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Jakupovic hoping to push claims

first_img He acquitted himself well, holding on to a clean sheet at Anfield in a 0-0 draw, and is expected to keep the gloves for the next two games at least. The November international break should allow McGregor or Harper enough time to recover, but Jakupovic hopes to leave manager Steve Bruce with a tough call. “I very much enjoyed Saturday and I’m very happy about the clean sheet, but even more happy with the point,” he told the club’s official website. “I was a little bit nervous with it being Liverpool away at Anfield, I wasn’t very relaxed, but after the first save from (Mario) Balotelli, everything went away. “I could enjoy the clean sheet on Saturday, but now my focus is on next weekend. “I will try my best to stay in the team and I want to try and give the manager a difficult decision, but ultimately it is up to him. I just want to show people what I can do. “I work hard every day with Gary Walsh, our goalkeeping coach, and I know I need to prove myself with every game to be a part of this team.” The Swiss stopper was sent on loan to Leyton Orient last season – during a campaign when he made just one Barclays Premier League appearance – and was again well behind Allan McGregor and Steve Harper in the Tigers pecking order this term. But a shoulder injury to the Scot and a bicep problem for his understudy saw Jakupovic start against Liverpool on Saturday. Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is determined to make the most of his unexpected opportunity.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Scouts travel from all over the state of Michigan to Alpena for weekend fun of Science

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich— It was a huge weekend for learning as girl scouts; boy scouts and cub scouts expanded their minds. Scouts traveled from all over the entire state of Michigan to gather in Alpena for their annual science fair.The event was held at Alpena Community College and included 85 science experiments spread within 5 rooms based on Physics, Earth Science, CSI, Chemistry, and Biology.Traverse City’s Troop Leader, Shari Hintz said activities like the ones her troops learned over the weekend will hopefully inspire them to go into fields of science and math in their future careers.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious AARP Volunteers all hands on deck for Tax SeasonNext Photo of the Day for Monday, February 4last_img read more

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BB&O win senior crown with command performance

first_img8 Oct 2015 BB&O win senior crown with command performance Victory march! BB&O put on a command performance to claim their first win in the English Senior Men’s County Championship at Robin Hood Golf Club, Solihull.BB&O (Berks, Bucks and Oxon) swept past Yorkshire 7½-1½ to take the title in considerable style, with team captain Ashley Brewer scoring the winning point.“This is the holy grail of senior golf,” said Brewer, whose team was making their first appearance at County Finals – and were determined to grasp the opportunity.“BB&O have been trying to win this ever since it started but there are stronger counties in the South East and we have been second seven times in qualifying. To have finally got past our nemesis, Kent, by 22 shots in qualifying and to play at the magnificent Robin Hood Golf Club was our chance.”At the start of today’s play BB&O, Yorkshire and Devon were all in with a chance of winning the title, but the eventual champions started as favourites, knowing that a halved match or better would give them victory.They set out with much determination and, throughout the perfect autumn day, played with great consistency – and with notable mastery of the fast greens. Their result today gave them a perfect score of three wins from three matches, the maximum six points, and put them out of the reach of their rivals.They laid the foundations of today’s win with a clean sweep in the morning foursomes. They took early control of the bottom two matches thanks to Ashley Brewer and David Cromie (winning 5/3) and Malcolm Reid and George Wilson (3/2).The final game involved three senior internationals – David Niven and Andrew Stracey for BB&O, Stephen East for Yorkshire – and was very closely contested, going to the 18th before BB&O secured a two-up win with a par four.The team clearly carried the momentum into the singles and at the halfway stage a whitewash was very much on the cards. However Stephen East and Ian Clarke saved Yorkshire’s blushes when they respectively won and halved their games.But the progress of the other matches was relentlessly in BB&O’s favour. George Wilson led the way, steadily increasing his early lead and scoring the team’s first point by the hefty margin of 7/5.Immediately behind him was Brewer who was also a man in a hurry. He was quickly three up and then won the 10th, 11th and 12th to go six up. A steady par on the 13th gave him a 6/5 win and secured the title.His team were far from finished. Malcolm Reid won on the 14th, Andrew Stracey claimed his point on the 16th and David Niven birdied the 16th to get back on level terms and went on to halve his game.In the day’s other match, Devon beat Worcestershire 6-3 and finished the event as runners-up.Devon were always the outsiders to take the title. They needed today’s results to all fall their way – and to win all nine of their games. Neither happened, but they put up a great fight, winning all three foursomes and going on to take three of the six singles.Caption: The winning BB&O team with their trophy (Image © Leaderboard Photography)The results:Day oneBB&O beat Devon 5-4Yorkshire beat Worcestershire 9-0Day twoBB&O beat Worcestershire 5½ – 3½Devon beat Yorkshire 5-4Day threeDevon beat Worcestershire 6-3BB&O beat Yorkshire 7½ – 1½Final placings:1 BB&O2 Devon3 Yorkshire4 WorcestershireClick here for full scoreslast_img read more

