1 Nathaniel Clyne is expected to seal a £12.5million switch to Liverpool on Monday.The England full-back has already agreed personal terms with the Reds and will undergo a medical on Merseyside before putting the finishing touches to the move.Liverpool had their offer for the 24-year-old accepted by Southampton last week but have been forced to wait until Clyne returned from holiday to secure his signature.He will become Liverpool’s sixth summer signing following deals for Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez.The deal for Clyne ends Brendan Rodgers’ search for a right-back to replace Glen Johnson, who left Anfield at the end of last season following the expiry of his contract.Clyne has made more than 100 appearances for Southampton after arriving from Crystal Palace in 2012.The Saints had been keen to keep hold of the right-back, capped five times by England, but reluctantly decided to sell after he refused their offer of a new contract. Nathaniel Clyne
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“How can I phrase this? We’re going to have some interesting cast changes,” she hinted. “It’s sweeps.” When Kathryn made her first appearance on the show, she was just a crabby neighbor who locked horns with Lynette (Felicity Huffman). It was to be a one-shot deal but she was quickly made a recurring character and later won an Emmy for her performance. “I’ve been very lucky,” she said. It looked like her days on the show might be numbered last season when it was discovered that Mrs. McKlusky had been keeping her dead husband stored in a freezer. Turns out she didn’t kill him, but didn’t report his death because she didn’t want to lose his pension checks. “You notice I only spent one night in jail,” Kathryn said, letting out a laugh. If ever there was a scene-stealer, it’s Kathryn Joosten, who plays the wisecracking Mrs. McKlusky on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” When I bumped into her at a Television Academy event recently, I just blurted out: “You’re so funny! I love you on that show!” Without skipping a beat, she replied: “I love me on that show!” Kathryn wouldn’t offer details but she says Sunday’s episode of “Housewives,” when Wisteria Lane is hit with a tornado, will be a doozy. Kathryn was in her early 40s and a recent divorcee with two kids when she became a professional actress 22 years ago. After some theater work in Chicago, she got her first full-time gig as a performer at Disney World, then went to Hollywood to find work in TV. She landed guest spots right away then hit pay dirt in 1999 when she was cast as Mrs. Landingham, secretary to the president of the United States (Martin Sheen), on “The West Wing.” “It’s overnight success!” she said. “I enjoy it so much. I get a kick out of it. I got nothing to lose now. I got my pension so anything that happens is just golden.” Britney goes Target shopping It’s been awhile since you’ve been “treated” to an installment of “As Britney’s World Turns,” the ongoing saga of Britney Spears. It seems that our damsel of a mess was a busy girl Wednesday night and everywhere she went, chaos ensued. First stop: A Barnes & Noble store. No, not to buy a book, but something from the Starbucks inside the bookstore. TMZ.com reports that paparazzi were jumping out at every turn as she weaved through aisles of books. Britney apparently hid in a bathroom until her order was ready. Guess she got shy, suddenly. It took eight LAPD officers to escort her to her car. Then it was on to a Target store where she caused a big scene by going in to buy a poinsettia plant and tried to sneak out the back to evade the cameras. How’s this: Ya wanna evade cameras? Stay home. For more celebrity news, go to blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe and blogs.dailynews.com/outinhollywood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal has come out on top as Ireland’s leading county for business networking.More than 1,200 Irish businesses who are members of the world’s largest business networking group, Business Networking International (BNI) are celebrating the generation of €43.6 million worth of business in 2012, marking an increase of more than 9% on business generated in 2011. And the Donegal chapter of the Irish group is celebrating after it was named the top business networking group in both Ireland and the UK.Members of BNI in Ireland benefit from a unique referral system which is similar to having dozens of sales people working as part of a their team. It is this “word of mouth marketing” that has enabled Irish members to generate almost €150 million worth of new business since 2009.Donegal’s Stronghold Chapter came out on top with the most referrals among its 47 members on a weekly basis. This puts the Donegal Chapter who meet each week in Lough Eske Castle ahead of over 600 groups and 15,000 members in both countries.Speaking of the group’s success, Aidan McHugh, Stronghold Chapter Director said, “We are thrilled to be announced as the top performing Chapter in the UK and Ireland. This is a huge achievement for us given the fact that there are over 600 groups in Ireland and the UK. However, each of our members work extremely hard to identify business opportunities for one another and it is this dedication which has brought us to this point.” BNI Ireland South and West which incorporates chapters predominantly along