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  • Section questions Nova’s masters in health law degree

    first_imgThe Health Law Section has been given permission to express concerns to Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center over a program it plans to offer to nonlawyers.The section is concerned that the “master in health law” degree could prove confusing to the public, which might think holders of the degree are entitled to advise or practice health law.The Board of Governors at its recent Sarasota meeting approved a resolution from the section questioning the new program and the section’s desire to discuss the matter with the university.Board member Mike Glazer, liaison to the section, said the 30-credit course could be taken mostly via the Internet, although students would have to attend a couple of on-campus classes.“There are courses in legal research, reasoning, and methods,” he said. “It does not teach someone to be a lawyer.”The section was worried, however, that someone who advertised as a master in health law would get legal work, Glazer said. The section was also concerned about a possible conflict with a recent Supreme Court rule that paralegal or legal assistants may not use those titles unless actually employed by an attorney. That rule is intended to avoid confusing the public which, according to Bar research, overwhelmingly thinks people with those titles have special training, work for lawyers, and may even have licenses.Glazer said the section wanted to contact the university about its concerns, but wanted board authorization. The board approved the request, with some dissent, by voice vote.The resolution reads: “[T]he Executive Council of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar strongly disapproves of the awarding to nonlawyers of a ‘Masters in Health Law’ degree by Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, or by any other law school, due in part to the possible public misperception and confusion that may result.”The section executive council was expected to discuss its next steps during the just ended General Meeting of Sections and Committees in Tampa. Section questions Nova’s masters in health law degree September 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Section questions Nova’s masters in health law degreelast_img read more

  • Trump muses that virus briefings ‘not worth the time and effort’

    first_imgPresident Donald Trump has been determined to talk his way through the coronavirus crisis, but frequent misstatements at his daily news conferences have caused a litany of public health and political headaches for the White House.On Friday, Trump sought to clean up his briefing room riff from the day before about the possibility of fighting coronavirus infection in patients with chemical disinfectant or sunlight — a dangerous idea that doctors and a manufacturer of cleaning products felt obliged to publicly warn against.By Saturday, Trump suggested the briefings, which have become a televised daily substitute for his campaign rallies, were “not worth the time and effort,” a day after a report that he plans to scale back such appearances.  There was no briefing on Saturday but instead, a series of Twitter messages that returned to familiar targets including the media and Democrats. Just 23% of Americans consider Trump a trustworthy source of information on the virus, while 52% trust their state and local leaders, according to poll published Thursday by the Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago.Trump’s questionsTrump’s remarks on Thursday followed a presentation by a Department of Homeland Security undersecretary, Bill Bryan, who showed White House reporters new research indicating the virus wouldn’t survive as long on nonporous surfaces in higher temperatures and humidity. The research suggested summer heat could help temper the US outbreak, at least temporarily, although places in warm climates such as Singapore are still battling their own outbreaks.After Bryan’s presentation, Trump chimed in, off script.“So I asked Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of, if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it,” Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting.”Bryan responded: “We’ll get to the right folks who could.”