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RBR Health Screenings Could Be Life-saving

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Parents worry. That’s what they do; it’s part of the job description.Parents of Red Bank Regional High School students had the opportunity this week to learn how to prevent a child from being hurt and how to detect a potentially life-threatening condition.“Information is power,” said Red Bank parent Brenda Terry.A panel offers a preview of a screening program that will be available beginning next week to school athletes at Red Bank Regional High School. Left to right are: Dr. Loyda Rivera, Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes program director Diana Toto, Major League Soccer medical coordinator John Gallucci and Dr. John Shumko.She joined other parents, students and staff at the regional high school for a presentation on a new program that will evaluate students for possible cardiac-health problems, establish a baseline metric to measure concussions and provide information about concussion prevention and treatment.“It’s what you don’t know…,” Terry said, not finishing her thought.The school district has partnered with Barnabas Health. Doctors will be on campus from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15, to provide cardiac screening and concussion base-line evaluations for fall athletes, free of charge.Terry, whose 16-year-old son, Aaron, plays soccer at the high school, said she hadn’t given much thought to a possible heart condition that could put her seemingly healthy son at risk. What changed her mind was the number of young people who have died from such conditions – including two RBR students who died during the 2012-2013 school year.“It really is so scary,” she said.Last school year, Albert Martin and Riyadhna Farrow, who were RBR seniors, died suddenly from what school public information officer Marianne Kligman said were cardiac-related episodes.“It was an eye-opener,” Red Bank Parent Kathy Noble said of the students’ deaths. That’s what prompted her to come to the school Tuesday night with her daughter, Kyleigh, “to find out what the program is about.”The program is the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, administered by Barnabas Health, owner and operator of six medical facilities in the state, including Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.Barnabas Health – through the invitation of the district board of education – will conduct an educational program for the school population that offers information about cardiac conditions and symptoms and provides some basic screening to detect conditions that could pose a serious health threat, especially for those engaged in strenuous sports.Barnabas operates the program out of all of its facilities, offering two free screenings a year at each facility, along with screenings it provides for schools.While physicians and program representatives will screen athletes Monday through Thursday, additional screenings will be conducted during the year for other athletes as well as the entire student body – at no cost to the students or families.The basic physical most students receive prior to playing organized sports doesn’t traditionally include an electrocardiogram, said Diana Toto, program director.The most common cause of sudden cardiac death is from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is often characterized by a thickening of the heart wall. HCM often goes undetected, especially in young people, until an athlete goes into cardiac arrest during extreme physical activity, said Dr. Loyda Rivera, a pediatric cardiologist at Mon­mouth Medical Center. “The problem is that it could be the first sign and the last sign.”There are other conditions to be on the lookout for, such as congenital abnormalities of the coronary arteries or Marfan syndrome, which affects the heart’s connective tissue, Rivera said.Be aware of symptoms, she advised, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, especially after little or no exertion; chest pain or discomfort; palpitations; dizziness, fainting, seizures or convulsions.A panel of experts, assembled at RBR Tuesday night, advised everyone – not just athletes – that they should always drink fluids even prior to exercise.Concussions happen even with appropriate equipment, said Dr. John Shumko, program medical director. He noted that about 1.7 million people in the U.S. each year seek medical attention for traumatic brain injuries, resulting in 52,000 deaths annually.The important thing for those who have suffered a concussion it to receive proper attention and heal sufficiently before returning to sports or other activities. In most cases, that could take between 10 days and a month, Shumko said.The danger is that the patient will suffer a second impact, which has a high fatality rate, especially among young athletes.“Death can occur in a few minutes,” Shumko said.“What we’re talking about, cardiac issues, concussions, you can’t put a Band-Aid on it,” said Joetta Clark Diggs, a four-time Olympic long-distance runner who is the program spokeswoman.“It’s important to be as aware as possible to avoid disasters,” said Gene Horowitz of Red Bank, who was there with his son, Josh, who will be entering high school next month and plans to play soccer.Horowitz already has taken his son to see a doctor in preparation for school and sports. His son acknowledged that more kids are taking these discussions seriously, particularly after the deaths of Martin and Farrow. “They’re more aware and taking care of themselves,” he said.“I’m impressed RBR did this,” said Barb Kirkpatrick of Shrewsbury.Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Erin, suffered a concussion last November that prevented her from attending school full time for the remainder of the school year. “She’s still recovering,” Kirkpatrick said.“It’s good they’re doing this,” Erin said.Noble added: “This is going to help a lot of kids and give peace of mind to a lot of parents.” By John BurtonSchool joins Barnabas Health to prevent cardiac, concussion problemslast_img read more

