Area Basketball Scores (11-30)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (11-30)Boys ScoresGreensburg  63     Batesville  53East Central  75     Milan  61Jac-Cen-Del  67     South Dearborn  66South Ripley  53     Trinity Lutheran  50Oldenburg  58     Edinburgh  40North Decatur     South DecaturConnersville  43     Rushville  42Morristown  59     Hauser  43Triton Central  77     Waldron  66SW-Hanover  75     Shawe memorial  32SW-Shelby  45     Eastern Hancock  39Girls ScoresShelbyville  57     Franklin County  46South Ripley  54     Rising Sun  33SW-Hanover  55    Shawe Memorial  46Triton Central  49     Waldron  34last_img read more

Braves hope Dallas Keuchel can make 2019 debut Friday against Nationals

first_img Manny Machado to appeal fine, one-game suspension for bumping ump The Braves, however, were pleased with Keuchel’s performance Saturday as he threw 101 pitches over seven innings for Double-A Mississippi. Before that, he tossed 77 during a seven-inning outing for Class A Rome on June 10. Nationals not thinking about trading Max Scherzer ‘right now,’ general manager says “He was in good shape when he signed and you could tell,” Snitker added. “He put the time in to put himself in this situation.”Keuchel, 31, posted a 3.74 ERA over 34 starts for the Astros last season.The Braves will soon get more reinforcements with the return of center fielder Ender Inciarte, who has been out since May 15 with a lumbar strain. He was cleared to resume baseball activities this week.center_img Dallas Keuchel could make his season debut by week’s end.Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed Monday the team is hopeful the left-hander will pitch Friday at Nationals Park. “We’re taking it a day at a time right now, but everything is pointing (toward Friday),” Snitker said, per MLB.com.Keuchel signed a one-year deal worth $13 million with Atlanta earlier this month after spending eight months on the free-agent market, though he hasn’t appeared in a game since last October. Related Newslast_img read more

Leafs outlast Rebels 7-4 to sweep through exhibition season

first_imgDarnel St. Pierre scored two third period goals to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 7-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition victory over the Castlegar Rebels Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed Nelson to finish the preseason undefeated in five games and completed a sweep of the Rebels in the home-and-home series.During the exhibition season Nelson outscored the opposition 31-10. Blair Andrews also scored twice for Nelson with singles coming from Jamie Vlanich, Brandon Sookro and Carsen Willans.Derek Georgopolus, with a pair, Chase Rendin and Quinn Klimchuk replied for Castlegar, which jumped into a 2-0 lead early in the first period.Nelson outshot the Rebels 35-21 with Tyler Moffat and Adam Maida splitting the netminding duties.The two teams open the season Friday in Castlegar as the current KIJHL Champs prepare to defend the 2013 crown. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to meet the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in the team’s home opener.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

KNBR, former Warriors player Tom Tolbert agree to multiyear deal

first_imgTom Tolbert apparently isn’t going anywhere for a while.The popular radio sports-talk host and former Warriors forward has signed a multiyear contract extension with KNBR. The Athletic, citing a station source, reports that the new deal will keep Tolbert under contract for four more years from the date it was originally set to expire, in the middle of 2020.The move brings some stability to the KNBR roster, which in recent months saw the departures of longtime fixtures Gary Radnich and Bob …last_img read more

