains. This can be gauged from the fact that no deaths were reported on Monday and only five fresh cases were registered during the day. Till just a few days ago, we were receiving AES patients in droves,” he said. AES, known as ‘chamki’ in local parlance, is characterised by high fever and convulsions and strikes children north Bihar every year. The relatively higher number of deaths this year have been attributed to hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar levels. The condition is said to be triggered by a toxin found in high concentrations in unripe litchi which is grown in abundance in Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts.last_img read more

Opioid overdoses claimed more than 3200 lives in first nine months of

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada has released new data showing that than 3,200 Canadians died after apparent opioid-related overdoses between January and September last year.The data also indicates that fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances continue to be a “major driver” of Canada’s opioid crisis, with 73 per cent of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in the nine-month span involving the potent painkilling drug.Public Health says the crisis continues to affect the entire country but certain regions, including B.C., Alberta and Ontario, have been hit harder than others.Apparent opioid-related deaths are counted through data provided by the provinces and territories from offices of chief coroners or medical examiners.Opioids can be hard to disentangle from other factors in a death, including different drugs and underlying illnesses, so the numbers take a long time to crunch and come with qualifiers.But Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public-health officer, says the newly released figures serve as a “stark reminder” of the importance of maintaining and ramping up efforts to stop the epidemic.“As we take the pain of these losses and the deeply concerning data to heart we must continue to strengthen our collaborative public health response,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs playing politics with funding minister sitting on proposals worth millions

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department is playing politics with millions of dollars’ worth of project funding for First Nation organizations, according to chiefs on the Assembly of First Nations executive who are planning a national counter-attack to Ottawa’s tactics.Aboriginal Affairs has approved only $888,720 out of $7.1 million worth of projects submitted by the Assembly of First Nations this year, APTN National News has learned. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is also still sitting on 14 proposals from the AFN, months after the department’s own notification deadline passed for responding to proposals from First Nations organizations.The same scenario is playing out in other First Nation organizations and the AFN is preparing to launch a national strategy to counter the department, according to a widely distributed email from the AFN to officials with First Nation organizations.Chiefs on the AFN executive decided to develop the strategy during a meeting on Oct. 3. The executive came up with a draft of three “key messages” forming the core of the strategy. The messages focus on the department’s own words and timeline around project funding.The department told First Nation organizations they would all be informed of the status of their projects by April 1 if they submitted their proposals by Feb. 21. The project funding was supposed to offset part of the department’s deep cuts to the core funding of First Nations organizations. The department blew its deadline by several months.“The federal government’s promise that project funding would be available to off-set core funding cuts has not been kept,” says one of the AFN’s draft key messages, according to the Oct. 10 email, obtained by APTN National News. “The federal government has not kept its promise to respond to all funding proposals by April 1 and has politicized approval process, despite their assurances of transparency and accountability.”The AFN said in the email that the department has already rejected 16 proposals out of a total of 34 submissions. The department has only approved four proposals and the AFN is still waiting on responses to 14 proposals.The department rejected the AFN’s proposals on murdered and missing Indigenous women, treaties, comprehensive claims, specific claims, housing, trade, energy, emergency management and infrastructure. The department has only approved projects on economic development, connectivity, additions to reserves and social-assisted living. Valcourt has the final sign-off on all the project proposals, according to an Aug. 21 letter from the AFN’s CEO Peter Dinsdale to deputy minister Coleen Swords, previously obtained by APTN National News.The department said last November it set aside $20 million for project funding. Former deputy minister Michael Wernick said at the time that the department would only fund projects that “align with department priorities and yield concrete results.”Wernick is now deputy clerk of the Office of the Privy Council, which is essentially the nerve centre of the federal bureaucracy and the prime minister’s department.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment.The AFN is trying to compile the status of project proposals from other organizations to press their case with Valcourt and the public, the email said.“It will be through solidarity with Aboriginal representative organizations that we will be stronger,” said the email.There is a widespread belief the department is playing hardball on project funding as a result of the AFN’s rejection of the Harper government’s proposed bill for First Nation read more