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Taylor, Vikings first out of gates at Big Sky tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsGranite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor didn’t shoot the greatest round but her Vikings still had a great day.Portland State rode the even-par round by Britney Yada to take a one-shot lead into day two of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship Monday at the at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, the defending Big Sky Champs, finished the day with a 303 score, one stroke in front of Northern Arizona and Montana.Yada has a one-stroke lead over three players on the individual leaderboard. She made two birdies and two bogeys, firing nine-hole totals of 37 and 35 to complete the day at even par.Ashli Helstrom and Lauren Howell of Montana, and Bethany Leclair of NAU are all one shot back at 73.Meanwhile, Taylor, 19, and teammate Tiffany Schoning are among a group tied for 21st. Both shot 79 on Monday.The L.V. Rogers Bomber golfing grad went out in seven-over par 43, but rallied to shoot an even 36 on the back nine. The players tee off for round two at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and the same time Wednesday for the final round of the 54-hole tournament played on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort layout.The winner of the tournament advances to an NCAA Regional on May 5-7, likely the West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, [email protected]last_img read more

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DD Fitness: Stop waiting for tomorrow!

first_imgThere is a great quote that has been around for decades: “If you are waiting for a sign, this is it!”Every day you have endless opportunities to better yourself.To better your life To better your healthTo get in shapeTo change jobsTo take that holidayTo take chances you are currently afraid to takeIt doesn’t matter what the situation is, right now, millions of people are waiting for tomorrow to come, so they can do all the things that they keep putting off until then. You may be younger than I am, or you may be older than I am, it doesn’t matter.What matters most is, are you making the best possible use of your time on this earth and stop wasting precious time waiting for tomorrow to start.I come across this all the time in the gym.People are afraid to commit to anything because they are afraid to fail. The best piece of advice that I can give people is to just start.For you, you don’t have to change anything drastically.You can start small, like taking the stairs at work, or you can start with a larger step, like finally joining a gym.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/No matter which step you take, just know that it is the right one.We have become accustomed to putting ourselves down and holding ourselves back. Feeling like we are not good enough. Not ready to start. Won’t know where to begin. Won’t be fit enough to join the gym. Won’t have the will power to lose the weight. Will look silly if you try and start walking or jogging. What will people say if we fail?These thoughts run through our minds all the time whenever we think about starting to make changes in our lives.They are the reason that we are still in a place where we don’t want to be with our health and our weight.They are the reason that we are not happy with how we are currently eating but can’t seem to change our habits.They are the reason that we can’t seem to motivate ourselves to be better.But they are only thoughts.It doesn’t matter if you are ready to start or not, just start. There is never a right time.The more you wait for the right time, the more year of your life will pass and the more you will waste, waiting on the ‘right’ time to come.When that thought comes into your head to start, do it.Don’t think about it, just do whatever it is you have to do to set the wheels in motion.Go for that walk.Join the gym.Start eating a bit better.Change jobsTake the holidayJUST DO IT!Start at YOUR starting point.Don’t try and compare yourself to anyone else, compare yourself to you and how you were last week and the weeks before.If you are improving on that each week, you are winning.If you can continue to do this on a regular basis and get to a point where you are happy;You’ve won!So, get up, take action and stop wasting another minute waiting on tomorrow.You will regret it the day that you want to and are no longer able.If you need some help, The Rushe Fitness Summer Shape Up 2019 is now open.Click the link and find out how you could win the holiday of a lifetime: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW!* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: Stop waiting for tomorrow! was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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)last_img read more

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Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge of Chelsea defenders past and present by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-24] YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Next: Long-haul travel on short-haul planes

