The Homebuyer View on Home Prices

first_img Share Save According to the latest data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, consumer home price change expectations remain at their lowest level. The March 2019 Survey of Consumer Expectations reveals that the median home price change expectations remained steady at 3.0 percent for the fourth consecutive month.The report also indicates consumer access to credit has increased, and consumers expect this increase to continue. The survey reveals that 19.2 percent of consumers, up from 19 percent month over month, though the average perceived probability of missing a minimum debt payment over the next three months increased 0.7 percentage points to 11.6 percent. The Survey notes that this is still below the 12-month trailing average of 12.0 percent.Despite the flat outlook from consumers, lenders optimism has gone up, according to the Q1 2019 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from Fannie Mae.”Lenders appear less pessimistic regarding mortgage demand expectations; thus their profit margin outlook over the next three months is also slightly improved,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “While the results seem to portray the gloomiest picture of purchase mortgage demand during the prior three months in the survey’s five-year history, the net share of lenders expecting rising demand over the next three months exceeded the level recorded in the same quarter last year. Lenders’ view of the refinance market was somewhat rosier, as both recent and expected demand improved to the best showing in two years, helping to support lenders’ improved profit margin outlook.”According to the survey, the net share of lenders reporting purchase loan demand growth across all loan types reached a survey low, but demand growth expectations for the next three months has improved. Meanwhile, the refinance mortgage demand saw a significant increase. The net share of lenders to report demand growth over the prior three months hit its highest number in two years. Lenders have also reported easing credit standards across all loan types The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Homebuyer View on Home Prices Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Jennifer Folk Joins Planet Home Lending Next: The Impact of Delinquent Property Taxes Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 12, 2019 1,104 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Prices Homebuyers Inflation sellers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home Prices Homebuyers Inflation sellers 2019-04-12 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / The Homebuyer View on Home Priceslast_img read more

