Ocean City Beach Replenishment Update: April 14

first_imgAn Army Corps of Engineers contractor is staging equipment on the beach at 34th Street. It will be transported down the beach to the start of the beach replenishment project area just south of 42nd Street in Ocean City NJ. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSWill the beach be closed for the project?No more than 1,000 feet of beach will be closed at any one time. The closed area will shift north or south as the project proceeds. Beaches adjacent to the closed area will be open as normal. Some areas outside of the closed area may have a pipe running parallel to the ocean. Ramps will be constructed over the pipe at each street end and these beaches can be enjoyed as normal.When and where will the project begin and how will it proceed?Beachfill operations are expected to begin around April 16th and end around July 7th. The project will proceed as follows:The first pipe landing will be located between 42nd and 43rd Streets:The contractor will pump north from 42nd/43rd Streets to 36rh Street. (mid April – late April)The contractor will then pump south from 42nd/43rd Streets to 49th (Late April – early May) When will my beach be closed?At this time it is not possible to estimate exactly when any one particular beach will be closed. Once the project begins and proceeds it may be possible to estimate what beaches will be affected for a relatively short duration of time on a day-to-day basis.The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has a $57.6 million contract to rebuild beaches and dunes in southern Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City.Why is this work being done during the summer season?The project is under the control of the Army Corps, and just one of several scheduled up and down the coast as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Ocean City has attempted to have the south end of the island included in the federal beach replenishment program since the 1980’s. It now is and will be replenished on a three year cycle moving forward. While the timing is not ideal, it will allow for the project to be completed prior to the height of the hurricane season and the winter storm season. While everyone will enjoy bigger and better beaches, the project is really about protecting billions of dollars of public and private property from future storm damage. It simply would not be responsible for Ocean City to decline this project because of its timing. The City will work very closely with the Army Corps and the contractor to minimize any inconvenience.What will Ocean City do to minimize the inconvenience for residents and guests?The City will be providing free shuttle service from the closed area to adjacent beaches that are open.  The shuttle service will tentatively begin on Memorial Day Weekend. April 14Ocean City NJ beach replenishment 2015 updates will be provided each day through the course of the project at the south end of Ocean City from 36th Street to 59th Street.Today’s update is a fact sheet provided by the City of Ocean City on the project, which is expected to start Thursday, April 16 just south of 42nd Street. FACT SHEET: OCEAN CITY BEACH REPLENISHMENT 2015 PROJECT IN SOUTH END OF OCEAN CITY, NJProject Description: Ocean City will receive approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.6 miles of beach from 36th Street to 59th Street. Ancillary work includes the construction of pedestrian crossovers and the installation of new dune fence and dune grass. Our neighboring communities , Strathmere and Sea Isle, will also be receiving beach replenishment projects simultaneous with the work in Ocean City. The project is being overseen by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is 100 percent federally funded at a total cost of $ 57 million. There is no local funding towards this project.Sections of pipeline are now stacked on the beach at 43rd Street in Ocean City, a half-block south of where the feeder pipe lands on the beach.Contractor: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois. They are the largest dredging operator in North America and have completed large scale dredging projects around the world.The Dredge: The sand will be supplied by a hopper dredge named the “Liberty Island.” The sand will be gathered from a borrow area located approximately 2.5 miles offshore of Strathmere. The dredge will then transport the sand close to shore at one of two landing areas where it will then be pumped onto the beach. The first landing area is near 43rd Street and the second landing area is near 55th Street.Schedule: The contractor has recently begun mobilization in Ocean City. The current project schedule calls for dredging operations to begin on April 16th and be completed in early July, with equipment demobilization to follow. Dredging operations will take place on a 24 hour / 7 day per week basis. Dates may vary and are dependent on weather, equipment and other factors. (See further project details below.) The second pipe landing will be located near 55th Street:The contractor will pump north from 55th Street to 49th (early May – early JuneContractor will then pump south from 55th Street to 59th (early June – early July) Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Update Archive and LinksVisit the OCNJ Daily archive of beach replenishment updates.See regular beach replenishment project updates from the City of Ocean City.See beach replenishment 2015 schedule and updates from the Army Corps of Engineers.last_img read more

