Terry spoke to Zamora about Hodgson

first_imgJohn Terry spoke to QPR striker Bobby Zamora about new England manager Roy Hodgson, the defender has revealed in an interview with The Sun.Zamora played at Fulham under Hodgson, who was this week placed in charge of the national team despite Harry Redknapp being the odds-on favourite for the job.Former England captain Terry said: “I always thought Roy Hodgson was a genuine candidate and I was surprised no one really mentioned him.“Clearly all the hype was for Harry Redknapp but the FA have taken their time to appoint the right man to lead us to success and I think this is a great appointment.Zamora was a key player for Hodgson at Fulham.“I spoke to Bobby Zamora who worked with him at Fulham and he always spoke highly about Roy.”Terry also insisted that he would have no problem playing alongside Rio Ferdinand at the European Championships this summer.There has been speculation about whether the pair will line up together for England given that Chelsea skipper Terry has been accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton when the Blues played QPR in October.But Terry stated: “I don’t have an issue playing with anyone and never have done. I don’t pick and choose who plays for England and if I’m selected to play it won’t become an issue either.”Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Arcata girls beat Eureka sits atop Big 5

first_imgThe Eureka High School girls basketball team hosted Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 rival Arcata Wednesday night in a game that would leave one team atop the Big 5 and the other a game back with only two conference games left in the regular season.In a game where neither team led by double-digits, it was Arcata that found a way to open up a small lead late, besting Eureka 72-67 and leaving Jay Willard Gymnasium atop the Big 5 standings.The first quarter belonged to the home team. Eureka (19-4, 4-2), …last_img

Creation vs Evolution: The Bombardier Beetle Challenge

first_imgBombardier beetles made the news again this week. Creation scientists have long used them to challenge evolutionary theory. Can the Darwinians fight back?Credit: Shinji SugiuraWatch a funny video on National Geographic of a barfing toad. The toad made the mistake of sneaking up on a bombardier beetle and snatching it with its tongue before the beetle could fire its weapons. It’s not hard to imagine what happened inside the toad’s stomach, because a few minutes later, the toad gags and vomits out the beetle, practically turning its stomach inside out to get rid of the pest which, though sticky with gastric juices, is none the worse for wear and crawls away.The amazing bombardier beetle is the “dinner date from hell,” the article quips. New Scientist says these beetles can survive for almost two hours before being spit out by any predator unlucky enough to gulp them down. Japanese scientists proved it was the bug’s cannons that forced the vomit response, because beetles that had already fired their weapons were not regurgitated.Creationists have long used the bombardier beetle as a challenge to evolution since the days of Duane Gish and Robert Kofahl in the 1960s and 1970s. Jobe Martin talked about them in his films, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. How could such a system evolve by a Darwinian process? Unless the entire mechanism were in place, the bug would blow itself to bits. The secular articles admit that it’s a remarkable “shock and awe” defense mechanism. National Geographic explains,Bombardier beetles aren’t especially rare; more than 500 species live on every continent except Antarctica, and all of them create a toxic brew of chemicals in a special chamber at the bottom of their abdomen.The molecules are mixed together at the last minute and react to form hydrogen peroxide and another class of compounds called benzoquinones, along with huge amounts of heat and pressure. Both chemicals are irritants and can damage skin and lungs.Thanks to the shape of the chamber, this boiling foul mixture is ejected with a huge force.Luc Bussiere at The Conversation is similarly intrigued by these bugs. He includes slow-motion video of the beetle firing its weapons. You can see that the eruption comes out well-aimed and in spurts. The explosion actually creates smoke. Could this evolve?In Spacecraft Earth, Dr Henry Richter describes the creation challenge presented by the bombardier beetle, which he calls one of his favorite examples of creatures that defy evolution.This amazing insect uses two separate chambers in its abdomen, one for the explosive (hydrogen peroxide) and one for the detonator (hydroquinone). These chemicals must be kept separate and in a deactivated state. When they are mixed in the combustion chamber, they must be activated at just the right time, in the right amounts, and in the right way, or else the bug will be a victim of its own weapon, unable to reproduce. How could such a system evolve? Everything had to work right from the beginning, or no offspring would see the light of day to pass along the lucky discovery.He quotes Lyell Rader’s 1998 book for additional details:Bombardier beetle (Wikimedia Commons)All of these systems have to be in flawless working conditions for the beetle to survive. The cannons without the explosives would be meaningless. One chemical without the other would not explode. Both