the western seaboard support over 3,000 jobs among its members and expect numbers to grow this year.Speaking of Ireland’s success, Sandra Hart, Executive Director of BNI Ireland South & West said, “Ireland has always been a nation of networkers and these figures prove this. Our members span a range of sectors from health to finance, trades and corporate services, proving that networking works for every business regardless of where you are based. There is still business to be won and done in Ireland and our members are testament to this. I believe the more companies which network effectively together, the stronger our local and national economy will become.”She continued, “The Stronghold Chapter is testament that you do not need to live in a big city to generate lots of business. By having dedicated support around you anything is achievable. BNI is about building relationships and trust with like minded business people to grow your business and we look forward in aiding this drive in 2013.” DONEGAL IS BEST BUSINESS NETWORKING COUNTY IN IRELAND was last modified: February 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)
DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy was on hand today to help open a student bank for students at Coláiste Ailigh.The bank is being run by the transition year students in conjunction with Banc na hÉireann. PICTURE SPECIAL: MICHAEL MURPHY OPENS COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT BANK was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Bank of IrelandColaiste AilighMichael Murphystudent bank
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street recovered from an earlier plunge to finish narrowly mixed Thursday as investors attempted to rally from a week of losses fueled by concerns that higher interest rates will strain the global economy. Persistent inflation and rate worries pushed stocks substantially lower during the session, with the Dow Jones industrials dropping more than 173 points at midday. But bargain hunters entered the market late in the day and took advantage of relatively cheap stock prices. The market’s comeback helped draw attention from rate increases by the European Central Bank, South Korea and India. This week’s signals that the Federal Reserve would sacrifice economic growth to keep boosting rates and stem inflation saddled U.S. stocks and led steep declines in markets worldwide. “The heavy trading volume today was a good indication that we were nearing the end of this decline,” said Peter Cardillo, chief strategist at S.W. Bach & Co. “I think the market is probably going to begin to stabilize over the next couple of days.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Oil prices dipped after the death of Iraq’s main terrorist leader, and the U.S. dollar gained ground against the Japanese yen. However, investors were kept on edge by an inversion of short- and long-term bond yields. At the close, the Dow rose 7.92, or 0.07 percent, to 10,938.82. The Dow lost almost 330 points from last Friday through Wednesday. Broader stock indicators recouped earlier losses and ended mixed. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 1.78, or 0.14 percent, to 1,257.93, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 6.48, or 0.3 percent, to 2,145.32. A jittery bond market added to Wall Street’s uncertainty as short-term yields overtook long-term rates for the first time since March, a sign of weakening confidence in holding long-term debt. The lack of economic news this week left investors with virtually no direction on the economy and whether the Fed will prolong its program of rate hikes at its June 28-29 policy meeting.
Getting plants for free – with Horticulturist Gareth Austin:There are two ways a plant can propagate, Sexually and Asexually. Sexually is where pollination has occurred and Asexually is where the plant propagates from vegetative means.Vegetative is where you grow a new plant from part of the plant, as opposed to Sexual propagation where seeds are sown/dispersed. Some plants naturally propagate through vegetative means, if you think of Strawberry plants producing the wee runners (Remember the previous Its Your Duty to be Fruity feature) or Gladiola through corms or the way Blackberries root when the tips of the stems arch over and touch the ground.In Horticulture we can perform vegetative propagation through various means, Division, Stem Cuttings, Layering, Root Cuttings and Grafting. Stem Cuttings are perhaps the most common method used for vegetative production, this is largely due to the fact that you can take different types of cuttings at different times of the year- Softwood, Greenwood, Semi-Ripe, Hardwood, (these correspond to the time of year from Summer to Winter). Now is softwood season as there is lots of fresh growth coming on plants, and I’ll be demonstrating this technique regularly on Saturday at the Kees Garden Centre Plant Fair on Saturday in Laghey.There are plus sides to this type of propagation: Cheap, can produce established plants quicker than seeds, offspring are exact clones of parent. And there are down sides: You’ll need access to the parent plant, there is a degree of skill involved, virus & disease can be spread, lack of genetic diversity. The process of taking any type of cutting is roughly the same, just tweaked a bit for the time of year. For softwood cuttings you’ll need a plastic bag, compost, perlite, hormone rooting powder, sharp knife/secretors, label & pencil.Step 1: Potting mix.Prepare a mix of Perlite and Multi-Purpose Compost. 