To buy or not to buy in the month of May

first_img 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Spring is a time for sunshine… and spending! Before you blow your budget read on for tips on the best and worst things to purchase in the month of May.Three things to buyMattressesWarm weather means visitors so your guest room better be in tip-top shape. After you’ve done your spring-cleaning and decluttered your home, research Memorial Day bargains for mattress sales. According to Sleep.org, the newest mattress models hit the market between May and September.Outdoor gearBefore you plan summer getaways, make sure you have all the proper equipment. Whether you’re heading to the campground or the beach, get ahead of the game when it comes to buying those beach chairs. In the midst of summer vacation season when demand is high, things are always marked up so stock up now before it gets expensive.RefrigeratorsAppliance manufacturers typically release new models at the end of May. Therefore, over Memorial Day weekend as new products come in, retailers will mark old models down to make room for the newest items.Three things not to buySwimwearLike outdoor equipment, swimsuits will be a hot commodity come May but also tend to be a bit more expensive. Plan in advance and purchase them during cold weather months, as chances are they will be significantly marked down.Apple laptopsAt their Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple will announce new products and designs for their popular laptop computers. As with their iPhones, once a new Apple laptop drops, the demand is so strong for the latest and greatest that the older models often go by the wayside. If you can hold out and don’t need the newest version, take advantage of expected price drops on older ones.JewelryMother’s Day is around the corner, but so is a spike in jewelry prices. Instead of purchasing something sparkly and not getting the best bang for your buck, opt for a less traditional gift for Mom. Check out Etsy for more thoughtful personalized gifts or treat her to a spa package for some well-deserved pampering.last_img read more

When is Tiger Woods’ next tournament on the 2019 PGA Tour schedule?

first_imgWhen is Tiger Woods playing next? Tiger Woods’ 2019 schedule is suddenly of peak interest after his 2019 Masters victory provided a glimpse of “the old Tiger.”Woods’ season had been a mixed bag heading into Augusta, failing to crack the top 10 in any of his five tournaments, including a forgettable showing at The Players Championship. That all changed with Woods’ 15th career major victory — his first since 2008 — flipping the comeback narrative on its head. Dates: Feb. 14-17Scores: 70-71-65-72 (-6)Finish: t-15thWinner: J.B. Holmes (-14)Farmers Insurance OpenDates: Jan. 24-27Scores: 70-70-71-67 (-10)Finish: t-20thWinner: Justin Rose (-21) The honeymoon was short-lived, though. Woods took a month between slipping on the green jacket and the PGA Championship. The rust showed at Bethpage Black as Woods stumbled out of thr gate and couldn’t recover on Friday, missing the cut at 5 over in a tie for 84th place.Woods, ranked fifth in the world, rebounded at the Memorial Tournament (May 30-June 2), carding a top 10 finish in his tune-up for the U.S. Open. Only with a strong showing at Pebble Beach can Woods erase the sour taste of the PGA Championship in pursuit of his second majoe victory of 2019.Can the 43-year-old realistically chase down Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships? That mark is still far in the distance but the world is now watching if Woods can make inroads in 2019 with two more majors on the calendar.Tiger Woods’ scheduleWe will continue to update Tiger’s upcoming 2019 tournament schedule here. U.S. OpenDates: June 13-16Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDThe Open Championship*Dates: July 18-21Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDWGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational*Dates: July 25-28Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDThe Northern Trust*Dates: Aug. 8-11Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDBMW Championship*Dates: Aug. 15-18Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDTour Championship*Dates: Aug. 22-25Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBD*Not confirmed but likely to participateTiger Woods’ scores, finishesWe will continue to update Tiger’s 2019 tournament results here. The Memorial TournamentDates: May 30-June 2Scores: 70-72-70-67 (-9)Finish: t-9thWinner: Patrick Cantlay (-19)PGA ChampionshipDates: May 16-19Scores: 72-73 (+5)Finish: Missed cutWinner: Brooks Koepka (-8)The MastersDates: April 11-14Scores: 70-68-67-70 (-13)Finish: 1stWinner: Tiger Woods (-13)WGC-Dell Match PlayDates: March 27-31Scores: N/AFinish: QuarterfinalsWinner: Kevin KisnerThe Players ChampionshipDates: March 14-17Scores: 70-71-72-69 (-6)Finish: t-30thWinner: Rory McIlroy (-16)WGC-Mexico ChampionshipDates: Feb. 21-28Scores: 71-66-70-69 (-8)Finish: t-10thWinner: Dustin Johnson (-21)Genesis Openlast_img read more

