Jazz thump Celtics in Hayward’s return to Utah

first_imgHayward had 13 points and seven assists in 25 minutes during his first game back in Utah since leaving the Jazz as a free agent to sign with the Celtics after the 2016-17 season. He broke his left ankle in Boston’s opener last season.The star forward spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Jazz after they drafted him ninth overall in 2010. He averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for Utah, but took the hostile reaction from Jazz fans in stride.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 Chriss“I kind of expected some of that,” Hayward said. “They were booing me from the get-go, so it’s part of the game.”Boston trimmed a 20-point deficit to four by the fourth quarter. Playing without injured Kyrie Irving, the Celtics closed within four on multiple occasions late in the period, the final time on a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart that made it 111-107 with 2:19 left. NU stays immaculate, FEU enters Final Four in UAAP women’s basketball Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I mean, they know. I’ll leave it at that.” — Crowder on whether his 20-point performance was motivated by a desire to show the Celtics they made a mistake when they traded him to Cleveland before the 2017-18 season.TIP-INSCeltics: Smart set a season high with 10 assists, one shy of his career high. Smart also scored 13 points for his first double-double of the season. … Boston had 28 points off 17 Utah turnovers. … The Celtics gave up a season-high 35 points in the third quarter.Jazz: Ingles made five 3s, moving him ahead of Deron Williams (511) on Utah’s career list. Ingles has 512 3-pointers with the Jazz. … Utah finished with a 45-28 advantage on the boards. … The Jazz scored 50 points in the paint.UP NEXTCeltics: At Portland on Sunday.Jazz: At Memphis on MondaySports Related Videospowered by AdSparc “We all have picked it up, picked up our energy defensively, picked our focus up,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been having great practices, but we just didn’t put it into the games. I think over the past couple of games, we’ve done that.”Terry Rozier scored a season-high 22 points, making his first start in place of Irving, and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.Boston lost for the third time in four games after allowing Utah to shoot a season-high 56 percent from the field.“As good as we were defensively in the first nine games, I don’t think we’ve been as good the last three,” coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought we actually did an OK job on the initial drives in isolation, but we didn’t get rebounds in a lot of cases. Our pick-and-roll defense, we just have to really shore it up.”The Jazz started to pull away when they hit 3-pointers on each of their final four possessions of the second quarter to take a 58-51 halftime lead. Ingles accounted for the first three long-distance baskets, highlighting a 20-point first half for him.Utah opened the third quarter on a 17-6 run. Mitchell ignited the spurt by draining three free throws and driving for a layup on back-to-back possessions. Derrick Favors kept it going with back-to-back baskets that gave the Jazz a double-digit lead and finished the run off with a pair of free throws that put Utah ahead 75-57 just four minutes into the quarter.“Defensively, we didn’t pay attention to details,” Rozier said. “We just didn’t have a presence out there, so they played freely.”The Jazz built their lead to 83-63 on a layup by Crowder before Boston rallied in the fourth quarter.The Celtics scored on four straight possessions, culminating in Tatum’s layup, to ignite a 15-4 run. Rozier nailed a 3 to cap off the run and cut Utah’s lead to 100-96.QUOTABLE Rudy Gobert quickly answered with a layup that pushed the lead back to six. Jayson Tatum followed by missing back-to-back layups that could have cut the deficit again, and Boston never got closer.Jae Crowder finally slammed the door on the comeback with a corner 3 that gave Utah a 117-109 lead with 47.7 seconds left.Utah coach Quin Snyder thought his team turned a corner by hanging tough down the stretch against the Celtics.“Our team has not been able to handle successes during games at times,” Snyder said. “We’ve lost focus sometimes when we’ve hit shots. Teams are going to come back on you, but you can’t make it easy on them.”Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points for Utah. Crowder had 20, and Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz won their second straight home game and second in a row overall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Read Next LATEST STORIES Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks, left, guards Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday Nov. 9, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward got a cold reception in Utah. He was booed every time he touched the ball, and his Boston Celtics left town with a loss.Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points and added a season-high seven assists to help the Jazz beat the Celtics 123-115 on Friday night in Hayward’s return to Salt Lake City.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Female U-20 Lone Star Had No Chance

