Green Building Council Names Home of the Year

first_imgBuilding in Hawaii isn’t easyHawaii is separated from the mainland by 2,300 miles of ocean, and that, too, complicates construction.“We have to coordinate ordering and delivery of product in a timely manner,” explained Archipelago vice president Roseanne Freitas in an email. “Lead times for cabinetry vary from 6-10 weeks, appliances are 6-12 weeks, tile is 4-6 weeks, plumbing 4-6 weeks as well as all other products. The goal is to have the products arrive on island and delivered directly to the home.“With square footage costs so high we have relatively small office/workshop spaces and the cost of storage is high,” she continued. “If the product arrives and is damaged, now we have bigger challenges. The factory has to remake and ship to the Islands… and of course shipping takes longer. Many of our vendors have minimal stock or none at all, so everything is brought to the island. Any dock strikes impact all items to the islands, which can result in delays.”Those factors, plus high shipping costs, makes building in Hawaii expensive. The project also was affected by a long permitting process. Other LEED winnersThe Hawaii house represented only one category in the USGBC competition.Here are the other winners:Gerding Edlen, a real estate investment and development firm in Portland, Oregon, was recognized for its outstanding commitment to LEED. The firm has developed 65 LEED projects.NeighborWorks Umpqua, in Roseburg, Oregon, was named outstanding affordable developer. The non-profit group promotes affordable housing in Douglas County, Oregon.The Sares Regis Group of Northern California was recognized for an outstanding multifamily project, the first mid-rise luxury apartment building of its size to be certified as LEED Platinum.Dinnerstein Companies of Houston was named outstanding multifamily builder.Jonathan Rose Companies of Philadelphia won the Project of the Year award for a mixed-use, mixed income LEED Platinum development of 120 rental units and community space. The project includes landscaped terraces and green roofs.Star Apartments’s 102-unit housing project for disabled men and women in Los Angeles was named the outstanding affordable project. It includes an onsite medical clinic, a health center, and the new headquarters of an L.A. County Health Services division. The U.S. Green Building Council has selected a 3,400-square-foot house in Kailua, Hawaii, as its outstanding single-family LEED home of the year.The LEED Gold house is the first in the state to be certified under the latest version of the LEED for Homes program, and one of the earliest certified houses in the country, according to its builder, Mokulua High Performance Builder. It’s also one of the first in the state to be certified under Energy Star version 3, Mokulua founder Michael Fairall said.An important construction detail is a top-to-bottom radiant barrier, the company said, including the use of DuPont’s Tyvek ThermaWrap LE on exterior walls and TechShield radiant barrier sheathing, manufactured by Louisiana Pacific, on the roof.“The house was conventionally wood-framed with R-13 fiberglass batt at the walls and R-30 fiberglass [batts] in the ceilings,” Fairall said in an email. The exterior of the two-story house is a mix of fiber cement products, including board-and-batten panels and shakes.“In all of our homes we implement a natural/passive ventilation strategy, which consists of solar attic fans, continuous running (low sone) exhaust fans (in garage and guest bath) as well as humidistat controlled exhaust fans,” Fairall added.Domestic hot water is supplied by a solar thermal system, and the house also has a 4.5-kW photovoltaic array. Although small for the size house it is powering, Fairall said the PV system should be enough to meet the home’s energy requirements on an annual basis.center_img UV is an important considerationThe construction company said intense sunlight is “one of the most prevalent risks associated with home durability” in Hawaii, hence its use of radiant barriers on all surfaces exposed to UV radiation.Radiant barriers, typically consisting of a thin metallic layer over another material such as plywood or polyethylene, slow the transfer of radiant heat — providing they are installed with the shiny, metallic surface facing an air space.Radiant-barrier sheathing can help lower attic temperatures because its low-emissivity surface blocks radiant energy from the sun. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers estimate that in a house with a poorly insulated attic (one with R-19 attic insulation), installing a radiant barrier can result in a 2% to 10% reduction in the cooling portion of the owner’s summer electric bill. In houses with code-minimum levels of insulation, however, savings would be lower.Radiant barriers must be installed correctly in order to be effective. Without an air gap, a radiant barrier won’t work. In the wall assembly described by Fairall, structural sheathing is installed over wood framing, followed by 3/4-inch-thick battens, then the ThermaWrap, and siding. In the roof, the radiant-barrier sheathing is applied on top of the trusses with the batt insulation installed at ceiling level.The house meets insulation requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for Climate Zone 1 (R-13 in the walls and R-30 in the attic), but is by no means heavily insulated.“Since Hawaii is a temperate climate, we don’t have to worry about heating and rarely require cooling on a large scale (central air),” Fairall said by email. “More typically, we use passive cooling through a mix of natural cooling and exhausting with whole house fans / solar attic fans.“UV radiation causes heat build-up and can contribute to material degradation, especially with certain composite products, hence the reason composite roof shingles, vinyl siding and other similar products shouldn’t be (and for the most part are not) used in Hawaii,” he continued. “As such we use products and coatings that not only can stand up to the harsh climate but can also reflect or prevent radiant heat transfer.”The 3,460-square-foot house, with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, was completed in 2014 at a cost of $795,000. The house was built on the site of an existing home, but the designer on the project, Archipeligo Hawaii, said a number of parts and pieces, such as old window glass and some flooring, were reused in the new one.last_img read more

