SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games.Houston’s lead was three after Kyle Kuzma’s soaring dunk, but Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 112-106.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 ChrissHarden then made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 12 and cause Lakers coach Luke Walton to call a timeout. James was in Harden’s face on the second one and Harden fell to the court as the ball rolled around the rim for a couple of seconds before dropping in.James added a dunk before Clint Capela and Harden made consecutive baskets to compete the 13-2 run and make it 122-108 to put the game out of reach. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns It was the first meeting between these teams since Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a fight on Oct. 20 that led to suspensions for both players and Brandon Ingram. There wasn’t an altercation this time around in a game where Rondo sat out as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken right hand. But there was a spate of technical fouls late in the third quarter that led to the ejection of Nene.The Lakers scored six straight points, highlighted by a dunk from James, to get within 74-72 midway through the third quarter. Los Angeles ran off six in a row later in the period to tie it up before Harden ended the run with a jump shot. Nene then received a foul after being knocked to the ground trying to defend Kuzma as he drove to the lane. He yelled at officials and received a technical foul.Kuzma made his free throws but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the technical shot.Nene made a hook shot before fouling Kuzma again on the next possession. He continued to scream at officials and was hit with a second technical foul and was ejected. Harden attempted to calm him down, but Nene continued to be agitated until he was escorted to the locker room.Kuzma made all three foul shots and added a 3-pointer with Harden in his face after a 3 by Harden to leave the Lakers up 88-87 with 9.9 seconds left in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) screams after making a basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Lance Stephenson, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON— James Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds left to give him his second triple-double this season and the 37th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kuzma was called for a foul after that and Walton got a technical for arguing about that call.Harden made the technical shot and Paul added two more free throws to leave Houston up 90-88 after three.TIP-INSLakers: Kuzma received a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing about a foul call. … Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Kuzma had 24 points to give him 20 or more points in a career-best six straight games.Rockets: Brandon Knight played in his first game since Feb. 15, 2017, after recovering from surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. He came in with about four minutes left in the first quarter and played about four minutes with one assist and one rebound. … James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTLakers: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Memphis on Saturday night.
A 21-year-old Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) entertainer was in the wee hours of Thursday killed while two others were injured when the motor car in which they were travelling crashed into a fence at La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Dead: Vickram RamrajDead is Vickram “Andy” Ramraj of Lot 85 Tuschen Old Road, while 31-year-old Nafeeza Abrahim of Parika, EBE and the driver of the motor car are nursing injuries at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).The accident reportedly occurred sometime around 01:00h while the trio was heading towards Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) from Tuschen.According to reports, Ramraj and Abrahim were both passengers in the back seat of the taxi bearing registration number PSS 9367, driven by a 23-year-old man of Tuschen Housing Scheme.Based on reports received, the driver, who was found to be above the legal limit of alcohol consumption, was speeding along the roadway when he lost control of the motor car thus causing the vehicle to veer off the road and collide with a concrete fence. The motor car was reportedly damaged beyond repair.Public-spirited persons who rushed to the scene pulled the three unconscious occupants from the mangled car and rushed them to the WDRH.The mangled car following the accidentHowever, Ramraj was treated and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.When contacted, Ramraj’s only sibling, Trishana Ramraj, revealed that after receiving news of the accident, her family rushed to the scene and later to the hospital.According to the grieving young woman, before seeing her brother, the family attempted to speak with the taxi driver, who had regained consciousness at the time.The man, who she said had visible injuries to his arm and head, was, however, unable to give any information as he was still in a state of shock.The younger Ramraj also revealed that Abrahim, who is not known to her family, suffered serious injuries to her feet.The fence that was damaged by the speeding car“The car smash up…when we saw it and when we reach the hospital, the Police was trying to talk to the driver, but he wasn’t cooperating because like he was still out of it,” the young woman related.Ramraj, who was described as a loving and joyful person, leaves to mourn his sister, parents, other relatives, and friends.The driver of the motor car is expected to be taken into Police custody to assist with the investigation.