New Rotary District Governor to visit Fort St John next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, will be in Fort St. John on August 7 and 8.According to a release by the Sunrise Rotary Club, Vavrek will be touring the PeaceCountry and learning about the area with fellow Rotarians.Vavrek says she is looking forward to visiting Fort St. John to learn more about how Rotarians are serving the community and beyond.- Advertisement -“What I most look forward to during my visit is learning more about how Rotarians in FortSt. John are serving their local communities and people in need around the world.”Vavrek is the new District Governor for 2019-2020 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five, serving as a liaison between Rotary International President Mark Maloney, and Rotarians in her Rotary District.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District.Advertisementlast_img

Live updates: Raiders collapse again, lose to Dolphins

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) It would probably be a good idea for Oakland to put some pressure … Get live updates, news and analysis as the winless Raiders hope to get their first win in the new Jon Gruden regime when they travel to face the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday at 10 a.m.Oakland’s recent history in the East Coast time zone doesn’t offer a whole lot of hope — the Raiders have lost 21 of their last 26 games on the East Coast.last_img

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An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1

first_imgOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris Briley: Hey, everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. I’m your host, Chris Briley.Phil Kaplan: And I’m your host, Phil Kaplan.Chris: We’re Mainers…Phil: Speaking of cold climates, we’re pleased to have someone here who’s from a colder climate than us — Martin Holladay.Chris: Hey, Martin.Martin Holladay: Hi. I just drove over from Vermont to see the Atlantic Ocean.Chris: How was your drive?Martin: Well, I came through Crawford Notch, which is always a pleasure, and then through North Conway and Conway, which were less encouraging.Chris: Martin is the senior editor at Green Building Advisor and a contributing editor for Fine Homebuilding.Phil: Everyone’s favorite blog is Musings of an Energy Nerd. If you go on to GBA, you’ll see it’s always the one with the most comments and contentious conversation and exciting stuff. Chris and I are excited to have the opportunity to grill him.Chris: Everyone knows you, but they don’t know you. They know what you write. Now we’re going to beak through the fourth wall… I don’t know… the fourth estate…Martin: I’m a journalist finding myself on the other side of the microphone.Chris: We come at this from totally different angles. Phil and I both went to architecture school before entering the real world, so we got our academic experience first. And you probably came to it from the exact opposite — am I right?Martin: I was a builder and a remodeler. A hippie builder. I had an old pickup truck. I used to have even more humble vehicles before I could afford a pickup truck.Chris: Did you ever have a VW minibus?Martin: No, although my parents did.Phil: Not a horse and a carriage.Martin: No, but I started back in the days before nail guns, back in the 1970s. I was always off-grid, so even when I bought nice power tools, I couldn’t use them at home.Chris: Where did you grow up?Martin: I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, where my father taught theology in a Protestant seminary. An American family, but we grew up overseas.Chris: Fantastic. So, you got around.Martin: I had the fortune to be able to travel internationally as well as to work and volunteer overseas.Phil: Give us a little rundown. Where have you been?Martin: My family, because we were in Beirut, we did a lot of camping and hiking all over the eastern Mediterranean. My parents liked to travel and camp in remote places. One summer we took a ferry from Italy to Sicily and from Sicily to Tunisia, and we drove across North Africa, through Libya to Egypt, and took the ferry back home to Beirut. We camped in Iraq, we went from Baghdad to Mosul one spring. We always drove through Syria and Turkey, and we went to the Black Sea and the Aegean. It was just a great time, in the 1960s, for independent travel, because there were no political problems that prevented us from crossing borders in those days. It was a wonderful childhood. As an adult, I took a long trip with my brother to Asia. We saved our money and did the hippie backpacking overland-to-India thing. I ended up working as an English teacher in Korea when I ran out of money and needed to earn some to get home. I sold blood in Taiwan, and I worked as a movie extra in India — I got hired in Bombay — and in Hong Kong I worked as an extra, too …Phil: Bollywood! You didn’t dance in any of those movies, did you?Chris: So, listeners — our Indian listeners: If you have any kind of footage of the young Martin Holladay — what was the name of the movie?Martin: The big movie was Kranti. Kranti was a big-budget Indian movie. I finally got the video years later and watched it. I ended