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Create Your Own Movie Posters Quickly and Cheaply

first_imgYou can create your own promotional materials for your video project with equipment you already have. We’ll show you how.Cover image via Shutterstock.While filmmaking and photography have a lot in common, the skills you develop working in one aren’t always the skills you need to work in the other. When you can, it’s best to seek out a professional for services you need outside your skill set. However, if you’re working on a passion project with no budget and no photography equipment (such as flash lightning), you need to work with what you have when it comes to promotion. Let’s have a look at how you can create a poster using your filmmaking camera, a few continuous lights, and a black backdrop.I shot the two teaser posters in this article in my bathroom and living room. While they’re from different projects, the style for both is the same: low-key and moody. With this basic setup, this sort of image is your easiest option.Before.After.At the time, I didn’t have a DSLR; I only had a RED ONE MX. So I took a cue from Greg Williams’s photoshoot of Megan Fox for Esquire — he used the RED ONE and continuous lighting. Williams’s shoot was a few years ago when the luxury of pulling a 4K still required professional cinema cameras. You can now do this with the Gh4 and many other mirrorless and DSLR cameras. The primary issue with capturing stills with continuous lighting is that without a large light source, it’s hard to replicate the luminance of a flash.If you’re unsure about the differences between flash and continuous lighting for photography, check out the following video.To create your own promotional material without a proper photo shoot, you’re going to need two lights. One light needs to be a rim light to separate your subject from the background, which is probably the most important part of this process. Your other light is a single key light. You can set this up for chiaroscuro lighting, or it can be a ¾ frontal key light. Ultimately, it’s your choice. However, the idea is that you only want one light to illuminate your subject. Otherwise, we’re going to have too much fall off onto the black backdrop, and it’s going to be a hassle to clean up in post-production.You can watch the entire process in the following time-lapse.In the following example, I’ve used a small Yongnuo YN 160 Pro LED positioned in a ¾ key light fashion. Since the light isn’t that powerful, we’re not going to get a lot of light spill on the backdrop. This is one of the significant differences between using constant light and flash. The continuous light emitting from this small device just doesn’t give the same amount of luminance as a small flash.The StepsSince we’re going to pull a still from a video clip, you want your actor to move their head in various positions and poses after you hit record. Remember, if you’re just filming at 24fps, you’re getting 24 photographs to work from in just one second. However, you do need to be careful to avoid motion blur at this frame rate. You can increase the camera’s frame rate to prevent blur, but you will have a lot more material to shift through.Since the light is a small LED, I’m moving it while the actor moves to find the best position and look I want.The following works great for me.Since this is an R3D file, I’m going to open it up in REDCINE-X and make a few adjustments to the base image. Primarily, I’ll be adding contrast and color correcting the image, even though it will later become black and white. With the image corrected, I’m going to save footage as a still file and bring it into Lightroom or Photoshop.Essentially, we’re going to crush the blacks. You need to lower the shadow region in the curve selector, increase the blacks with a slider — or whatever option your application of choice offers. This will drop a lot of your background into darkness. However, we’ll still want to darken the composition. In Photoshop, use the burn tool, and set it to only affect the shadows. Since we have a rim light directly behind the subject, we don’t need to worry about it affecting the clothes. In fact, your subject can wear an entirely black T-shirt, and as long as you have the rim light in place, this method will still work.Once you have removed any visible sections of black material with burn, create a black solid to place on either side of the image.Now you should have a picture with an infinite black background, ready to customize and manipulate. I brought my poster into After Effects and played around with Video Copilot’s Action Essentials pack to add a few layers of fog.No flash photography, no studio, and in my case, not even a proper still camera. The situation is not ideal, but using some basic filmmaking tools, you can very easily make your own promotional material. If you have more space, you could set up more lights and produce even better results. However, sometimes being in a squeeze can really help you get creative with the bare minimum.Free Movie Poster TemplateIf you’d like a free movie poster template to help you polish your promotional material, check out the PremiumBeat free movie marketing pack. You’ll get an easy to customize Photoshop template and an additional template to create custom trailer ratings.DOWNLOAD FREE MOVIE POSTER TEMPLATEDo you have any tips for making your own promotional material? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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10 Things For Which You Should Be Grateful