Why can’t we all just get along? We’re talking to you, Serbia and Albania.Take Scotland’s travelling Tartan Army for example. After a 2-2 European Championship draw in Warsaw, the visitors were clapped out of the stadium, while singing about Darren and Steven Fletcher.Looks like Poland supporters, who are pretty vocal themselves, were impressed.
Donegal Connect has come to an end, and after 10 days, over 70 events and a reach of 66million, the project has been hailed a great success.More than 12,500 attended Donegal Connect events from September 27th to 6th October. The project set out to engage the Donegal Diaspora at home and aborad and to showcase the best of what Donegal has to offer in talent, skills, expertise, hospitality, creativity and innovation.Public and private partners worked together on the initiative to attract more visitors to Donegal and to entice all those with Donegal roots home to visit, to work, to retire, to invest, or to start a business in the county. See a selection of photos from events below: Donegal Connect Opening Event – 27th SeptemberNiamh Walsh, Garry Martin DCC, Micheál Ó Duibhir, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Deirdre McGlone, Sarah Nolan, Donegal Tourism, Packie Bonner, Joanne Kilmartin & Michael Tunney, Donegal LEO, Mary Daly, Donegal Tourism, Marie McDaid, IDA and Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan.Packie Bonner meets children from Ballyraine National School at the Regional Cultural Centre at the official opening of Donegal Connect at the Regional Cultural Centre on FridayMicheál Ó Duibhir, Údarás na Gaeltachta and remote workers Seamus McHugh and Niamh Walsh at the official opening of Donegal Connect at the Regional Cultural Centre on FridayMary Daly, Donegal Tourism, Michael Tunney, head of enterprise at Donegal LEO and Trish Hegarty, Inis Communications at the official opening of Donegal Connect at the Regional Cultural Centre on FridayDonegal Connect Career Symposium – 30th SeptemberDonegal Connect’s Career Symposium in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny was a practical information event, designed to tackle key questions people have about moving back home or relocating to Donegal. Issues raised included residency for spouses/partners, buying a home in Donegal, getting a driving licence, health care entitlements and many more. Donegal Diaspora officer Joanne KilmartinDr Kenneth Martin from Randox pictured at the Relocating Information Workshop as part of Donegal Connect.Joe Devenney from The Crolly Distillery pictured at the Relocating Information Workshop as part of Donegal Connect.L to R – Siobhan Manus Reid of Citizens Information, Noreen Mulrine of Safe Home agency for returning emigrants, Donegal Diaspora officer Joanne Kilmartin and panel chair, Michael Tunney of Donegal LEOUlster Scots Family History Festival – 3rd OctoberAs part of Donegal Connect, The Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage and Education Centre held an Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.Finding out more about their roots at the Donegal Connect, Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.Finding out more about their roots at the Donegal Connect, Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.Finding out more about their roots at the Donegal Connect, Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.Finding out more about their roots at the Donegal Connect, Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.Navigating Future of Work Symposium – 4th OctoberLocated in Pramerica Letterkenny, this event was organised by the Donegal ICT/FinTech Group to address key issues faced by the ICT, FinTech, Med Tech and wider Tech sector, as well as addressing the impact technology has on jobs and the workplace.Superb video for schools on ICT/FinTech opportunities in Donegal is shown at Navigating Future of Work Symposium, which took place on Friday 4th October 2-4pm in Pramerica, Letterkenny as part of Donegal ConnectA packed hall listen to the panel of ICT/ FinTech industry leaders and experts, with MC David Roche of Pramerica at Navigating Future of Work Symposium run by the Donegal ICT/FinTech sector. The symposium took place as part of Donegal Connect 2019, and aimed to help people understand the rapid pace of technological change in the workplace , in order to fully take advantage of the job and career opportunities this brings.Bridge