Dr Ncumisa Jilata: Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon

first_imgAt the age of 29, Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata has become Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon following her Fellowship graduation in Durban on 18 May 2017. Her milestone achievement was highlighted by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in an address to the National Assembly on 31 May.South African neurosurgeon Dr Ncumisa Jilata (left) with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa made special mention of Jilata becoming Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon in an address to Parliament on 31 May 2017. (Image: Ncumisa Jilata Facebook)CD AndersonDr Ncumisa Jilata completed her Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree at Mthatha’s Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in 2009. Her completed fellowship for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa in 2017 means she is now the youngest neurosurgeon in Africa, and one of only five black female brain surgeons in South Africa.Jilata joins 150 other female doctors and medical residents working in the neurosurgical field across Africa, according to the most recent survey by the World Federation of Neurological Societies.She hopes that her landmark achievement will inspire more female medical students to add to much-needed surgical expertise on the continent. Jilata was inspired while still in high school to follow her dream of becoming a brain surgeon.“I was already in Grade 11 [at Mthatha High School] when I decided I wanted to be a doctor, but at the time I wasn’t doing biology, so when I got to matric I had to do three years of biology in one year, in addition to the subjects I had already selected from Grade 10,” Jilata told the Eastern Cape Daily Dispatch newspaper following her graduation.“During that period I discovered the concept of a neuron, which is amazing. The fact that society as a whole was influenced and controlled solely by the existence of this structure, intrigued me… that’s when I knew I wanted to be a neurosurgeon.”She had to work hard to prove herself in the male-dominated field of medicine, Jilata said. “It was common to be second-guessed as a woman, but one’s work ethic will always speak volumes.” She hopes to become a worthy standard for young girls, to give them the courage to “break through the barriers of patriarchy” in medical science.Another pioneering female and Eastern Cape-born neurosurgeon, Dr Coceka Mfundisi, inspired Jilata. “[My mentor] Dr Mfundisi… broke most of the barriers for me [to get where I am today].”Born in rural Engcobo, Mfundisi was one of the first black South African woman to qualify in the neurology field.“[Jilata] had heard about me because I had worked in Mthatha for about a year while I was still training as a neurosurgeon at the University of Pretoria,” Mfundisi told the Daily Dispatch. “I was the only woman among men and when she told me she wanted to be a neurosurgeon I could already see her working with me at the University of Pretoria, where she later joined me… [Her] success is a proud moment for the impoverished community of the Eastern Cape and a victory for every woman, especially because she did everything in record time, at a very young age.”WSU spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said the university was proud of Jilata’s accomplishment. “She and many other WSU alumni, who are leaders across different fields of medicine and other professions, represent the true spirit of our university namesake, Walter Sisulu.”During his address at the Presidency Budget Vote in Parliament’s National Assembly on 31 May 2017, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made special mention of Jilata’s achievement. Including her story in an overview of several South African women breaking barriers in a number of social development and medical fields, Ramaphosa thanked Jilata “for inspiring us, motivating us and challenging us with your [life] and your determination… demonstrating what is possible with perseverance, courage, collaboration and partnership”.Source: Daily Dispatch, South African Government website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Das Haus Tour

first_imgI attended an event in October called the Das Haus tour – a prefab “house” sponsored by the German Consulate General that will be roaming the country for about a year. The first stop was in Atlanta, so although I was one of the first people to see it, I don’t understand the point of the venture.Quoting the glossy brochure distributed at the event I attended, “Central to the exhibition is an integrated, fully functioning structure that applied real-world technologies and solutions that meet ultra-low energy building standards.” What I saw didn’t even come close to resembling this.The actual exhibit, on the lawn of the World of Coca Cola, an enormous, if entertaining, pseudo-museum dedicated to the biggest purveyor of sugar water on the planet, was an assembly of modified shipping containers that sort of resembled a building.Not much there, thereSeeing the exhibit in person provided me with little, if any insight into what it was intended to explain to visitors. I did get a little more information once I downloaded the technical brochure from the website. The two-pronged approach of the project is to promote energy efficient and renewable technologies to the general public. The technologies on exhibit were inspired by Germany’s entries into the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, so it bears some resemblance to those mobile home sized projects.What it didn’t appear to have was a particularly coherent message or story to tell to visitors. One section was a fully enclosed living module that resembled many uber-modern compact homes. Another section displayed various types of high efficiency walls sections with explanations of the various components. Sprinkled around were a few displays of commercial products including prefabricated wall components and solar panels which appeared to be paid advertisements from invited sponsors.I get the feeling that they had hoped to have more of these displays, but did not get the expected participation from vendors. After viewing the exhibit, few of the attendees seemed to have much of an understanding of what they had seen.The hidden valueDisregarding my disappointment with the exhibit, there were several days of presentations while it was in Atlanta. Although I was not able to attend them, they looked interesting, including one on solar-ready housing and one on barriers to clean energy market transformation.I would have liked to attend some of these talks, but I would have preferred even more to be invited to give one myself (I never said I wasn’t the jealous type).To me the whole event resembles exhibits I have seen at trade shows that are organized by foreign chambers of commerce and consulates where various vendors are invited (or coerced) to show their wares in hopes of expanding their business in the US. To me, these appear to be primarily a way to spend money to justify the various organizations existence and continued funding.Having already visited Atlanta and Houston, Das Haus is headed to Phoenix in January, San Francisco in February, then to Canada and more U.S. cities until it closes in Denver in November 2012. If anyone in Atlanta or Houston has seen it and has any thoughts to add, please share them.And for those of you who will have the pleasure of seeing Das House next year, please keep me in mind when you do.last_img read more