up on the cutting room floor. They filmed me in a British army officer’s uniform, a heavy wool uniform in the sweaty Indian sun, and I had to run across the field. I actually died on the battlefield — but I never made the final cut.Chris: I was really looking forward to seeing that. Did you have the same mustache back then?Martin: I did.Chris: So what brought you back to the States?Martin: Well, ever since I dropped out of college in 1974, I’ve lived in the same piece of woods in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, in the middle of nowhere. I’ve had a stable address, in spite my travels. I went to college, and like a lot of back-to-the-land hippies in the mid-70s, we all decided that an academic degree was not as important as the real world, and we wanted to do things with our hands. I read the Whole Earth Catalog from cover to cover, and I was inspired by Stewart Brand’s view of a transformed world, and went out to the woods to do it.Chris: And look at you now. It paid off!Martin: Eventually, a phone line came up the hill, and then they invented the Internet, and I was able to work from home and connect myself more with the outside world. I was no longer so isolated with 4-foot snowdrifts in the middle of nowhere.Phil: So, how has your global perspective affected what you’re covering now?Martin: I suppose I’m aware of how those of us in North America are an unusual slice of the socioeconomic spectrum on the planet. Everyone talks about how 20 percent of the world’s population consumes 80 percent of the world’s resources, and that’s certainly true — and that’s us. We are the ones who are consuming everything. Our energy usage and our material usage are way off the charts in terms of our fair share of the planet’s resources.Chris: So, you probably feel that way more than my wife. I’m picking on her because she never listens to this podcast.Phil: You know, Sheila has her cell-phone number.Martin: It’s one thing to realize it academically, but if you travel a lot in the rural areas in Asia, then you realize that many places — places I visited — are off the grid; they’ve never seen electricity and never will. Most of the world is off the grid. Most of Africa and much of Asia did not have telephones until recently, until cell phones made that leap. People do not have running water; they bring their water in a bucket from somewhere far away. So, when people talk about “green” in America, it’s really hard to say that any of our choices are sustainable — because they’re not. To really have a revolution in which we equitably distribute the world’s resources would change our lifestyle fundamentally.Chris: So, basically, we have to change our ways faster than they change theirs to be more like us… Wait, help me out with this, Phil.Martin: I am not a wand-waver or a solution-finder. If you were to ask me my predictions, my prediction is that the climate will warm very quickly for my children’s lifetimes. The next generation will face a dramatic change in climate and there’s almost nothing we can do to stop it. If we had true political leadership we could stop it or come very close to an adequate response, but none of the leaders are doing it, and therefore it’s a pretty grim future.But I don’t think that we’re to blame, in the sense that…. Look, I’m still driving an 8-cylinder truck. I try to drive as little as possible, and my next vehicle is not going to be an 8-cylinder truck. But I don’t say I have a green lifestyle, because I don’t. I don’t pretend I know what the answer is, because I don’t, and I know I’m part of the problem. It’s very complicated for those of us in the high-consuming West — and I’m one of them.Chris: I’ve seen that bumper sticker, “What would Jesus drive?” — you usually see it on a Prius. But he was a carpenter, so he’d be in a truck.Phil: Martin, you say you don’t have a green lifestyle, but you live off the grid. You consume very little resources. If we all had the same not-so-green lifestyle as you, our planet would be in better shape.Martin: I don’t think so. I’ve often said that people living off the grid don’t have the most efficient use of energy. I depend on a gas-powered generator in the cloudy months of winter. I burn quite a bit of firewood — certainly a lot of BTUs. It’s good that it’s firewood as opposed to oil, but it’s not like I have a low-energy lifestyle. I consume a lot of energy. I think the lowest energy consumption is by people who live without a car in a downtown somewhere where they can walk to do their errands or bicycle. They live in a multifamily apartment building with shared walls. Living in a remote area, my transportation budget is high. I still fly in an airplane every now and then. So these are big problems, and I haven’t come up with good ways to crank down my carbon budget to where it should be.Chris: Here we are on the path to sustainability, whether we want to be or not. Because Mother Nature’s going to smack us to make us be more green. Where do you think we are?Phil: Are we seeing exponential change now? For some of us in the industry, it seems like “Boy! Things are finally getting going!” Is that a delusion? Are we really losing steam?Martin: I think we’re really talking about global climate