Courtney Morrison Archer Named Southland Conference Associate Commissioner

first_img“We are very pleased to announce Courtney Archer as associate commissioner for communications, and look forward to her contributions in this important leadership role,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “Courtney’s professional background in communications and media services lends itself to strategically promoting the league and its membership, and telling the academic and competitive success stories of Southland student-athletes.” Prior to joining the Southland staff, Archer spent 13 years with Conference USA while also being involved with various local events and organizations, including the National Football Foundation, the Cotton Bowl Classic and the inaugural Fort Worth, Heart of Dallas and Frisco Bowls, and as sports information director at Texas Woman’s University. She also served as director of media relations for the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami and the Atlantic 10 Conference.Archer is a member of the media coordination committee at the NCAA Men’s Final Four, and serves as a television timeout coordinator during earlier rounds of the national tournament.  Additionally, she has worked the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis men’s basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, since its inception in 2010.Archer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Miami (Ohio) University in 1991, and a master’s in sport management from West Virginia University in 1992. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has named veteran athletics administrator Courtney Morrison Archer as associate commissioner for communications, league commissioner Tom Burnett announced Monday.Archer brings more than 25 years of collegiate administrative experience to the Southland, where she will provide senior oversight of the conference’s communications efforts, including media and public relations, television production, website and social media platforms, and serving as a staff liaison to campus sports information directors.  She will also serve as local media coordinator within the Southland’s role as host conference for the annual NCAA Division I Football Championship Game.last_img read more

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Knight-Wisdom looking to hit new heights in 2017

first_img After qualifying for Rio 2016, Knight-Wisdom was named Leeds Beckett University Sportsman of the Year for 2016. “This year has been very groundbreaking for me, getting that silver medal in February at the World Cup was out of the world, personally. In the diving world, it was huge, and a lot of people were shocked by it,” he said. He also came close to making it all the way to the 3m springboard final in Rio, finishing two places outside of the qualifying spots after a strong preliminary-round showing that sent him splashing into the semi-finals. “The reason why I missed out is that I didn’t actually bring my best to that semi-final. I made some simple mistakes we all make as divers,” he outlined. Meanwhile, the diver did admit that he has been blessed with the ‘best of both worlds’. He is representing Jamaica, while training in England with “some of the best divers”, including Rio Olympic gold and a silver medallists. “The club I am actually with is one of the most successful in the country and maybe one of the most successful clubs in the world. One of the guys I train with got an Olympic silver medal. His female partner she got an Olympic gold in the synchro event,” he added. Knight-Wisdom, who was born in Leeds, England to Jamaican father Trevor Wisdom and Barbadian mother Grace Knight, chose to represent Jamaica despite being eligible to represent his native Great Britain and Barbados. “It’s been the most amazing four years of my life. Obviously, it is such a positive year. I have never represented Great Britain before. Jamaica was my first country. “I would have it no other way, and I am so happy I made it through representing Jamaica, and I thank everyone for their support and I would love to do it over again in four years,” he told The Gleaner. SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Lifted by his semi-final finish in the diving competition at last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Yona Knight-Wisdom is looking to hit the pool in early January in preparation for a new challenge next season. The diver, who became Jamaica’s first male diving representative at the Olympics, is looking ‘to nail down what he hopes are key improvements’ ahead of next year’s competitions, which are set to get underway in February in Leeds, England. Meanwhile, Knight-Wisdom’s performances impressed many Jamaicans and he has been nominated for the RJR Sports Foundation’s People’s Choice award. “Hopefully, I will be here. My first competition starts in February. I want to maintain consistent training and performing at my best,” he outlined. The 21-year-old England-based diver is only the second Jamaican diver to the Olympics. Betsy Sullivan made it to the 1972 Munich Games.last_img read more

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Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 5, 2016 file photo, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez leaves the pitch after a Copa America group C soccer match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez is back with his club on Monday, Sept. 18 2017, more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas says the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again and will continue his legal fight. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.ADVERTISEMENT In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAtlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