first_imgThe national U-20 female Lone Star never had no chance last Saturday in their return-leg encounter for next year’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, against their Nigerian counterparts in Abuja, as the Nigerians ran away with victory, slamming in seven goals without a reply.The first leg two weeks ago in Monrovia saw the Nigerians sweeping victory their own way, scoring an incredible but humiliating 7-1 before the home crowd. And with such a devastating first leg, it would have been too foolish for any local fan to expect a miracle of victory.True, miracles happen once in a while but only when you are prepared and conditioned to expect it. Since we never prepared our young women for their opponents, it was clear that we did not need a soothsayer or a prophet to have predicted how the results would be.Now the two-leg encounter is over with our team losing a surprising but unfortunate 14-1 defeat and what should we begin to think. Yes, think is what I said and not ‘what we should begin to do.’ This is because we would do nothing any way. The disgrace would pass just like any other thing passes us by.But one thing I know we will do is to condemn and just take satisfaction in just talk about the soccer tragedy in Monrovia and Abuja. Yes, I know the Ministry of Youth & Sports would say nothing because they don’t have to say anything about the defeat. It is not a tradition for the Ministry to worry about why we lost and offer suggestions. Or take some serious action with the intent to get things done a little better in the future.But the question that should claim the attention of somebody is this: ‘Why did we register to play when we knew long time ago that we would not prepare the team well for the tournament?’ There are people who want to be counted because they want to be counted. But in sports Liberian players, whether male or female, deserve better preparation and motivation. Anything other than that means we would court disaster as it happened against Falconets.Even if somebody wanted the girls to lose, they could have led them to lose with honor. Losing 14-1 in two matches underscore the lack of commitment and support to develop the female game, much more the male national team.Where is Madam Ciatta Bishop? She was the one who, just before the Ebola menace, came on the scene with promises of seeing the Promised Land for our girls. Madam what happened?I know, we were too deep fighting Ebola, an unknown enemy so we were not really getting ready to use our legs to kick football. We had to cremate our Ebola dead; we had to fix our health care system and we had to pay those who risked their lives to fight the enemy…I can go on but enough! I agree, Ebola’s presence halted every progress, but did we have to register to be disgraced as it happened?Yes, if my daughter were part of the team, I would not have wanted her to return to Monrovia with her head bowed low, explaining what happened in Abuja or even what happened in Monrovia.After all we were never prepared and it was such unpreparedness that helped Ebola to kill more than it wanted to kill.Well down Nigeria, go Falconets go!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Redknapp heaps praise on ‘maestro’ Chelsea star …but it’s not Eden Hazard

first_imgHaving already broken Premier League records thanks to his excellent ball retention skills, the Italy international has quickly become the focal point for Chelsea.And even with Eden Hazard on scintillating form, Redknapp believes Jorginho is ‘the man’ at the Bridge.“I think Jorginho has been a revelation,” he told talkSPORT on Drivetime.“I’ve watched him closely obviously playing in those midfield positions. I love the way he just controls the game. Jorginho is a pass master and loving life at Chelsea thus far tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos center_img “He’s like the manager on the field for Sarri.“Obviously he was his first signing; he identified him as the man that can make that difference because normally that is Kante’s role.“Kante has been shifted slightly to the right hand side, but Jorginho is the man – he is the maestro in the team.” Jamie Redknapp heralded Jorginho as a ‘revelation’ at Chelsea following his summer move from Napoli.After initially being linked with a move to Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri pounced to bring the midfielder with him to Stamford Bridge from Serie A. LATEST scrap 1 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Popular Football Stories revealed last_img read more