Passivhaus Design in Minnesota

first_imgAs net-zero energy and Passivhaus-certified houses become more commonplace, it’s not at all unusual to hear of exterior walls rated at R-40 or R-50. But that’s not going to be nearly good enough for Tom Schmidt, who’s building a 3,800-square-foot house in Minnesota.R-80 is more like it, and the walls need to be “cost-effective” as well as not too thick.Schmidt’s quest has apparently been prompted by a design that places living space over a garage. According to Schmidt’s Passivhaus consultant, this configuration brings with it some energy penalties and results in the need for additional insulation.“We have already gone through a couple passes to make it as efficient as possible and are at the point where the only change left that would have a big impact would be to take the garage out from under the living area and have it separate,” Schmidt explains in a post at GBA’s Q&A forum.“I like the current design (it took us two years to get to this point between the back and forth with my wife) and I want to have the house certified. I could pass on the certification and still have a very high-performing house, but honestly I think it’s cool and want it.” RELATED ARTICLES A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateMeet the Tightest House in the WorldPayback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements From Building Science Corp: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential Buildings in All Climate Zones From the Cold Climate Housing Research Center: Subarctic Passive House Case Study Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-Efficient Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Can Foam Insulation Be Too Thick? But if you insist, there are ways to get thereOne way of accomplishing the R-80 wall, says Jerry Liebler, is to use a double 2×4 wall filled with mineral wood or blown-in fiberglass. With an overall wall thickness of 19 1/2 inches (plus drywall and sheathing), Schmidt would get to R-82. And, Liebler adds, the added cost over an R-40 wall would be about $2 a square foot.Whatever you do, writes Jason Hyde, you’re going to need a multi-layered assembly, and no matter what wall assembly eventually wins, it will be thick.“Build a SIP home and clad it with outstation,” Hyde continues. “Basically a double-stud wall but the inner wall is [a] SIP. This outsulation could be [dense-packed cellulose], blown fiberglass, mineral wool, whatever. The main advantage here is that you get SIPs up quickly (weathered in) and then can proceed with the outsulation. The drawbacks here, in addition to the standard SIP drawbacks, are that you still must frame an outer wall.“I would have suggested doing what Go Logic has been doing (successfully) and do a stick frame clad with SIPs,” he says, “but to hit R-80, your inner wall would need to be made out of 2x10s or 2x12s.”If the problem is the garage below the conditioned space, adds AJ Builder, possibly the solution would be to beef up the garage doors. “So, maybe install two garage doors, one behind the other — superinsulated custom doors,” he says. “Be kind of cool to have a stack of doors opening with about a foot of lift delay each… Watching the babies go up and down would make hanging out in front of them in your Tesla a great place to be. Pop a cold IPA.”Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say:There are two questions posed here: Can Schmidt’s goals be achieved? And are they reasonable? These two questions may seem mutually exclusive, given the design and the requirements of the Passivhaus standard. But I would argue that Schmidt’s goal of Passivhaus certification is clearly attainable, and that he simply needs to convince his lender and/or the next owner of his home that what he did is reasonable. (Translation: valuable to the next owner).I have argued before that selecting the interest rate for payback analysis is pretty much a Ouija board exercise for even relatively short-lived goods but completely speculative for long-lived durable goods like buildings. (For more information on payback calculations, see this BuildingGreen blog, or this article by Martin Holladay: Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements.) If the energy performance improvements that Schmidt is considering last beyond his ownership, he just needs to find someone willing to pay for the features he has selected. This is true regardless of whether the feature is an R-80 wall or a