first_imgBe grateful for adversity. It is what has made you what you are: stronger.Be grateful for your mistakes. They have made you wiser.Be grateful for your losses. They have made you appreciate your wins.Be grateful for your fears. Without them, you would have never developed your courage.Be grateful for your critics. If you have critics, you are producing something worth noting.Be grateful for your problems. They are what taught you to be resilient and resourceful.Be grateful things aren’t perfect. The desire to make things better is what created your drive.Be grateful for the times you are angry. It means that you care about something.Be grateful for the ideas that frighten you and those with which you disagree. These have provided you with the opportunity to grow.Be grateful for what you are not. If you were something different, you would no longer be you.last_img read more

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Elite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ “We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker only had 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 points in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points in the period.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, scattered 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points, including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining, 21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 team on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next “Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was opening, we take it,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac recalled.“We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball did go into the hands of Walker, who then setup Maliksi for game-winning jumper from the free throw line with 9.5 seconds left.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot was a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia that was off target. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Marcelino twins help Lyceum go 14-0 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAllein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season.Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoPSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very different

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very differentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar admits Manchester United are a different proposition after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.PSG and United will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”I was happy [with the draw], they will be two great matches between two great sides,” Neymar told PSG’s official website.”We know the quality that Manchester United have and we know that their players have a winning mentality.”The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style – they’re in the process of changing things up – but we know the quality they have.”I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them.“I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.” last_img read more

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Up to 6 SmallScale LNG Carriers for Avenir LNG

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Stolt Nielsen Chinese shipbuilder Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) is set to build up to six LNG carriers for Bermuda-registered company Avenir LNG, according to Clarksons.The contract includes the construction of two 20,000 cbm firm plus up to four additional optional LNG bunkering vessels with delivery of the firm vessels set for 2021.Details about the contract emerged following the yard’s announcement on the construction contracts becoming effective.The small-scale LNG company was formed by Stolt-Nielsen, which holds majority of the company shares, in cooperation with Golar LNG and Höegh LNG.Stolt-Nielsen has already ordered four small-scale LNG carriers from Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for its subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas.The 7,500 m3 vessels will be equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. To be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 respectively, the carriers will have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Kroos is Germanys key player – Matthäus

first_imgGermany legend Lothar Matthäus believes that Toni Kroos will be the key player for the national side as they bid to retain their World Cup title this summerThe 28-year-old has just recently won his fifth Champions League title after Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev last month and has become an integral member of the Spanish giants in his four years at the club.Matthäus, who won the 1990 World Cup with Germany, believes that Kroos can inspire the national team to retain their world title at Russia.“I think at this moment a key player is Toni Kroos,” Matthäus told the Bundesliga website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He’s won the Champions League four times. Three times in a row with Real Madrid. One time before with Bayern. I think he’s full of confidence. He’s coming to the tournament and he’d like to show that it’s not only possible to win titles with Real, he will win with the German team too. He can make the difference.”The 57-year-old welcomed the return of captain Manuel Neuer, who he rates as the “best goalkeeper in the world”.“We have good attackers. We have pretty much the best goalkeeper in the world [Manuel Neuer],” he said. “I think the team has good balance and good options from the bench, and this makes Germany one of the favourites.”Germany are in Group F and will face Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup campaign on Sunday.last_img read more

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Report Wolves boss emerges as a shock candidate to replace Mourinho

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reportedly emerged as a potential candidate to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester UnitedThe Red Devils have lost both of their opening four games of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.This has led to a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had been touted as the most likely man to replace Mourinho at United.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But One Football reports that another shock name has emerged in Nuno.The Portuguese coach has impressed the 20-time English champions in his spell in charge of Wolves.The 44-year-old led Wolves to the Championship title last season and the club have had a strong start in their return to the English top-flight.United will next face Watford away in the Premier League, while Wolves will host Burnley.last_img read more

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