Greiner Set For Senior Day Sunday

first_imgSenior Paige Greiner always felt like the basketball court was her place, one of comfort, familiarity and solace. While basketball always stood out, it never stopped her from playing a variety of sports growing up including softball, soccer and track and field. Ironically, a high school track meet at no place other then the Drake Relays brought her one step closer to her dream of playing college basketball.  “I honestly don’t know why they’re so high,” Greiner said. “I had no idea they were that special until I got here but apparently they are really really high. But if I have to be remembered for something, I have no problem with it being for that – as long as they go in that is.”  Print Friendly Version “This year she has taken on an entirely new leadership role,” said Jonas. “She embodies to the fullest what our program is about and that’s just loving the people you’re with, loving Drake and loving to compete.” “There’s no question that since she’s been here we’ve competed for conference championships,” Baranczyk said. “I think she’s a huge reason why.”  Oh, and for her sky-high, ceiling-scraping, rainbow three-pointers?  In her senior season, Greiner is playing what her coaches and teammates describe as the best basketball of her career shooting better than 60.0 percent while passing the ball better than ever before and limiting turnovers. While her performance on the court has helped boost the team, its been her leadership, energy, and hardwork that has made her teammates take notice.  And they did. Since Greiner’s debut in the Bulldog blue, Drake is on pace to put together its fourth-consecutive 20-plus win season, recorded six wins over six Power 5 teams, made two appearances in the WNIT and produced the most successful season in Missouri Valley Conference history a year ago. The 2016-17 team spent four consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top 25 poll, went undefeated in the MVC regular season, claimed a MVC tournament title and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Since day one, Baranczyk has focused on building more than just a competitive basketball team, but on building an incredible team culture full of players with a passion and commitment for the game, their team and Drake. The team asks one thing of every player, to be all in and give everything they have each and every step of the way.  “I’ll definitely be involved in basketball, and definitely Drake women’s basketball,” she said. “I’ll be back for all the games next year. I think it’s so important to stay involved and give back to a game and a place that’s done so much for me.”  “Paige is a confident person and a confident basketball player,” said Baranczyk. “I think it takes a really special player to stay confident in her own right when you have everyone around you getting awards and everything. But it’s never bothered her, and its never affected her. She’s happy for their success and she just wants to win.”  Medical redshirts for Dean and Jonas left Greiner in an unexpected position this season as the program’s lone graduating senior. Despite taking on the role of a senior leader, Greiner hasn’t spent her season focusing on that – instead trying to enjoy every moment she has left on the basketball court.  “Trying to tell people what this place means is impossible, it really is,” Greiner said. “I made the decision to come here when I was 16 or 17 and it’s definitely changed my life and been the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s a community and place where people have your back. I’ve gotten a world class education, which I never in a million years could have done without basketball.”  As a Williamsburg, Iowa, native, it was a crucial part of Greiner’s recruiting process to stay close to her hometown and her family. She admits, it probably limited her recruiting options but for Greiner none of that mattered when a first-year head coach just 90 miles away gave her the call.   “A lot of times you get into a routine and its easy to take some stuff for granted and just try to get through practice,” Greiner said. “I’ve really focused on understanding that my days are limited and I’m trying to enjoy that as much as I possibly can. I want to have fun with it and enjoy the people I’m with and it’s made the season way less stressful than I expected.”  Head coach Jennie Baranczyk was quick to point to the same conversation more than six years ago at the Drake Relays as a difference maker for the Drake women’s basketball program. For Baranczyk, Greiner became the kind of player the coaching staff could put anywhere on the floor, including in the post against players nearly a foot taller than her.  “I just knew that this was where I wanted to be,” said Greiner. “The first time I talked to the coaches I knew almost immediately that this was the kind of place I wanted to be at. About midway through my junior year I committed here and never looked back.”  “She had a vision for this place,” Greiner said of Baranczyk. “Everything she said I believed to be true. I thought, yes we are going to do that.” A college basketball career is made up of four seasons, more than 100 games and thousands of hours of practice. But for Greiner her college experience adds up to so much more than that.  “She obviously has her trademark shot but she also just has this spunk about her and she’s so much more than that,” said Baranczyk. “She’s so all in, she’s someone that you just have to have on your team for your team to be successful. She’s the consummate teammate who has a willingness to do whatever we ask.”   “Paige is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” said Jonas. “She’s really selfless, super hardworking and genuinely wants the best for everyone. She wants everyone to be really good and expects everyone to be really good.”  “It’s so easy to say that you’re all in,” said Baranczyk. “But to live it every day – that’s completely different. She [Greiner] lives it every day and is a shining example of that.”  There’s a whole world of uncertainties that comes for the average college graduate, and while Greiner is no different there are a few things that she is certain about. She loves calling Des Moines home and doesn’t have plans for that to change any time soon, she wants to pursue a career in human resources and still loves basketball more than ever. While her post-graduation plans aren’t yet solidified, Greiner does know exactly where she will be when the 2018-19 basketball season kicks off.   Greiner came in as a part of a dynamic freshman trio that included Maddy Dean and Becca Jonas. While Greiner had her signature shot, basketball fans took quick notice to Dean and Jonas who both had success early in their careers. last_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Grilled balsamic flank steak recipe

first_img1 2/3 cups olive oil1/3 cup balsamic vinegar2 yellow onions, sliced thin2 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon … Grilled balsamic flank steak is an outdoor dinner-party type of dish — something to put on the grill when the weather is nice and the beer is cold.Keep it simple. The balsamic vinegar, olive oil and beef broth add acidity and depth to the marinated flank steak.This recipe comes from The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook.3 1/2 pounds flank steak, trimmed of all fatlast_img read more