granite countertop.I think that a great way to design, market, or underwrite a “wildly” performing home is to link extraordinary performance with resilience: make the home self-sufficient in the face of extreme events or crises. The “payback” seems like a pretty silly singular rationale for super-high-performance in the face of the grid going down or a hurricane making every home in your neighborhood except yours uninhabitable. BuildingGreen founder Alex Wilson is spending most of this time now on this issue; see the Resilient Design Institute. In reality, Schmidt is chasing the wrong goalThere’s no real reason to design R-80 walls, writes Dana Dorsett, because it should be possible to win Passivhaus certification with walls in the R-50 neighborhood, even in Climate Zone 7. But having conditioned space over the garage probably won’t work.“The other way to go would be to shoot for net zero energy rather than Passive House, buying your thinner walls with a PV-clad roof,” Dorsett says “It’s probably less expensive overall, and you could probably keep the space over the garage.”With the cost of a photovoltaic (PV) system now under $4 a watt in Dorsett’s area (and $2 a watt in Germany), and the availability of high-efficiency ductless minisplit heat pumps, there are more appealing avenues that Schmidt might choose.“In 20 years, when it’s time to replace the heat pumps and/or PV,” he says, “the PV will cost less than half as much, and the heat pumps will have gained in efficiency. The full life cyle cost of heating with ductless heat pumps and $3/watt PV is on par with natural gas in some places, and in 20 years it will be dramatically cheaper than it is today, making the 50-, 75-, 100-year outlook even more favorable for site-produced power and heat pumps than over-the-top super insulation.“Methinks R-80 is only ‘cost-effective’ in terms of meeting your certification goals, but those certifications have little to do with breaking even on energy costs over the next 100 years, or what’s actually nice for the planet,” Dorsett says.center_img Return on investment is clearly not importantGBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests that Schmidt might want to emulate the details used by Thorten Chlupp (a builder in Alaska who built R-75 walls insulated with cellulose) or the details used by Tom Marsik (a builder in Alaska who built 28-inch-thick R-103 walls insulated with cellulose).Holladay says that the least expensive way to get to the R-value that Schmidt is looking for is probably with a double-stud wall 22 inches thick that’s packed with cellulose insulation. “Of course,” he adds, “on the day that your insulation contractor comes to do the dense packing, you’ll need several tractor-trailer loads of cellulose.”What about dense-packing the walls with hundred dollar bills? (That was Stephen Sheehy’s suggestion.) Or, Jesse Thompson suggests, building two rigid geodesic domes, one inside the other, with a vacuum pump that evacuates the space between then.This is the kind of thing that gives Passivhaus construction a bad name, says Peter L. It’s really about bragging rights and seeing how much money a homeowner can use for construction.It’s all crazy talk, says Nick Welch. “Stuffing a 3,800-square-foot house with R-80 walls to get a [Passivhaus] certification is like putting five Prius engines in a Hummer so you can drive in the carpool lane,” he writes. “…However, it also piques my morbid curiosity, and I would love to see pics of it actually built this way.”Schmidt has no illusions about the quixotic nature of his pursuit. “I fully realize I am likely at a point where the [return on investment] is difficult to justify or ever pay itself back,” Schmidt replies. “I am essentially over-engineering something that doesn’t need it to meet the demands of a standard that doesn’t handle my particular design very well. All to satisfy my desire to have a piece of paper that says my house meets a particular standard.” Schmidt says he has investigated a number of options and is currently leaning toward structural insulated panels filled with expanded polystyrene (EPS).“Vacuum insulated panels sound interesting, but I don’t know if they are meant for an entire external envelope,” he adds. “The goal is to still keep it cost effective. I just don’t want a 3-foot wall to do it.”Are Schmidt’s goals achievable? And even if they are, are they reasonable? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Adding it All Up