change. That’s the fundamental challenge of our age, and the fundamental thing that green construction should be trying to respond to. Some of the best writers on the issue are Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker. We are nowhere near coming up with a response that is proportional to the challenge we face. We’re falling flat on our face; we’re not doing it. The greenest house that I’ve ever built and that you’ve ever designed is nowhere near an adequate response to what we’re facing — and that’s just a fact. If you look at our country as a whole — what is our transportation budget? What are our transportation solutions? What is the average residential new building going up consuming? What are our building codes? How about our commercial buildings and schools? They’re woefully badly designed and badly built.Chris: And it would take time to reverse that or change.Martin: And 50 percent of our electricity still comes from coal.Chris: Doom and gloom. The good news, though, is that guys like you and maybe me and Phil — we’re in the nose-diving plane, but we’re at least yanking up on the stick at least, we’re trying to level it off or survive the crash.Phil: I’m going to change gears a little bit. Martin, we have some bad news for you. Since you’ve driven down to visit us in Maine, your house has been destroyed in Vermont. I’m really sorry to tell you this. (Gasp.) We had nothing to do with it, as far as you know, but the good news is we’ve gotten a large insurance check for you — $500,000. It’s a lot. I don’t know if it’s too much; you tell us. So, putting you on the spot, what are you going to do with $500,000? What is Martin Holladay’s next house going to look like?Chris: We’re giving you carte blanche. Knowing what you know now — now you are a wiser Martin Holladay than you were way back — what do you say?Martin: Well, I guess I would follow the advice I usually give. You want to build as small as possible. You want to have a really good envelope and a really low energy budget for your house. Then I’d take the $300,000 I didn’t spend and use that to retire early or work a little less.Phil: We were guessing how much you extra there would be — how much you wouldn’t spend. Between $200,000 and $300,000 that you wouldn’t use.Chris: We decided, “Let’s give him $500,000” — make him say that he would give it back or give some to charity or or retire.Phil: He wanted to retire. He didn’t give it to charity.Martin: Oh, it was a trick question!Phil: So, you’d only spend only $200,000? I’m not going to let you get off that easy.Chris: Yeah, but you’re Mr. Technical. You have a comment for just about everything. Anything someone posts on that blog, you’ve got backup and you know what you want to do. You’ve got to have something percolating. Do you have something preconceived — “Here’s my approach?” Here’s Part 2 of the question: Would you hire an architect? For most people, a new house is a shopping exercise. For 3 percent of the public, they say they want to build or design their own house because they’re sick of living in a big vinyl box or someone else’s old house; and then a certain percentage of those actually hire an architect.Martin: I think you probably know that most American homes are not designed by architects. Architects are involved in a very small minority of residential projects. If I were building a house, I probably would not use an architect — but I’ve thought about houses a lot. I think the average American with a $500,000 check on the kitchen table would probably hire an architect, because they’ve got $500,000.Chris: And they probably don’t know as much as you.Martin: But, you know, every house has to be designed. What you want is a good designer — whether that designer is a builder who knows what he’s doing or a design/build firm or an architect. You could get a good one or a bad one. The trouble is — well, we could talk about architecture schools and I could interview you. Both of you presumably graduated from architecture school…Phil: Presumably.Martin: Did you guys get a good building science education in your architecture school?Chris: No. I think relative to other architecture schools it was good. But, well, we’re of the generation — I graduated in 1994. Phil, when did you graduate?Phil: I graduated in 1991.Chris: My class was the first class in that school that was really starting to get into — well, it felt that way — the green side of things. But it was more like how stuff goes together.Phil: Means and methods. We talked some about chemical systems and building systems, but not that much really.Chris: We had a couple of special classes where a guest came in…Martin: The danger is that somebody could go and hand a big chunk of that $500,000 check to an architect, and end up choosing an architect who doesn’t necessarily know how to design a wall or how — correct me if I’m wrong.Chris: That’s true.Martin: And the same is true of builders. You could get a builder who builds a brand-new house and doesn’t know how to build a wall.Chris: He may have a whole subdivision.Martin: The certificate on the wall doesn’t really tell you much. What you want to do is interview the professionals you’ll be working with and hope they have some answers