Delta tests biometric bag drops

first_imgDelta Air Lines is testing a facial-recognition self-serve luggage drop this summer at the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) hub it acquired when it merged with Northwest Airlines a few years back.In what Delta calls a “first for U.S. carriers”,  the system allows passengers to check their own belly bags, the ones that go in the baggage hold.The self-serve set-up is designed to match passengers to their passport photos via facial recognition techniques.The initiative is part of Delta’s overall philosophy of streamlining as much of the check-in and luggage process as possible.“We expect this [$US600,000 at MSP] investment and new process to save customers time,” says Gareth Joyce the airline’s senior vice president for airport customer service and cargo. Joyce says it frees up customer service agents so they can better help passengers.Delta is looking for passenger feedback just now as the Minneapolis/St. Paul trial continues. The airline asserts studies of self-serve bag drops argue they have the potential to process twice as many passengers per hour as current arrangements.Baggage, of course, is much on the minds of passengers and airlines alike as the United States Department of Homeland Security considers extending the in-cabin laptop computer ban from a handful of Middle East countries to European destinations.last_img read more

Blog Review: MinnePHit House

first_imgA Passivhaus retrofitTheir approach is a deep energy retrofit under the guidance of Tim Eian, a certified Passive House consultant. In fact, they hope to make the house the first one in the United States to be certified under EnerPHit standards, written specifically for existing homes.Like Passive House standards for new buildings, the EnerPHit rules for retrofits call for extremely low energy consumption and air infiltration.Their blog, The MinnePHit House, is the story of how the house is being transformed.It’s a well-organized site that’s attractive and easy to navigate. That may be because Paul’s day job is in software, giving him better-than-average computer and Web skills.One unusual element of the project is the involvement of corporate sponsors. Paul and Desirée have found a way to get a number of companies to chip in services, products, or both. “The MinnePHit House provides significant marketing opportunities for suppliers of building materials, finishes, mechanical systems, renewable energy systems, and professional design and analysis service providers,” the blog says. The couple has even put together a “sponsorship brochure” with more details.The blog was launched in May, so the project is still relatively young. Some entries are written by Paul, others by Desirée; background information is unsigned.Here are some excerpts: Day 9: Salvage Failure“Today was supposed to be the day we would pull up the hardwood floor in what we call the ‘old addition.’ I’ve read a fair amount about how to go about this process, but everything went off the rails as soon as we applied theory to practice. But first the theory: the plank is held in two ways, as tongue and groove into adjoining wood planks, and via nails that are hammered into the side of the plank. The goal is to lift the individual planks of flooring up so that the nails are lifted out of the floor as they separate from neighboring planks. As usual, the reality was much messier. — Paul” Paul and Desirée have three young daughters, two dogs, a flock of chickens and a 1935 house in Minneapolis that needs a ton of work.Although the house was extensively updated in the 1990s, the 1400-sq.-ft. structure still has a host of problems: an under-insulated attic, single-pane windows, thin exterior walls, an awkward layout, aging interior finishes, and an air handler located in the unconditioned attic.Why not sell the place and start over again somewhere else? Good question, but as they explain in their blog, they liked their neighborhood far too much to leave. Instead, they decided to address the long list of deficiencies in the house at the same time they expanded it. On finding a builder“We were encouraged that while the builders we spoke to had plenty of questions, nothing that was proposed in the plans was difficult to wrap their heads around once it was explained to them. This is good, as there’s really no such thing as a Passivhaus builder in the United States. What we’re doing needs to be easily understood and accessible to the people who do the construction.“At this point we’re seriously considering handling a significant portion of the GC work ourselves. There’s a variety of reasons for that, and not all financial. We have a trusted network of subcontractors that we know personally that we’d use in any case, and we’re very ‘high touch’ on our projects.“Obviously there are things we don’t have much skill with, and in those cases we’ll use consulting from our builders to bridge the gap. Once we get our bids and complete our projected budget we’ll know more. — Paul” The pros and cons of moving“I swore that when we moved into our house and were settled, there would be at least a few decades before our next move. These last few weeks, packing box after box as our house continues to heat up, I think about that statement. My thoughts go one of two ways. At times, I repeat to myself, ‘I swore I would never move again,’ followed by a few curse words as I’m lugging yet another heavy box of books to the garage.“Then there are days like yesterday. I believe the temperature yesterday reached over 90 degrees and our air conditioner struggled all day to keep up. At best, the temperature inside got down to 78 degrees and the AC ran ALL DAY LONG. On these types of days, as I’m still packing boxes, a different mood sets in. When all of the daily mess and current chaos is put aside, I’m really looking forward to living in our new house. It’s not just the added space, which will be a huge improvement! I’m looking forward to living in a comfortable home. — Desirée” What EnerPHit really means“An EnerPHit home will be 4-6 times more energy efficient than a conventionally built new home. Because the standard is for existing housing stock, it’s entirely possible that a remodeled home will perform at 10X its previous efficiency.“Why not just remodel to PassivHaus standards? Part of the problem is that older construction is full of interesting choices that simply cannot be made energy efficient without tremendous cost (we’re facing that right now with our chimney). The other part of the problem is siting. Houses are very rarely built with solar facing in mind, and if you live in the city, your house is often shaded at least part of the year by neighboring buildings and trees. Without that sunshine to act as your primary heating system, the amount of insulation required becomes prohibitive.“But really, the idea is to give an existing structure a new, more efficient life. In our case, it means that despite the fact that we’ll be almost doubling the usable square footage of our home, it will need about 30% of our current energy consumption. Or, put another way, our entire remodeled home will use about the same amount of energy to heat and cool as our living room currently does.” Door — Found!“As I was perusing the copious antiques and whatnot at Hunt and Gather, I came across the perfect door. I realize that in its current state, it leaves a bit to be desired. Yes, it’s coated with old, cracking, peeling lead paint. But the bones of this door are nothing less than romantic. The oval glass, the cute small sill and the tied boughs make my mind wander. How many people have gazed out of this glass? What were they waiting for? How many goodbyes were said in the very door frame where this one hung? So many questions!“I have begun the stripping process — it will be a LONG process. Once done, this will close off the powder room from the front entry, thus being the first thing you’ll see once coming into the house. It will actually be a pocket door. I’m considering having a stained glass oval made for the current glass space. Do you have any other ideas for the glass to allow for privacy?“I’m looking forward to the memories that we will create — the greetings and goodbyes to be said in front of this door. — Desirée”last_img read more