chemicals, without the inhibitor, would blow the beetle to bits. Without the anti-inhibitor, the beetle would be unable to trigger the explosion at all. Without the storage chambers, it wouldn’t have the chemicals on hand when needed. Without strongly reinforced, heat-proof combustion  tubes and cannons, the heat generated by the explosion would cook the beetle.But most amazing of all is the hair trigger communications system. The beetle identifies a potential enemy; waits until the enemy gets its mouth open; pulls the anti-inhibitor like a firing pin on a rifle; aims its cannons; and sends a scalding blast of noxious gas from its tail into the mouth of the aggressor, curbing its appetite for any more beetles. These five functions must be perfectly timed to a fraction of a second.Richter adds more detail illustrating the irreducible complexity of this creature:There’s more to this story. High speed cameras have shown that the beetle fires a rapid series of shots rather than one explosive burst. This gives the bug finer control over the explosion, preventing the recoil that would send it flying. The beetle can also aim its heat weapon precisely over a wide range of angles. All these controls require additional ‘brain software’ for their use.It’s no wonder, Richter says (pp 79-80), that creationists have enjoyed pointing to the bombardier beetle as a challenge to evolution. (As for the evolutionist quibble that the chemicals are not explosive, see Gish’s response quoted here.)The Darwinian ResponseEvolutionists must certainly be aware that creationists have long used the bombardier beetle as evidence against evolution. Let’s look in the three pro-evolution articles for their comeback arguments:National Geographic: “bombardier beetle species may have evolved the ability to survive toads’ digestive system…”New Scientist: “In another experiment, the researchers found bombardier beetles are more likely to survive after 20 minutes in a toad stomach than 14 other beetle species. This suggests they have evolved a tolerance for toad digestive juices.”The Conversation: “The diverse getaway tactics of animals are a testament to the fascinating creativity of evolution…. we should be mindful that evolutionary innovation can produce remarkable adaptations.“That’s it. Readers may now submit their votes for the winners of this debate. (Visited 2,352 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ID, passport applications go electronic

first_img20 August 2009 ‘Live capture, not online applications’ However, Mkhize said applicants should not think they would be able to do the process on their own. Source: BuaNews Population register Live capturing ensured that details were immediately verified from the local office instead of going via head office, reducing waiting time by three to five days, he said. “That is why it’s called live-capture. Officials will capture all your information, including verification of fingerprints, digital signatures, and it’s quicker than manual capturing,” he said. “By Friday last week, the system had been implemented in at least 20 of our offices, and officials in these offices have changed from the manual way of doing things to electronic processing,” the department’s Vusi Mkhize told BuaNews on Tuesday.center_img The department will shortly launch a campaign, which will run until 2011, under which every child under 14 without a birth certificate will be registered, ensuring that children are captured in South Africa’s population register before they apply for an ID. The department wants to ensure that the number of offices with live-capture workstations, valued at between R220 000 and R250 000, is increased dramatically before the end of the year. For security reasons, he said, people would not be able to apply for IDs on the internet. The Department of Home Affairs says its one step closer to implementing its new electronic system for South Africa’s identity documents, after the process proved to be a success for passports. The system has the capacity to capture information for both IDs and passports. He said once all the necessary information technology requirements had been met, the department planned to roll out the system to all Home Affairs offices in the country.last_img read more

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

first_imgBrand South Africa urges Class of 2014 to Play Their Part in building our countryTop performers in the 2014 national matriculation exams at the announcement of the results on 5 January 2015.Johannesburg, Tuesday 6 January 2015 – Brand South Africa congratulates all the Class of 2014 for successfully concluding their formal school careers. We wish the matriculants well as they pursue opportunities beyond the walls of their schools and urge them to play their part to positively contribute towards building our country.South Africa has produced sterling examples of how dynamic, tenacious and inspiring young people can play their part to fly our national flag beyond our shores including, amongst others, Mandla Maseko who is the first black South African astronaut as well as Siya Xuza who has had a minor planet named after him by NASA based on his ground-breaking work. A little piece of South Africa lives in space through the planet named Siyaxuza.South African’s such as Siya and Mandla show us why it is critical that the National Development Plan be implemented