“Liberians Must Be Confident of Their Future”

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac has urged Liberians to have confidence in their own future and not expect a government or a partner to “deliver” the goods they need.During a reception she hosted last Thursday at the Centennial Pavilion in celebration of July 4th, the United States’ 239th Independence anniversary, Ambassador Malac admitted that the U.S. has had its ups and downs in the nearly two and a half centuries of its existence. Admitting that her government has often failed to live up to its ideals, Malac assured nevertheless that, “we have never given up in our quest to overcome those shortcomings nor abandoned our collective commitment to look optimistically to the future.” “Noisily, publicly, and sometimes tragically, we have learned and are learning still to embrace our differences and to build on the strength of our diversity,” she said.Advocating for collaboration and unity among Liberians in order to enhance development and democracy, Malac advised, “I hope that Liberians, too, will accelerate their own efforts to pull together in pursuit of their dreams, to provide better lives for their families and future generations.”Liberians have the capacity for collaboration, she acknowledged, referring to the unity demonstrated during the height of the Ebola crisis. This is a definite sign of such capacity, she said.“I urge you to find that collective spirit to build a better Liberia,” Ambassador Malac urged.With respect to the high expectations of change in Liberia, the US Ambassador assured Liberians that the United States stands ready to help them help themselves. She, however, reminded Liberians that development, consolidation of democratic governance and reconciliation are all processes that take time.She again stressed that by working together, valuing differences and committing to the greater good, progress comes more quickly.Regarding Liberia’s success in its development drive, Ambassador Malac said, “Long-term success in Liberia requires dependable infrastructure, much of which never existed or was destroyed during Liberia’s civil war. The Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation correctly emphasizes the importance of good roads, ports, airports, electricity, and water—and we saw how important these things were to the fight against Ebola. We are working closely with Liberia, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and other donors to expedite implementation of the plan.”She, however, quickly reminded Liberians that Long-term success will require the continued development of Liberia’s governance institutions, with transparent accountability to ensure that the many needed infrastructures, energy, education and public health projects stay on track, are sustainably funded and regularly maintained.The Ambassador also gave assurance that the selection of Liberia in 2012 to benefit from the Power Africa through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is considered by the US Government and she hopes later this year that government will contribute significant resources to rebuilding the Mt. Coffee Hydro-Electric power plant.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her congratulatory message to the people and Government of the United States, recalled the important role played by President Barack Obama during the Ebola crisis and extended commendation to him and the American people for that tremendous role.She recalled that as the situation worsened the US Government sent about 4,000 troops to Liberia to contain the virus, adding that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was also present here providing healthcare services.President Sirleaf also acknowledged the role of Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who she said led a team of health personnel to Liberia for an assessment that led tothe coming of over 50 health workers from that institution.President Sirleaf further acknowledged that Ambassador Malac, too, played a heroic role in the fight against Ebola, recalling that throughout the crisis the US Ambassador remained in the country, giving encouragement to Liberians in the fight.In appreciation of Ambassador Malac’s role and that of President Obama, the Chief Elders of the Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Zanzan Kawor, gowned Ambassador Malac and presented her with another gown to be conveyed to President Obama. Chief Kawor said that as a tradition, they could not let such a great role played by the US Government go without notice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Acting Town Clerk sent on administrative leave

first_imgActing Town Clerk Sharon Harry-MunroeIn a surprising series of events, Acting Town Clerk of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Sharon Harry-Munroe was reportedly sent on administrative leave for reasons unknown.This was confirmed by a source at the municipality.Speculations were that this decision surrounded the internal audit into City Hall’s financial operations. Documents were required by the Auditor General, but the Council failed on its end to provide the relevant information. As such, the Local Government Commission was advised of the situation.In addressing the situation, the Town Clerk was reportedly hauled before the Commission to explain why those official papers were yet to be submitted.When contacted, Mayor Ubraj Narine refused to comment on the matter. Furthermore, the Town Clerk’s calls went unanswered.Back in September 2018, former Town Clerk Royston King was sent on administrative leave, pending a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was established to probe activities and records of the Council.King never returned to his position after the damning findings unearthed gross misconduct and mismanagement.He was required to appear before the Commission to answer to the findings of the report and was also requested to present dialogue on other matters. However, his refusal to discuss the impeachments which were brought against him triggered a decision on the part of the Commission to dismiss him.In January, he was fired by the Local Government Commission and his position was handed over to Harry-Munroe, who is one of the individuals labelled as “incompetent” in the final report.The decision to conduct an audit stemmed from the alarming results of the CoI. Lone Commissioner Retired Justice Cecil Kennard had called for the Audit Office of Guyana to conduct a forensic audit into the entity’s management, even as officers are being disciplined.In July, reports surfaced that a large portion of documents were still outstanding for the audit to be completed.last_img read more