to your questions, if you’re an educated homeowner.Chris: But a guy like you — back to the original question — when we were thinking of asking you that question, we were thinking you would say, “I’d use an X heating system. I’d probably look at a Larsen truss or double-stud wall or SIPs,” or something like that.Phil: Are there specifics? There have got to be.Martin: Whatever specifics that I come up with are only specific to my climate.Chris: Exactly.Martin: There is a kind of consensus among people building superinsulated, well-built houses in northern New England. We’re tending to see, if they really care about this stuff, that they’re getting R-20 basement walls, R-40 above-grade walls, R-60 roofs, and triple-glazed windows. And many of them are getting an air-source heat pump from Asia, one of the new minisplits, for heating. That’s not the only way to build a house, but more and more people are going in that direction.Phil: But that’s your house.Martin: No. My house is a hippie house put together with sawmill lumber and logs I cut down on my land and fieldstone that I gathered in a wheelbarrow.Chris: Would you do that again?Martin: No, I wouldn’t. If I had that check and I hadn’t been shamed into admitting that I had forgotten about my charity obligations and my spiritual life — I’d have to rethink the answer — after I tithed, and then double-tithed — if I were hiring out the work, and I could afford something different — I’d like to see a better envelope than I have on my 1980 hippie house.Chris: We’re wrapping up this part, Part 1. In Part 2, we’re going to talk about what Phil and I call “sprout follies” — the follies of those who are newly green, those who are new to this, those who are just getting into all this stuff. Sprouts. It’s an optimistic phrase, it’s condescending but it’s optimistic. Soon they will be green, just like the rest of us. Phil, do you have any last questions?Phil: What’s the next big thing in green — the world of green construction? What do you see coming around the corner? Is it the Living Building Challenge? Or toxicity? Or is Passivhaus really going to take off in this country? Or, what else is there? Passive survivability? What are the next big words?Martin: It’s hard to predict. The basic superinsulated approach was nailed down in the mid-1980s, but it still hasn’t been integrated into normal residential construction practice in America. So, I keep telling people, when we’ve learned all of the lessons of 1985 and implemented them, then we can look for something new.I think what we really need to do is educate builders and designers about basic air-sealing techniques — getting the basics down, which we’re still not doing. I don’t see any whiz-bang technological inventions ahead, and I’m very bad at predicting trends. I think the only thing that will change people’s attitudes is a doubling or tripling of energy costs, which is quite possible — although I’ve said that for years and have been wrong most of the time. But if and when energy prices take another huge leap, that will change residential construction in America very quickly. But, that’s about all I’ve got for predictions.Chris: Final question — how much better is Maine than Vermont?Martin: Well, you’ve got the ocean. But you’ve also got more traffic and more tourists. So, is it worth it to look out over the ocean and have to wait for the traffic at the traffic light?Chris: Damn right it is.Phil: That’s going to wrap it up for Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2 with Martin. You know him, you love him (or at least his articles): Martin Holladay. He was in the neighborhood, so he stopped by to chat with Phil and me for this episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge. This is your chance to get to know the man behind some of your favorite blog posts and Fine Homebuilding articles.The Highlights:Background: Hear how he spent his youth abroad and how it has shaped his current views on green building.Green lifestyle: We have a good discussion about Martin’s off-grid lifestyle.State of green construction: How are we doing as a nation? Are we meeting the challenge before us?What would he build? Phil and I try to pin Martin down (not an easy thing to do) on how he would build a new house for himself. Of course, we do this by posing a silly hypothetical question. Part two of the question: would he use an architect?What’s on the horizon for green building? We have a nice discussion on what the future may hold for the green movement. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes— you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free!center_img RELATED MULTIMEDIA PODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 2PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 3PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 2: How to Get to Net Zero PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 1: Concepts and Basics Don’t forget to tune in later for Part 2, in which we chat about “Sprout Follies,” the common misconceptions held by those new to green construction. We also make it out to a bar, where we share a beverage and Phil shares his song of the episode.Thanks for tuning in, everyone. Cheers.last_img read more