with haste since all young people in our country must be empowered to achieve their full potential which will contribute to our country’s global competitiveness and reputation.The NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.The NDP also prioritises leadership as a pillar our country’s growth and development. The building of leaders begins at the foundation stages of a child’s life and the education system as well as the community must be part of this process. Leaders are not built by governments rather by families and communities. How can we therefore play our part to ensure that we nurture the development of leaders in, amongst others, our homes, communities, workplaces? This is something that all South Africans must begin to reflect on.To the class of 2015, Brand South Africa encourages you to take up the challenge to improve upon the 2014 matric results and to grow the skills base that South Africa has to offer. We wish you luck in the year ahead and urge to seize all the opportunities this county has to offer.Notes to the editorAbout the 2014 Matriculation exams• A total of 688 660 candidates were registered to write the year-end examination• Of this number, 550 127 were full time students• Kwazulu-Natal had the largest group of full time candidates and Gauteng had the lowest• Girls dominated the cohort of 2014 candidates, making up 54.6 per cent of the matric group• Examinations were written across 6740 locations with 65 000 invigilators overseeing the five-week writing period• A total of 41 000 markers at 118 marking venues then tackled the assessment of the examination papers produced.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, helping to improve its global competitiveness. It also aims to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, contributing to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Destination Cape Town

first_imgKnown as the “Mother City”, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa.Cape Town is the home of the iconic Table Mountain. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South AfricaPerched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa.It is in Cape Town that the Rainbow Nation really covers the spectrum. Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.The bells of St George’s Cathedral alternate with the plaintive tones of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Visitors give a startled jump, and Capetonians calmly glance at their watches, when the noon gun booms above the city – a relic from the days of sail when sea captains had to check their chronometers.It has the top five national attractions in South Africa, all of which should appear on every visitor’s itinerary all year round. These include a visit up Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty; and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. Currently undergoing expansion, the complex features shops, restaurants, launch areas for short cruises and a variety of entertainment for those who flock through it by day and night.Looking further offshore, visitors can take a boat ride to Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners who fought against the apartheid government. Visitors to the island are taken on a tour of the old prison complex, as well as to a museum on the island.You will never be bored in Cape Town. Table Mountain offers some of the best climbing in the world, and it’s right here in the city. The surfing is fantastic; the diving is cold but good. You could go mountain biking, or go sea kayaking – you may see whales or penguins.A great thing to do on a full moon summer’s night is to walk up Lion’s Head before dark, watch the sun set on one hand and the full moon rise on the other and then walk down in the silvery light.If the wind is right, you could fly off Lion’s Head with a qualified tandem paraglider pilot, and land on the beach in time for sundowners. You’ll never be bored.If all this sounds too gung ho for you, don’t worry. You can shop till you drop at Cavendish, Canal Walk or the Waterfront. There is lots of live music, art exhibitions, museums, plays and even opera, ballet or symphony concerts on all year round.The city has also recently developed tourism routes such as the Cape care route, which showcases sustainable development by taking tourists to destinations including a community-based bicycle workshop and a community weaving centre, and the Southern Line tourist train route between Cape Town and Simon’s Town.Cape Town is also probably the most popular backpackers destination anywhere, with more hostels than any other city worldwide. It’s also the home of the backpackers special, the Baz Bus.Sources: City of Cape Town, South African Tourism, Tourism Cape Town and Baz Bus.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How FriendFeed Could Become the Ultimate Social Media Tracking Service