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Over 164.9kg of cocaine, 889 kilos of cannabis seized last year

first_imgBetween the months of January and September last year, drug enforcement units have managed to seize 164.9 kilograms of cocaine and 889 kilograms of cannabis.This was disclosed by Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Guyana, Terry Steers-Gonzalez on Wednesday during his address at a forum at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.He said that on one hand, the figures ought to be applauded since the authorities did their part to seize the illegal drugs.US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Terry Steers-GonzalezHe reminded that such drugs as they pass through countries seep into communities and expose vulnerable populations, especially youths, to drug use.This can be confirmed with the recent hike in reports coming out of schools regarding students using ecstasy pills among others.In fact, it was only last September that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has announced a “worrying” trend whereby ecstasy was being sold to students in at least five schools across Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).“Supply and more importantly, the growth of demand of hard drugs is becoming a significant problem around the world. Globally, optimum production increased by 65 per cent between 2016 and 2017,” Steers-Gonzalez pointed out.CANU told Guyana Times earlier this year that billions of dollars in marijuana and cocaine was destroyed during last year’s eradication exercises throughout the country.CANU Head, Major (retired) Michael Atherly added that more than 300 persons were convicted for various drug crimes in 2018.Statistics from the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) – an inter-agency body comprising law enforcement agencies – revealed that during 2018 (as of November), a total of 132 kilos of cocaine and 440 kilos of cannabis were destroyed by the Police, while 45 kilos of cocaine and 554 kilos of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas.The combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940. The drugs were reportedly tested by staff of the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory before being destroyed by way of fire.Meanwhile, the 2017 report highlighted that law enforcement agencies seized a total of 55,139 kilos of narcotics, which included substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy, and have eradicated over 117,000 kilos of marijuana plants.Further, the executive summary of the GUYDIN report noted that there were 124 drug seizures during that period.The narcotics branch of the Guyana Police Force made 72 per cent of the seizures, and CANU the remainder.The report stated that marijuana plants were eradicated from 34 acres of land, spanning 20 fields in 15 operations. Some 204,400 plants were eradicated, the report added, and a total of 117,531.67 kilos of marijuana taken off the market.last_img read more

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WOMAN PINCHED GARDA AND CALLED HER A DOG IN GARDA STATION

first_imgA young woman pinched a Garda and then called her a dog when she called to Letterkenny Garda station after a friend had been arrested.Judge Paul KellyShannon Frampton appeared in Letterkenny District Court charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour. The 25 year old had been in the public area on September 24th last and had encountered a female Garda officer whom she began to verbally abuse.Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Frampton, from 14 Glenard Park, Letterkenny, shouted “F*** off” and “What are you looking at?”There was then a scuffle and a Garda was pinched and left with a bruise on her arm by Frampton.She then had to be restrained but continued to be abusive. When she was released she shouted out a female Garda – “You’re a dog and when I see you off duty, I’ll have you.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had gone to see another person in the Garda station on the night and had lost it.He stressed that she had no alcohol taken and was simply under a lot of pressure to to issues at home.“She was simply concerned about the other person’s well-being. She has since sent an apology card to the Garda concerned.“She accepts she was wrong but this was simply pure frustration on the night,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Pau Kelly said Gardai have enough to be doing without getting threats from people like Ms Frampton.He added that she had already got a yellow card from a previous incident so he fined her €100.WOMAN PINCHED GARDA AND CALLED HER A DOG IN GARDA STATION was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:courtdonegalGarda stationletterkennyShannon Framptonlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES

first_imgRoyal Flush Lotto – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 14/04/2013 were 2, 10, 11 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1060. Consolation prizes went to Ultan McCallig, Brenter, The Boyle children, Seaview Lane & Locan McGinley. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €1100.Defibrillator Training Course – The club are seeking to organize a defibrillator course in the near future, if any person is interested in taking part please contact the club secretary Stephanie Kyles on 0876307570. It is hugely important to have a large number of people in the locality trained to use this equipment therefore any considering to do the course please do not hesitate to do so.  Clothes Bank –A reminder to all in the locality that the clothes bank in just outside the grounds on the clubhouse and can be used anytime. All money made goes back to the club so please try your best to support this worthwhile cause. Club Donegal – Club Donegal membership is now available for the oncoming year, contact Margaret McNicholas (0863774771) if interested. Underage Football –The club’s Under 8’s and under 10’s continues every Saturday morning from now on at 10am. All newcomers are more than welcome to attend. Adult Football –After many changes due to weather etc the senior and reserve training will now be on each Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. If it is the case that the evening will be changed players will be notified. Both senior and reserve sides were in action over the weekend away to Na Rossa, with each of them recording a victory. The reserve fixture ended 2-9 to 2-5 with scores coming from Liam Kennedy 0-3, Adrian Nesbitt 1-0 (Pen), Donal Kelly 1-0, Martin Shovlin Jr. 0-2, Peter Alvey 0-2, Sean Furey & Kieran Battles 0-1 each. The senior game ended 1-7 to 1-6 with scores coming from Dermot Gallier 0-3, Aiden Duddy 1-0, Patrick White, Alan Lyons, Paul Burke & Colin McNicholas 0-1 each.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 16th, 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) Tags:Naomh Ultan Club Noteslast_img read more

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Everton set for double Barcelona swoop as stars take medicals

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Everton are set to complete a double swoop for Barcelona stars Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Toffees have already landed Richarlison, Lucas Digne, and Bernard this summer and are now set to add to the haul. moving on Latest Transfer News Colombian defender Yerry Mina is set to join Everton from Barcelona, along with Andre Gomes. RANKED IN DEMAND Mina had been attracting interest from Manchester United but a bid failed to materialise, allowing Everton to swoop ahead of Lyon.Meanwhile, as a deal was being struck for Mina, Marco Silva has been able to work out a loan move for Portugal central midfielder Andre Gomes, who is unwanted by the club.The duo will join ex-team-mate Digne at Goodison Park once their medicals, which are taking place in Barcelona, have been completed. TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM LATEST targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

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NORTH WEST 10K – RACE TO PRESS THE RIGHT BUTTONS FOR DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES!

first_imgMembers of the Donegal Youth Services preparing to fundraise for the North West 10K.The absence of basic I.T. equipment for young people in the 27 Donegal Youth Clubs is hopefully going to be addressed by a fundraising campaign backed by the North West 10k Charity Run and Walk which takes place in Letterkenny on Sunday 3rd of May. None of the centres have laptops or Wifi, which in the modern world is hard to believe. However, that is the reality as the 27 clubs don’t have the money for the equipment as any fundraising initiatives in the local areas goes towards the rent of halls; overheads like heating and lighting; hire of buses and accommodation when attending band or sporting events and for activities like the cinema and bowling.The Donegal Youth Service is the umbrella organization for the 27 clubs, which successfully applied to be one of the four charities to benefit from this year’s North West 10k.The DYS’s