Kirby Dreher’s U.S. Women’s Open comes to a close

first_imgThings were a challenge right off the bat as she found herself three over for her round after three holes after a bogey on one, and a double on the par three, third.The conclusion of the front nine proved to be difficult as well with three consecutive bogey’s on holes seven through nine. Dreher would encounter a few more bogey’s on the way before managing back to back birdies on holes 15 and 16. Her tournament would end however after another double bogey on the par 5, 18th.Inbee Park of South Korea is still in the lead at eight under for the tournament. The top Canadian heading into the weekend is Maude-Aimee LeBlanc as she sits at two over par. – Advertisement –last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Browns: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of had to say of Monday night’s matchup between the host 49ers and Browns:1. Did that win over the Ravens validate all the offseason hype, or at least enough to save the Browns season?I actually do think it saved the Browns’ season. If they were 1-3 right now with this grueling stretch of the season coming up (49ers, Seahawk, Patriots on the road), things could’ve come apart this week. Instead, they pulled together and …last_img

Plans and Pricing for Our House in Maine

first_imgKicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7 [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the fourth article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]So far, we have been guesstimating how much this project will cost. Yes, we could use estimates based on cost per square foot, but there are are several design factors that influence that equation. For example:13+” thick, R-50+ double-wall construction, additional sub-slab insulation, and an R-70+ ceiling are more expensive than single-wall construction built to current building code standards;Triple-pane windows are more expensive than even high-end double-pane windows;Nearly half of the conditioned (to be heated or cooled) square footage is below grade, which should reduce costs;The garage and three-season room are not conditioned, which should reduce costs.Our architect, Chris Briley, sent a series of eight blueprints for the two contractors to price within an expected margin of error of 15%. (See my previous blog, Selecting a General Contractor, for insight on our approach.) RELATED ARTICLES Does the Zip sheathing need housewrap?I have some lingering concerns over some of these details. I am still uncomfortable about the absence of Tyvek, particularly on the south wall as there are strong, persistent winds coming off the river that can drive rain into cavities if the Adventech sheeting tape fails. I am also concerned about how the vertical 2×4 will be attached to the load bearing wall, and the ability of the vertical 2×4 to support the considerable weight of the adhered stone.The remaining drawings include rafter plans, floor framing plans, east and west elevations, and floor heights. I see nothing of note in these drawings, so I will exclude them from this post.We will be speaking to our two potential contractors this week, and look forward to getting a better handle on construction costs. R-50 walls and an R-70 ceilingThe main floor plan and the lower level floor plan can be seen in Image 3 and Image 4 below. Note that the areas under the three-season room and the study are designed as a slab on grade. We do plan to see how much more it would cost to excavate the area under the study so it becomes part of the lower level. Also note the four bump-out areas on the south side – that is for the window wells to daylight the lower level.For you building geeks, the wall cross section is shown in the image at the top of this page. Key features are: Insulated concrete foundation with a flared top course to support the exterior wall 2×4 wall; double-wall framing; R-70+ ceiling/R-50+ wall insulation (blown-in cellulose); spray foam insulation where the main floor I-beams meet the exterior wall (always a difficult area to insulate); 12′ high Advantech sheathing applied vertically to eliminate horizontal seams that can allow water to penetrate into the wall cavity; 2×4 studs applied vertically, with the cavity filled with Roxul, which serves both as insulation and a drainage plane. High-solar-gain triple-glazing for the south sideAll windows will be triple-paned. I suspect that not many people realize that different coatings can be applied by the window manufacturer to either reject or enhance how much solar heat is allowed to penetrate through the glass. Most major U.S. window manufacturers use a “soft” low-e coating which is designed for southern climates to reject heat penetration, thereby reducing air conditioning needs. Here in the north, a “hard” low-e coating is preferable to enhance solar penetration, thereby reducing winter heating loads. Windows with such a “hard” low-e coating are more difficult to find.We have not yet selected the window manufacturer yet, but when we do, I’m sure it will become a blog topic. The north and south elevations, along with the window schedule, are posted as Image 2, below. As you can see, there is a stone “belt” around the entire perimeter of the house, along with an elliptical roof structure to highlight the front door entry. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

Designing for a Hot, Humid City

first_imgIf you are interested in high-performance building for hot and humid climates, you probably have heard of Austin, Texas-based architect Peter Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer is an environmentalist, a building scientist, and an AIA fellow recognized for “his achievements in mainstreaming green building in America over the past three decades.” He’s been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders for his advocacy of green building and by Fine Homebuilding magazine for designing “The Greenest Home in America” in 2003. He was involved in the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program, has helped manufacturers develop innovative building materials including radiant barrier sheathing, has long been involved with Austin Energy’s green building program, and is a member of the city’s “Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force.” A regular speaker at architecture and building conferences across the country, Peter is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes controversial.If you are interested in residential architecture and spend some time in Austin, you’ll soon be able to spot a Barley/Pfeiffer home. Barley/Pfeiffer Architecture is the firm Pfeiffer started with his partner Alan Barley in 1987. From the beginning, their intention was to build homes that conserve energy and water, maximize passive cooling strategies in their hot and humid climate, and offer owners healthy and comfortable indoor living. Barley/Pfeiffer homes are commonly sided with a combination of metal, fiber-cement lap siding, and native-stone veneer. They have metal roofing, deep roof overhangs, awnings, and other shading devices, which are all part of their distinctive style. Barley/Pfeiffer homes are not necessarily modest in size, though they are not shy about explaining to clients that their lifestyle is just as important as the performance of their home when it comes to environmental impact.The 2450-sq.-ft. modern farmhouse shown here… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more