of Tears guided walk – 6th October Over 50 people took part in the Donegal Connect Bridge of Tears guided walk outside Falcarragh. In 19th & early 20th century, local families would walk as far as here with loved ones who were emigrating – in most cases they’d never meet again.This guided walk on Sunday 6th October was in their memory. The walk also raised funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which aims to alleviate financial hardship for families repatriating the bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.LUXE Street Theatre Spectacular Featuring The Henry Girls – 6th OctoberDonegal Connect – Luxe at Fort DunreeDonegal Connect – Luxe at Fort DunreeDonegal Connect – Luxe at Fort DunreeDonegal Connect – Luxe at Fort DunreePicture Special: Donegal Connect events showcase the best of the north west was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Connect
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I didn’t know the girl. I had never seen her around campus before. She wasn’t one of my students. By the time she and her friend stopped by, I was only trying to make it through the end of the day in the insane asylum known as a middle school. Knowing my penchant for classroom management, the administration had grown wise over my years of service and had given me small classes. Last year, I had 30 students; this year I only had three. The day the girl and her friend stopped by, I had zero. One boy got suspended for misbehaving in my class, and another missed his ride to school and was helping his mother clean the house. A third one did show up, but I sent him home because he was ill. There is such a thing as nirvana. During the last period of the day, after spending several periods of complete and utter freedom, the girl and her friend stopped by asking if we could talk. The teacher they usually talk to had left for the day, so when they saw my door open, they stopped by my room. They were supposed to be in P.E. Knowing how all P.E. teachers feel about physical fitness, I called the department and submitted my carefully worded request. The answer was a conditional yes, provided that they met with their counselor. I reluctantly agreed, knowing that they just wanted someone to talk to. It didn’t have to be a clinically trained professional, just someone who would listen. As we meandered to the counseling office, walking on the sidewalk and under the trees, we talked about love and relationships and just about anything else that came up. One of the girls was distraught because she was in the middle of a breakup. “Maybe this person isn’t ready for a relationship,” I told her. “You can’t change another person, so maybe you can be friends.” “But I don’t want to be alone,” she said. “It’s better to be alone than to be with someone who makes you wish you were,” I said remembering a quote from Ann Landers. “My other teacher said that I am looking for love,” she said. “We all are.” And we talked about our mothers and how sticky the relationship can be. The other girl said she was going to turn 14 the next day, and even though her mom had given gifts and thrown parties for her other children, she always let this birthday pass without any celebration or fanfare. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t see how any mother wouldn’t be proud of a child who talked to her friends until they felt better, who brought home straight A’s and who was smart and beautiful and hip and kind. It was as if by ignoring her child on her birthday and at other times belittling her, she could somehow erase the night of drinking and drugs that led to an unwanted teenage pregnancy. I thought of my own mother and all the birthdays I had had with cakes and parties and candles. Even now, no matter where we are in the relationship, my mother always remembers my birthday. “We’re going to have a party for you tomorrow,” I said after some thought. At her party the next day during lunch, while her friends with the dyed-black hair and metal chains ate chocolate cupcakes and chocolate-chip cookies and drank juice from cartons that my aide bought from the cafeteria, I went outside to get some water and saw the girl standing outside the door. She lowered her eyes, fumbled fingers and said, “Thank you” in a small, soft voice. It was nothing, I told her. In giving to her, I had really given to myself. Gail-Tzipporah Saunders is a San Fernando Valley writer.