first_imgLong-range versions of planes that have been flying for three to five decades will usher in a new era in air travel in the next two years.After the debut of the super-efficient Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350 widebodies in the past decade — as well as the A380 super-jumbo —  the object of airlines this time is to bring super-cheap travel to intercontinental routes with narrowbody planes of less than 240 seats.New versions of the 737, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and the A320 family, in service since 1989, can fly routes of eight and a half to nine and a half hours or 6500km to 7400km. New York to Rome is less than 6900km  for example.That means a myriad of new routes between Europe and America.In Asia, airlines will have the option of flying travel-hungry Chinese as far afield as Australia, where Chinese tourism is booming. South-east Asia will be within non-stop flying range of the Middle East and Africa aboard the new-age narrowbody planes that, until now, have been the mainstay of short-haul domestic air travel systems.Using below-cost lead-in fares – the modus operandi of the low-cost carrier business – smaller regional cities of the northern hemisphere on either side of the Atlantic will be linked for the first time for less than  $US100 each way.After two decades without deep discounting over the Atlantic, trail-blazing low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle – Europe’s No.3 low-cost airline – is pledging lead-in fares of just $69 one-way between Europe and America using its new 737 MAX 8s, which it is expected Boeing will start delivering in the next three months.That’s less than half of the typical transatlantic lead-in fares aboard Norwegian’s 291-seat Boeing Dreamliner 787s, which the airline says don’t have the ultra-low per-seat costs of the narrowbodies.The North Atlantic hasn’t seen such deep discounting since Britain’s Laker Airways pioneered cheap long-haul travel in the 1970s and early 1980s.The 737 MAX 8 will have fewer than 200 seats in the configuration Norwegian will use. The airline’s current 737-800s, on which the MAX 8 is based, have 186 seats at a minimum 29 inches (73cm) per seat row, nearly as tight as Europe’s Ryanair, which squeezes in 189.Norwegian’s strategy is to target smaller regional cities that currently don’t have regular transatlantic services, such as Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, both with populations of more than a million.On the other side of the Atlantic, regional centres like Cork and Shannon, Ireland, and Edinburgh, Scotland, currently have only seasonal services to the US with larger passenger jets that are hard to fill in winter — markets tailor-made for a new long-range 737.While maintaining more expensive Dreamliner services to JFK airport on Long Island, Norwegian will also fly this year to New York City’s largely unused fourth commercial jet airport, Stewart International, at Newburgh, about 100km north of the city.Nearby Newburgh train station, with bus links to and from Stewart International, is about two hours from downtown New York – which in peak hours is nearly as fast as getting from Kennedy airport on Long Island to the Manhattan city centre.However, if a $US69 transatlantic fare was on offer from Stewart compared