“Right,” Trump continued. “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that.”Two-hour briefingsEven some Republicans have said Trump would be better served by holding fewer news conferences or speaking less during the events, leaving his medical experts and others to convey the information. But the former reality TV star has until now shown no sign of surrendering the lectern and has repeatedly bragged about his television ratings.In the last month, the White House has held a coronavirus briefing on all but three days, and the last time Trump did not speak at one was late March, according to data compiled by C-SPAN. Of the 47 briefings held since the start of the pandemic response, Trump has spoken at 43 of them — the most of any administration official, the data show.His marathon public remarks — the news conferences have extended for as long as two hours and 23 minutes, according to C-SPAN — have been peppered with false claims, exaggerations and misstatements, opening the president to criticism by Democrats seeking to defeat him in November. Trump’s claims that the virus would “disappear” and that “nobody could have ever seen something like this coming” have been included in political ads arguing he is ill-equipped to combat the pandemic.Even government health authorities have been forced to rebut the president. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned against the use of two drugs Trump has promoted to treat coronavirus infection, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. The malaria medicine has not been shown to be effective against the virus. Nonetheless, the FDA issued an emergency order last month permitting the drug to be prescribed for hospitalized coronavirus patients, after Trump repeatedly recommended it and directed his administration to procure millions of doses.The medicines “can cause abnormal heart rhythms” as well as “a dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia,” the FDA said Friday. “These risks may increase when these medicines are combined with other medicines” including azithromycin, the FDA said.The US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, meanwhile tweeted on Friday an admonition against Americans self-medicating without their doctors’ advice.The state of Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency said in a tweet on Friday that it had “received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and Covid-10.”“This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route,” the agency said.And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a tweet Friday that household cleaners and disinfectants “can cause health problems when not used properly.”‘Something There’Trump views the daily White House briefings as an opportunity to share his optimistic view of the US effort against the virus and battle critics, according to a person familiar with the matter. That has included insulting and arguing with individual reporters, particularly those from news organizations such as CNN that he considers unfair.The briefings also serve as an outlet for the president, who is no longer able to stage the boisterous political rallies that were the spine of both his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, the person said.But his frequent speaking appearances have also exposed his lack of preparedness. Trump rarely attends the White House coronavirus task force meetings that precede the briefings and does not typically rehearse his opening remarks, often reading them for the first time just minutes before he goes on air, the New York Times reported.After his remarks about light and disinfectant on Thursday, a litany of scientists and doctors called the president’s suggestions dangerous. The maker of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc, issued a statement saying that “under no circumstance” should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body. The company said it felt obliged to issue a statement because it has a “responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts.”In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump was invited to clarify his remarks. “I do think that disinfectant on the hands could have a very good effect,” he said, adding that he’d like the government to research the effect of sunlight, heat and humidity on infected patients.“Maybe there’s something that’s there,” Trump said. “They have to work with the doctors. I’m not a doctor.” Trump on Friday said he had “sarcastically” suggested Americans be injected with disinfectant. The president’s new spokeswoman also sought to clarify his remarks.“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”Trump’s most public response to the US coronavirus outbreak has been the extended news conferences he’s held almost every day, including most weekends, to talk about it. He pulled off his 2016 election upset and survived the Russia investigation and impeachment in part due to his ability to dominate media coverage. But the president has never been known as a detail-oriented leader and his off-the-cuff briefings have left many Americans distrustful of what he says.As questions mounted about Trump’s comments on disinfectant, Trump and his coronavirus task force on Friday evening held their shortest news conference yet, at just 22 minutes. He took no questions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Alexander: Please, Dodger fans, cool it with the demands for redress