GAA NEWS: The underage indoor football training at the Letterkenny Gaels kicks off again this Friday 13th November. The club provides a FIVE week period of underage indoor training before the Christmas break. Underage Football at Letterkenny Gaels has gone from strength to strength over the last few years.In 2015, the number of boys and girls attending underage football training has grown exponentially.The club fielded four under 8 teams at the GAA Go Games for the first time in the club’s history earlier in the summer.Girls’ football has become very popular at the club and the underage girls are showing they are every bit as good as the boys. At the indoor football training, coaches focus on developing the basic skills of Gaelic football.The sessions are an excellent opportunity for new boys and girls to learn and develop Gaelic football skills in a fun, relaxed and non-competitive environment.Letterkenny Gaels club coaches have been Garda vetted and GAA accredited.Under 6 (2008, 2009) training starts on Friday 13th November at 6:00pmand 6:45pm in the Gym Hall at Woodland National School.Under 8 (2006, 2007) and under 10 (2004, 2005) training will also start in the Aura Leisure Centre on Friday the 13th November at 7:30pm to 8:30pm.To enquire about the underage football training. Parents should contact John McDermott (086) 8561768 (under 6s), Brian Sweeney (087) 228 2386 (under 8s), David O’Callaghan (086) 769 0305 (under 10) and Donal Murphy (087) 685 8546 (Under 12) or come along on any of the nights.GAA: LETTERKENNY GAELS LAUNCH FIVE-WEEK INDOOR FOOTBALL TRAINING INITIATIVE was last modified: November 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASport
ALAMEDA — Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson arrived with a midwest mentality borne of his roots on a Kansas farm.Work and prepare. Stack practices as if they’re bales of hay. Don’t allow outside influences to impede your progress. Train the next generation to carry on in your absence.But even the most dedicated farmers wear down, and when Nelson was battling a bum knee and caught all of five passes from Weeks 6 through 12, it was fair to wonder whether he had reached the end of the line …
South African football fans. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Janine Erasmus South African health authorities have reassured football fans that the global outbreak of swine flu will not derail this year’s Confederations Cup. A wide-ranging plan of action is in full swing to prevent the disease, which originated in Mexico and is now known as Influenza A(H1N1), from reaching the country and spreading in the region.South Africa is due to host the 2009 Confederations Cup from 14 to 28 June. The tournament, which pits eight of the world’s top teams against each other, is viewed as a precursor to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.World football body Fifa, under whose auspices both events are held, has announced that it is monitoring the flu situation and will only postpone the tournament if absolutely necessary.Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said that he hopes the situation will be under control before national teams are due to travel to South Africa.“We will cancel only if we feel that we have to. If there are no risks and if we have all the necessary assurances, the competition will go ahead.”Full-scale alertTask teams from the health, environmental and security sectors have leaped into action to combat the swine flu threat, with environmental experts, veterinary surgeons, the defence force, and epidemiologists on the alert for any sign of H1N1.Measures are in place to stop possibly infected patients at all points of entry into the country and response teams are standing by in all provinces.World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan confirmed that preparations for the tournament were going ahead and that all stakeholders were working closely together.“At this stage our position is quite clear … the Confederations Cup will go ahead as planned,” he said.Authorities have assured the public that while there is no need for panic, people should not become complacent – good hygiene should be practised at all times, and medical help must be sought if any flu-like symptoms develop.Frew Benson, chief director for communicable disease at the national Department of Health (DoH), said South Africa is approaching its annual flu season, and that people are more likely to contract normal flu than swine flu.He added that the best way to prevent the spread of any kind of flu is for sick people to be responsible and to distance themselves from others by staying home and getting treatment.Multifaceted strategyThe DoH has activated its national influenza preparedness plan, which was drawn up in 2007 in response to the avian flu scare that swept the world that year. According to Benson, the mortality rate of H1N1 is lower than that of avian flu.The national plan outlines the steps