Changes to fair elections act announced

(Update)The federal Conservatives have announced they’re making changes to a bill that critics say would rig the next election by disenfranchising voters. Friday, the minister of democratic reform announced amendments to some of the most contentious aspects of the “Fair Elections Act.”Minister Pierre Poilievre says his government is prepared to remove the requirement for all voters to show residency ID in the next election. This, after some experts and the opposition said eliminating vouching would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. But it’s not just the content of bill C-23 that has sparked outrage among critics.Bill C-23 would have eliminated the practice of vouching — and forbid the use of voter information cards Elections Canada sends out as proof of residency.A Canada-wide online petition called it an outrageous move that would silence hundreds of thousands of voters. Local activists say its especially concerning for those without a permanent home.Tom Cooper is with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction: “There are four-thousand people who are homeless on any given night in Hamilton and certainly the changes to the fair elections act may mean they won’t be able to vote.”It’s this type of concern. As well as early pushback from the senate, that has caused the Conservatives to back down on some of the most controversial aspects of the act:Minister for Democratic reform Pierre Poilievre announced Friday afternoon that citizens will now be able to sign an oath attesting to their local residence, but must still provide at least some proof of personal identification. But it’s not just the content that has sparked outrage among the opposition. “We think it’s completely reasonable that people present identification when they cast their ballots.”NDP MP David Christopherson: “They dropped the bill in the House of Commons and within a couple of days one of the first things they did was move a closure motion to shut down debate.”Hamilton NDP MP’s were among dozens of local residents at Hamilton city hall Friday morning, voicing their concern about the lack of public consultation on the act.McMaster University’s Peter Graefe: “The main problem with the bill is that it’s fundamental to our ability to vote and our rights as citizens and yet as citizens we haven’t had a chance to debate it.”But St. Catherines MP Rick Dykstra says the Conservatives did consult the public: “It’s had two iterations previous. It’s had thousands of minutes in the House of Commons debating it.”Other changes to the bill include:Allowing the Chief Electoral Officer to speak freely to the Canadian public about elections issues — something that was originally limited under the bill.It will also allow Elections Canada to continue to fund voter outreach programs — but only to people too young to vote.The changes will close a proposed loophole that would allow parties to spend an unlimited amount of money contacting former donors during an election campaign.And voter contact services will have to keep robocall recordings for three years instead of one. read more

Football Gene Smith Urban Meyer back Ryan Day as acting head coach

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the Board of Trustees decided on the future of head coach Urban Meyer at the Longaberger Alumni Center on Wednesday, the Ohio State football team practiced. The sound of strength coach Mickey Marotti’s voice echoed across Olentangy River Road, encouraging individual players as the team warmed up at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during its 4 p.m. practice prior to the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. As day turned to night and the voice of Marotti faded, the deliberation ended, deciding Meyer would be suspended without pay through Sept. 2 and for the games on Sept. 1, 8 and 15. In Meyer’s absence, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will continue as the acting head coach, a role he has held since Aug. 1 when Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave when the Board of Trustees began its investigation into his knowledge of domestic violence allegations made against former assistant coach Zach Smith. In the opening statement of his press conference, Athletic Director Gene Smith thanked Day for taking on the role of acting head coach, calling him and the assistant coaches strong leaders throughout the investigation. The main message from Gene Smith ahead of his suspension was simple: provide the necessary support for Day through the first three games of the 2018 season. “Our top priority over the next few days is to make sure that we do everything that we can to reaffirm Coach Day’s commitment to being our interim coach during this timeframe,” Gene Smith said. “I will also working to ensure our student-athletes have every resource they need to maintain their focus on academics and competition.”Even though Meyer will not be on the sideline for the first three games of the season, the Ohio State head coach will be able to coach during the weeks leading up to games after Sept. 2. However, for a coach that said he had “worked diligently to build a program that would make the great state of Ohio and Ohio State very proud,” Meyer said his absence from the program has been extremely difficult. “It’s been very tough, one of the toughest things I’ve experienced,” Meyer said. “I have very good players and a very good staff. My message when i get to speak to the team is that I love them dearly, I appreciate all they’ve done for this incredible university.”While he is away from the team for the first three weeks of the season, Meyer was very complimentary towards his current coaching staff, including two former head coaches in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. “It’s also one of the best coaching staffs I’ve had,” Meyer said. “I look forward to watching them continue to grow and getting updates as we move forward.”When it is all said and done, the Board of Trustees decided, with the decision to reinstate the head coach after a three-game suspension, that Ohio State was still Meyer’s team. This is the mindset Meyer looks to take as his return to the Buckeyes comes closer. “I’ve been a Buckeye my entire life,” Meyer said. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn from the mistake and work as hard as I ever have to make our strong program even stronger.” read more

Germany wins Bundesliga AllStar Game

German team have won the friendly All-Star game in Leipzig against a team of world stars currently playing in the Bundesliga, led by Duvnjak and Jicha. It was an even first half in which neither team made any significant advantage, and the second seemed the same until the 47th minute when Germany through Dominik Klein made it to 27:23 lead. Team Germany then kept domination of the game until the end in which they won with 38:31 (15:17). This has been good test for Heuberger and the players ahead of the important two-legged playoff game against Poland for the World Cup 2015 in Qatar qualification. Bundesligadhb handballDominik KleingermanyJichaMartin Heuberger ← Previous Story Cup Winners Cup (W): Zvenigorod and Rostov with good advantage before return legs Next Story → MKB Veszprem defeated twice in Skopje friendlies read more