Vermont Utility Seeks a New Solar Fee

first_imgThe co-op has gone 100% renewableWashington Electric’s situation is somewhat different than other utilities, Richards said. For one, all of the power it distributes already comes from renewable sources, including hydro and wind projects and a landfill gas-to-energy project in Coventry, Vermont.Richards said the co-op encourages net-metering among its customers. And it has a tiered rate system that encourages conservation by setting a price of 9.4 cents per kWh when customers use 200 kWh or less of electricity per month, and 21 cents per kWh for those who use more than that.Another factor is that peak demand for electricity in Vermont is during the winter, when there’s less solar-generated power available. In states where peak demand occurs in mid-summer, distributed solar power is more valuable because it can help utilities meet demand without bringing costly generating facilities online.Still, Richards said, the co-op has certain fixed costs and that its proposal is an effort to be fair to all co-op customers.Separately, the co-op is seeking a 3.78% rate increase. Regulators haven’t ruled on that. UPDATED July 11, 2014An electric co-op in Vermont has joined the ranks of utilities around the country seeking regulatory approval to add fees for their customers who have rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations.Washington Electric Co-op wants to make changes to its net-metering program that would include a grid service fee of 4.63 cents per kilowatt hour for new net-metered customers. The co-op which serves about 10,500 residential and business customers in a three-county region in north-central Vermont.(On July 11, the not-for-profit co-op said its net-metering plan had been approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, clearing the way for the co-op to begin accepting new net-metering applications.)New solar customers also would have to pay the $11.79 monthly service charge that all customers now pay, regardless of how much excess electricity they produce. Currently, customers with PV installations can offset the $11.79 by selling power to the grid.Under the new plan, a customer producing 300 kWh of electricity per month would pay a total of $13.89 per month, co-op general manager Patty Richards said, $2.10 more than a non-solar customer. The new net-metering rules wouldn’t apply to existing solar customers.Customers with PV arrays rated at 15 kW or less would still earn 20 cents a kWh for excess power. Those with systems larger than that get 19 cents per kWh.She said the new fees would help the co-op cover the fixed costs of maintaining its infrastructure. A number of utilities around the country have requested fees for solar customers, arguing they contribute less for grid maintenance than non-solar customers because they buy less electricity and can zero out their bills under net-metering rules. The fee plan is supported by a state officeWashington Electric must win approval for its proposal from the Vermont Public Service Board, but it already has the support of Darren Springer, the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, according to a report posted at VtDigger.org.Renewable energy advocates told VtDigger.org the proposed net-metering changes would make it harder for residents to finance solar systems in the co-op’s service area. “If this tariff is implemented, going solar is going to be less appealing to WEC customers because the cost will functionally be higher,” Ben Walsh of the Vermont Public Interests Research Group said.Renewable Energy Vermont, an industry trade group, opposes the co-op’s plan, the report said.last_img read more