to be taken in the event of a flu outbreak and is operational in all nine provinces. Strategies include the monitoring of communicable diseases within provinces, investigation of suspected cases, and appropriate response to each case.South Africa’s line of defence includes the deployment of thermal scanners at the country’s three major international airports (OR Tambo, Cape Town and Lanseria, which had one in place before the outbreak), as well as plans and facilities to quickly isolate any confirmed airport cases at hospitals nearby.At around US$67 000 (R500 000) each, the thermal scanners used to detect raised temperatures due to illness in humans are expensive, but have a longer-term use in detecting drug smugglers, who present higher temperatures because of anxiety.The DoH has a stockpile of Tamiflu antiviral medication, enough to treat 100 000 patients. Tamiflu is an effective treatment for avian flu but can also be used to combat H1N1. It is believed that the private sector has an even bigger stockpile of at least 200 000 units.The World Health Organisation is currently working on the development of an H1N1 vaccine, but says that this can take up to six months. Regulatory approval will be undertaken alongside the manufacturing process, and the virus will be closely monitored in future to enable a quick response to any mutation.Other actions within South Africa include comprehensive and compulsory medical questionnaires for all international arrivals, especially from affected countries; funds set aside to boost antiviral supplies if necessary; medical check-up at airports, including temperature monitoring, of those suspected of being ill; more equipment; and a virus hotline for professionals.The African Union also announced contingency plans in place in many countries and while they are not all as drastic as Egypt’s pig slaughter programme, they indicate the continent’s readiness to take on the global threat.Ghana and Gabon have stopped pork imports altogether, and Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries are also monitoring airports and ports.No cause for alarmH1N1 has not reached South African shores. Two travellers with flu-like symptoms were quarantined for tests at the end of April – both have tested negative, meaning that to date there is no swine flu in South Africa.In addition, says the DoH, the Department of Agriculture has reported no cases of swine flu among pigs in the Southern African region. As the virus cannot be transmitted through eating pork, the DoH has hastened to assure consumers that it is safe to carry on eating the meat although, as with all prepared food, it should be cooked properly.The latest status report from the World Health Organisation confirms this. Of the 20 countries who have officially reported cases of H1N1 so far, there are none on the African continent. The world health body has not issued any travel restrictions related to the disease.The possibility is now being mooted that Mexico had overreacted to the swine flu outbreak, portraying the disease as more deadly than it actually is. At the time Mexico reported around 60 possible deaths as a result of swine flu – the number has since been revised to an official 25, reports the World Health Organisation. According to health experts, this is congruent with normal seasonal flu.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Related articlesTicketing centres for Confed CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness 500 days to 2010 Useful linksDepartment of HealthNational Institute of Communicable DiseasesWorld Health Organisation – Influenza A(H1N1)African UnionConfederations Cup
For Part Two of this Green Architects’ Lounge episode, we are joined once again by our good friend Pat Coon, from Revision Heat, to discuss the topic of biomass boilers. In the second installment of this epic trilogy, Phil, Pat, and I wrap up our discussion of log gasification boilers and introduce our listeners to the concept of wood pellet boilers. If you missed Part One, you might want to give that a listen first, especially since it gives you the recipe for the perfect red Manhattan (which goes very well with this smoky topic).In Part Two of the podcast, we discuss:Thermal storage for log boilers.Distribution. It’s a boiler and can do anything a normal boiler can.Maintenance. What’s involved for upkeep?Pellet boilers. Why consider pellet boilers? No more hauling wood.Pellets as fuel.Maintenance.How automated can they be?Fuel delivery, by the bag or by the truckload.Dust control and your pellet hopper.The quality of fuel and its output.Stay tuned for Part Three, where we talk about cost and savings, Phil’s six-digit idea, and this episode’s song selection, “Daydreamer,” by Pete Miller. RELATED ARTICLES Should Green Homes Burn Wood?Comparing Fuel CostsUnderstanding Pellet StovesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus EnvelopeGreen Heating Options GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE PODCAST: Biomass Boilers: Part 1PODCAST: Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2) RELATED MULTIMEDIA Multi-Fuel and Wood BoilersMulti-Fuel Pellet BoilersOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTPhil Kaplan: So, let’s talk about crunchy green versus sexy green.Chris Briley: Well, I’ve said this before. The threshold test is, if you ask, “Well, how do you feel about composting toilets?” And if they actually are interested in hearing what you have to say about it, then you’ve got yourself a crunchy green right there. That’s a crunchy green person. But if they’re like, “Uh, well, hey, I was, uh…” then you know what they are.Pat Coon: Here’s what we do in our showroom. We have two doors side by side. We’ll both go into the bathroom. We’ll say, “On the left is a composting toilet, and on the right is a flush toilet.” And we’ll see where they go. Then we know what we’re going to sell them. Whip out the solar hot water literature!Chris: So, what do we talk about cost?Pat: Let me back up just a minute. Not all wood boilers need thermal storage tanks. If you don’t have a thermal storage tank, you’re really running your wood boiler between November and March. You’re not running it in the shoulder seasons; you’re not running it in summer.Chris: Am I running something else?Pat: Well, your backup system. Some clients have a woodstove that runs in the shoulder seasons.Phil: So, are you saying you might not need a backup system?Pat: You know, you always need a backup system. It’s prudent, and the insurance companies and the banks will want it—because you’re going to want to go away for a week and not worry about the house freezing.Chris: And it doesn’t have to be extreme or robust, just something that’s going to save you…Pat: Yeah, the one we just finished for the mechanical room had an electric boiler. Why spend all that money—just a cheap electric boiler that’s there for that one week when they go away. So, if you don’t have a thermal storage tank, it costs a whole lot less.Chris: Because it’s cycling on and off more?Pat: Well, there’s less equipment. But it’s a little less efficient. You’re also tending it every three hours irregardless; you’re not going down once a day and filling it. You’re playing with it more; it’s a more active experience.Phil: My question is: distribution. Tell us a little bit about that.Pat: Any type of distribution works fine.Chris: Really? But it’s coming off as water, right? So, you’re doing water to air, or water to hydronic, in some way.Pat: Yeah. There has never been a distribution system that we couldn’t attach to, so if you’ve got forced air, we can put a coil in a forced air system. If you’ve got baseboard, we can do that. Radiant floors actually work really well, because they let you pull the tank down further and empty the tank. Distribution is not an issue. The only time it can be a problem is if the house is really under-distributed. You really want to be able to run 150-degree water.Chris: About the lower tank, that brings up maintenance. What kind of maintenance is one expecting, because these things are heavy. They go in the basement; they don’t go in the third-floor attic or anything like that.Phil: They’re really robust. On the tank, with a thermal storage tank, once a year you check the pH and the water level—you have to add 20 to 30 gallons of water. So, once a year you do that. Of course, you have to clean them, and different boilers can be cleaned in different ways. They’re easy or hard to clean. Once a cord of wood, you have to open it up and scrub it out. The new, fancy ones you clean by shaking a lever. The older ones, you have to open some wing nuts; it takes about 10 minutes. Feeding them and cleaning them are small tasks.Chris: So, now let’s shift the conversation. We’ve talked about logs as a fuel source. Pat, what if I don’t want to schlep the logs? I love everything you just said. I love the renewability of wood, but I don’t want to schlep the logs. Isn’t there a way, Pat…?Pat: Well, it’s funny you should mention it. Have you ever considered a wood pellet boiler?Chris: You mean the little thing that’s like a woodstove?Pat: Yes, they have pellet boilers—down in the basement, central, hydronic, automated systems.Chris: But then I have to schlep all the pellets, don’t I?Pat: Not anymore. Wood pellets are nothing more than sawdust, which is passed through an extruder—a big drum with holes on the outside that crushes the sawdust and pushes it through the holes. And the lignan in the wood gets squirted out of the cells; that’s what gives it a sheen and holds it together.Chris: So, can you do that with leaves? Just kidding.Phil: So that’s what the sheen is from? I wondered if they were polishing those things.Pat: Everyone thinks they put a little petroleum on them to hold them together, but no, that’s just the lignan from the wood. So, the whole idea of pellets—why would you do this? One is, when you make the wood