All About Indoor Air Quality

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Many owners of green homes are concerned about indoor air quality. GBA often receives questions from homeowners who worry that some building materials emit dangerous chemicals. For example:We do our best to provide answers to these questions. But if there is a theme running through these questions — and I think there is — it would be this: homeowners are worrying about the wrong materials and substances.Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big topic. To get a handle on it, we need to break it down into small bites.Here’s how I’d like to proceed:Finally, I’ll share researchers’ findings about which chemicals are most concerning.In most U.S. locations, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), “Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency on human exposure to air pollutants show that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times, sometimes more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels.”There are exceptions to this rule, of course. If your house is located near a busy intersection or a location where buses or trucks often idle their engines, the outdoor air near you house may be more polluted than your indoor air. If you live in such a location, increased ventilation may not improve the quality of your indoor air. For the rest of us, however, ventilating a house with outdoor air usually improves the situation.The most important test you should perform is a radon test. If you’ve tested for radon, you’re done. In most cases, further testing isn’t justified.For more information on testing, see “Indoor Air Quality Testing Should Not Be The First Move.”Asbestos fibers. Most building products containing asbestos were removed from the U.S. market by… 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

Is the New Mac Pro a Content Creator’s Dream Machine?

first_imgThe PowerTech writers have already begun comparing the performance and appearance of the new Mac Pro to that of a supercar. It’s outstandingly powerful and sleek. Let’s take a look at some of the specs. The processor of this machine is an Intel Xeon – W. It boasts anywhere from 8 cores of processing power all the way up to a whopping 28 cores, making it one of the most powerful machines out on the market today. With all of this computing power inside of this machine, it provides some really outstanding results for content creators.  The machine’s optional Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics card also provides 2.6x faster render times from FCPX than the previous Mac Pro.This processing power is supported by 32GB — all the way up to 1.5TB — of RAM. Video UsageOne of the most impressive features of the new Mac Pro for video creators is that it will essentially eliminate the need for proxy workflows. Creating proxies for your video files is a long, cumbersome process that we all wish we could eliminate. Proxies have become a necessary evil in order to have a smooth, consistent workflow. However, the new Mac Pro is looking to change that workflow.With the introduction of AfterBurner, content creators will now be able to playback three simultaneous streams of 8K ProRes Raw video, or up to twelve streams of 4K ProRes Raw video. Because of this processing power, this will introduce faster and more efficient workflows for today’s content creators:Introducing Apple Afterburner. Blaze through 8K video. Created to transform the workflow for film and video professionals, Afterburner allows you to go straight from camera to timeline and work natively with 4K and even 8K files from the start. No more time-consuming transcoding, storage overhead, or errors during output. Proxy workflows, RIP.The MonitorWith all of the processing power for high-quality content, Apple also saw the need for a high-quality and high dynamic range monitor to display all of it. As a result, they introduced the Pro Display XDR. This 32 inch XHDR 6K display provides a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and is super bright with up to 1,600 nits brightness and a consistent 1,000 nits. These monitors are expertly calibrated to the truest and most perfect color possible for your projects:Pro Display XDR is optimized to more than meet the standards of creative professionals. Every display goes through our state-of-the-art color calibration. Each of the display’s 576 LEDs is also individually calibrated and has its light profile stored. An algorithm then uses this information to determine the exact light intensity at which each LED should be modulated, in order to produce the best possible image.With this advanced set of specs and features, the new Mac Pro is poised to become the workhorse machine amongst many creative professionals. With its raw processing power, modularity, and impressive display, you’ll begin to see this tool in production houses — and in the hands of content creators — to help them meet the demand of their content. For the first time in years, it feels as if Apple has truly made a machine with the creative professional in mind. All images via Apple.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.Will Gear Companion Apps Change The Game For Lone Wolf Filmmakers?4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s StandardsWhy You Should Wait to Download Your NLE’s Beta ReleaseProduction Tip: How to Calculate Power for Your CameraIs the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market? The Complete RedesignAfter the lackluster reception amongst the professional industry of the 2013 revision of the Mac Pro (dubbed the “trash can”), Apple knew they had to go back to the drawing board for Pro users. But worse, the under-performing 2013 Mac Pro left Pro users feeling like Apple no longer truly cared about the needs of the working creative professional. Fortunately, Apple noticed this misstep and took corrective action. While working alongside professional content creators and developers in an effort to understand their particular needs, Apple developed this completely redesigned and modular Mac Pro. For the first time in years, professionals have once again felt that Apple truly cared about their unique needs. At first glance, this machine is reminiscent of that of the previous tower version of the Mac Pro. After glancing at a spec sheet, you’ll quickly realize that this is one of the most powerful and exciting product announcements to come out of Apple in quite some time. Let’s take a look at what makes this machine so exciting for professional users, especially video and film professionals.  Just announced at Apple’s WWDC, the all-new, completely redesigned Mac Pro is stacked with heightened performance updates and new hardware features.With this massive list of updates, this machine is poised to become the workhorse of the film production industry and a video editor’s dream. In fact, the machine was built with true professionals in mind. They partnered with companies like Adobe, RED, and Avid to meet the unique performance needs of their workflows. We’ll take a look at the features and performance of the new Mac Pro and why it may be the best machine out there for today’s content creators.last_img read more