The Out The Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance is a visual feast of drama and dance, workshops, talks, exhibitions and films for adults and children alike. If you’re in Cape Town, you’ve still got until Sunday 28 March to catch some of the action at the Baxter Theatre Centre, the UCT Hiddingh campus in Gardens, and the Labia Cinema on Orange Street.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 25 March 2010.
The HERS Index thresholdsHere’s the HERS Index that each climate zone (CZ) must meet:CZ 1 & 2 52 CZ 3 51CZ 4 54CZ 5 55CZ 6 54CZ 7 & 8 53Yeah, those are pretty low numbers, but the 2015 IECC takes another big step toward energy efficiency in every path. They’re lower than NRDC and the other groups had proposed, too. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. What will this mean?It remains to be seen how much this will really affect the energy efficiency of homes. Dr. Goldstein makes the case that it will save billions of dollars, writing, “Our proposed 2015 update will accumulate to a national cost savings of over $100 billion by 2030 compared to the 2006 code.” I think that’s a bit of hyperbole because the savings generated by this new compliance path will come from builders using it rather than one of the other paths in the 2015 IECC. Anyone on that code will be building much more energy-efficient homes compared to the 2006 IECC.Still, it’s a great option. In the state of Florida, most builders use the compliance path and hire HERS raters. Before we know what will happen with this new path, I think we need to see what’s going to happen to answer these questions:How many states will adopt the 2015 IECC?How many builders in the states that adopt the 2015 IECC will go the HERS Index route?However things develop, I think it’s great news that we’ll at least have this as an option, explicitly spelled out in the 2015 IECC. RELATED ARTICLES Get Ready for a New Energy CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeMore Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS IndexHow Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?The 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies How is this different from the current performance path?The performance path has been in the energy code for a while now. It’s used in the 45L tax credit for new homes, for which home builders have to show that the homes they’re trying to qualify use at least 50% less energy than the 2006 IECC requires and then get $2,000 if they make it.The performance path in versions of the IECC up to 2012, however, specifies neither a HERS rating nor a HERS Index. It’s based on annual energy costs. The proposed design has to have lower energy costs than the standard reference design, which is specified in the code. (See section 405 in the IECC.) It’s also limited to the energy used for heating, cooling, and water heating only. Lights and appliances are not included.The new compliance path requires that a home meet a certain HERS Index. That means that lights and appliances count, too. And with Indices of 51 to 55, the energy savings will be considerable. Homes being built to the 2009 IECC probably have a HERS Index in the 80s. The HERS Index scale is based on the 2004-06 IECC, with 100 being the HERS Index of a home that just meets that version of the code.For a full explanation of the HERS Index, see my article, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the HERS Index. For more background on this change, here are a few resources that go into the details of the proposal. There’s not a lot of news out yet about the actual code change.David Goldstein’s article in the NRDC blogFactsheet on adding the HERS Index compliance pathEnergy Efficiency Wins Big in New Residential Building Codes – press release from the Institute for Market Transformation (10/10/13) Great news, everyone! (If you read that in the voice of Professor Hubert Farnsworth, please don’t let your imagination run away with you. This really is great news.) The HERS Index will part of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. Why does that matter?Because it will help home builders build better homes.Because it explicitly states what HERS Index is needed for each climate zone.Because more home buyers will know what kind of performance to expect.A coalition of groups has been pushing a proposal to use the HERS Index, and just this week, the International Code Council adopted it, with some modifications. The groups include RESNET, Natural Resources Defense Council, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Leading Builders of America, and Institute for Market Transformation. read more
FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award in New York. Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star.One Heisman Trophy winner to another.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Tebow, now an outfielder in the Mets’ farm system, has made impressive strides as a baseball player since his NFL career with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets from 2010-12 ended. To the surprise of many, he became an All-Star at Double-A last season and is ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse in April to begin his third full season of professional baseball.After the baseball draft last year, Murray agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus.The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. He must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714.“You know what? Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family,” Tebow recalled telling Murray. “Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully he did that.”Murray hopes to be a high pick in the NFL draft, which begins April 25, and he could be. He is not a prototypical NFL quarterback, perhaps generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but his combination of speed, passing skills and scrambling ability make him an intriguing prospect.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants RJ Barrett has triple-double, Duke beats NC State ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray, who won the Heisman last year in his lone season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to the gridiron despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.After arriving Saturday at the New York Mets’ spring training camp, Tebow said he interviewed Murray a few months ago in his job as a college football television analyst and the two have gotten to know each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTebow, a former NFL quarterback, won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida.“Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow said. “He loves two sports and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more
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