into sawdust, you can dry it really easily. For cordwood, nice, dry firewood has 20% moisture content. For pellets, it’s down to around 7%. So you can get a lot of the moisture out, and that makes it burn more efficiently on site and makes it easier to transport. When you “densify” it—when you squish it back together again—you can ship it more easily because now it’s much smaller: about half the volume of cordwood.Chris: It’s also a gasification process, is it not? For firing the pellets?Pat: What gasification did was have multiple zones. For most pellet boilers, they don’t have separate combustion chambers; usually there’s one chamber with a combustion zone and a secondary combustion zone, and a heat extraction chamber. So, usually they’re two-chamber boilers as opposed to three, but they still do the same thing. They get up to really high temperatures, they get all the energy out of the wood and suck it all out.Chris: So, will it yield the same kind of exhaust as a gasification boiler, or will it be slightly more…Pat: A little cleaner, fewer particulates, higher—a really good wood boiler has about the same thermal efficiency as a really good pellet boiler. But it’s easier to get good efficiencies out of a pellet boiler than a wood boiler. The other thing about the fuel is that it’s uniform, so it’s easy to design an augur system to transport it because it’s only going to be so fat, or so long; it’s going to have certain properties that are knowable.Phil: Speak a little bit about the augur system. You don’t open this up and dump shovelfuls of this in and light it in the same way.Pat: Well, you can. This is an important thing to know about pellet boilers. There’s a huge range of how automated the boilers are. When you think about what a boiler does, it can transport the fuel or not, it can ignite itself or not, and it can clean itself or not. Some boilers have all these things automated…—oh, and it can de-ash itself or not. The completely automated boilers have a truck that pneumatically blows pellets into a bin, and then the boiler pulls pellets out of the bin, either through an augur or a vacuum system. They all combust the pellets, but some of the boilers will turn themselves on and off; others, you do that manually. Some of the boilers clean themselves; others, you do it manually. And some pull the ashes right outside.Phil: My guess is the market for the pellet boilers is what you said: The people who say, “I like the idea, but it’s a little too much work.” The pellet boilers people are most interested in, I imagine, are the ones that do most of this work for you—but still, you get the advantage of wood.Pat: These are relatively new on the market, so we don’t have enough of a record to know which way they’re going to go. Coming up in the marketplace we have a boiler that is bulk-fed, so you don’t have to carry pellets into your basement; those are blown into a hopper in the basement. They’re transported from the hopper to the boiler automatically. Once a week, or once every other week, you’ll go down to the boiler and shake a little lever. It’ll take two minutes—actually, it will take five seconds. There’s a mechanism inside; you’re knocking the ash down. And once a month, maybe six weeks, you have to open the boiler and pull the ash out. That boiler costs about $7,000 less than a boiler that does those two things for you. So, that’s where I think the market is. Yeah, you can have it completely automated, and some people will want to. Or you can have a little bit of interaction, and save a bunch of money. For the last eight years we’ve been selling a really nice boiler that you have to bag feed, you have to de-ash, and you have to clean—and guess what, we didn’t sell that many of those.Phil: Let’s cover all the things we did with a wood boiler, because I want to see these things side by side. What does it look like? So, you’ve added a hopper but you’ve gotten rid of the actual cord of wood sitting in my basement.Pat: It doesn’t look that much bigger than an oil boiler—it’s a little bigger…Phil: The hopper is.Pat: No, the boiler itself. You want to size the hopper for no more than four deliveries a year. A ton of pellets is 40 lb. per cubic foot. About 4 by 4 by 5 is what a ton is. So, a house that burns 900 gallons of oil would burn 8 tons of pellets. You wouldn’t want a hopper less than 2 tons; you’d probably want it closer to 4 tons.Chris: And you’d get a couple of refills throughout the year. A truck drives up, takes out a hose much like an oil hose only much thicker—static lined so it doesn’t ignite any dust—hooks it up to a big fitting on your house, and then he just turns it on and blows pellets into the hopper. Does it whistle?Pat: No, it hums.Phil: How about noise?Pat: Of the boilers? They’re much quieter than oil boilers. The fans are much more gentle.Chris: How about dust? I’ve got this hopper, and the truck is going to blow sawdusty pellets into my basement. It’s very similar to