with Norwegian’s typical $US189 on its Dreamliner services from Kennedy airport, there would be an instant market among bargain-hunters on both sides of the Atlantic. “Our planes are very, very fuel efficient,” Norwegian chief executive Bjorn Kjos said in announcing the airline’s first transatlantic 737 services. “We have a totally different set-up to other airlines. The Boeing 737 MAX has a very modern engine, which means it can go for a longer distances. “We’ll also be flying to secondary airports in New York – not JFK. That means we don’t pay as much and can charge cheaper fares”.Norwegian’s use of the 737-8 MAX  this year to open new transatlantic markets will be followed in 2019 by the introduction of the airline’s first Airbus A321LRs, which have even more range (7400 kilometres versus the 737 MAX’s 6500 kilometres) and carry more people, tipped to be 220-230, fewer than the upper legal limit of 240 in seat rows just 28 inches (71 centimetres) apart.Ironically, airlines are adopting the A321LR as a replacement for the Boeing 757, the world’s biggest narrowbody airliner which went out of production in 2004, even though more than 1000 were built and sold.In the past few years,  US airlines have been using the 757 to operate long, thin routes over the Atlantic between the America, Europe and even Africa.But Boeing discontinued production when demand waned after the turn of the century as airlines traded up to widebodies or down to smaller narrowbodies.However, it has now revived studies into the feasibility of a so-called Middle Of Market jet to occupy the space between the biggest single-aisle jets and the smallest widebodies.The 737 can’t be stretched further because the 50-year-old design did not provide sufficient space under the wing for the big engines than power the A321, which is higher off the ground.The Boeing 737-900 was meant to compete with the A321, but is slightly smaller and has won orders from only a handful of airlines.“The A321neo LR will have longer range than the MAX, so that gives us opportunities in smaller cities where frequency is more important than having a large widebody jet,” says Norwegian’s chief of commercial, Thomas Ramdahl.  “It’s interesting to see if Boeing is coming up with a replacement for the 757 as well because they will need to if the LR does what Airbus is saying it will do.”The A321neo (for “new engine option”) offers 10-15 per cent lower costs per seat than a wide-body jet, Ramdahl says.last_img read more

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3, 2, 1, Planetary Pursuit Liftoff!

first_img SharePrint Related3, 2, 1, Planetary Pursuit hebt ab!March 6, 2018In “Deutsch”Geocaching in Space Event CenterOctober 7, 2013In “Community”3, 2, 1, lancement de la Poursuite Planétaire !March 6, 2018In “Français” Attention all astronauts! Attention all astronauts! This is Ground Control giving you the green light for liftoff. All systems are go, you may proceed to launch!The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system, earning souvenirs along the way. Find different geocache types to individually collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 15 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.3, 2, 1 liftoff!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Joe Lstiburek on Spray Foam