first_imgEditor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. The blog below was originally published in February. A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs can be found below. A friend of mine sent me an article from Tree Hugger about an Irish county that made the Passive House standard mandatory for all new home construction.This is a pretty big deal. The question then came up: Why doesn’t Canada (or the U.S.) adopt such strict and stringent standards? Certainly, the Paris Climate Conference of 2015 has finally made official what everyone and their dog already knew: the world is overheating and we need to do something about it before we all die. Building better homes could make a massive difference in our world’s energy use. It is well-known that a certified Passive House uses 80%-90% less space heating energy than a standard house. [Editor’s note: In the previous sentence, the phrase “standard house” refers to an older house. If a Passive House is compared to a new code-compliant home, the savings would be less.]As usual, the roadblocks to making such rigorous standards mandatory are a combination of bureaucracy, status quo, and resistance to change. In this post and the next, I will make the argument that I believe there is a skewed perspective on both sides of this battle in Canada. Existing standards are shamefulDid you know that the minimum standard for wall construction in Saskatchewan (a province that has frigid winters of -40° temperatures for long stretches and more than 10,000 heating degree days per year) is a 2×6 wall with batt insulation? The effective R-value of this wall is only R-17.5 due to thermal bridging (as the wood studs form a bridge between the inside and outside of the wall). How come more people don’t build this way?Say… that’s pretty much the same as what we said a typical new house would cost, right?So why the heck isn’t everyone doing this?Well, it goes back to the fact that there is an unfounded assumption that building an energy-efficient house costs a lot more. (I think we’ve shown that it simply does not have to.) It also does not help that energy costs from non-renewables such as coal-fired electricity and natural gas are very cheap still. (Even so, those extra 8% in building costs for us should be paid back in less than 12 years in monthly energy bill savings.)And the public outcry for action is not yet greater than the apathy of maintaining the status quo on the part of our government, the building industry, and those contractors who have been making a tidy profit on their suburban sprawl spec houses. This standard must be out of date, you say? In fact, this was recently upgraded to this absurdly pathetic level in 2012. (It was only a 2×4 wall before that.) Shameful.As if this weren’t bad enough, most homes in Saskatchewan feature R-12 in basement walls and only R-40 in the attic. There is no requirement for insulation under the slab of the house. Also, the building code requires only double-pane windows; such insufficient windows account for a massive amount of heat loss, up to 50% of the heat loss of a home. (These are usually vinyl-framed windows, though some have frames of wood or aluminum.) And placement of these crappy windows can lead to further issues with heat loss due to inadequate southern exposure and the placement of large windows on the north side of house.Furthermore, the air leakage rate in most new Saskatchewan homes is about 2.0 air changes per hour at 50 pascals (ach50), which is actually one of the lowest averages in Canada. (Source: Energy Standards by Ken Cooper.)I assume that you get the picture: our homes are generally very inefficient. (Don’t think that this problem is restricted to Saskatchewan – this problem is relatively consistent across North America). High performance doesn’t mean high costAlthough we did not build a Passive House, we followed Passive House principles as closely as we could financially justify (which is the rub; more on this in my next post). For a quick comparison, our house has R-56 walls, an R-80 attic, R-32 basement walls and under-slab. Our latest airtightness test was 0.72 ach50 (and with some extra tightening we’re hoping to get this to 0.65 or less at the next test).We used triple-pane fiberglass windows. The design of the house maximized heat gain through the south windows and minimized heat loss through the windows on the east, west, and north sides. Shading from our roof overhangs prevents overheating in the summer. The positioning of the house is directly south (a luxury made possible by the fact that we live on generous acreage). We also installed photovoltaic panels to offset our meager energy use.Now, a lot of people wonder and ask — I know I did prior to building — whether it costs substantially more money to build a house to this level of efficiency.The simple truth is that it does not have to.The general consensus is that a new custom home in Canada, excluding the cost of purchasing land, is between $200 and $300 per square foot. (A contractor-built