ALAMEDA — Congratulations, Clelin Ferrell. Now go out and be another Khalil Mack.That wasn’t the company line emanating from the Raiders’ facility at Harbor Bay Parkway. But as sure as opposing quarterbacks came out of Oakland games with clean jerseys in 2018, that’s how fans will judge the selection of the Clemson defensive end Thursday night with the fourth pick in the NFL draft.Nobody knows how this will turn out. Take a draft, any draft, and the eventual reality often is dramatically …
Since the cottage had been expanded, and there is a limitation on the total area of accessory buildings, I was no longer able to build a garage. Instead we needed to build a carport. Wanting space for two cars, we decided to reduce the size of the front porch and move the house closer to the street, providing enough space for a larger carport.We worked very closely with the historic commission staff during the design process, ultimately coming up with a plan that was approved over numerous (and I feel unreasonable) objections of several neighbors, many of whom could be considered either NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders) or possibly even BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything).The most complicated issues in the project were working around existing trees to comply with a very restrictive tree canopy preservation ordinance, and permeable area requirements. The lot coverage requirements necessitated using pervious paving, currently planned to be combination of pavers and concrete. I look forward to working with the materials, if not the extra cost of installation. So many green certifications, so little timeMy city, Decatur, has a green building certification requirement. I would certainly certify the house whether or not it was required, and I am currently working on certification for several local builders.The big question for me is which program or programs to use for my house. Most of my single-family certification work is with EarthCraft House. Multifamily projects tend to be either NGBS or EarthCraft. We do the occasional LEED project as well.Ultimately, I have decided to certify the house as LEED Version 4 – the most recent version that will become the only one available for all projects registered after October of this year. I decided it would be useful to have experience in Version 4 before I have to work on someone else’s project, and will hopefully be able to work out any kinks in the process. I will probably also certify under EarthCraft and NGBS. Lots of paperwork in my future. Decisions, decisionsI have decided to do some different things in this house, somewhat out of the mainstream, but not unusual for readers of GBA.First, I am going to avoid spray foam insulation, and limit foam board as much as practical. I will be using Owens Corning spray-applied fiberglass in the exterior walls and on the attic ceiling. Exterior sheathing will be Zip-R with an R-3 polyiso layer. I considered using mineral wool for the exterior thermal break, but the added thickness and complexity of construction led me to the combined sheathing and insulation product.I am going to use a passive-house type of detail on the top floor ceiling. The Zip sheathing will be installed on top of the ceiling joists, taped to the side wall sheathing, provide a complete air seal on top of the joists, instead of relying on the ceiling drywall. HVAC will be ductless mini splits from Mitsubishi, eliminating any ducts in the attic area.The foundation will be stem walls, filled with a slab floor. Because of the low floor height required and the pervious paving, any crawl space would likely end up being a swimming pool, and I’m not a big fan of crawl spaces anyway.My first draft with REMRate came up with a HERS rating of 43. Hopefully it will end up lower at completion. Since I have a full stand of mature trees surrounding the house, there are no opportunities for any PV, so I won’t be able to get anywhere near net zero.More posts to come as construction progresses, including some time-lapse movies of the construction. Feel free to comment, complain, and argue with my decisions. After two failed attempts at building a new house, I’m finally ready to get started. My first plan, started in 2009, was shot down by the historic commission.The second plan was approved, but due to the recession, I found myself unable to finance the construction. At that point, fed up with my ratty cottage and having some spare cash, I decided to renovate.Although I have been thoroughly enjoying my cottage, having recently gotten married, and with both of us working at home, 800 square feet just isn’t working. After reconsidering the last, approved design, we decided to, once again, start over with a new design.We started design work in October, working with my friend, the architect Tom Hood. We received approval from the historic commission in March, and finally wrapped up all the details and obtained the building permit in July. Ch-Ch-Ch-ChangesThe previous plan was very typical for the neighborhood: a two-story Craftsman style house with a full width front porch, with a one-car garage between the new and existing houses. RELATED ARTICLES Topping OutMovin’ On UpGreen From the Start: Home Edition, Volume 2Green From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentFinally! Starting Construction At My HouseMaking Slow Progress on My Renovation Carl Seville and his wife are building themselves a new home in Decatur, Georgia. This is the first blog in a series describing the construction project. Links to all of the blogs in this series can be found in the “Related Articles” sidebar below.
At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third.
With the countdown under 60 days until the start of college football season, oddsmakers and prognosticators are taking a long look at the predicting the 2016 campaign.Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada dropped its updated college football odds today, including lines for the ACC division and league championships. In the Atlantic, Clemson (-110) leads the way, followed by Florida State (+125). Those two will likely duke it out for the divisional crown, but keep an eye on Louisville (+600).Meanwhile, in the Coastal, Miami is the favorite (+150). Pitt (+300) and Virginia Tech (+300) come next, with defending division champ UNC (+425) in fourth. Clemson, Florida State and Miami have the three best odds at winning the league. The full odds can be found below. ACC fans, what do you think of your team’s chances on this list?For a look at Bovada’s list of odds, click here.
Christy Turlington Burns, founder & CEO of the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, will discuss U.S. maternal health challenges, as well as legislation she is encouraging Congress to pass to improve access to maternity care for American women at a special film screening at the National Press Club on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the club’s Ballroom.The newsmaker event will begin with a screening of two short films from the Every Mother Count’s series, “Giving Birth in America,” that demonstrate the challenges pregnant women and mothers are facing in the United States, such as a shortage of healthcare providers, racial and socioeconomic disparities, and lack of insurance.Following the screening, NPC President Andrea Edney, will moderate a discussion with Turlington Burns and Nan Strauss, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Every Mother Counts, to discuss why the U.S. maternal mortality rate is so high, how Every Mother Counts is working to prevent maternal deaths and complications, and why Congressional action is needed.There is no charge for admission to this event, however registration is required. Please click here to register.The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.