first_imgAn exploding truckMac Sheldon of Demilec gave a great talk titled “SPF Retrofit Problems & Solutions.” He discussed how controls have improved to the point where spray foam going off-ratio, while still possible, is becoming rare. He did show some of the problems that occur, including a scary photo of a box truck with the roof blown off because someone put water in the wrong drum. That drum ended up across the street.Installer errors are the most frequent problems, and there’s been a concerted effort in the industry to improve in that area. Sheldon discussed the new accreditations and certifications that SPFA offers, and Rick Duncan went into a bit more detail about them. If you’re in the business of installing spray foam, get over to the SPFA website now and start getting your workers certified. Don’t ever point your spray wand at human skinThe last speaker of the day was Paul Duffy of Icynene. He discussed some of the basics again and, as several other speakers had done, he hit the issue of safety pretty hard. “It’s going to be an obligatory part of SPF presentations from now on,” he said.Duffy also gave the most jarring example of the day. To illustrate how much pressure the liquid is under when it comes out of the gun in a high-pressure SPF rig, he asked, “What do you think will happen if I aim a foam gun at my hand? It will inject foam under my skin and expand when it gets there.” Low-density, open-cell spray foam expands to 100 times its original volume very quickly, so imagine the Michelin Man on steroids. A quick overviewJoe began by talking about the “perfect wall.” That led quickly to what he calls the 500-year wall, for three reasons: It represents 500 years of evolution; it lasts 500 years; and it takes clients 500 years to pay for it. He went through some of the details he presented in his “Perfect Wall” paper on the Building Science Corp. website, discussing where to use foam, which foam works, and how not to do stupid stuff. RELATED ARTICLES Of course, he also took his jabs. (He called out ASTM at Summer Camp this year.) At the Experts’ Session, he said that ASTM stands for Another Stupid Test Method. He also continued the anti-WUFI campaign I first heard at the Passive House conference in Denver. In discussing how you decide what vapor permeability you want in your materials, he said, “You guess. I’ll trust your guess better than a WUFI analysis. WUFI should only be done with adult supervision.” (WUFI is a modeling tool for moisture and heat transport through building assemblies.) Blowing agents and global warming potentialOne of the big issues in the past couple of years has been the blowing agents used in spray polyurethane foam, specifically HFC-245fa used in closed-cell SPF. This whole thing blew up when Alex Wilson of Environmental Building News wrote a paper in 2010 in which he concluded that closed-cell SPF and extruded polystyrene (XPS) had too much global warming potential (GWP). He made his paper look like science when it wasn’t, and his analysis included so many assumptions that his results were not valid.I wrote a response to his paper in August 2010, Don’t Forget the Science in Building Science, but more people read his paper than mine, and sadly, too many people believed his.Yes, Alex did have a point about the blowing agents, and he should have just said that he didn’t like them instead of trying to calculate bogus “paybacks.” The good news for those who care about the GWP of materials is that the speakers from Honeywell announced their replacement for HFC-245fa, which they call Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. It has a GWP of less than 5 (HFC-245fa is greater than 1000) and will be available starting in 2013. 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. GBA Encyclopedia: Spray Foam Insulation Joe Lstiburek Discusses Basement Insulation and Vapor RetardersInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the PlanetSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsIt’s OK to Skimp on Insulation, Icynene Says Three Massachusetts Home Fires Linked to Spray Foam Insulation The odor problem was only mentioned brieflyIt was a great day packed with good information. In addition to what I mentioned above, the speakers also hit on the topics of ignition barriers, fires, lawsuits, and odors… briefly.I like spray foam, but I’m also wary of some of the drawbacks. As with most of our technology, though, it works well when used appropriately and poorly when it’s not. It’s still true that the process is more important than the product. We need to get a lot more people in building science and construction to really understand what that means, and Joe’s day-long symposium on spray foam was a great way to help with that. Spray foam insulation evokes some interesting conversation among building scientists, construction professionals, environmentalists, and homeowners who have it in their homes. Many think it solves all problems, no matter how poorly it’s installed. Some think it’s helping to warm the planet and compromise the health of people and pets. In the middle are those who work with it regularly and see both the warts and the beauty of the product.Building Science Corporation recently hosted its annual Experts’ Session, and the first day was all about spray foam insulation, with a collection of people who are mostly in the third camp mentioned above. Joe Lstiburek spoke first, and then introduced several experts to give us high-level information on this product — everything from the basics of open-cell versus closed-cell foam to the latest work on blowing agents.The other invited speakers were:Mac Sheldon from DemilecDr. Mark Bomberg, a building scientist who taught JoeRick Duncan, PhD, PE, from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)Xuaco Pascual and Mary Bogdan from HoneywellPaul Duffy from Icynenelast_img read more

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