spec “cookie cutter” home, built to the minimum standard with minimal features and cheap finishes, can cost $175/square foot or less.) Indeed, this is a wide range: a 1,500-square-foot home could cost between $300,000 and $450,000. But for argument’s sake, let’s say $250/square foot is a realistic cost of a new custom home.OK, so where are the extra costs?I would say the design, planning, and orientation of the house are the biggest factors in determining your initial and long-term costs for a high-performance, energy-efficient house. It does not cost any more to build a house with the windows facing south instead of north. Positioning the long axis of the house east-west does not cost any more than facing it north-south. Designing correct overhangs for shading does not cost any more than designing insufficient overhangs. Placing operable windows appropriately for cross-ventilation does not cost anything extra, either.But all of these decisions and factors can have huge ramifications on the cost of construction and/or long-term costs of operation. We had several team meetings during our design process (including with a certified Passive House designer, with a contractor, and with LEED engineers) to decide on which systems would be best suited to be optimally energy-efficient and be comfortable to live in. We also made sure that everyone, including the subcontractors, were on the same page. This extra consulting time accounted for 2.5% of our overall cost.Our construction costs were only slightly higherWe built double 2×4 stud walls that are 16 inches thick. The cost of materials for this wall system, versus the cost of 2x6s and 2 inches of EPS foam, is almost negligible. Framing labor costs were slightly more, though, as each exterior wall was built twice (accounting for an additional 2% of the overall budget).The author settled on a double-stud assembly 16 inches thick. Extra costs over a 2×6 wall with 2 inches of foam were “negligible.”Remember, our design is simple: a rectangle, meaning four walls with no bays or outcroppings. We also invested 20% more in purchasing fiberglass-framed triple-pane windows versus the usual vinyl or wood double-pane windows (accounting for an additional 1.75% of the overall budget). Insulation cost slightly more but will pay for itself in short order due to reductions in long-term operation costs. (The upfront cost was an additional 2% of the overall budget.)Airtightness of the house did not cost us anymore than the standard vapor barrier (although it does require some attention to detail by the tradespeople) with the exception that we needed to install a heat-recovery ventilator which cost $1,200 (0.3% of the budget).But there are also some possible cost savings to consider. One can get away with a smaller heating system due to the lower heating load in a superinsulated and airtight house. For us, the mechanical system cost about the same as one for a standard house because we elected to install in-floor heating and a wood-burning stove.You certainly could get away with baseboard heaters or a very small forced-air furnace combined with a heat coil on the heat-recovery ventilator if you so chose. Most new houses also have air conditioners. We do not. Cross-ventilation, insulation, and proper shading is all we needed.The bottom line is that it cost us about 8% more to build a house that’s in the range of 75%-80% more efficient then a standard custom home.After these extra costs are accounted for, the rest of the construction costs were basically the same as they would be for any other house. How much you want to spend to finish the house is based on your tastes and how much you want to invest in your bathroom fixtures, lighting, hardwood flooring, custom cabinets (vs. Ikea), appliances, and so on.Also, how much sweat equity are you willing to invest? All of this will have a big impact on your end costs. Consider: painting our house took five full days, but saved us about $6,000. Installing the tile in the bathrooms and kitchen ourselves took 10 or more full days, but saved us another $8,000.OK — so you’re probably thinking, how much did this damn house actually cost? Tell me already!Although I haven’t done our final-final tally yet, it is in the range of $280/square foot. (This estimate is based on 1,440 square feet, which is the above-grade size to the exterior walls. So, 1,440 square feet times $280 = $403,200 total construction cost.) But this total includes the cost of our 6.2-kW PV system, our septic system, and the travel cost for the tradespeople who drove 30 minutes to our house each day. Removing these factors, if you built the same house in an urban area, you could easily do it for $250/square foot. [Editor’s note: Keep in mind that the author’s costs are given in Canadian dollars.] BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Blower-Door TestingInsulation, Air-Sealing, and a Solar ArraySoffits and Siding at the Blue Heron EcoHausPlacing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? last_img read more