    first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start • The increased linkage between MLS and Liga MX, including increased in-season competition between teams from the two leagues (the Leagues and Campeones cups) and the MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium, will give the domestic league a chance to further penetrate SoCal’s Latino market. But the MLS sides will need to do their part by being competitive in those matches.Meanwhile, the duels between Chicharito and LAFC’s Carlos Vela will take El Clásico to still another level. At some point, we might be saying “Zlatan who?” (He’d hate it if he found out.)• There’s a point during every sport’s offseason, sometimes more than one, when the power of speculation just mows down logic and reality. We’ve already reached one of those points in the NFL, and we’re still a week and a half from the Super Bowl.• The revelation by Philip Rivers that he and his family are moving to Florida permanently – just imagine the number of moving vans required for that relocation – had the rumor mill spinning into overdrive Sunday morning. The conclusion among many was that B follows A, thus Tom Brady is inexorably headed for the Chargers as their starting quarterback in 2020.You think it might be a good idea to slow down?center_img The world according to Jim:• It is now official. Los Angeles in 2020 sounds pretty much like New Orleans in 2019.• Remember? Saints fans exploded in rage over a pass interference penalty that was not called in the 2019 NFC Championship Game that helped the Rams get to the Super Bowl. Louisiana politicians fumed, ordinary fans vented, and one lawyer/fan filed a lawsuit against the NFL seeking to depose, among others, Commissioner Roger Goodell. It was laughed out of court, and most of us shook our heads at the whole thing.• Flash forward a year. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday, introduced by councilmen Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz, asking that Major League Baseball not only strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of the 2017 and ’18 World Series titles, thanks to one sign-stealing scandal already uncovered and another still under investigation, but that the Commissioner’s Trophies for both years be sent to 1000 Vin Scully Ave. in Los Angeles. • Think about it, folks. Obviously, the revelations of recent months shine a different light on those two World Series, and Dodger fans have a right, and a reason, to vent. (As do Yankee fans, which is a topic for a whole different conversation).But do you really want to come off as this whiny?• The L.A. City Council beat the Beverly Hills City Council by a week. That city’s mayor, John Mirisch, had planned to put a similar resolution on the docket for next Tuesday’s council meeting. Our suggestion, again: Let it go.Let them live with their tainted championships. That should be consolation enough.• It has been estimated that there have been more than 19,000 major league baseball players all time, going back to 1871 and the founding of the American Association. With Tuesday and the election of Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, 236 of them are Hall of Famers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So if you wonder why your guy didn’t get in or didn’t get more votes? That’s why. It’s supposed to be exclusive.• This Space’s ballot: Jeter, Walker, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Billy Wagner and Omar Vizquel.In other words: Two now certified Hall of Famers, two who are part of the PED discussion but who put up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers before the suspicions began, the best big-game pitcher of his generation, one of the dominant relievers of his time and a winner of 11 Gold Gloves (Ozzie Smith had 13) who also had 2,877 career hits. The four shortstops who had more hits are all in the Hall: Jeter, Ripken, Robin Yount – who played 11 seasons at short and got the rest of his 3,142 hits in nine seasons as an outfielder – and Honus Wagner.• Is it safe to assume that the one voter who bypassed Jeter, out of 397 ballots cast, isn’t active on social media?• If we voters had suspected that Walker would be wearing a Spongebob Squarepants shirt for that first post-election interview, he might have gotten into the Hall of Fame three years sooner.• The Hall of Fame announcement came at a perfect time for baseball, and particularly for the MLB TV and radio networks. For a few hours, at least, they could shove Signgate into the background.• And now that Jeter Watch is over, back to our regularly scheduled Mookie Betts/Kris Bryant/Nolan Arenado trade rumors, featuring the Dodgers as stalking horse.• The biggest sports story in L.A. on Tuesday? That would be the arrival of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to join the Galaxy. Those who follow soccer, and particularly those who consider El Tri their favorite team, understand that this could be a move with far more impact, short and long term, than not only the Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović acquisition two years ago but that of David Beckham in 2007, or even Landon Donovan in 2005.That is how revered Chicharito is in the Mexican-American community, one that is still a difficult sell for Major League Soccer. The best part? Unlike the previous two international superstars, Chicharito is in training camp and will be with the club from opening day forward.Related Articleslast_img read more