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Spurs need silverware first before claiming to be the best – Cech

first_imgHowever, silverware has eluded them since winning the FA Cup in 1991 – the trophy their fierce neighbours have lifted three times in the last four years.Arsene Wenger’s side trail their arch-rivals by four points in the league after 11 games, but Cech believes that Spurs are still behind them in terms of success.Asked whether a power shift has occurred in the northern part of the capital, he replied:  “No I don’t think so.“There is always one odd year where things can change, but the most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory.“We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title.“Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing.“They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression.“Success is ultimately winning trophies. We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups.“Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham’s Harry Kane scoring past Arsenal’ sPetr Cech. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Arsenal keeper Petr Cech feels that Tottenham need to end their trophy drought before they can stake a claim to being the best team in north London.Spurs have become genuine title contenders with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm and they finished ahead of the Gunners last season for the first time in 22 years.last_img read more

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Final PL table: Super computer predicts glory for Chelsea and Man United but Liverpool misery

first_img 2 What’s your prediction for the end of the season? Let us know by leaving a comment below… Chelsea are looking good so far this season 2 The boffins at Bloomberg Sports have used their super computer to predict the outcome of this year’s Premier League and it makes comforting reading for Chelsea and Manchester United fans.Manchester City may have reduced the gap between themselves and Jose Mourinho’s front runners with a 3-0 win at Southampton, but Bloomberg currently predict Chelsea will run out comfortable winners at the end of the season.The conclusion produced from the numbers crunched in their complex algorithm is that Chelsea will lift the Premier League title with just shy of 90 points, while City are projected to achieve around 83 points.Well adrift, but in third place, is Manchester United, ahead of… you guessed it, Arsenal in fourth.Liverpool – currently 11th in the table – are predicted to make up lots of ground, but at this stage the super computer says they will only make it to sixth in the final table, behind Tottenham.There’s misery for last season’s promoted teams, as Bloomberg are presently forcasting relegation for QPR, Leicester and Burnley.It’s worth keeping in mind that Bloomberg’s predicted table is constantly updated as calculations adjust according to the results of each Premier League matchday, but for the moment, it makes for interesting reading.Check out the full table below, ordered according to projected final positions, but with current numerical position in the league (correct on 1 December 2014) on the left, with projected final points total on the right…last_img read more

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Sampdoria president ‘confirms’ Lucas Torreira to Arsenal

first_img 2 Torreira played the final three minutes of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt, coming on just 100 seconds before Jose Gimenez’s winning goal Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero appeared to confirm the transfer of Lucas Torreira to Arsenal on Italian TV as the Gunners edge closer to a third summer signing.The Uruguayan midfielder, 22, is set to complete a £26million move to the Emirates following the arrivals of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno. Speaking live on Sportitalia, Ferrero said: “Torreira has left for €30m. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed.“We bet and we won, paying just €3m. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”New Gunners boss Unai Emery has already made his mark at the club in his first month in charge, snapping up Swiss right-back Lichtsteiner on a free and Bayer Leverkusen stopper Leno in a £19m deal.Torreira, currently at the World Cup with Uruguay, will provide competition for Granit Xhaka in the holding midfield role, another defensive-minded addition as Emery looks to finally solve the Gunners’ backline issues. Torreira was born just six months before Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign began 2 Just five-feet-six tall, Torreira does not appear the typical midfield enforcer, but as N’Golo Kante showed with Leicester City and Chelsea, height can be quickly made up for with ball-winning ability and work rate.It was reported last week that a fee was agreed and now the deal appears complete after Ferrero’s comments.The move would already bring Emery’s spending to £45m in his four weeks in the Arsenal dugout, a total previous boss Arsene Wenger took more than four years to surpass.Torreira made 74 appearances in his two seasons with Sampdoria, scoring four times after his move from Pescara in 2016.last_img read more