Makeover at 50

first_imgModel Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the,Model Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the last five decades, NID has produced designers of repute who have risen sharply on the national stage.Says Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID, “Since its inception, NID has produced designers for various industries, educationists and entrepreneurs who have started design based businesses or boutiques. Designers out of NID are working on town planning, sustainable models, reconstruction after earthquakes and other calamities, promotion of handicrafts and making them sustainable.”Student working on a designVyas says, today, when NID is celebrating its golden jubilee, the scenario for the design industry has changed completely. India is growing as knowledge-based economy and needs designers to spur innovation, productivity, competitiveness and inclusive development. According to him, we do have engineers, managers and accountants but we lack institutes that can produce talented designers. Those who can make user-friendly products and are globally competitive.Keeping pace with the emerging economy, NID has been looking seriously in sectors like lifestyle accessories, fashion and apparel which have become the aspiration among many, also, animation and communications, the sectors which offer good placements and freelancing opportunities to NID-trained designers.Student working on a design”India is well-known as an infotech superpower and our country is a source of human resources for IT companies worldwide. Automobile and transportation design is another need for India’s automotive industry, one of the largest in the world. Toy, ceramic and glass designs, apparel design and merchandising, lifestyle accessory design and communication design are some of the other design sectors experiencing rapid growth in recent years. Design is no longer an elitist term today but is getting more and more acceptability in daily life,” adds Vyas. According to him, there are at least various sectors that offer high growth prospects for designers in the future. For instance, the healthcare industry is expected to sustain 13% growth over the coming years. The growth of this industry will create a market for healthcare designers. They can improve the healthcare delivery, products and interface designs. Also, they can create an environment which is therapeutic and increases staff efficiency.advertisementAlumni Aneeth Arora’s collection at Lakme Fashion WeekAccording to Vipul Vinzuda, coordinator, Transportation and Automobile Design, “One of NID’s greatest strengths is its multidisciplinary approach. Designers get exposure to various disciplines and cross-disciplinary design teams can work together to achieve the common goal. They can also develop accessories and furnishings working with various teams.” Automobile design workshop gives an insight into the aesthetics, form sensitivity, analytical abilities, concepts and concerns in transportation and automobile design. NID students are placed in most of the automobile majors. Recently, three NID students, Gopal Pai, Rajib Kalita and Abhilash Sudhindran, have won three-month internships with Pininfarina-an Italian automobile design firm with clients like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Rolls Royce-after winning a competition to design a possible successor of the Indian autorickshaw. Shimul Vyas, who heads the Lifestyle Accessories Design (LAD) department agrees that NID offers a strong multidisciplinary edge wherein the students get opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of design categories. “Students of lifestyle accessories, over a period of two years, get exposure to jewellery, bags, luggage, footwear, lighting, furnishings, furniture and interior designs,”says Shimul Vyas. Recently, students from NID showcased their designs at the India International Jewellery Show in Mumbai while theworks of apparel design were appreciated at the Lakme fashion week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.Lakme Fashion WeekEarlier national institutions and their works were rarely accessible to the masses, but now NID is making design accessories and other products accessible to as many consumers as possible at a price which is not too hard to the pocket “The NID Employees Credit and Consumer Co-operative Society runs a shop called NIDUS in order to connect the designs developed by faculty and students of NID to the outside world thereby establishing a direct interface with the people. This provides a testing ground for validating the design ideas developed by NID’s team, encourage more people to visit the Institutes public interface areas like Design Gallery and Design Shop. While NID has started evolving to meet the emerging market trends Vyas, feels there is much more that needs to be done. “There are about 250 different industrial, development and service sectors that offer opportunities for designers. Many of them are yet to be explored,” he explains, “with a view to the future, there is scope for green designs to address environmental concerns, universal designs for all segments of society like the physically disabled, senior citizens and children. Design for education and healthcare sectors that will grow neck to neck with the national economy and design for social, ecological and cultural development.”NID is exploring all these options. The institute is also growing ‘from one campus in Ahmedabad to a new postgraduate campus at Gandhinagar. “Design clinic extension centres are being set up for design and development support to cottage, small and medium industries and individual artisans in north eastern India. In the coming years, we hope to have more campuses across India,” adds Vyas.  Top shotsArun Khanna, Founder, cadability.com After studying in NID, he pursued computer graphics and multimedia as a career in Australia. He is one of Australia’s reputed multimedia designers and has won the 1995 AIMIA award for production and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist with focus on video broadcasting. The team at Cadability has been involved with sporting multimedia content since the middle of 1995 and has developed a strong base of systems and solutions created on nine of the most followed sports in Australia and seven of the most followed sports globally.Umesh Shukla, CEO, Auryn incAfter studying animation design at NID, Umesh Shukla worked in Singapore and Sydney in animation and special effects for diverse clients. In the mid-1990s, he moved to America where he worked for Hollywood studios, including Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Digital Domain and was a prominent member of the Academy Award winning team (Outstanding Visual Effects) for the movie Titanic where he was responsible for recreating people digitally in more than 100 scenes.Kavina Mehta, Sr. Interaction designer, trexglobal.comShe did her post graduation in Visual Communication Design with Specialization Interaction/Interface Design in 2005. She has worked in the USA in diverse media and design categories-websites, online (SaaS) financial applications UI, web and desktop applications and advertising.Uday Dandavate, CEO, SonicrimHe heads a multidisciplinary team which comprises professionals from the fields of industrial design, market research, psychology, anthropology, information design, and sociology. 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10 months agoDeparting Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Hudson-Odoi has the lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Hudson-Odoi has the lotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced by the potential of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Cesc, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge after five seasons, spoke to Chelsea’s club website about Hudson-Odoi’s talent after the Blues beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 yesterday.He said: “He has got everything to make it in world football.I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.“He can be world class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard.“He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.” last_img read more