Flatrock Passive: Blower Door Test Comes up Roses

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. Typically, the air leakage rate is measured at 50 pascals of depressurization. The air volume flow rate is determined from the fan parameters and then translated into cubic feet per hour. Dividing this by the volume of the house gives the ach50 (air changes per hour @ 50 Pa). Most new homes would test at between 3 and 5 ach50, depending on how well the air barrier is installed, although there’s no way to tell unless a blower door test is actually conducted.The PHIUS+ 2015 standard requires 0.05 cubic feet per minute (cfm) at 50 pascals per square foot of gross envelope area, which at our new house corresponds to 295.69 cfm or 0.93 ach50. It will take more than one testDefining the air barrier requires the implementation of incremental details at different stages of construction. Once the details are intact, they can be tied together into one continuous air barrier. A blower door test is really a “stress test” that shows quantitatively whether the air barrier is intact and how airtight the structure actually is.Blower door testing should be arranged after completion of each major milestone of construction. The first test tells us that the air barrier is intact and has no major flaws. If there are flaws in the air barrier, they can be corrected before the next stage of construction. That first test for us came after we completed the OSB air barrier on the inside of the exterior walls.But it won’t be the last. The air barrier will still require many penetrations for various services, i.e. electrical and ventilation, all of which will be sealed to the air barrier in some way. A second blower door test will determine if the barrier is still intact after these modifications have been made and the air sealing details have been completed. RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Wrapping Up the Air BarrierInsulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Blower Door BasicsGreen Basics: Understanding Blower Door TestsQuestions and Answers About Air Barriers A methodical approach helpsAll the required air-sealing tasks were well documented in the plans but it did require us to come up with a well-thought-out, methodical approach. We couldn’t have done this without discussing details in depth with my Passive House designer, Mike Anderson of Passive Design Solutions. In the past three weeks we completed an amazing amount of work:Insulating the exterior walls.Erecting the OSB air barrier.Tape-sealing and caulking joints in the OSB air barrier.Tape-sealing the OSB air barrier to the window bucks, the rim joist space, and the slab.Spray-foaming rim joists.Spray-foaming, applying backer rod, and caulking around all windows and doors.My father was on site for 21 days working nine-hour days. I was on site during the weekdays working 4.5-hour days and working nine-hour days on the weekends, for a total of 310 person-hours. Our initial test result of 0.45 ach50 is a testament to our methodical approach and diligent attention to details. It’s an amazing result on my first Passive House! Preliminary results are greatBrad Dunn was on site around 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the test. I did the general tour showing him the various air sealing details. He was impressed and said he would be very surprised if there were issues. The system he was using can be set up with several discs that allow for progressively lower air flows.We used the smallest disc that he had available. After turning on the fan, and adjusting the fan speed to get about 50 Pa, the meter read “LO.” I was happy! It took a few seconds to get the numbers. They were hard to capture with pictures of so I made note of them. At 50 Pa, the average measured value for cfm was about 147.Now for the numbers. Using the gross envelope area:147 cfm50 / 5913.8 square feet = 0.025 cfm50 / square foot.The standard requires 0.05 cfm50 / square foot. Our number is good!In terms of air changes:(147 cfm50 x 60 min / hr) / ( 19,082.5 cubic feet) = 0.45 ach50!The required air changes from the infiltration test had to meet 0.93 ach50 so I am quite happy with this result.These results also can be used to calculate heat losses in kilowatt hours. (For a detailed look at the math, see this post). How much should we save by making the house tighter than it had to be? At our current five-year projected electricity rate, we should save $97 per year if heating with electricity when compared to a house sealed to 0.93 ach50. Because I will be heating with wood, it will save about 50-60 chunks of wood annually.This raises the question: Is reaching 0.45 ach50 worth it? In terms of the money saved on energy compared to the effort involved, I would say probably not. If we had reached 0.93 ach50 I would have been pleased but at 0.45 ach50 it gives us some buffer for issues as construction moves along. Energy use in a building scales with air infiltration, and decreasing the air infiltration rate can have a huge impact on heating costs. This article illustrates things nicely. Heating energy decreases linearly with decreasing infiltration while conduction losses through the insulation change little with air infiltration.A tighter air barrier has several implications. It leads to lower energy bills, and it also leads to a more resilient structure that is less susceptible to moisture damage. In addition, balanced mechanical ventilation provides fresh air more effectively than random infiltration and is a controlled route for energy capture/release through a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator.Infiltration rates are typically measured with a blower door test. A fan is placed in an exterior doorway. The fan is then turned on and the differential pressure it creates causes the house to leak from the exterior to the interior (depressurization) or vice versa (pressurization).last_img read more