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img FriendFeed, the multi-network activity aggregator co-founded by Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, announced today that it has entered the crowded field of real time search. FriendFeed was already the best way to learn what early adopter social media users were saying about any topic across blogs, Twitter, delicious and other diverse social media sites. If FriendFeed wants to step it up to the next level and challenge business-class conversation trackers, we believe there are four steps the company needs to take.We think that would make a whole lot of sense. In fact we think that if real time search were turned into a business tool it could challenge social media monitoring services like Radian6, Scout Labs and Sysomos. Here’s what we think needs to happen in order for that to become a possibility.We already use FriendFeed to keep track of who quietly touches our blog posts out around the web. For example, our recent post Google Updates Blog Search – Where’s The Innovation hasn’t gotten any comments yet – but FriendFeed shows us that leading marketing blogger Andy Beal shared it with his network on Google Reader. That’s good to know.We think FriendFeed could offer some of the most sophisticated social media conversation tracking on the web, if it just took a few steps in particular.Broaden the Index Beyond Opt-InRight now FriendFeed tracks what users say and do across more than 40 different social media sites and any RSS feeds (like blog feeds) that users input as part of their profiles. It’s a great way to track people and topics on networks you yourself don’t participate in.Because FriendFeed is such a high-profile startup, many people have set up accounts just to try it and have their activities pulled into the site automatically even though they no longer use FriendFeed itself. That adds to the richness of the site’s search function.If FriendFeed wants to offer full-service conversation tracking, though, it is going to need to go beyond the early-adopter crowd that has opted in to having their activities imported into the site. FriendFeed is going to need to proactively discover and import feeds from users of Twitter, Delicious, SlideShare, BrightKite, etc., and bloggers who have not set up FriendFeed accounts. This will increase the usefulness of the site’s search function by an order of magnitude.That’s no small task! Many startups have tried to do social-media-wide search in the past but few can achieve the scale and speed needed to pull it off well. Two things make us think FriendFeed can do it. First, who better than the creator of Gmail to achieve new heights in rapid, scalable information delivery? Buchheit isn’t the only former Googler on the team, either. Second, FriendFeed has been engineered from the start to import massive amounts of data. A number of the streams FriendFeed pulls in aren’t even from RSS feeds as you’d expect; the company’s co-founders told ReadWriteWeb in an early interview that they import from a wide variety of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) beyond RSS.Spam ControlRight now there’s a fair amount of spam on FriendFeed and we imagine it’s only going to get worse. There’s also a lot of people who use the service as their RSS reader – so blog posts and search results show up in your search results even though no one has touched them.This wouldn’t be a difficult problem to solve. FriendFeed is just a few steps away already from allowing searchers to query all sources other than manually imported RSS feeds except when a feed item has one or more comments or “likes” added by a user.Apply Business SavvyThere are all kinds of ways that FriendFeed could become more business savvy. One way we would suggest is through making more use of LinkedIn. FriendFeed users have been able to associate their LinkedIn profiles with their FriendFeed accounts since the start of the service, and job changes used to be displayed right along with Tweets and other online activity. It was great. Unfortunately, LinkedIn knows what a pot of gold it sits on and took the noxious step of cutting off these kinds of importing functions by obscuring the HTML on its profile pages. FriendFeed was scraping those pages for changes and it was a great service for everyone. It was pure folly by LinkedIn; it wasn’t specifically targeting FriendFeed, but as a result FriendFeed users no longer see when their friends change jobs and so no longer click through to LinkedIn to learn more.Fortunately FriendFeed hasn’t removed LinkedIn as a field that can be viewed by users; it just doesn’t update anymore. When you see that someone has said something in your search stream, you can often click through to their LinkedIn profile to see what they do for a living and what their job title is. FriendFeed could display job titles by default on a business version of FriendFeed if LinkedIn was more agreeable, or FriendFeed could look to the much friendlier and social media-savvy Google Profiles instead. Knowing the job titles of people who have bookmarked your web page in Delicious or shared it in Google Reader would be really valuable.Some other business-oriented rules, like alerts when certain discussion thresholds have been reached, would go a long way too.Bring Back Aggregate AnalysisWhen FriendFeed launched, it offered some great data visualization, showing you the users whose content you “liked” the most and who “liked” your content the most. It showed in a pie chart which services most of your content came in through.Unfortunately, in a recent redesign aimed to make the service more mainstream-user friendly, those visualizations were eliminated.Bring that and more back and you’ve got a viable competitor for services that businesses pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a year for. Add some sentiment analysis, made easier by FriendFeed’s “like” feedback function, and you’ve got a really desirable product.Will FriendFeed take these steps though? That depends on whether it continues its Quixotic quest to capture more everyday consumer users for a cross-network, real-time conversation aggregator (!) or finds audiences that appreciate its value and starts building out features that they will pay for. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Installing Windows the Right Way