30/70 and fill some small pots, firming the compost into the pot and water the compost. The perlite is a semi-specialised ingredient which encourages air flow in the potting mix, and helps to retain heat, thus giving you a better rooted cutting. Step 2: Identifying plantSuccess rates from cuttings taken at different times of the year vary from plant to plant, so experience will tell you what works best for the plants in your garden, but also a great book such as the ‘RHS Propagating Plants’ is a must have for any gardener. However, largely what I do is take some at different times of year and see what roots best/quicket/fastest and then follow that each time I want to produce more plants. It’s important that the identified ‘stock’ plant is free from diseases, virus, pests and other undesirable.Step 3: Gathering the materialThere are a few simple steps to follow here: Gather your material early in the morning – these will have a better success rate than material gathered during the middle of the day. You’re looking to gather shoots from whatever plant that don’t have any flowers on them, these will root quicker ad they are in the first stage of growth (the second being the flowering stage)The size of the cutting you’re looking to take is around 4-5” – try to remove this from above a leaf join or node, this ensures the parent plant isn’t left with awkward wee stems which will die back and not only look unsightly but can also bring disease to the plant and put them straight into the plastic bag and hold the bag closed (this stops the cutting from dehydrating ). Step 4: Striking the softwood cuttingYou need to be quick with this stage, when the softwood cuttings are taken from the bag and placed on the bench they’ll be loosing vitality every second!. Follow these steps: using a sharp knife or secretors take a fresh cut below a node or leaf join – the cutting could be 2-4” long (depending on the type of plant etc, but longer than this and the chance of success decreases with softwood cuttings), after you’ve taken a fresh cut below the node remove the lower leaves, pinch out the centre growing-tip of the cutting and dip the base of the cutting into Hormone Rooting Powder.What is hormone rooting powder?Hormone rooting powder is a synthetic hormone which helps to prevent the wound at the bottom of the cutting from healing (if you cut your finger it will coagulate and stop bleeding, same process in a plant), rooting powders contain the hormone auxins, these hormones are naturally found in plants, but in many plants may be found in very low concentrations. These Auxins stimulate the initiation of roots and the growth of lateral roots and causes root cells to grow longer. But they only work if the end of the cutting is dipped in before it starts to heal over.Step 5: Potting the cuttingsAfter you’ve done enough make a small hole in the compost (with a pencil) around the rim of the pot and place the cutting into the potting mix and lightly firm in with the pencil. Repeat this until the pot is filled with cuttings. Water and then place a plastic bag over the top of the pot, secure with a string or elastic band and then place the cutting somewhere warm and out of direct sunlight- under the bench in the greenhouse or polytunnel is ideal, better still if you can provide some bottom heat to the cuttings, so in a propagator below the bench is better still.What’s the point in the bag?The bag stops the cutting from transpiring or sweating to death. The cutting would otherwise keeps sweating and will dry off as there’s no roots to bring more water to the mother ship. Regularly inspect the bag and remove any dead/diseased/dying material as and when it appears.Remove the bag once there is fresh signs of growth on your cuttings, this can be 3-12 weeks depending on plants used. Pot the cuttings on into individual pots and grow on. A success rate of 50% could be considered good, but some plants will give you 100%.Can I not root the cuttings in water?Yeah, but no. Cuttings can generally root in water quite easily, but these roots are different roots compared to the ones which will form in the perlite/compost mixture and if you were to take cuttings in the two methods, one in water and one as described above the method which will produce a better quality plant, easier and quicker is the method outlined here and not the water method.I’ve described the use of rooting powder as being somewhat essential to taking cuttings and largely it is very beneficial to use, however too much rooting powder on the cutting and it can do more harm than good. For example, when you dip your cutting in the rooting powder a tiny wee amount is needed, and any excess should be knocked off the stem. If you put too much on the stem the lower part of the cutting can go black and the cutting may root above this black end . Little is more when it comes to rooting powder.Home made rooting agents:In a previous post we discussed home-made potions that are useful in the garden, well here we have something easily made which can be great for taking cuttings. The auxin hormone contained in rotting powder is indolebutyric acid, and this can be found in willow in high concentrations, to make a rooting dip take some willow stems, chop them up and leave them soaking in water for few weeks, and use this as a ‘dip’ for any type of cutting, in place of the rooting powder.And Voila! Free plants….Again thanks to everyone who’s spoken to me about the regular Donegal & Derry Daily feature piece, and to those who came along to the Caw Nelson Community Growing Space, Oakfield Park and the Frosses Fair Day last weekend. I love chatting plants, Horticulture and all things green.This weekend I’ll be at the Robert Kee Garden Centre Plant Fair in Laghey all day Saturday, performing talks and demonstrations on key gardening jobs throughout the day. This super free event kicks off from 10.30, so come along and say Hi! See here for moreNext Week…Roses from planting to pruning and everything in between….Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARETH AUSTIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: HOW TO GET PLANTS FOR FREE was last modified: June 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columnGardeningGareth Austinnews
Helen Suzman participated in dairy brandClover’s Spread the Love campaignin 2008. (Image: Spread the Love) Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman andfounder Mendel Kaplan at the officialopening of the South African JewishMuseum in December 2000.(Image: South African Jewish Museum) Suzman beside a portrait of herself.(Image: Ilan Ossendryver, Jewish Web SA)Janine ErasmusHelen Suzman, South Africa’s best known female politician and a vigorous anti-apartheid campaigner who was not afraid to stand alone against the government of the time, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 91. According to her family, Suzman passed away peacefully at her home on New Year’s Day, after a short illness.Suzman fought with courage and spirit against the injustices of the previous regime and earned deep respect and regard from the international community. A two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Suzman was a member of Parliament for 36 years. She spent 13 of those years as the lone representative of the Progressive Party, opposing the ruling National Party at every turn and speaking out for those who were denied a voice.“Suzman was my mentor,” said Helen Zille, mayor of Cape Town and current opposition leader, recently voted the world’s top mayor. “She was opposed to the abuse of power by the old apartheid government, but she was also opposed to the current abuse of power by the current ANC government.” Zille heads the Democratic Alliance, which traces its roots back to Suzman’s Progressive Party.Avrom Krengel, chair of the South African Zionist Federation, said in a statement, “We will miss her sorely. Her equal will not pass this way again soon.”“She was indomitable, a powerhouse against apartheid,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, adding that South Africa was poorer without her, and that the country owed her an enormous debt.President Kgalema Motlanthe described Suzman as one of the few remaining voices of reason in the darkest days of South Africa’s history.The Helen Suzman Foundation, established in her honour to promote liberal democratic values and human rights, paid tribute to its patron-in-chief, saying, “Whilst we mourn Helen’s passing we simultaneously celebrate … the essence of a remarkable woman whose spirit touched those she encountered, as much as her vigour and clear unambiguous sense of right and wrong inspired them.”Suzman is survived by two daughters.Justice and fairnessSuzman was born Helen Gavronsky in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, in 1917. Her parents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and, thanks to her father’s business skills, she and her sister grew up in a comfortable home and were able to attend Parktown Convent in Johannesburg, a top private school. She matriculated in 1933.After dropping out of studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, she married in 1937 and then tackled her studies with renewed vigour, graduating with a degree in economics. She later became a lecturer in economic history at her alma mater, a post that she held until 1952 when she took the first steps into what was to be an illustrious career in politics.Suzman’s Jewish upbringing instilled into her a deep sense of justice and fairness and the government’s controversial policies increasingly drew her attention. As a member of the mildly liberal United Party, South Africa’s ruling party from 1934 to 1948, she won a nomination to Parliament in 1953, representing the largely Jewish constituency of Houghton in Johannesburg.The United Party, under the leadership of General Jan Smuts, had lost the 1948 election to the more right-wing National Party, which was steadily growing in strength. The United Party opposed apartheid but based its policies on continuing white control, which meant that it could never pose a serious threat to the National Party.Because of this failure to commit to a definite policy on racism, dissatisfaction grew amongst the ranks of the United Party and in 1959 a breakaway group of politicians, Suzman among them, formed the more liberal Progressive Party. The agenda of the new party was simply equal rights for all South Africans, although until 1978 it qualified its stance with certain educational and property criteria. In 1977 it became the