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Sunderland ‘hope to sign Celtic ace on loan’

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news RANKED The 23-year-old has been on Celtic’s books since 2015, but he’s made just 14 appearances for the Hoops and has spent the last 18 months on loan at the Parkhead club’s Premiership rivals Aberdeen.A midfielder, Christie’s contract expires at the end of this season, and it is clear he has no future under Brendan Rodgers. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 REVEALED targets LATEST Celtic bought Christie in 2015, but he’s failed to establish himself at Parkhead Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sunderland are keen on signing Celtic ace Ryan Christie before the loan window closes at the end of the month.Though English sides are unable to bring in players on a permanent basis since the close of the transfer window, the loan window remains open until August 31, and Jack Ross, the Sunderland manager, is eyeing a deal for midfielder Christie. moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Christie is expected to leave Celtic before the end of the month Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Ross has started his reign as Sunderland manager brightly, winning two and drawing one of his three league matches to sit in the League One play-off places. Sunderland are hoping to take advantage of this, according to the Scottish Sun, by signing Christie on loan, with a buy option included to make the midfielder a permanent signing in January.This deal suits both parties, as Celtic would be guaranteed to recoup some of the £500,000 they paid Inverness Caledonian Thistle back in 2015 for Christie, rather than lose him for free when his contract expires next summer. TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

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Sheffield United vs Leeds commentary stream, preview and manager quotes

first_img 3 Marcelo Bielsa is proving a big hit at Leeds The Whites are in second, a point behind leaders Norwich, having won three of their last four games.George Baldock is back in the Sheffield United squad after illness, while Billy Sharp could return to the starting XI against his old club.Pontus Jansson could return for the visitors after recovering from a foot injury.Match statsLeeds have not won at Bramall Lane since April 1992Billy Sharp has scored six goals in his last four league appearances against LeedsSheffield United are currently unbeaten in eight league games at Bramall LanePablo Hernandez has scored four goals in his past five away league games for Leeds 3 Sheffield United host Leeds United in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Championship, live on talkSPORT 2.The Blades sit fifth in the Championship table with just one win from their last four matches. Sheffield United are looking to mount a promotion charge under Chris Wilder center_img 3 What the managers are saying…Chris Wilder (Sheffield United):“Leeds United will come and definitely try and win the game of football, and have confidence in their approach and confidence in their players, just as much as we will. We’re going to be on the back foot at times on Saturday, no doubt about that, but we’d like to take the game to the opposition as well. They have a new manager, new ideas and a new direction added to what was already a really talented group to start with. He (Bielsa) is not going to be wracking it (last season) all up.”Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) Billy Sharp has a good record against Leeds “I would say the Sheffield United head coach is someone with new ideas, and I have seen very few people with these ideas. Head coaches, usually we look at what our colleagues do to learn from them. And we want to learn new things, things that not everyone is doing. The ideas of our next opponent deserve to be studied. I don’t know the history of Sheffield United’s head coach, but what I’m saying can be right.”Where can I listen to live commentary of the match?On talkSPORT 2. Our team will be at Brammall Lane to bring you exclusive coverage. with kick-off at 12:30pm.Listen through our radio player below, through the talkSPORT App, on DAB digital radio or on 1089 or 1053 AM.last_img read more

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Afrique du Sud : aperçu economique