first_imgFor best results, use a sloped sill or an interior damA sill pan is a waterproof barrier that redirects water to the exterior while protecting the window openings and adjacent areas from damage.“A sill pan has several elements,” Holladay says. “Ideally, it has a slope. On the exterior, it needs to extend to your water-resistive barrier (WRB), and it needs to lap the WRB (or to be integrated with some type of flexible flashing that laps your WRB).“Moreover, sill pan flashing has to be waterproof, and has to be able to hold standing water without wetting your rough sill. (Clearly, you current arrangement fails this test.)”Jamb flashing should direct any water over the lip of the pan so it can drain harmlessly away. Finally, an interior dam will prevent water from backing up toward the interior of the opening and causing problems.Siga Wigluv, Holladay adds, is an air-sealing tape. And although it may be waterproof enough to use as a site-built sill pan, Beaulieu hasn’t made any apparent attempt to build a pan with it.Although Beaulieu has followed the instructions provided by Siga for creating what the company refers to as a “sill pan,” Holladay thinks that the Siga instructions are “irresponsible.”“No construction expert I have ever talked to would call Siga’s use of folded-over tape a ‘sill pan,’” Holladay adds. Green Basics: Windows, Glass, Ratings and InstallationRating Windows for Condensation Resistance‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?Durable Window InstallationWhat’s Wrong With This Window Installation?Choosing Triple-Glazed Windows The house will dry out in timeBeaulieu’s house is showing typical signs of high humidity in new construction, GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay writes. “Your house is humid because of construction moisture from the concrete foundation and drywall mud,” he says. “After 6 or 12 months, everything will dry out and stabilize.”He adds that it would be cheaper for Beaulieu to turn on a bathroom exhaust fan and let it run 24 hours a day than it would to use a dehumidifier, as Beaulieu wrote that he was planning to do.Stephen Thwaites of Thermotech Fiberglass Fenestration doesn’t think the wood shims are the source of the problem, but adds that with the drain holes now unblocked, the problem should be solved.But for Holladay, a more pressing concern is the apparent lack of a sill pan in the window opening.“It looks like you didn’t install any sill pans under your windows,” he says. “It’s fairly common for the rough sill under a window to get wet at some point. What you need to do is anticipate that wetness by flashing your rough sill. The Siga Wigluv tape in the photo does not amount to flashing, and it certainly doesn’t amount to a sill pan. Now that your windows are installed, however, it’s a little late to be discussing sill pans.” “We seem to have found the root of our condensation issues,” he writes. “Or have we? If not, what else am I missing?”His window problems are the start of this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost had to say:There are several issues I would like to chime in on:1. Moisture of construction. As we build tighter and more energy-efficient homes in cold climates in the middle of winter, I am seeing more and more cases of wintertime condensation, on windows and (worse) in walls. Moisture of construction has always been there; it’s just that we have changed the how and when of our building. And nine times out of ten, this issue comes to a peak as the drywall crew fires up their propane heaters for their taping. The best thing to do is get that central heating system hooked up ASAP (instead of propane heaters producing a ton of new moisture) and, as Martin says, get some 24-7 exhaust ventilation up and running as well.2. Responsible high performance manufacturing and sales. One of my pet peeves is the manufacture and sales of non-integrated products and components. High-performance builders should only purchase from manufacturers that integrate all of their own products and integrate their products with other components or products that fit into a system.How come high-performance skylights come with flashing kits and detailed installation sequences and most windows don’t? If all windows leak — and they will — then the integration of flashing, the window, and the weather-resistive barrier is the responsibility not of the installer alone, but of each and every manufacturer that contributes to the water-resistive barrier system. I am waiting for someone on the residential side of our industry to do what Tremco has done on the commercial side. Tremco’s Engineered Transition Assembly integrates all of their air and water barrier components into a guaranteed assembly. Now that is green building high performance.3. Sill pans. Martin and I were brought up with the same background on this: Every window installation must include a sloped or back-dammed sill pan weatherlapped with