Progressive Federal Party.Suzman was the only member of the Progressive Party to survive the election of 1961, and from this time until 1974 she stood alone in Parliament against the rampant discrimination and abuse of power that was tearing South Africa apart.During these years she never let up for an instant, regularly confronting no less than three powerful apartheid Afrikaans prime ministers – HF Verwoerd, BJ Vorster and PW Botha. She fought with commitment for those affected by the apartheid system, building up a strong support base in her constituency, which ultimately extended far beyond the boundaries of Houghton.And as an English-speaking Jewish woman standing up to conservative Afrikaans men in the House, she also worked for gender equality, a cause to which she consistently dedicated herself.Death threats and intimidation did not deter her, and although her phones at home and work were tapped, she took great pleasure in damaging the ears of those listening in with a loud and high-pitched whistle right into the mouthpiece.A fearless patriotSuzman took up a number of other issues, including forced removals, police abuse of power, the abolition of capital punishment, and the treatment of imprisoned activists.She visited the notorious maximum security prison on Robben Island a number of times to inspect the situation there, with the result that conditions for the inmates did improve. Because of her relentless efforts the prison authorities finally allowed political prisoners not only to receive books but also to enrol in correspondence courses of their choosing.The South African Women for Women organisation, awarding Suzman its Ubuntu Award in 2001, stated in the citation that “by securing for political prisoners the right to books and study materials, she gave them the tools of sanity and humanity”.Former president Nelson Mandela was one of those with whom she spent time during these visits, and the two remained friends ever since their first meeting in 1967.In his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, written in collaboration with Time managing editor Richard Stengel, Mandela wrote, “She made an inspection of our cells, and talked a bit with some of the other men. It was an odd and wonderful sight to see this courageous woman peering into our cells and strolling around our courtyard. She was the first and only woman ever to grace our cells.”Suzman was not afraid to make herself unpopular, even among those she represented, as long as she felt she was doing the right thing. When sanctions against South Africa were proposed during the 1980s Suzman argued against them, saying that they would harm not only ordinary black South Africans but also neighbouring countries.“I don’t see how wrecking the economy of the country will ensure a more stable and just society,” she said to a group of protesters in New York in 1986.After 36 years in Parliament, Suzman retired in 1989 but continued a life in the public eye as president of the South African Institute of Race Relations between 1991 and 1993. She was a member of the Independent Electoral Commission, the organisation that held the reins of South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, and a member of the Human Rights Commission from 1995 to 1998.She was an avid golfer and held memberships of several golf clubs including Wanderers and Houghton. She also reportedly enjoyed fly fishing, bridge, and swimming.Numerous honoursSuzman has been praised by governments and institutions the world over and has received 28 honorary doctorates from the universities of Toronto, Glasgow, Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia, Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand, among others. Her academic roots were acknowledged with an honorary fellowship from the London School of Economics.She was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and garnered a number of other accolades such as the United Nations’ Human Rights Award in 1978 and the Order of Meritorious Service in Gold in 1997, bestowed on her by then-President Mandela.Zimbabwe’s contentious president Robert Mugabe declared her an “enemy of the state” in 2001, which pleased her immensely. In 1989 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame of the British Empire.Five years ago her old school, now known as the Holy Family College, honoured her with a rose garden. A granite plaque reads, “This garden honours her lifelong struggle for justice and human rights for all South Africans.” The Helen Suzman Rose, also known as Foxy Lady, grows in her garden. The flower is pink and dainty and was personally selected by Suzman because of her own petite stature.Suzman published her autobiography, In No Uncertain Terms: A South African Memoir, in 1993, with the foreword written by Nelson Mandela.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related articlesSouth Africa’s political parties Social development in South Africa South Africa’s inspirations Mandela: a remarkable 90 years Useful linksHelen Suzman FoundationHelen Suzman Foundation – Facebook pageClover – Spread the Love – Helen SuzmanJewish Web South AfricaSouth African Women for WomenHoly Family College (formerly Parktown Convent)Nelson Mandela Foundation