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud est la mine des nouvelles idees economiques de l’Afrique, a la tete du continent africain en termes de production et d’extraction miniere et produisant une grande partie de l’electricite de l’Afrique.Le pays est tres riche en ressources naturelles, possede des secteurs financier, juridique, de communications, energetique et de transport bien developpes, une bourse classee parmi les 20 premieres du monde et des infrastructures modernes assurant une distribution efficace des marchandises dans toute la region du Sud de l’Afrique.L’Afrique du Sud possede un cadre juridique progressiste et de rang mondial. La legislation regissant le commerce, la main d’œuvre et les questions maritimes est particulierement bien developpee et les lois sur la politique de concurrence, les droits d’auteur, les brevets, les marques et les conflits respectent les normes et conventions internationales.Le systeme financier du pays est elabore et solide. Les reglementations bancaires se classent parmi les meilleures du monde et le secteur est classe depuis longtemps parmi les 10 meilleurs du monde.Non seulement l’Afrique du Sud est une economie emergente mais elle est aussi la porte d’entree vers d’autres marches africains. Le pays joue un role important dans l’approvisionnement en energie, en aide humanitaire, transport, communications et investissement sur le continent. Ses liaisons routieres et ferroviaires bien developpees fournissent une plateforme et les infrastructures pour un transport terrestre au cœur de l’Afrique.La croissance economiqueL’economie de l’Afrique du Sud s’est trouvee dans une phase ascendante du cycle commerciale depuis septembre 1999, la plus longue periode d’expansion economique jamais enregistree dans le pays.Pendant cette reprise (selon des donnees jusqu’au quatrieme trimestre de 2007), le taux de croissance annuel moyen du pays etait de plus de 4 %. Dans la decennie precedant l’annee 1994, la croissance economique etait en moyenne de moins de 1 % par an.Le produit interieur brut (PIB) reel de l’Afrique du Sud a progresse de 3,7 % en 2002, de 3,1 % en 2003, de 4,9 % en 2004, de 5 % en 2005, de 5,4 % en 2006, pourcentage le plus eleve depuis 1981, et de 5,1 % en 2007. Au quatrieme trimestre 2007, l’Afrique du Sud a enregistre son 33eme trimestre d’expansion continue de son PIB reel depuis septembre 1999.L’economie d’Afrique du Sud a ete completement restructuree depuis l’instauration de la democratie dans le pays en 1994. Des reformes macroeconomiques audacieuses ont encourage la competitivite, ont fait progresse l’economie, en creant des emplois et en ouvrant l’Afrique du Sud aux marches internationaux.Au cours des annees, ces politiques ont cree une structure macroeconomique solide comme le roc. Les impots ont ete reduits, les prix ont chute, le deficit fiscal a recule, l’inflation a baisse et les controles sur le change se sont assouplis.La croissance economique et une gestion fiscale prudente ont vu le deficit budgetaire de l’Afrique du Sud reculer (la difference entre le total des depenses et des revenus du gouvernement, hors emprunts) a chute de façon importante, de 5,1 % du PIB en 1993/1994 a 0,5 % en 2005/2006, le deuxieme deficit fiscal le plus bas de l’histoire du pays apres celui de 0,1 % atteint durant le boom de l’or en 1980.En 2006/2007, le pays a enregistre son premier excedent budgetaire de 0,3 %.L’inflation a la consommation a suivi une tendance a la baisse depuis 2002 lorsque les prix a la consommation ont augmente en moyenne de 9,3 % suite a la tragedie du 11 septembre a New York. L’inflation a la consommation a atteint une moyenne de 4,3 % en 2004, 3,9 % en 2005, 4,6 % en 2006 et 6,5 % en 2007.Malgre une baisse des impots generale, l’economie optimiste, un plus grand respect fiscal et une administration fiscale et douaniere en amelioration ont vu les revenus du gouvernement augmenter en fleche et atteindre 475,8 milliards de rands en 2006/2007, plus de trois fois les chiffres de 1996/1997.La notation des investissementsPlus d’une decennie de reformes institutionnelles coherentes et d’une gestion economique saine a egalement ete recompensee par une solide notation des credits, impliquant moins de risques pour les investisseurs et reduisant le cout du capital pour les emprunteurs des secteurs public et prive du