  • May the force be with you – Lily set for 2020

    first_img Lily May Humphreys has revealed how her ambitions for 2020 are being fuelled by the inspirational Bronte Law and top tips from Annika Sorenstam.Essex county player Humphreys enjoyed a stunning 2019 season winning both the England Golf women’s and girls’ orders of merit.On top of this, the 17-year-old won individual events in Sweden, Wales and Ireland and earned another four top ten finishes in tournaments staged in England, Italy and France.In an England shirt, Humphreys helped her country win the Home Internationals and defeat Spain in a challenge match.There were appearances for Great Britain and Ireland at the Astor and Vagliano Trophies and a call-up to the Europe side for the Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.While in Scotland, Humphreys was able to watch the Solheim Cup drama unfold as Europe came from behind to beat America with the final stroke of the final match on the final day of play.Suzann Pettersen may have holed the winning putt, but England Golf graduate Law’s part in the victory should not be understated.Humphreys had a front row seat as Law closed out her singles match against Ally McDonald on the 17th green to set the stage for the Pettersen finale.That moment, along with one-to-one advice from legendary Swede Sorenstam last summer is etched on her mind going into the 2020 season.“Watching Bronte Law (pictured below) on the final day of the Solheim was inspiring,” said the former British Girls’ Amateur champion.“I was beside the 17th green when she closed out her match and watching on the big screen as Suzann holed the winning putt.“The noise was incredible.“It was so exciting and knowing that Bronte was part of the England Golf set-up just a few years ago and is now playing at that level really gives you something to aim for.“Meeting Annika earlier in the year was also great.“Playing in and winning her tournament in Sweden came at the end of a fantastic run of form for me.“Annika put on a golf clinic during the event and as I was doing well in the tournament, I got to hit some shots with her.“She told me to practise everything about my game – not to neglect anything and that’s something I’ve taken on board for this season.”Humphreys had another chance to pick Sorenstam’s brains and observe her at close quarters when she took part in the Annika Invitational USA event last week and finished a highly creditable sixth.Experiences like this in St Augustine, Florida are priceless for Humphreys as she continues to learn her trade.Going into the new season, Humphreys can build on an incredible last year.Winning the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play, the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play and the Annika Europe in the space of five weeks in May and June was a phenomenal achievement.The fact the golfer from Stoke by Nayland also shoehorned in a runner up spot at the English Women’s Amateur Championship in the middle of her winning streak showed just how hot her game was in the early part of summer 2019.But there’s no time for Humphreys to rest on her laurels as she aims high in 2020.In April, she will join England colleagues Annabell Fuller, Bel Wardle and Emily Toy at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.The opportunity to play the event for a second successive season is an exciting prospect after her debut last year.“Playing at Augusta was amazing – a place I’d only ever seen on TV,” added Humphreys.“I didn’t recognise some of the holes. The green at the 12th hole for example is so small in real life compared to on TV.“It was great playing the course, though, and just for fun I even managed to skim the ball across the pond at the 16th and hit the green!”And then there’s the thrill of representing England again as Humphreys and the squad target success at Home Internationals, Europeans and, hopefully, world championships.”I enjoy the team events as the spirit is so good.“There’s plenty to aim for in 2020,” confirmed Humphreys who does not turn 18 until March.“I will also look at going to LPGA Tour School at the end of the summer and try to win my card there so it’s an exciting time.”Photograph credits: Pat Cashman, Leaderboard 27 Jan 2020 May the force be with you – Lily set for 2020 Tags: Bronte Law, england women, Essex, Lily May Humphreyslast_img read more

  • ‘People have no confidence in Irish Water’ as further water outages hit west Donegal

    first_imgResidents in Cloughaneely are without water once again this afternoon with no sign of it being turned back on before the end of the working day. It comes following another burst to the main pipeline on Saturday that left several businesses having to close its doors for the day.Last week, engineers from Irish Water held a constructive meeting with elected officials from the Gortahork and Falcarragh area to discuss the utility’s plans to replace two sections of water pipes that are prone to frequent bursts. Councillors were told that Irish Water is committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh and financial approval has been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.Irish Water currently plans to commence the construction of this project in Autumn of this year.However, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, said the people in the area are now ‘beyond angry’ with the current situation and that the current timeframe must be brought forward.“The people in Cloughaneely are beyond angry with Irish Water because they just are not carrying out the work in the emergency fashion that needs to happen,” Cllr O’Domhnaill said. “I have written to the Environment Minister this morning, Richard Bruton, and the CEO of Irish Water asking them to step in and get this project underway now, without delay.“The funding is in place, it is now about getting pipes in the ground.“People have put up with enough,” he added.With the water shortage is expected to continue in the area for at least another 12 hours, O’Domhnaill said Irish Water should ‘hang their heads in shame’.“I have made my sentiments know with those at Irish Water and I have told them to pull their finger out,” he said. “They promised us that they would carry out work to reduce the number of bursts in the area and that simply has not happened.“Works have taken place but it is not reducing the frequency. It is a joke and they need to get on with the work at this point.“They have totally lost the confidence of the people in Cloughaneely and Gortahork and Irish Water need to compensate the businesses that are losing money hand over fist.“It is just not on, the people have lost confidence in Irish Water, as have I, and the only way that can be resolved is if they get on with it and stop the people in this area suffering from these bursts on a regular basis.” ‘People have no confidence in Irish Water’ as further water outages hit west Donegal was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Irish Waterlast_img read more

  • Chico runs past Fortuna

    first_imgChico >> D.J. Miller wasn’t homecoming king on Friday night. Too bad. He ruled Asgard Yard anyway.The senior running back finished his night early and finished off Fortuna, scoring the Chico High football team’s first six touchdowns to power the Panthers to a 54-26 victory over the Huskies.Miller rushed for 235 yards on 15 carries, scoring on runs of 11, 7, 4, 64, 64 and 55 yards for Chico (2-3).“We knew what we were doing. The line was on,” Miller said. “Exactly what I wanted. I knew we had …last_img read more