coal; only instead of open air, it’s contained, right?Pat: There’s all different kinds of hoppers. We’ve used metal hoppers, we’ve used plywood hoppers built on site, we’ve used cloth hoppers. We’ve designed a couple of hopper rooms, which have an augur on the bottom. Cloth hoppers are cool because they’re designed for the purpose and you only need one hose; you blow the pellets in, and the hopper lets air out, but not dust. Like a vacuum bag.Phil: Does this have to sit in conditioned space?Pat: No. We’ve just designed our first two silo systems, and they sit outside. We get our silos from agriculture supply houses.Phil: I see an architectural opportunity here.Pat: We were talking about that for one of the jobs. I said, “We can build this building and make one of those silo rooms. It’s going to be really expensive, and you’ll have to build a building for it. Or you can just buy a hopper. 7,000 bucks and you’re done.” And they were like, “We don’t like the way it looks.”Chris: Hire an architect, and we’ll make it look great!Pat: Well, I suggested they tape pine needles to it. A lot of glue…Chris: Like I said, hire an architect…Phil: Pine needles?Pat: Well, it was in the woods, to kind of blend in a little bit…Chris: Should the boiler be in conditioned space?Pat: We haven’t done a ton of these. We’ve done about two dozen of the old-school types and five of the fully automated types. So, we’ve designed our first direct heating system with the hopper outside and the boiler in a room all by itself. And it’ll be anti-freezed, and it’ll pipe heat underground. Most boilers can have anti-freeze in them; it depends on the heat exchanger. Modulating and condensing gas boilers don’t want to have too rich a mixture of antifreeze.Chris: Is the quality of fuel with pellets a consistent thing?Pat: The way to think about it is, it’s not the quality of the fuel, but a combination of the quality of the fuel and the appliance that’s burning it. The issues are going to be: Bad fuel creates a lot of ash; and pellets have a lot of minerals in them with a low melting point and can form clinkers, so the ash solidifies. They look like lunar rocks; they’re crazy. If you’re boiler is able to deal with those, it really doesn’t matter. It’s tricky, because I can only look at technology and ask myself how this is going to do for a decade…Chris: Because there’s no one you can call, because you don’t speak German. Do you speak German?Pat: No, I don’t. I have a partner who speaks German.Voiceover: So that’s it for this part of the episode. Tune in next week for more of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. A quick reminder, our music is “Zelda’s Theme,” by Perez Prado. And our views and our drinking habits do not necessarily reflect Green Building Advisor. Thanks for tuning in, everyone, and keep up the good work.
The unveiling last week of McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study, at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show, in Orlando, Florida, affirmed — and put into sharper focus — previous observations (many of them anecdotal) about green building and its advances in the homebuilding and remodeling markets.Because “green” can mean any number of things, depending on who is doing the marketing, McGraw-Hill noted that, for the purposes of the study, the term did in fact encompass “many factors,” including efforts to recycle materials and divert them from landfills. But it also emphasized that green is now most closely associated with techniques to increase the energy efficiency of a home. Builders included in the study reported that the additional cost to go green is now 7%, versus 10% in 2008 and 11% in 2006.Potential for a big leapIn 2011, green homes comprised 17% of the overall residential construction market, the analysis showed. The core finding of the study, though, is that green construction is expected to comprise between 29% and 38% of the market by 2016 — a potential fivefold increase, from $17 billion in 2011 to somewhere within the range of $87 billion to $114 billion in 2016.For remodelers who specialize in green upgrades — which, again, are mostly directed to improvements boosting energy efficiency — the expected increases in market share are even greater: 34% of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016, a 150% increase over 2011 activity levels. Many homebuilders have shifted to remodeling, the McGraw-Hill study (and others) points out, because demand for homebuilding has dropped off so dramatically.The study also showed that even though green construction and remodeling are growing nationwide, three regions are seeing higher than average growth: the West Coast, whose green-construction growth has been the most robust; the northern region of the Midwest; and New England.McGraw-Hill promises to further analyze the study findings and release the results in April at the NAHB National Green Building Conference and Expo, scheduled to take place in Nashville.