The slow distribution of electricity in Nimba is costing the Government of Liberia and its West African partners millions of United States dollars.Almost two years since the giant power line crossed over to Liberia from the Ivory Coast, it is yet to cover the needed communities, especially in large towns and cities where commercial activities are booming.From Karnplay to Saclepea on one hand and Toe Town to Tappita on the other hand, people are still struggling to get connected to the power line, but finding it very hard, with technicians complaining of lack of materials including wires, poles, meters and transformers.Many communities in Sanniquellie, Ganta, Saclepea, Tappita and other towns where power lines are installed are yet to receive electricity.“We thought this electricity was brought to generate revenue, but we are not seeing any seriousness on the part of government and even those that are sponsoring it,” said Moses Manzah, a resident of Ganta.Complaints about the delay in the distribution of electricity remain the talk of people in every part of Nimba County.The actual reason for the delay in the distribution of power to the communities is yet to be established, but technicians working at the Liberia Electricity Corporation in Nimba suggest that the holdup is due to lack of materials.In July 2013, Nimba benefitted from electric power supply from the Ivory Coast, under the West Africa Power Pool, funded by the European Union and implemented by a Ghanaian firm known as Energy Venture.The availability of power supply was happily welcomed by citizens, especially those living in cities and large towns.The West African Power Pool covers counties along the border with Ivory Coast, including Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland but most of these counties are yet to be connected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Monrovia, Monday June 15, 2015: The United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced the relaxation of screening procedures for passengers travelling to the United States from Liberia, effective June 17, 2015. According to a release from the Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Government says travelers from Liberia will continue to be funneled through five selected U.S. Airports, but screening will be scaled back, while temperature will not be measured and reported on arrival, but contact information will still be left to state authorities. It says though requirements for active monitoring will end immediately, some local or state jurisdictions may exercise discretion.The United States Government however urges Liberia to remain vigilant since the threat of a renewed Ebola outbreak will remain in the region, especially until all effected countries reach the equivalent milestone.The U.S. Government also calls on Liberia to take rigorous surveillance measures, particularly along Liberia’s borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea, as a best defense against the reintroduction of Ebola in Liberia, including maintaining effective entry and exit screening at all points of entry. The release says although Liberia has been removed from the list of Ebola affected countries, the United States has consistently advocated for a regional approach to the outbreak and has publically stated that the epidemic would have to end in the entire region before any of the three affected countries would be adequately protected from a recurrence of the outbreak.The U.S. believes Liberia’s success strengthens the determination of the peoples of Sierra Leone and Guinea to continue their efforts to reach Zero cases of Ebola. The U.S. then congratulates the Government and People of Liberia on reaching the important milestone marked by WHO’s announcement that the Ebola epidemic in Liberia has ended, stressing that the success of the response in Liberia demonstrates that the world can beat the disease if everyone works together and responds quickly with the usage of the right tools including rapid diagnosis, contact tracing, surveillance, isolation of cases, safe and dignified burials, community outreach, and dedication.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…former PPP MP to be charged for sexual assaultThe David Granger-led Administration is attempting to use the criminal justice system as a political instrument against their political opponents.This is according to former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Alister Charlie.Former PPP MP and Central Committee Member, Alister CharlieCharlie, who is also a Central Committee Member of the PPP, made the statement on Monday evening after he was told that sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice charges will be filed against him. The charges stemmed from an accusation made last year.