Eleven Artists You Won’t Want To Miss At Night Lights 2017

first_imgThe Night Lights Music Festival started seven years ago as a two-day romp in the woods with friends and family. What began with less than 100 attendees, a dozen bands, one stage, and 10 hours of music spread over two days has now grown into a three-day event featuring over 30 bands over three stages and 36 hours of live music. This year, the event will return to The Heron, a music venue and organic farm in Sherman, NY, from August 24th through 26th. The woods surrounding the festival’s three stages are lit by a variety of LED installations, and the walk between the venue’s Main Stage and Café stages is truly an enchanted jaunt. The event continues to be owned operated by the same small group of friends that simply want to bring an end of the summer party to their friends.  Long time attendee Tom Sgrio explained, “I think it’s more of a homecoming festival. It’s really the close of the local season to me and it’s great. Like a big family reunion.”This year’s festival is anchored by a diverse line-up with a unique variety of music and tribute sets. It goes without saying that you won’t want to miss this year’s headliners space-rock masters Papadosio, who will be playing the event’s main stage, neatly centered under a huge patch of open night sky during the festival’s “Space Disco” theme night. Electronic, funk, rock fusion outfit Dopapod will be returning to Night Lights after playing the event in 2014. But beyond the headliners, here are eleven artists at Night Lights 2017 that you won’t want to miss this year!Aqueous In 2016, the Buffalo groove rockers Aqueous played 115 shows across the greater United States. Their hard work seems to be paying off, with 2017 seeing Aqueous support Umphrey’s McGee and Twiddle on tour, while maintaining their own jam-packed tour schedule, which included stops at Summer Camp, Peach Fest, and Disc Jam. 2017 will mark Aqueous’ fifth straight appearance on the festival’s line-up. The Heron is centrally located between Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA, two of the band’s proudest fan bases. With a high energy crowd and the band often digging deep into their catalog with unexpected breakouts, Night Lights is premiere time to experience the Aqueous Live Show. Brandon Barnhardt from Dansville, NY explained, “They play like they are comfortable. Like they are home.” Check out Aqueous in one of three sets including a special “AQoustic” on the venue’s cozy Café Stage. [Video: AqueousBand]Mihali SavoulidisUnless you live in the greater Burlington area, until recently, you really haven’t had the chance to see Twiddle frontman Mihali Savoulidis perform solo or with his side projects Gubbulidis or Mihali and Frends. Now, after a handful of solo dates already in 2017, Savoulidis will serve as the festival’s first-ever Artist at Large and showcase his skills over course of the weekend while working with a laundry list of former tour mates. Papadosio, Dopapod, Aqueous, Mister F, and Jimkata have all worked together over the past several years, setting up a plethora of weekend possibilities. The weekend’s Mihali and Frends (SIC) set will bring together some of Mihali’s favorite musical “frends” for a mix of Twiddle songs, covers, and improv jams. Each Mihali and Frends set is generally as varied as the musicians performing with him. Exactly who will be involved in the set is currently a well-guarded secret. The festival will make an announcement in the next few weeks. [Video: gort81]SunSquabiColorado live electronic trio SunSquabi is having a banner year in 2017. Their “Electronic Hydro Funk experience” has landed them on some major line-ups this summer including Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and High Sierra. They are quickly becoming one of the premier up-and-coming acts in the live electronic jam world. Their two debut EP’s Deluxe and Odyssey feature a variety of heavy hitters including GRiZ, Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Russ Liquid, Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), and Late Night Radio, proving that SunSquabi is respected by their peers along with their growing fan base. The band recently opened in support of Papadosio at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater this past May. [Video: SunSquabi]The Bright Light Social HourThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX. The four piece released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and, in March 2011, swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW,[6] with an unprecedented six awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The band doesn’t get to the Northeastern United States often, with a tour schedule that keeps them close to the Western United States, which makes The Bright Light Social Hour a must-see set at Night Lights. Check out why their complex musical structures, social commentary, tinges of Southern Rock, and high energy performances make them a hallmark of the competitive Austin music scene.[Video: The Bright Light Social Hour]MungionChicago four-piece, Mungion, is riding an incredible wave of buzz in 2017. Formed in 2015, Mungion is a young band with sheer technical skill. They combine elements of rock, jam, groove, and funk into live shows that are rich with musical storytelling. The band enjoyed several sold out shows with Spafford in Spring 2017 and continues to turn heads at several summer festivals. Based on Night Light’s history of bands producing creative, mind-bending sets, Mungion’s set this year is among the “be there” moments at this year’s festivals. [Video: Mungion Band]Mister F – The Game Genie SetThe Mister F “Game Genie” set at this year’s Night Lights Music Festival is a lifelong dream for Mister F keyboardist Scott Hannay. As a kid, Hannay taught himself to play by ear by hammering out 8-bit video game music on the family’s piano. Now, Hannay recreates some of his favorite bands including Twiddle, Dopapod, Aqueous, and lespecial into 8-bit tunes (check out his Soundcloud page.) The Albany four-piece will be weaving 8-bit video game classics amongst their own musical catalog. With the wide variety of 8-bit options, anything is possible as Mister F debuts this specialty set. Hannay wouldn’t give away the weekend’s pending secrets but did promise at least one or two sit-ins during their set.  Check out this clip of Mister F performing music from Super Mario Bros. 64 this past January at the Hollow in Albany. Boss Tweed and the CarpetbaggersNot much is known about the mysterious origins of this indescribable trio.  However, some local music fans swear that the masked musicians seem vaguely familiar. Wearing only Lucha Libre Wrestling masks and jorts, the band’s onstage antics feel part 13-year-old boy in the basement, part internet troll. No one knows what will happen during a Boss Tweed and the Carpetbaggers performance, not even the band themselves. But fans of the band will tell you once you see the Carpetbaggers, your entire life changes. The band doesn’t perform often. Jimmy Thompson of Falconer, NY, a die-hard Carpetbagger enthusiast, is planning on hyping the band’s set through Boss Tweed style tactics, noting “I plan on telling people what I know they want to hear, to lure them to the stage.  Once there, much like ‘Hotel California’, they will never be able to leave.”This video contains adult language and images.[Video: Nick Sonricker] Intrepid TravelersWestern New Yorkers are well in the know about the Intrepid Travelers. “IT” has only been together since 2013, but they already have been turning heads around the country. They have launched multiple full-length tours throughout the Northeast, Midwest and the Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Much like Aqueous, the band’s fanbase in WNY is strong, so catching a set at Night Lights will be packed with power and energy. Look for the Intrepid Travelers and their creative mix of funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock to make a strong showing on the festival scene over the next year. Fellow WNY musician Ellen Pieroni (Folkfaces) noted that the band’s appeal is their ever-changing repertoire. “I’ve never see the same show twice,” she said, “They might take you to church. Or they might take you to space. True improvisation by talented young musicians.”[Video: Intrepid Travelers]AircraftThere are only a handful of bands that have played the festival every year since the festival started in 2011. Buffalo-based psychedelic indie art-rock band Aircraft is one of them.  The band weaves spacy sounds and layered vocal harmonies with surf rock style hooks, combining into a finished sound that is uniquely Aircraft. Aircraft stays close to their roots, opting for smaller art-house venues and indie festivals, which makes them an unexpected continued tradition at Night Lights. You’ll leave the band’s set wondering why you don’t see this quirky four-piece at more festivals around the Northeast.[Video: Aircraft Band]Holy Hand GrenadeThis Brooklyn-based new music collective is “inspired by world-grooves and memorable melodies.” Holy Hand Grenade’s sultry mix of jazz, soul, hip hop, and funk is led by saxophonist and teaching artist Lynn Ligammari. Known for her versatility, Ligammari has played with a number of diverse artist at a variety of venues including the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Carnegie Hall, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent, The Newport Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival and Summerstage. [Video: Lynn Ligammari]Neon VeinsImagine your delusional but musically hip uncle combining rare cuts and booty-shaking favorites as you and your friends rage late night at your favorite music festival. Neon Veins aka Joe Urge aka Jorge the Impaler, a longtime mixologist (both beats and booze) is a name in WNY synonymous with a dance party. For the Night Lights Family, he’s literally the last thing you hear before packing up and going home to settle in for the fall and winter. Enjoy the late-night dance party as Neon Veins will literally keep it going until Sunday sunrise or until they cut off his supply of electricity. [Video: strawberryIsland Dweller]Night Lights 2017 is set to take place August 24-26 in Sherman, NY. Get tickets and more info here.last_img read more