  • South Africa to host military workshop

    first_imgThe South African National Defence Force co-hosts the international Swirmoworkshop, which comes to Africa for thefirst time in 2011.(Image: SANDF) Lt Gen Derrick Mgwebi, pictured here as a major general, will open the 2011 Swirmo workshop on 27 July. (Image: Defence Web) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marie-Servane Desjonquères  ICRC media and PR, Southern Africa  +41 22 730 31 60 or +41 79 536 92 58 RELATED ARTICLES • Two centuries of SA military history • SA enters military pact with Argentina • Rooivalk gets its wings • Siren of the SA skies • MK: In pursuit of libertySource: BuaNewsIn an African first, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are to host a high-level workshop on international rules governing military operations.The fifth Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations (Swirmo) will be hosted by the South African Military Academy in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, from 27 June to 2 July 2011.Every year, the workshop is hosted jointly by the ICRC and the defence force of a selected nation. To date it has taken place four times in Europe, and in 2011 is expected to be attended by 70 senior officers from different armed forces across the globe.The 2007, 2008 and 2010 editions took place in Switzerland with the Swiss armed forces as co-hosts, while Swirmo 2009 was held in Paris in cooperation with the État-Major de l’Armée de Terre (headquarters of the French land forces).“SANDF is honoured to host the Swirmo course,” said the SANDF’s chief of human resources, Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi.“Our defence force continuously strives to achieve a high level of excellence for the troops in South Africa and peace-support operations on the continent.”Mgwebi will officially open Swirmo 2011 at the Military Academy on 27 June.“By providing our troops with the best military training, we are ensuring a safe and secure South Africa, while contributing to a better Africa and a better world,” he said.Respect for international law“Such a workshop is essential to bring about greater respect for international law and limit the suffering of people affected by armed conflict or internal violence,” said the ICRC’s vice-president Christine Beerli, who is expected to attend the opening ceremony.This year’s Swirmo aims to enhance understanding of the most pressing international legal issues faced in modern military operations. It will focus on military detention, the conduct of hostilities in armed conflict, and military involvement in law enforcement operations in order to translate legal principles into practice.The workshop provides an environment where actual experiences can be shared, allowing participants to broaden their views on the operational consequences of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.All the participants and instructors are senior military officers who have extensive backgrounds and experience in operations or training.At Swirmo they’ll receive valuable tools to help them integrate international laws of armed conflict and human rights into their field training and military disciplinary systems – thus encouraging behaviour that meets legal requirements when carrying out all kinds of military operations.last_img read more

  • Late planted corn considerations as harvest nears

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Because of the extended planting window that the 2017 Spring forced on farmers, some corn is just about ready to go and some corn has quite a ways to go. What are some causes for concern when it comes to the later planted fields. Brodbeck Seeds Regional Agronomist Denny Wickham has some insights.last_img