Lorraine Thompson says that her committee members were prompted to apply to be a North West 10k beneficiary because of the event’s countywide appeal. And that is something that their own organization hopes to maximize in terms of raising money with clubs in every part of Donegal.All money raised will go directly to the 27 centres around the county with the primary objective of buying laptops and accessing Wifi for use by their young members and for club leaders who are now obliged to do most of the business end of things on-line. There is only a very minimal amount of funding available from central resources for the clubs so local organizers have to fundraise in their own areas to keep the doors open which is a huge challenge in the current climate.“All our clubs are run by volunteers who are out putting on activities one or two nights a week in community or church halls which have to be paid for as well as the heating and lighting costs. Money has to be raised for any activities they take on like going to youth band or sporting competitions. Buses have to be hired and maybe accommodation might have to be paid for depending on where the events are on. Funding is needed even for trips to the cinema or bowling” Ms Thompson.The Youth Clubs cater for the age group 5-25 years mainly for after-schools activities. The Donegal Youth Service provides leadership programmes, child protection training and Garda vetting advice to the volunteers who run the centres. DYS was first setup in 1981 with a small office at the top of Letterkenny’s Market Square. Now the organization has 14 staff and a further 18 are involved in the clubs around the county under the Community Employment Scheme.“If children are not into sport parents come together and approach us for help in setting up a Youth Club. We give support with recruiting, training, policies and procedures, health and safety, which are all needed to run a club. The money raised from the North West 10k will go directly to the clubs for the purchase of laptops and to access Wifi for the youth club members. The volunteers also need the laptops as so much has to be done on-line now in terms of making applications and other work” Ms Thompson said.In addition to the 27 centres around the county the Donegal Youth Service also has The Loft on Letterkenny’s Port Road, which is funded by the HSE and caters for 12-18 year olds. It is a drop-in centre that offers group activities and 1:1 support to young people. The facility also has a Youth Information Centre funded by the Department of Youth & Child Affairs whose remit is looking after the 12-25 years age group and adults who support them. It provides information regarding work, accommodation, education, travel, cyber bullying and parent training.The Port Road centre also has the Day Break programme for young people between the ages of 12 and 15 who have left school early catering for an average of six daily and offering support with improving skills in numeracy and literacy, communications and life skills. The Day Break service is also available one day a week in Ballybofey. The Donegal Youth Service also runs the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender drop-in centre in Letterkenny and an outreach service in Ballybofey. Teen Talk a free ‘listening ear service’ is also provided for young people who experience difficulties at school or in the home and want someone to talk to in a 1:1 situation.So now with just over five weeks to go to the big North West 10k Charity Run & Walk the Donegal Youth Services and its 27 centres are busy with the main fundraising venture which is the sponsorship cards. Hundreds of cards have been distributed throughout the county and more are available. So take one from the clubs, do the walk or run and support this very worthy cause. Sponsorship cards are also available from Letterkenny Chamber and for further details on the 19th North West 10k go to “http://www.northwest10k.com” www.northwest10k.com. The North West 10k is being kindly sponsored again this year by Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and DonegalDaily.com.NORTH WEST 10K – RACE TO PRESS THE RIGHT BUTTONS FOR DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES! was last modified: April 5th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire

first_imgThe family of Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty had a lucky escape after their car went up in flames on Thursday night.Deputy Doherty is urging parents not to leave children unaccompanied in cars following the frightening incident.Deputy Doherty’s wife Róisín and their sons had left their car just ten minutes before it caught fire outside their home in Gweedore. The cause of the fire was a car fault and not malicious, Doherty said.He thanked the Gweedore Fire Service who attended the scene and brought the blaze under control.Sharing a video on Facebook, Doherty said: “Not the scene I was expecting to greet me when I landed home from the Dáil last night.“Thank god no one injured.“Róisín and the boys were out of the car and in the house for about 10 mins at this stage.“Big shout out to all the team in the Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade, excellent considerate and thorough.”Deputy Doherty warned that the fire was a “big big lesson for everyone don’t leave children unaccompanied in cars – even a few minutes can kill.”The Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, who has led a campaign against insurance company premiums and fraudulent claims, added that he was having trouble getting a response from his own provider yesterday: “Three calls later and insurance company still hasn’t returned the call. Says it all!!!,” he wrote. Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Blower Door Testing a Living Building

first_imgMy company recently had the privilege of being hired to provide envelope leakage testing for a new Living Building Challenge project at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, built by Skanska USA, the general contractor. We always appreciate opportunities to work on super high-performance buildings, and this project pushes the limits as far as we have seen. It is also an example of how challenging it can be to perform a blower door test on large and complex buildings. Two test phases The scope of work included one envelope leakage test prior to installation of interior finishes. This test is performed to identify any areas requiring correction. A final test, when the building is complete, confirms that envelope tightness met the project goals. Before our rough phase testing, the first test, we did a thorough walk through of the building, and identified areas of concern.  During this step we learned that people like us, who inspect and test buildings all the time, are more in tune with specific building envelope issues than construction teams or even commercial envelope consultants who do not test regularly. Although the project team was focused on delivering a high-performance building with a very tight envelope, we still found opportunities for improvement. We pointed out small gaps in the exterior sheathing, roof membrane loose laid over the top of the building parapet which was allowing air to leak in underneath the membrane, incomplete sealant around some fenestration, and various mechanical penetrations.RELATED ARTICLESLiving Building Challenge Gets an UpdateA Discussion of the Living Building Challenge Certification ProgramBlower Door TestingUrban Rustic: The Blower Door TestHow to Look at a House like a Building Scientist (Part 1: Air) Test 1 came a bit too soon The initial rough test was, for lack of a better word, a little rough.  It was scheduled at an early phase in construction, after the exterior sheathing and air barrier was installed, to allow for access for any required air sealing measures. At this stage, some windows and doors were not yet installed, and sealant work was not complete, but interior finishes needed to proceed and keep the project on schedule. With a lot of tape and plastic, we were able to get a reasonable measure of the overall leakage. At this stage it was above the target .15 CFM75/SF Building Envelope, but given that some work was still incomplete, the team was satisfied with the result. We identified specific areas to be addressed before final testing, lining the project up for success. Final testing was performed in August, just prior to substantial completion. We arrived late morning to start setting up in preparation for testing to begin at 3PM when all contractors were required to stay either inside or outside of the building, most of whom took the opportunity to leave the job. Three fans, 75 pascals of pressure We set up two twin blower door frames, for a total of four fans, each with an Energy Conservatory DG1000 manometer. Hoses were set outside at each face of the building to provide good reference pressure for testing. Each manometer was connected wirelessly to TechLog software, and with one exception, remained connected throughout the day. One manometer was not very cooperative, but thankfully we were able to meet the required 75 pascals of pressure with only three fans. We started out doing a visual inspection to seal any obvious leaks. We found some missing door weatherstrip and we confirmed that the dampers in the dedicated outside air ventilation system were in the closed position. The composting toilets have sophisticated power vent systems which were turned off and the dampers sealed. The first test was about 3000 CFM higher than the target, so we knew we had some work ahead of us. We closed some windows that were not tightly sealed and had one of our team stand in front of an inswinging door that was not latching properly and popping open when the fans were running.  We also had to constantly check all the doors to make sure no one came in our out. These adjustments led to only a minor improvement to the overall leakage. Surprise holes The big brainstorm came with my partner Abe Kruger started asking about the rainwater cisterns, as they were connected directly to the outside through the roof drains. We were directed the first flush filters for the system which were two large steel boxes near the ceiling of the main floor. The first one we inspected had a loose cover on it that was allowing a significant amount of air to leak around it when the test was underway. We taped it closed for the test, noting in our report that it will require a gasket and fasteners to keep it sealed. The 2nd filter was located about 20 feet above the floor, a bit high for a stepladder. Thankfully, one of the Johnson Controls technicians was on site and drove over in his lift to look at that filter box. Surprise – there was no cover, creating a large hole in the building. We cut a temporary cardboard cover which was taped in place, and voila!, envelope leakage was almost exactly what was targeted. One other area that showed noticeable leakage was a manhole cover over a cistern, which will also require a gasket. Samantha Morton, our in-house multi-fan guru set the baseline, then ran 10 second depressurization tests at a range of pressures from 30 to 80 Pascals, resulting in an overall leakage of 9,941CFM, working out to .14 CFM75/SF building envelope, beating the intended .15 target. To meet ASTM testing procedures, we turned around the fans, adjusted the hoses, and attempted to complete a pressurization test. As we approached the target, there was a sudden jump in flow, which we attributed to inaccessible backdraft dampers opening. There was no feasible way to seal off these dampers, so we abandoned the 2nd test, and the team agreed it was not necessary as the Living Building Challenge does not have specific envelope leakage requirements, and the depressurization test met the goal. More to come… Multi-fan testing in large buildings is always a challenge, from managing people going in and out of doors, to finding leaks both large and small in systems that are not common in small buildings.  Overall it was an interesting experience and we look forward to seeing the building completed and and meeting Living Building Challenge certification. Our next commercial building is a dog spa conversion from an old partially burned out mechanics shop that is being certified under the EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Program. We don’t expect it will be anywhere near as tight as the Living Building, but it will definitely be a big improvement over the prior conditions. -Carl Seville is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative. Photos courtesy of the author.last_img read more

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