Kroger: Batesville Store Is Not Relocating

first_imgAlthough rumors of Batesville’s Kroger store moving locations are in full swing, company officials say that is not the case.If you haven’t heard about it, some people say Kroger will move its store less than a mile up the road near Mall’s Corner in Batesville.A company spokesman at the corporate office said Tuesday that the change of location is frankly just hear-say.“We are perfectly happy where we are currently at,” the corporate official cited. The spokesman did hint that some potential remodeling may be made this year at the 1034 S.R. 229 location.Kroger has been at its current locale for a decade.last_img read more

Kohli set to receive Polly Umrigar award

first_imgNew Delhi, June 7: Following his phenomenal showing in the past two seasons, India skipper Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar award for the best international cricketer (2016-17 and 2017-18) at the BCCI Awards to be held in Bengaluru on Tuesday, the board announced on Thursday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Awards recognises and honours the top domestic and international cricketers across all age groups.While Kohli gets top honours in the men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be maiden recipients of the award for best international cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively.To honour one of its finest administrators, the BCCI has rechristened four awards in memory of former board President Jagmohan Dalmiya.The Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy will be presented to the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and to the Best Junior and Senior Cricketer in women’s cricket.The BCCI has also raised the prize money for nine categories by Rs 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs 1.5 lakh. IANSlast_img read more

