Big pensioners not likely to be teachers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFor the purposes of clarity, your Feb. 18 article on school employee benefits should have stated that most, if not all, of the persons in your “six-figure pension club” are retired superintendents or other high-level administrators.I know several of them from my years as president of the Saratoga County School Boards Association. To simply refer to them as “educators” can lead some people to conclude that they are typical classroom teacher pensioners. The listed pensions are going to a relatively small number of top-of-the-line employees who worked year-round and received both higher salaries and enhanced benefits. You really should also include the fact that some long-retired teachers are “living” on extremely low pensions as well. Bill ShawBallstonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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2011 Queen Pagant

first_img 193 Views   4 comments LocalNews 2011 Queen Pagant by: – March 3, 2011 Seven beauties will grace the stage at carnival city (Pottersville Savanah)this Friday for the 2011 Miss Dominica Pageant.The seven in order of apperance are Cornilla Hazel sponsored by Lime and the DFC(Dominica Festival Commission, Nasha Faustin sponsored by Courts and Sub Zero, Michelle Joseph is sponsored by the Waitukubuli National Trail while Earlene Labasierre has attracted the firm of Malcom Stephen & Sons as her sponsor.The National Credit Union is associated with Ms. Jacinta Fagan while Ruth Augustine has found favour with Lime, DFC and National Pest & Termite Control. The seventh contestant Ms. Roselia Bazil is sponsored by Petro Caribe. The show is scheduled to commence at 8.00pm.By Joseph Thomas Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Firefighters Respond To A Smokey Situation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA smokey situation in Alpena, reminds us of the saying “better safe than sorry”.Today Alpena City Firefighters responded to an incident on 114 East Dunbar street, where a possible fire was reported.“A local contractor was doing some work on this house, uh painting, and they were using a heat gun and uh with the heat some of the paint was setting on fire and they thought it got possibly into the attic and there was smoke,” said Lieutenant Andy Marceau of alpena city fire department.Although the contractor was unsure of the severity of the situation, Lt. Marceau says they did the right thing by calling the fire department.“It was more for precaution they were doing…being on the safe side. Obviously a contractor any time they’re doing work and they have smoke or using round heat they should take precaution,” said Lieutenant Marceau.Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras in the attic area to determine if there was any heat. They also checked the roof for any indication of a fire extension. It took less than half an hour to deem the area as safe. As we’re getting into warmer temperatures and doing some housework, Lt. Marceau advises that we use precaution, such as having fire extinguishers or water nearby, and to never hesitate to call the fire department because… Better safe than sorry! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Remembering Tom ScanlanNext MSP Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Open Houselast_img read more

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San Beda slips to 4th after fielding ineligible player

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Beda lost the top seeding and slid to fourth after its midfielder Dane Peñaflor was deemed ineligible in the NCAA Season 93 men’s football tournament.Arellano’s Peter Cayco, the NCAA football organizing committee chair, shared that San Beda admitted its mistake which led to the voluntary forfeiture of two of the three games Peñaflor played in.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “During the eligibility meeting, San Beda and Lyceum requested that they submit their eligibility requirements in January, but we told them they run the risk of forfeiting their games if there are players who will be found to be ineligible later on,” he said. “And then, San Beda wrote us that they have discovered one of their players failed to make the eligibility requirements so they are voluntarily forfeiting the games where the player played.”Peñaflor saw action in the Red Booters’ victories over Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua and in a defeat to Arellano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite the bad news, San Beda was still able to save face as the fourth-seed after coming away with the highest goal differential in its three-way logjam with EAC and Mapua. The Red Booters finished with 1 against the Generals’ minus-9 and the Cardinals’ minus-13.Still, San Beda faces an uphill climb after surrendering the top spot, including the twice-to-beat advantage, to College of St. Benilde as the two squads now clash in their Final Four tiff starting on Monday. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Gaiser signs with Petron in return to volleyball No. 2 Arellano and third seed Lyceum, meanwhile, face off in the other Final Four match.The juniors tournament also resumes on Monday, with top-seed CSB-LSGH taking on No. 4 Arellano, before No. 2 San Beda battle against No. 3 Letran. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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City also eyeing Malaga boss – report