How To Motivate Your Dream Client to Take Action

first_imgThe current thinking on sales is that your client is either unaware of the need to change or already motivated to change, something we might have described as either dissatisfied or satisfied. Naturally, salespeople prefer their dream clients be good and discontented, as it reduces the difficulty of making a sale.A lot of sales strategies developed over the last decade have started with the premise is that your dream client is not likely to be dissatisfied and requires help in understanding their world and the better results available to them. Rather than view the state as binary, it’s better thought of as a continuum. For our purposes here, I am going to use four points along a path from content to dissatisfied.ObliviousThese prospects are wholly unaware that they should be dissatisfied and are not the least bit concerned about their results or their future. They aren’t aware of the forces that should be causing them to change, and because they are unconcerned, they hold the most dangerous position possible: business as usual.It takes time and effort to help bring the awareness to prospects who are oblivious, and they don’t often greet your attempts to wake them with anything that resembles gratitude. Sometimes you will be greeted with contempt for shining a light on areas of their business they’d prefer not to look at, as doing so would require them to change.Your business acumen and situational knowledge have to increase both awareness and concern to create an opportunity to explore change.Aware, Not ConcernedI once had a client that was aware that what they were doing was wrong, and no matter how much I shared with them about how awful their future was going to be unless they changed, I couldn’t compel them to do what they needed to do to help themselves until it was too late. After three years of making the case and sharing the changes they needed to make, the bottom fell out of their business—despite my persistence.Some of your prospects will know their world is changing without being concerned enough to take action. In some cases, they don’t believe anything can harm their business and that what impacts others will not damage their results. Others will avoid concern because of politics, lack of will to make a change or lack of knowledge around making that change. A few will prefer to hand the future challenges over to their successor, riding out their time.Here your insights, ideas, and business acumen must be deployed in increasing concern to create an opportunity.Aware, ConcernedA good portion of your prospects and dream clients are going to be highly engaged in their business and both aware of the changes that should be causing them to change and concerned about what it means for their business. These prospects are already awake and turned on, and because this is true, the goal of sharing insights and ideas needs to shift from creating awareness and concern to proving you have the subject matter expertise to help them explore change and determine how they should change (for more on Exploring Change, see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. One might assume that your dream clients at this stage are easier to win because they are already aware and concerned. I would that were true, but it is not. It’s more difficult for your dream clients to make change in their organization, and because complex sales require some level of consensus, it takes more time and effort. If you are working on a competitive displacement (i.e., stealing a customer from your competitor), it’s even more difficult.Here you have to explore change, compel action, and build consensus.Motivated to ChangeOccasionally, the stars align in your favor and you come across a prospective client who is aware they need to change and highly motivated to do so. In the modern age of sales, we do so little prospecting that we rarely find these opportunities, especially when one suffers from the belief that they can rely on inbound and that their competitors have their dream clients locked down forever, something that, given a long enough timeline and persistence, is always proven to be false.Even when the stars align, you still have to do the difficult work of selling—and creating a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution. Your insights and ideas need to position you as the right partner to help your dream client move from their current state to a better future state.It can be tempting to try to approach these prospects by making the case that you are the right partner, but you are better proving that you are the right partner by helping them design and envision that future, providing a roadmap of how to achieve that better future, and helping them make the internal sale.If you want to motivate your dream client to take action, it is helpful to match your approach to what they need from you to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more