SG Digital to help Oneida ride the New York sports betting wave

first_img Related Articles Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 SG Digital will power the Oneida Indian Nation’s three new sportsbooks in New York when sports wagering is officially authorized in the state. SBC caught up with Todd Saunders, Vice-President for Innovation at Oneida Nation Enterprises, and Steve Schrier, Chief Commercial Officer at SG Digital, to find out more…SBC: Great to catch up with you, Todd. First of all, why has the Oneida Indian Nation tribe chosen to launch its proposed sportsbook facilities in the Empire State under the Caesars brand?    Todd Saunders (Oneida Nation): If the Oneida Indian Nation is going to enter a market, we always set out to be the absolute best – everything from the quality of our facilities and level of guest service are evidence of that.We take the same care in choosing strategic partners, particularly with marketing alliances where the brand image and standards have to be consistent with our standards. Caesars is the gold standard, and we’re very excited to have formed this strategic alliance with a world-class organization.SBC: What was the key driving factor in choosing SG Digital as the sportsbook supplier?TS: We had recently converted our Casino Management System (CMS) to Scientific Games’ platform, which was a strategic business decision separate and apart from sportsbook operations. Scientific Game’s outstanding CMS system and functionality have allowed us to continue to improve our operations and provide excellent service and first-class gaming experience for our guests. The partnership we formed with Scientific Games, and the support and service we receive from them, made selecting SG Digital a natural progression for expanding on the industry-leading solution for sportsbook.SBC: What is the long-term strategy for these partnerships? Might this extend to the tribe’s other territories?TS: The partnerships already are expanding to all of our gaming operations as we look to develop sportsbooks at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino. If the Oneida Indian Nation expands gaming and sportsbook operations even further, it would likely be most efficient to leverage the systems and partnerships already in place.SBC: How does ‘The Lounge with Caesars Sports’ speak to customers in a better way than for example the Turning Stone sportsbook?TS: Turning Stone and the Oneida Indian Nation have established award-winning operations, and a very powerful brand. With that said, Caesars is a true iconic brand in gaming and hospitality, known around the world. It is the pinnacle of the industry, and a pioneer in gaming and sports betting.With its expertise in oddsmaking, and the visibility through Caesars’ Total Rewards loyalty program with nearly 60 million members, the brand association with Turning Stone elevates “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” in a powerful way, having a multiplier effect for the partnership.SBC: What would the tribe’s approach be if online and mobile sports betting was authorized in New York? Have you prepared for such an eventuality?TS: The Oneida Indian Nation is both prepared and excited by the prospects for mobile sports betting. We will be actively engaged in the process of developing a world-class sports betting platform, and hope to be among the first-to-market when it is authorized in New York.SBC: Thank you for joining us, Steve. Can you explain to us how SG Digital technology will help the tribe to deliver sports betting success?Steve Schrier (SG Digital): Our sportsbook product suite is a great fit for the Oneida Nation, and we think it will set a high bar for sports betting in the U.S. market. The AGA’s predictions put New York among the top states in terms of sports betting revenue upon legalization, and we have the technology and services to help Oneida ride the wave and even lead the region-instability and volume of bets placed. We also have our rich history of North American betting expertise, particularly through our Don Best managed trading services group. One of our most valuable tools is the modular nature of our platform. As a partner, Oneida is transparent and open about what their needs are, and we have listened to their requirements to propose the right sportsbook solutions to help them meet and even exceed their goals. It’s about being ready for channels as opportunities arise. The mobile offering can be one of the biggest market opportunities, and we’ll be working on making the most out of it for Oneida Nation. If online casinos open up, we will seek to provide them with a seamless, single wallet experience to offer their customers this product through cross-sell, too. With a full range of sports betting tools at their disposal, plus the combined expertise of Scientific Games and the Oneida Nation, we’re gearing up for a big win in New York.  SBC: Do you think in-venue sports betting will follow the Vegas model with a big focus on providing the right entertainment experience?SS: That’s definitely a large aspect of the vast sports betting landscape, and I think the idea of immersive entertainment is here to stay as the U.S. market gains more traction. The sports industry is one of the biggest cultural touchstones in the United States, and sports betting products will reflect that. We see sports betting as an extension of an already massive industry that will bring new bettors into the fold, while upping the game for seasoned punters. I think we’ll see wide-scale innovation ripple throughout the industry as operators and suppliers build relationships founded on the “newer, bigger, better, faster” mantra. As we build on the successful model that Vegas and other regulated markets have established, new technologies will continue to emerge and make sports betting an unparalleled experience. Ultimately, success will be reflective of the players’ engagement with the sports betting experience and that remains our primary focus.SBC: How can SG Digital find the right balance between OTC and self-service terminal betting in New York State?SS: We’ll work closely with Oneida to strike the perfect balance of betting methods. Player data and feedback will be crucial during this process; I say ‘process’ because it’ll be an ongoing project where we evaluate the information at hand and make decisions as a team with Oneida on how to tweak the experience to ensure it’s just right for every type of player. The U.S. market may be untrodden ground, but our track record of creating the world’s best betting experiences for players will help us, in partnership with Oneida, bring their sports betting offer to the next level.last_img read more