first_imgManchester City are monitoring Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Sunday People.Malaga boss Pellegrini has been touted as the frontrunner to take over as Chelsea manager at the end of the season, but it is claimed City officials have sounded out the Chilean’s representatives.The Sunday Telegraph suggest Pellegrini remains the favourite for the Chelsea job and again speculate about the future of former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who is expected to leave Real Madrid.And the Mail on Sunday report that Rafael Benitez is confident he will make an immediate return to management when his spell in interim charge at Chelsea comes to an end.Meanwhile, Liverpool have made the first move in an expected summer battle to sign Loic Remy from QPR, the People say.The France striker joined Rangers from Marseille in January on the understanding that it would put him in the shop window.His departure from Loftus Road is almost certain and it is claimed Liverpool have made it clear they will be tabling a bid.Arsenal are said to be interested along with Newcastle, who missed out on Remy when he joined QPR after holding talks with both clubs. Tottenham have also been linked with him.The People also say Arsenal want R’s keeper Julio Cesar and that forward Jamie Mackie is a target for newly promoted Cardiff City.Meanwhile, Fulham are considering a summer move for Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard, again according to the People.West Ham are also said to be interested in the Dane, who is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.A number of keepers have recently been linked with Fulham amid doubts over the futures of Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africans ‘already winners’: Zuma

first_img22 June 2010President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.”“South Africans are already winners,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on the weekend. ” The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.”Zuma urged the country not to give up hope and to continue supporting the national team, but more importantly to support the World Cup in general. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts.”Zuma also took the opportunity to thank South Africans for helping to create an amazing spirit around the World Cup.Since the opening of the tournament, South Africans have come out in numbers to display the colorful energy that the country is known for, brandishing their plastic vuvuzela trumpets and headgear made from miner’s helmets.“We congratulate each and every citizen for such patriotism and amazing energy,” Zuma said. “You are ensuring that this becomes a vibrant African World Cup.”The President was also impressed by the massive attendance at soccer games and fan parks, saying the country had proven to the world that it could deliver a spectacular event.Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament.The team will hope that Uruguay give the same treatment to Mexico as the two South American teams battle it our simultaneously at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. Both clashes start at 16:00.Bafana will go in to battle without their number one goalie Itumeleng Khune, who was given a red card, and a one match ban in last week’s game, for foul play. It will be up to the team’s number two goal keeper tomorrow, Moeneeb Josephs, to keep the French at bay.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Bafana in Mandela Challenge draw

first_img14 November 2011A stunning free kick by Katlego Mphela saw Bafana Bafana come from behind to earn a 1-all draw with Africa’s top ranked team, Cote D’Ivoire, in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.The result means South Africa remains undefeated in five matches against the Ivorians, with one win and four draws.Pitso Mosimane’s men had fallen behind on an own goal by Siboniso Gaxa, but Mphela’s second-half free kick left goalkeeper Boubacar Barry rooted to the spot.It was the best possible reply the Mamelodi Sundowns’ striker could muster towards a section of the crowd that had booed him throughout the first half.‘Mphela is the best we have’Coach Mosimane was less than impressed by the boo boys and offered his backing for the striker at the post-match press conference, saying: “If there is anyone better than Mphela, I want that name. All the coaches and journalists must give me that name. We need that name. It’s a fact, Mphela is the best we have.”Immediately after the game, in an on-field interview, he had expressed his disappointment in the number of opportunities his charges had spurned.Overall, Mosimane was positive about his side’s performance. “We did well and showed that we can play well against the best, but we are not there yet, not convincing enough,” he said.“At the end, it was a credible performance and I think we redeemed ourselves to give the country what it deserves.”SatisfiedThe Ivorians’ coach, Francois Zahoui, said that he too was on the whole satisfied with his team’s showing, although he admitted they have plenty to work on before the African Cup of Nations finals, which kick off on 21 January 2012.Playing in new jerseys, South Africa started the game off fairly well, but Gervinho was giving Tsepo Masilela a tough time, and matters became worse when Masilela suffered an injury which forced him from the field after 26 minutes.He was replaced by Siboniso Gaxa, which meant replacing a natural left-footer with a right-footed player on the left. Interestingly, in the first half, Siphiwe Tshabalala, a left-footer, was used wide on the right. It didn’t work, but when he returned to the left in the second stanza, he shone.The Ivorians’ fired the first shot of the contest when winger Seydou Doumbia forced an early save out of Bafana net-minder Moeneeb Josephs.Good chanceMphela had a good chance to put Bafana in front a quarter-of-an-hour into the game after Reneilwe Letsholonyane played him in with a neat ball, but Mphela’s weak left-footed effort was easily dealt with by the goalkeeper.The visitors then appeared to have a clear-cut penalty disallowed after Gervinho was brought down in the box. The Ivorians were angered by the non-call, so much so that captain Didier Zokora earned himself a caution because of his protesting.With 30 minutes played, Barry pulled off a good save of a Morgan Gould header, which came from a Tshabalala free kick.Own goalSix minutes later the deadlock was broken when Gaxa headed into his own net after some miscommunication in defence, which gave the Ivory Coast a 1-0 advantage.Goalie Josephs was called on to make a save with his feet from Doumbia with five minutes remaining, but the final chance of the half went the way of South Africa when Kagisho Dikgacoi set up Mphela, but he again failed to find a meaningful finish.Stunning precisionSeven minutes into the second stanza, Bafana levelled matters when Mphela took responsibility for a free kick on the left hand side of the field and with stunning precision found the bottom right hand corner of Barry’s net with his shot.Buoyed by the goal, Bafana upped the pressure on Cote D’Ivoire and Barry needed some sharp reflexes to prevent Siaka Tiene netting an own goal.On the hour-mark, the Elephants almost took the lead again, but Josephs did well to keep out efforts by Doumbia and Gradel Max.The level of play dropped a little as the game drew towards its conclusion, but with the end nearing Anele Ngcongca found Mphela with a cross from the right. The striker’s header was stopped by Barry, and Ngconga’s effort to slot the rebound was snuffed out.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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21 years on, SA remains ‘lesson in nuclear disarmament’