pays.Les notations de credit de l’Afrique du Sud n’ont cesse de s’ameliorer depuis 1994, avec une augmentation de Standard & Poor’s, Moddy’s et Fitch en 2005. Toutes les agences ont cite l’amelioration de la stabilite economique du pays, la reduction de la vulnerabilite aux chocs exterieurs, une dette moderee et des institutions politiques fortes et stables.En 2006, Moody’s et Fitch ont indique que la tendance a la hausse allait probablement se poursuivre, revisant leur prevision au sujet de la notation de l’Afrique du Sud de stable a positive. Fitch a explique que le changement de prevision traduisait l’amelioration de la performance et des previsions en matiere de croissance suite a une augmentation rapide des investissements publics et prives et des micro-reformes permanentes de l’economie.De plus, le pays a considerablement ameliore ses finances publiques deja solides et son bilan exterieur.Les defis: l’approvisionnement energetiqueLa plus grande menace immediate de la croissance economique permanente de l’Afrique du Sud est une contrainte de capacite qui s’est developpee precisement a cause de la bonne performance economique du pays au cours de ces dernieres annees.Cette croissance, associee a l’industrialisation rapide et au programme d’electrification de masse de ces dix dernieres annees, a finalement conduit, en janvier 2008, a une demande d’electricite depassant l’offre.Les coupures de courant qui en resulterent inciterent le gouvernement a agir rapidement pour regler la crise. Le plan de reaction comporte un investissement de 343 milliards de rands sur cinq ans pour financer une nouvelle generation de centrales electriques et un ensemble de mesures de reduction de la demande civile et industrielle.Les agences de notation Standard & Poor’s et Fitch ont declare en janvier 2008 que le manque d’electricite n’etait pas considere comme une menace immediate de la notation de credit du niveau d’investissement de l’Afrique du Sud mais pouvait devenir un probleme si cela limitait la croissance economique.Les defis: le chomageLe Fonds Monetaire International (FMI), dans son evaluation de pays annuelle de 2007, a indique que l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud traversait sa plus longue periode d’expansion jamais enregistree et que ces dernieres annees ont vu une croissance elevee dans un environnement d’expansion de credit rapide, de prix des actifs en hausse, de renforcement des finances publiques et de developpement des reserves internationales financees par des entrees massives de capitaux.Au meme moment, le FMI a exprime ses inquietudes sur le deficit actuel du pays et le taux d’inflation.Le rapport du FMI a aussi identifie le probleme de longue date du chomage comme etant l’un des principaux defis de la croissance economique dans le pays avec la pauvrete, les grands ecarts de richesse et l’incidence elevee de VIH/Sida.Mais le rapport a aussi approuve l’approche de ces problemes par les autorites sud-africaines avec des politiques visant a augmenter la croissance economique dans un environnement stable et des initiatives afin de reduire le chomage et ameliorer les conditions sociale.Le FMI a declare que cette strategie pourrait etre soutenue par des reformes du marche du travail et une plus grande liberalisation du commerce.La cle identifiee par le FMI pour repondre a ces defis sera l’integration economique de la majorite auparavant defavorisee de l’Afrique du Sud. L’economie de l’Afrique du Sud presente une dualite marquee avec une economie financiere et industrielle elaboree ainsi qu’une economie informelle sous developpee.Alors que le secteur economique financier et industriel de premier rang a cree des infrastructures et une base economique avec un grand potentiel de croissance et de developpement futurs, son secteur economique de deuxieme rang represente a la fois un potentiel inexploite et un defi pour le developpement du pays.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookSouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryDepartment of Trade and IndustryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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Tinksky Flower Decor Hair Clip Feather Fascinator Burlesque Punk Mini Top Hat – I got this item at a reduced price in return for a frank and unbiased review which I am happy to give