  • Bensonwood Is Reinventing the House

    first_imgUnity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyA LEED Platinum Modular HomeReinventing the HouseNudging Passive House Concepts into the MainstreamHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayEducation Center Wins 2013 Net-Zero PrizeBensonwood HomesDesign for DisassemblyQ&A: Thoughts on the Bensonwood OBPlusWall? Unlike the old days, when each of Benson’s homes was custom-designed from scratch, the new Bensonwood Lifestyle series is built on a modular platform with pre-engineered components that can be used to create homes ranging in size from 800 square feet to over 4,000 square feet. This system is called the 3BMatrix (3B for “Bensonwood Building Block”). The company uses advanced Swiss “building information management” (BIM) software to put these 3BMatrix modules together in 3D models. Then fabrication instructions are transmitted to their German Hundegger computer-based machinery that cuts the components to precise dimensions for factory-panelizing.Bensonwood’s OBPlusWallI’ve visited modular home and panelized construction factories before, but what sets Bensonwood apart for me is the attention to energy performance, green materials, and rigorous building science. At the heart of this system is the OBPlusWall (OB for “Open-Built”). These factory-built (panelized) walls are framed using 9.5-inch-deep I-studs filled with R-35 dense-pack cellulose insulation, then clad with exterior moisture-resistant OSB sheathing (with taped joints). Advanced gasket technology is used for air sealing, detailing is provided to minimize thermal bridging, a drainage plane is installed on the exterior, and integral baseboard raceways are provided on the interior for electrical and data cables to eliminate wall penetrations for wiring.The computer modeling not only controls the exact design and fabrication of these wall panels, but even identifies the proper placement of nylon straps for hoisting the (heavy) modules into place on the jobsite. All this is done with a minimum of waste through material optimization and factory fabrication. OBPlusWall modules ship to the jobsite with windows installed and sometimes also with siding, though for some projects the builder chooses to handle more of the finish work on-site.The companion to the R-35 wall system is a standard R-38 roof system, also insulated with cellulose. Where performance goals demand, Bensonwood can go a lot further with energy performance — by using deeper I-joists and including additional insulation components in the wall and roof systems.When I visited, the company was finishing a house designed to meet the Passivhaus standard. This walls will have an additional 3.5 inches of cellulose on the interior and two inches of polyisocyanurate on the exterior, to achieve approximately R-60 performance. That project was slowed down because advanced Passivhaus windows took some time to arrive from Germany — one of the complications with creating state-of-the-art buildings today.Bensonwood creates premium homes with costs higher than that of typical tract homes, but the panelized construction allows the company to be cost-competitive with most custom homes today — while offering faster construction, better energy performance, excellent durability, and the addition of timber components to achieve Benson’s signature elegance.While Benson has been reinventing residential construction for more than 35 years, you wouldn’t know it if you try to keep up with him on a bicycle! After my Bensonwood tour, he and I biked to Walpole for a beer — via a hilly circuit that Tedd uses to keep in shape on his lunchtime rides. It turns out he uses annual biking trips in the Alps to visit high-tech European manufacturers and software companies — some of the tools that keep Bensonwood ahead of the curve in today’s quickly evolving building industry. I had the good fortune last week to spend a few hours touring the Bensonwood offices and factory in Walpole, New Hampshire. I’ve known Tedd Benson for perhaps 20 years, and knew of him a lot longer than that through his writings. He pretty-much created the modern timber-framing profession, starting back in the early 1970s when he set out to reinvent the craft of timber-frame construction that our New England ancestors used centuries ago. His 1980 book, Building the Timber Frame House, and several others since, have inspired many of us for their vision, beauty, and rugged durability.In recent years, Benson has shifted his primary focus away from timber framing (though that’s still an important part of what his company, Bensonwood, is all about). His Open-Built¯ construction platform, inspired by the work of Open Building pioneer John Habraken and supported by MIT’s Open Source Building Alliance, has gone a long way toward bringing down the costs of the top-quality homes his company builds. In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail — on any blog page enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

  • A New Way to Duct HRVs

    first_imgUPDATED June 27, 2013 with an author’s postscriptNine years ago, I co-authored a Journal of Light Construction article with David Hansen on HRV installation. The article noted, “Stale air is exhausted from bathrooms, the laundry, and the kitchen. (An HRV is not intended to handle grease or smoke, so a range hood should be separately exhausted to the exterior.) Fresh air is supplied to the bedrooms, living room, and other living areas.” This advice is consistent with the long-standing recommendations of most HRV manufacturers.The advice is logical: after all, it makes sense to exhaust air from the smelliest rooms in the home and to supply the fresh air to the rooms where people spend most of their indoor hours.Although this traditional ventilation duct layout works well, I’ve begun to rethink the issue lately. It may be time to experiment with different ducting methods for HRV systems — especially for homes with single-point heating systems.There is a strong trend among designers of superinsulated houses to use ductless minisplit systems for space heating and cooling. These systems can work well even when outdoor temperatures drop to -17°F or -20°F. Moreover, the systems are inexpensive, easy to install, and very energy efficient.What type of ventilation system is best in such a home? Since there is no heating or cooling ductwork, a central-fan-integrated supply ventilation system is obviously out. The usual choices: either an exhaust-only system (for example, a bath exhaust fan that runs for much of the day) or a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) with dedicated ventilation ductwork. (Throughout this article, I’ll use the term “HRV” to include energy-recovery ventilators as well as heat-recovery ventilators.)As more HVAC engineers and builders wrestle with the details of designing a house with a single-point heat source (for example, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in 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.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more