the water-resistive barrier (WRB). That weatherlap means the WRB tucks under the vertical apron of the sill pan and the WRB covers the vertical wings of the sill pan at the jambs. The sequencing of these weatherlaps depends on which gets installed first, the window or the WRB. I have never been able to do this correctly myself without first mocking up all the components and rehearsing the sequence, and the same is true for most installers.4. Integrating window flashing with the WRB, not the cladding. When I was a builder in the 1980s and knew absolutely nothing about building science or continuous water, air, and thermal barriers or control layers, I thought keeping water out of an exterior wall meant fitting cladding (clapboards, board-and-batten, you name it) tight enough together and then caulking around penetrations and weatherlapping drip edge to the cladding. And never mind vinyl siding; I just sort of punted and thought maybe the J-channel carried water like a gutter.It never even occurred to me that all flashing details should be integrated with the WRB, not the cladding. After meeting Joe Lstiburek and working with him for just a couple of months, I understood that you create a dedicated drainage plane by always integrating and weatherlapping your WRB to your penetration flashing, not the cladding. And yet, now many years later, I still routinely drive by job sites where there is no consistent integration of flashing to the WRB, there are reverse laps at the heads of the windows, and the builder is hoping for the best.Until we can train water to do what we want, it will remain cheaper and more effective to train our crews to weatherlap and integrate the WRB and window flashings.center_img Exterior trim is another problemIn addition to the lack of a correctly detailed sill pan, Beaulieu’s window installation seems to suffer from picture-frame trim that he’s installed over the edge of the window frames on the outside of the house. Beaulieu has drilled holes in the trim to match the weep holes in the frame, but this may not be enough to forestall problems.“The weep holes aren’t the only location where water exits a window,” Holladay says. “Windows are designed to shed rain off the sill. Windows need to be installed so that the sill extends beyond the siding. (This is a typical ‘outie’ installation.) When water drips off the sill, it drips beyond the siding.”The trim Beaulieu has installed now covers what would normally be a drip edge. Unblocked weep holes and a gradual decline in indoor humidity may be part of the solution to Beaulieu’s problems, but the exterior trim detail seems to be unresolved. And what about Intus installation instructions?Referring to installation instructions available at the Intus web site, Peter L points out the gap between the window and the sides of the rough opening are to be sealed with Tremco ExoAir flexible polyurethane foam. This tape, he says, expands to fill the gap and keep out water and air.Judging from the photos that Beaulieu has supplied, it looks as though he used spray polyurethane foam and Siga tape to seal the frames into the opening.“Each window manufacturer has their own personalized install directions, and I believe that if you had followed the Intus directions, you would not have had the issues you are experiencing,” Peter L writes. “There is no way water would have backtracked into the interior of the home had you installed the Tremco ExoAir properly as shown. Quality windows like Intus have detailed install instructions and following them will result in a better install.”But the Intus installation instructions raise issues of their own.“Remarkably, the installation instructions for Intus windows make no mention of flashing,” Holladay writes.“These instructions remind me of the type of installation instructions that window manufacturers used to provide in 1990. It’s almost as if Intus is totally unaware of developments in window installation methods over the last 23 years. Clearly, it’s time for Intus to wake up.”And apparently Intus has. The company is developing more detailed installation instructions that should be available early in 2014, Peter L says. Brian Beaulieu would seem to be well on his way to enjoying a high-performance house in southern Maine. The double-stud walls are 10 1/2 inches thick and insulated with mineral wool. The exterior air barrier is the taped Zipwall system, backed up with airtight drywall on the interior for a second line of defense against air leakage.Beaulieu has invested in top-quality tripled-glazed Intus windows suitable for Passivhaus designs. And it’s here that Beaulieu has run into a problem.“We’ve made a few errors which are now rearing their ugly head,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.Plywood shims on which the window sits are exposed on the inside, forming (in Beaulieu’s words) “a perfect thermal bridge.” The shims and now the rough window sills themselves are getting wet, apparently from condensation.And weep holes on the exterior of the frames were accidentally blocked with tape and trim, causing water to build up in the frames. The weep holes have since been uncovered, and Beaulieu plans on drying out the sills and shims with a heat and a fan. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Window Sills That Won’t Rot: Sloped Sill or Backdam? RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more