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I was not anticipating substantially for the price but it truly is wonderful – i actually didn’t get to use it as my alternatively fussy 16yr aged manufactured off with it and she wore it to the wedding day rather.Amazing benefit wonderful product or service really like it.I got this item at a reduced price in return for a frank and unbiased review which I am happy to giveFabulous little topperThis is a very stylish and pretty hairpiece from TinkskyThis hair clip has arrived in good time and it was packaged adequatelyExcellent quality, sweet little hat.last_img read more

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Learn the Real (Hard) Work of Residential Design

first_imgReflections on BuildingEnergy 2015NESEA Conference HighlightsOld Hippies Conspire to Save the WorldPearls of Wisdom From Recent ConferencesVideo: BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy NerdFrom Designed to Built: Delivering Your Green HomeIntegrated Design Reassessing Passive Solar Design PrinciplesSix Myths of Sustainable Design The other wanted a model home, a showcase of the possible, but with “turnkey” design that didn’t consume too much client time. One would be certified with PHIUS, using the newly minted WUFI Passive software, while the other pursued PHI certification with PHPP. But at their root, these projects shared a target, shared a climate, shared an architect. Chris will walk us through the process of each, and explain the whys of residential passive design in southern Maine.When architect Jesse Selman (C&H Architects in Amherst, Massachusetts) and builder Kent Hicks (Kent Hicks Construction in Chesterfield, Massachusetts) began a project together in Savoy, Massachusetts, it was simple enough: a deep energy retrofit of an existing home. The clients were committed to the property, owned a functioning house, and had decided to bring it up to modern standards for energy efficiency.What followed was anything but simple. It became a process spanning years, in which this team explored every branch of the residential decision tree. Would they keep the original house, or knock it down? Maybe they’d build on the same foundation, or use the old stone square as a garden plot? They explored factory-built and stick-framed new construction. With energy consultant Mike Duclos, of DEAP Energy Group, they pursued Passivhaus until the compromises in the view became too great, and they tested every material against the client’s extremely sensitive nose, which would not tolerate a chemical-laden environment. With a good-hearted client (the process can be unbearable without this saving grace), they pursued this ornate process to its elegantly simple end. High performance home designBuilder Mark Doughty (Thoughtforms) has made a living creating custom homes for others in the Greater Boston area, and when it came to creating a home for himself, he sought out engineer Jordan Goldman (Zero Energy Design). Together, they worked to design a high-performance home that, more than a year after completion, is producing more energy than it consumes. But what happened when Mark went back to business, creating homes to satisfy other people’s dreams?Architect Hank Keating (Trinity Development) works for a development company which focuses on urban neighborhoods, but he is not afraid of a challenge. He’d seen Passivhaus Consultant Mike Duclos (Deap Energy Group) present on Passivhaus, and brought him on when he started a Passive project of his own. The scope was large: one primary residence, one guest residence, an apartment for the interns, and a working farm. It’s not clear that he knew exactly what they were in for together, but Hank was undaunted by the process. With Mike as his guide through the thorns of PHPP, he had to come to grips with the consequences of design choices like large amounts of north-facing glass. They’ll talk together about the challenges and the compromises of an architect’s first foray into Passivhaus, and what they learned from the process. Residential retrofit in tricky situationsArchitect David Foley (Holland and Foley Architecture) and builder Paul Eldrenkamp (Byggmeister Design Build) ought to know better. Residential deep energy retrofit — bringing a home’s heating energy consumption down by 70% or more — are hard enough in normal circumstances. Doing renovations in historic districts are also notoriously fraught with perils, both financial and regulatory. Who in their right minds would combine the two?No one, including this team, who had been assured by code enforcement previously that the building was just outside the historic district. By the time the permitting process revealed that they’d be required to use all wood windows to comply with historic requirements, the project was already too developed to give up on. David and Paul will discuss the challenges, technical and otherwise, which faced this renovation of a 1928 Boston area home. The most expensive part of this project for David Foley himself? That it pushed him further along the road to net zero in his own thinking — and engendered a new round of renovations at his own home.His firm has been doing deep energy retrofits for years now, but when the tables turn, and it’s time for his own house renovation, architect Tom Hartman (C&H Architects) has to sell the idea to his wife and family, who would really rather plan a long family vacation. On a building he’s been working on and monitoring for more than a decade, Tom pushes through the (nearly) last round of retrofits at his 1911 Sears kit home: new siding and insulation to the outside, and a new heat pump for heating. He’ll walk through the calculations that got him there, the window details that saved his interior trim, the financial justifications, which finally earned him the green light, and the compromises we all make when it’s our own money on the line.I come to NESEA every year to hear stories like these — real people doing real, hard work, and coming back with real battle scars to tell the rest of us the results. I’m looking forward this winter to sitting back and listening to somebody else’s horror stories, and enjoying somebody else’s hard-earned successes. I hope you’ll join us this March 9 and 10, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston for BuildingEnergy 16. RELATED ARTICLES center_img “When You Come To A Fork in the Road… Take It”Architect Chris Briley (a partner at Briburn in Portland, Maine) will share the stories of two projects, in parallel, with two clients, two sets of challenges, and two completed Passive Houses. One client didn’t want it to “look like a Passivhaus” and had a pretty strong idea of what it was like before the process even started — the kind of client who “just needs a little help with the floor plans.” I don’t sit in a hotel room in Boston for two days in the middle of winter, just to have someone tell me how everything worked out just as they planned. The truth is much more entertaining, a lot more flawed, and a lot more useful to me as a professional.Residential design is difficult work. With few exceptions, every client is an amateur. Every design is a testament to who the client thinks she ought to be. Every project is a wrestling match between the things he always wanted and the ones he can afford. The work is not easy.This year at the BuildingEnergy Boston conference in March, a collection of sessions will focus on the difficult parts of residential design, where no one will pretend it always goes perfectly. Let me tell you about them. Andrew Webster is a Certified Passive House Consultant at C&H Architects. This post originally appeared at the website of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.last_img read more

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