Fil-am guard Joshua Munzon top pick in 2019 PBA D-League draft

first_imgMunzon made a name for himself in the Asean Basketball League while playing for the Westports Malaysia Dragons. AMA selects Joshua Munzon as the top overall pick in the 2019 PBA D-League Draft.— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) January 15, 2019AMA Online Education on Tuesday selected Fil-American guard Joshua Munzon as the top overall pick in the 2019 PBA D-League Draft held at the PBA Office in Libis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Titans hope the 6-foot-4 Munzon will finally help turn their fortunes around after finishing at the bottom of the standings last season.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award James Harden’s season-high 57 carries undermanned Rockets past Grizzlies MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Marinerong Pilipino, meanwhile, made La Salle standout Santi Santillan as the second overall pick.Another UAAP star in Adamson’s Sean Manganti went to Che’lu Bar & Grill while National University slotman Troy Rike was taken by Wangs Basketball also in the first round.Aside from Manganti, Che’lu also picked University of the Philippines’ Juan Gomez Di Liaño and Far Eastern University’s Jasper Parker in the later rounds.After drafting Munzon, the Titans then, nabbed Kib Montalbo to begin the second round.“We’re happy because we got the players whom we targeted,” said AMA assistant coach Edwin Ancheta in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra A total of 153 players declared for the D-League Draft and 61 of them ended up getting chosen. The draft lasted for 20 rounds with Mark Andales being the last pick by Trinity University of Asia.The 2019 PBA D-League Season, which tips off on February 14, will feature a league record 20 teams, 15 of which are school-based.UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eagles and NCAA kings San Beda Red Lions are among the participating squads.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site

first_imgGardai are investigating the cause of a fire at a derelict council site in Letterkenny.The fire brigade attended the scene of the blaze at Pearse Road in the early hours of Sunday morning around 3.30am.THere was damage to the yard but nobody was injured as a result fo the blaze. Gardai in Letterkenny have appealed for anybody with information on the blaze to contact them.Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site was last modified: October 14th, 2019 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) Tags:blazecouncilfireletterkennyyardlast_img read more