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Extra windows for the master bedroom versus overheating?The architect had originally planned for two windows in the master bedroom, having determined the right amount of south-facing window area needed to heat the upstairs while avoiding overheating. But I argued that overheating in the bedroom was less of a concern for me than to have a wide-open view, a more open bedroom, and more of a connection to the outdoors.A midday nap in a warm bedroom on a sunny day doesn’t sound that bad to me, anyway. I don’t tend to use the bedroom during the day, though, so I think we’ll be OK even if overheating is an issue. March 15, 2014: First floor framingDon, the carpenter, was able to get a bunch of work done early in the week before the weather turned cold and stormy. He’s basically got most of the first floor framing done. Beams and joistsStarting with the ceiling over the kitchen, a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beam provides support for the horizontal 2x8s, called joists, onto which the second-floor subflooring will be placed. Double joists for the bathroomThe image above shows the double joists underneath the bathroom. See how the joists look thicker: there are two of them. If the bathtub is full of water, you’ve installed tile everywhere, and ten people are crowded inside to see how nice it looks, you want extra support under the bathroom. Also, bathrooms tend to have pipes under the floor, requiring holes through the joists, which can compromise the strength of a single joist. RELATED ARTICLES The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstCold Weather Slows Progress at the Potwine PassivhausPlacing Concrete for a Passivhaus Foundation Some north-facing windows are OKAs a compromise, we increased the size of the north-facing window over the stairs and added a west-facing window at the landing, but kept our adherence to the Passivhaus standard. Our Kneer-SÃ¼dfenster windows are so good that these changes didn’t incur much of a heat demand penalty anyway. Here’s a look at the same perspective as above, but with the shelving removed, leaving a direct line of sight to the rear window.What do you think? Why sacrifice the heat loss through a large northern window and yet not take full advantage of the view out that window? He said he had help for one day, but I’m impressed. The second floor subflooring is in place and you can see the boards for the second floor walls up on the roof. I forgot to ask how they got up there, but I’m guessing they used the excavator. I took some pictures earlier in the week as everything came together — it’s neat to see how the frame is set up. More storage or more views?The built-in shelving is one aspect that I’m still on the fence about. On the one hand, storage space is limited and I’d like to use the space at the top of the stairs effectively.On the other hand, the shelving is blocking the view to the north window from the landing and the study, and might be closing off the top of the stairs awkwardly. The compromise that the builder and I came up with is to wait until the second floor and the walls are up, then have a look around and see if we can come to a decision. Double doors at the top of the stairs and a windowI love the feeling of walking into a well-designed home for the first time. Your viewpoint is obstructed by something — maybe stairs or walls — then, bam! You see straight ahead into an interesting space, wide open and well-lit. It’s a great feeling: emerging from a tight space to observe a striking view. Joist hangersAnother way to support the joists is to use metal joist hangers, shown at left. This is right over the stairs. They don’t look that sturdy, but I guess they do the trick. The image at left is looking down the hallway back toward the landing and the west-facing window. Notice how the washer/dryer stack is flush with the wall — no doors or a separate laundry room to needlessly take up space.The bathroom is off to the right. Both the washer and the shower are fed hot water from a single on-demand water heat located in the utility closet on the first floor, right beneath the hallway. The close proximity of the water heater, the washer, and the shower helps reduce the length of the hot water pipes, giving instant hot water and reducing wasted heat.I also love the fact that the west-facing window at the end of the hallway will let afternoon light percolate deep into the hallway. It’ll be a great spot to watch the sunset. In the summer, however, there will be a cooling load penalty: the afternoon sunlight will warm up the home somewhat. I think the window adds so much to the hallway, however, that I’m willing to use a little more energy in the summer to cool the home. Interior framing first, then exterior walls will go upLast time I talked about SIP walls — prefabricated walls panels. So now why is the carpenter putting up walls the old-fashioned way? Let me explain. March 22, 2014: First floor framingDon, the carpenter, got a lot of work done this week. Looking from the front door, you can see how the LVL beam spans the width of the kitchen. Off in the distance, by the way, is Mount Norwottuck, directly accessible from the trail across the street. The diagonal braces are there for stability — they’re temporary. As they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the fourth blog in a planned series. Much like the first floor layout, GO Logic provided fantastic off-the-shelf floor plans, but I couldn’t help but to shift a couple of things around. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House. An open feeling in a small bedroomA couple of neat tricks help make the bedrooms more feel spacious even through they are tiny (the master bedroom is only 136 square feet while the typical American master bedroom is 256 square feet).First, vaulted ceilings provide extra space overhead and also look cool.Second, the closet doors were removed in favor of an open closet with a closet system.Third, the position of the door to the third bedroom across the hall allows you to peer across the full width of the home when sitting in the reading chair (the viewpoint from which the above image was drawn).The walls on the second floor are going up this week, so it won’t be long until we get to see how it all comes together! March 23, 2014: Floor plan discussionIn a previous post, we talked about how the design of the first floor layout helps make the home feel bigger than it really is. The upstairs is a different story — we need to fit three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a washer/dryer into a small space. There’s no way to open everything up: it’s going to feel tight no matter what. The question is whether we can arrange everything to use space efficiently while keeping the floor plan as open as possible. Small washer/dryers save a lot of spaceGo to Best Buy or Home Depot and look at the washer-dryers; they’re enormous! How am I going to find a place for these behemoths? Luckily, the Europeans came to the rescue, once again.The photo at left shows a Miele washer/dryer combination. They’re compact, efficient, yet accommodate a surprising volume of laundry — and they look neat. They can fit right into a hallway without taking up too much space. The downside is that they are unbelievably expensive. I ultimately decided it was worth it. The architect has designed the walls to consist of two components: the exterior walls, which are the SIP walls, and the interior walls, which are constructed onsite with 2×6 lumber. The interior walls will contain extra insulation and provide a frame onto which the SIPs can be attached. The first-floor walls will hold up the second floor.Once the first and second floor framing is complete — probably in 2 to 3 weeks — the SIPs will be installed with a crane and attached to the interior walls. The image at the left shows the stairway landing, as seen from the study. The west-facing window (on the left wall) will be a great spot for wildlife viewing and watching the sunset while also serving to illuminate the hallway. The north-facing window over the stairs is sufficiently large to provide a nice view from the landing. Window headerAnother LVL beam is placed over the large windows in the dining room, to keep pressure off the windows — you don’t want them to buckle over time and lose their seal. Floor joist blockingThe short lengths of 2×8 lumber running perpendicular to the joists are called blocking. They prevent the joists from twisting, and serve to even out the floor load and to provide something solid to nail the upstairs wall into. Staggering the blocking allows you to nail straight through the joists into the blocking. Subfloor is doneBy Tuesday, most of the joists were in place and Don was getting started on the subflooring, which consists of OSB panels. By Friday, he was all done. I wanted to go for a similar feeling with the stairway, in a much more modest way. The image at left gives the perspective as you walk up the staircase and look straight ahead toward the study. We added double doors to the study entrance so that the top of the staircase would feel expansive, with an unobstructed view out the window in the background. The small landing at the top of the stairs functions as an extension of the study rather than a closed-off space.The view north overlooks an apple orchard, marshland, great blue herons, egrets, hawks, beavers and more — it’s awesome. The property is a rare treasure for its proximity to wetland, conservation land, and hiking trails. But north-facing windows are heat losers, with no solar gain, and should be minimized in a Passivhaus. Should I sacrifice the Passivhaus design principles in order take full advantage of the surrounding views of wildlife and conservation land?Looking out over the property, the architect, Matt O’Malia, turned to me and said, “You know, we don’t have to build a Passivhaus. We can face north. It will be a house that performs well, but doesn’t meet the Passivhaus standard.” I thought about it for a bit. In the end, I couldn’t give up two things: the bragging rights of a Passivhaus and the wonderful feeling of having abundant sunlight streaming in. Why two walls?The hybrid interior-exterior wall design seems to have a number of advantages. First, the interior wall increases the total wall thickness, boosting the R-value significantly. I’m assuming that it would be tremendously difficult and expensive to fabricate and install a wall panel that was 14 inches thick — the total thickness of both walls.Second, the interior wall will accommodate plumbing, wires, outlets and light switches, so that the integrity of the SIPs can remain intact without needing to drill channels through the foam insulation.Third, the exterior wall provides a continuous layer of insulation while being much easier to seal than a normal stud wall.