first_img1 December 2014It has been 21 years since South Africa dismantled its nuclear weapons programme, and the country’s progressive disarmament policies continue to play a significant role in the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.Speaking at a seminar to mark 20 years of democracy and disarmament in South Africa, Johann Kellerman from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation outlined how the country’s foreign policy had, since 1994, been committed to peace, human security and disarmament for both conventional (including small arms) and weapons of mass destruction capabilities.“This policy forms an integral part of South Africa’s commitment to democracy, human rights, sustainable development, social justice and environmental protection,” he said.The seminar, held on 25 November, was hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in collaboration with the Oslo-based International Law and Policy Institute and the Pretoria Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).Since South Africa’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1991 and the decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme in 1993, the country had played a leading role in international disarmament and non-proliferation forums. “There are many lessons that can be learned from the South African case,” said Noel Stott, a senior research fellow at the ISS.“The importance of this country’s nuclear weapons programme is not so much that it developed one, but that it voluntarily dismantled it. This offers useful insights into how other states can disarm and why such a decision would improve global human security.”Nic von Wielligh, author of Die Bom: Suid-Afrika se Kernwapenprogram (The Bomb: South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme), discussed South Africa’s decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme and place all its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.“When conditions change and the deterrent is no longer required, there must be the political will to dismantle the weapons, allow international inspections, and be totally transparent about it,” said Von Wielligh.Global movementSouth Africa is a strong proponent of the humanitarian initiative, a global movement that has placed the potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons on the international agenda.In support of this initiative, the country made key contributions to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway in March 2013 and in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014. The next conference will be hosted in Vienna, Austria in December 2014.Sarah Swart, the regional legal adviser of the ICRC, spoke about the importance of this initiative for the debate on disarmament.“According to an assessment carried out by the ICRC from 2006 to 2009, the means to assist a substantial portion of survivors of a nuclear detonation are not currently available in most countries, and is not feasible at the international level. There is therefore a humanitarian imperative to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in the first place.“The world is at a critical juncture regarding nuclear weapons. The Red Cross Movement will continue to call on all states to ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used and to pursue negotiations to prohibit their use and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding instrument, in accordance with existing obligations.”Source: Institute for Security Studieslast_img read more