Choosing and Installing Windows in the ProHOME

first_imgWith the window plumb, square, and centered, the outside guys draw lines along the two side flanges so the window can be quickly reoriented after the sealant is applied. The inside guy tilts the window out about 8 inches at the top — enough for one of the outside guys to run a 3/8-inch bead of TiteBond Ultimate MP sealant along the top and sides of the window buck.The other outside guy keeps a hand on the window as a backup to the inside guy. The bottom flange is not sealed so any water collected in the sloped sill pan can drain outward. Paying for a solar arrayThe ProHOME is not a Passive House, so it wasn’t necessary to keep the heating load below a particular threshold. Instead, the goal is to create a pretty good thermal envelope and limit air infiltration to between 1.0 and 1.5 ach50. The significant savings from foregoing triple-pane windows can be used on a photovoltaic array. Accordingly, the windows are double-pane Marvin Integrity units, which have a fiberglass frame and will stand up to the coastal weather in Rhode Island.Maines still contends, however, there is a comfort argument for triple-pane windows that may sway the opinions of some clients, as the surface temperature of the interior glass can be significantly warmer than that in double-pane windows in the winter. A cold window surface chills occupants sitting near it even if the ambient air temperature at the thermostat is in the 70s. When the window is tilted back into the rough opening, the flanges are realigned to the lines and then screwed off. We used 1 1/4-inch galvanized pan head screws instead of the 2-inch roofing nails that the instructions call for. Screws go in faster than the nails, and there’s less risk a poorly aimed hammer whack will damage a window frame. Since we are fastening directly to the 2×3 window bucks, I’m not concerned that the screws don’t penetrate as deeply as the nails would. Windows and doors are unique in that they are an important aesthetic component of the house and also a critical part of the building envelope. And, as part of the envelope, they uniquely affect energy consumption through their insulating properties and their ability to add heat to a home through solar heat gain.Let’s tackle the performance issues first. Designer Michael Maines started with a combination of fixed, casement, and awning windows to maximize energy performance. For operating windows, the hinged action of casement and awning windows closing onto the weatherstripping seals better than double-hungs, where the weatherstripping between the upper and lower sashes slides past each other at the check rail. Preventing small amounts of air leaking through the window assembly pays dividends when we get to the mechanical systems and for the comfort of anyone sitting near a window.In a high-performance house, the choice between double-pane and triple-pane windows is fraught. Builders and designers typically have strong opinions on the subject. They fall either into the camp of using the highest-performing windows they can find, or the camp of using high-quality double-pane windows and directing the saved money elsewhere. Maines leans heavily toward the first camp. Mike Guertin, the builder, is firmly in the second camp.The price differential between double-pane and triple-pane windows for the ProHOME project was roughly $7,500. Using BEopt (the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s free Building Energy Optimization modeling software package), Maines found the triple-pane windows saved about $32 a year at current electric rates. (It’s an all-electric house.)Whether you evaluate increased spending on performance from a break-even or return-on-investment standpoint, the numbers aren’t going to work out at any point during the life cycle of the windows. With the window plumb, square, and centered, the outside guy draws lines along the side flanges so the window can be set correctly when the sealant is applied. Careful installation is keyThe Warwick CTC students spent about a week installing windows for a couple hours a day. The process started with Bruce flashing the window bucks back to the Zip wall sheathing and then the students installing the sill pan flashing and rough-opening jamb flashing. The window installation is just as meticulous.We worked in three-person teams, with one inside person who passed the unit out, centered the window and then shimmed it level under the direction of the two outside workers. The outside guys checked the windows for plumb, applied sealant along the sides and top, bedded the flanges into the sealant, and then screwed the unit to the bucks. It took 30 to 45 minutes to install and flash each Integrity window properly. This is in addition to the rough opening preparation we did earlier.After the window is centered in the rough opening, the outside crew checks for plumb and square.First the window is centered in the rough opening by the inside guy. Then the outside guys check for plumb and square. They instruct the inside guy to lift and shim if necessary. Very few windows needed any shimming, as it turned out. Editor’s note: This post originally was published as part of the ProHOME series at Fine Homebuilding magazine. Sean Groom, a former editor at FHB, leads it off with a discussion of how these windows were chosen, and FHB editorial advisor and builder Mike Guertin picks it up with instructions on how to install the windows correctly. When the window is tilted back into the opening, flanges are lined up with the pencil marks. The four corners of the window flanges on the Integrity windows require a sealing patch. This is in addition to the backflashing step we took when preparing the windows for installation.The adhesive foam pieces have to seal to the window frame and over the open corner of the flanges. We pressed the patch pieces in place with a mini flat bar to ensure good adhesion in the cold temperatures — low 40s / upper 30s.Each corner of the window flange needs a foam sealing patch.In addition, a strip of housewrap is taped over the face of the flange. It helps deflect any wind-driven rain that enters in the joint between the trim.ProtectoWrap’s SuperStick window flashing tape seals the window to the flashing tape applied between the Zip wall sheathing and onto the face of the window bucks. Integrity flanges are mechanically attached to the frame of the window, so the flashing tape must be bonded to the side of the window jamb by 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch.The head flashing tape Bruce installed weeks earlier when he applied the Zip tape around the window bucks still had a strip of release paper along the bottom edge. We removed the release paper and folded the head flap down over the top flange and window frame.For more, use this link to see a short video with Mike Guertin on how windows should be installed in a high-performance building.last_img read more

18 days agoMan City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitution

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitutionby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker was forced off at half-time against Wolves due to injury.The defender was substituted for Aleks Zinchenko during the interval of the 2-0 defeat.”Kyle could not continue in the second half,” he said.”The first half all the dangerous situations we created were from Joao. On the left side he was the most brilliant player on the team.”Kyle had an infection in his stomach. He didn’t train so well, he lost a lot of weight and he made an incredible effort to play because we needed fast players with the problems we had backwards because we knew we needed to make the build up with three in the back and not four. But at half-time he said he didn’t feel good so we make the change.” last_img read more

Big 12 Getting Crushed For Reportedly Considering Splitting Football Into 2 Divisions

first_imgBig 12 expansion fpiBig 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, [email protected] axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.last_img read more