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Wheat Tour Final

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterMANHATTAN, Kan. (DTN) — The Kansas winter wheat crop could produce an average yield of 47.2 bushels per acre (bpa), according to the final estimate of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour. That’s up from USDA’s final yield of 38 bpa last year, when dry conditions hampered wheat yields early in the season.The wheat tour’s final estimate is an average of three days of wheat yield estimates produced by crop scouts who scouted and measured wheat throughout Kansas as well as southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma. On the first day, crop scouts produced a yield estimate of 46.9 bpa, on the second day 47.6 bpa, and on the third, 46.2 bpa.Overall, the 74 participants on this year’s HRW wheat tour visited 469 fields. Muddy boots and wet pants quickly became routine, as scouts encountered unusually ample soil moisture in many parts of the state, although dryness has crept into some southwestern counties.In addition to yield, the tour’s participants each ventured a personal estimate of Kansas’s total final winter wheat production, for an average projection of 306.5 million bushels of wheat, up from USDA’s final estimate of 277 million bushels last year.Tour organizers and wheat industry leaders stressed that the yield and production estimates should be viewed as a useful snapshot of the crop’s potential at this particular moment — but much could change between now and harvest.“It gives an assessment of the crop at this point in time,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. “It’s the potential. If all things were to remain equal, this is what the number may be at the end of harvest. The problem is that, between now and then, we could have floods, rains, drought, hail, wind, disease, pests, and that wheat crop could have a lot to go up against.”Nearly half the crop is already battling the consequences of late planting: Many fields are short and running weeks behind normal development. One farmer in Marion County told scouts his fields weren’t planted until Nov. 1 — and they got 4 inches of snow a week later. His wheat field wasn’t at flag leaf yet this week, when it would normally be in boot stage or heading at this time of the year.Low prices have discouraged many growers from investing in these late-planted fields. In the south-central counties of the state, crop scouts viewed some fields that had been sprayed out with glyphosate, in order to plant to a different crop. Winter wheat acres, pegged at 7 million planted acres by USDA, could drop significantly before harvest.There is reason to remain optimistic, however. The spring has provided plentiful moisture and moderate temperatures so far, and if that trend continues — as forecasts suggest it will — it could benefit grainfill.“Winter wheat is a cool season grass,” Harries noted. “We have our biggest yields in Kansas when it stays nice and moderately cool in May and we have good rainfall, because that encourages the plant to produce more starch, which increases the yield.”These conditions do appear to be on the menu for the Southern Plains in the coming month, but the serving might be larger than desired, noted DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.“I think the weather pattern over the next couple weeks is going to be less than ideal for the Southern Plains wheat crop,” Anderson said. “The forecast is cool and wet, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation. I don’t look for heat-related stress on the heading crop, but these conditions will keep the environment favorable for fungus and rust development that could affect the final yield prospects.”Disease is one of the biggest remaining wild cards for the crop, particularly for the late-planted fields, where producers may not be inclined to invest any more inputs.“Diseases will often build up to higher levels on that late-maturing wheat,” said Erick DeWolf, Kansas State Extension plant pathologist. “The amount of yield loss that occurs to the crop is also related to the time the disease begins damage. The earlier it gets established, particularly on the upper leaves, the greater the yield loss.”“The weather conditions we experience in the next couple weeks will really influence the amount of disease — and yield loss from it,” DeWolf added.Beyond the final yield and production numbers, the HRW Wheat Tour and its summer counterpart, the Hard Spring Wheat and Durum Tour, serve another purpose: to bring together the various arms of the grain industry, said Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council and tour organizer.The 74 participants of the tour represented wheat industry groups, millers, bakers, grain marketing companies, universities, seed companies, federal and state government representatives and members of the media.You can reach Emily Unglesbee at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(CZ/BE)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Passive House in the Woods Goes Energy-Positive

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsBlog Review: Tim EianWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner The house is equipped with a solar hot water system, a 4.7-kW photovoltaic system, and a ground-loop system and liquid-to-air heat exchanger designed to pre-warm, pre-cool, and dehumidify the ventilation air as needed.Getting to positiveBased on PHPP calculations, Eian explained, as much as 80% of the heat load over the course of the year has been covered by passive solar gain.“While we predicted this with our energy models,” Eian wrote in the TE Studio blog, “we found and learned through monitoring that some equipment and appliances use more energy than assumed. On the flip side, user behavior plays a major role as well and can effectively lower energy consumption over the predicted model.”Eian also pointed out to GBA that more performance tracking will be needed to create an accurate picture of monitored usage. TE Studio summarized the monitoring data for 2011 in a report to the building’s owner, Gary Konkol, a general-practice physician, but at this point that information isn’t being released to the public.So monitoring will continue and, Eian adds, “no changes to the building’s systems or performance are scheduled. On whole, the building performs as predicted and the owner is very excited about it.” As the clock wound down on 2011, marking a full year of monitoring for Passive House in the Woods, in frosty Hudson, Wisconsin, it became clear that the building’s design, construction, and renewable-energy systems had combined to deliver net-zero-energy performance, and then some.Tim Eian, of Minneapolis-based TE Studio, designed the home to meet the Passivhvaus standard and teamed up with Morr Construction Services, of Shoreview, Minnesota, to turn the plans into reality. The 1,940-sq.-ft. home was certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. in October, and Eian recently reported on the TE Studio blog that it had produced more energy than it used in 2011.The home’s above-grade walls are built from 11-in.-thick insulated concrete forms (ICFs) clad with an exterior-insulation and finish system (EIFS) that brought the overall R-value of the walls to 70. The slab, which sits on 12 in. of extruded polystyrene, is designed to deliver R-60 thermal resistance, and the flat roof, with an average of 14 in. of polyisocyanurate insulation, is rated at R-95.last_img read more

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