“Expectedly, as it is becoming clearer with every passing day that the coalition Government will lose the March 2, 2020, National and Regional Elections, they are becoming progressively more desperate and vindictive,” Charlie said.He added, “we have already witnessed their acts of vandalism against our party’s flags and other campaigns paraphernalia. We have also witnessed their acts of thuggery and intimidation against our party’s activists as they move around the country to spread the message of the PPP/C.”According to Charlie, after applying tremendous political pressure upon members of the Guyana Police Force, “they have finally succeeded in getting me charged with the criminal offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice”.It is to be noted, he said, that the initial police investigation concluded the matter as being resolved with the Virtual Complainant retracting the complaint after confessing that he was forced to make that complaint by someone “who is a known PNC activist” in the area. It is also important to note, he said, that the incident in question was made since July 31, 2019.“Subsequently, Vice President Sydney Allicock visited the police station with a delegation and, as a result, a special team of police officers, centrally directed from Eve Leary, Georgetown, was dispatched to reopen the investigation. As a result, these charges emerged. It is not without relevance that PNC activist, Carl Parker, the ex-Regional Executive Officer of Region Nine, was charged with attempted rape.”“I maintain that I am innocent of these charges and these charges are instituted against me because I was a Member of Parliament and a Central Committee Member of the PPP,” Charlie stated.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a short delay in getting a hazardous materials handling plan approved, officials with the City of Fort St. John say that the demolition of the former gymnastics building next to the North Peace Arena got underway today.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris said that the City originally did a hazardous materials assessment of the building in 2015. However, legislation changes that came into effect in May meant that the assessment needed to be redone to higher standards.“The changes in the legislation were mainly around how they test for hazardous materials,” said Ferris. “In 2015 it was acceptable to just say that they tested. Now the legislation changes in May indicates how you tested, what you did, and what the estimated quantity of the hazardous materials that could be there is. So, you just have to provide more detail and the estimated quantity of hazardous materials.”- Advertisement -The City brought in a consultant to do an updated hazmat assessment earlier this year, who submitted the assessment to Worksafe BC. Ferris explained that such a delay is not uncommon, as any hazmat assessments that were done in B.C. prior to May will need to be redone to adhere to the new rules.Ferris said that Worksafe BC has signed off on the plan, and will continue to monitor the site for the duration of the demolition. The City awarded the contract for the building’ demolition to Edmonton-based Pacific Blasting and Demolition for $688,135. According to Ferris, the contractor began demolition operations today.Ferris added that the City’s goal is to have the demolition complete prior to the start of the upcoming U17 World Hockey Challenge next month. “The building itself will be quick to come down once the abatement of the hazardous materials in finalized. The cleanup should be fairly quick. It’s the work on the remaining standing wall that adjoins the arena will take a bit longer to do. But that old part of the building should be down before U17’s,” said Ferris.Advertisement
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heart of the action as Portugal scraped through to the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Jack GUEZMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed to the World Cup knockout rounds on a Monday night of high drama dominated by VAR decisions, as Uruguay pipped Russia to top spot in their group.Spain ended up topping Group B by virtue of goals scored after an injury-time strike by Iago Aspas — confirmed by the video assistant referee — rescued a 2-2 draw against Morocco in Kaliningrad and will take on the host nation in Moscow on Sunday. Portugal, who finished level with Spain on five points, conceded a late penalty as Iran drew level at 1-1 and faced a heart-stopping moment as Mehdi Taremi put a shot inches wide — a goal that would have sent the European champions crashing out.Ronaldo was at the heart of a series of VAR incidents in Saransk. First he had a penalty saved by Ali Beiranvand and was later saved by a review as Iran’s players called for him to be sent off following an incident with Morteza Pouraliganji.Furious Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Portugal captain Ronaldo, who was booked, should have been sent off for using an elbow and lashed out against VAR, saying it was “not going well”.“I don’t want to talk too much, it’s about my country and a player. I know it’ll be a war against me,” said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 finals in South Africa.”Spain forward Iago Aspas celebrates his late equaliser against Morocco © AFP / Patrick HERTZOG“But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR, there is an elbow,” he added. “An elbow is a red card in the rules. In the rules it doesn’t say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo.”Portugal will face Uruguay in the last 16 in Sochi on Saturday.Relieved Spain boss Fernando Hierro, who took over as coach on the eve of the World Cup, said he knew the group was going to be tough, acknowledging his side had to tighten up.“The first conclusion I draw is that despite all these challenges we ended on top. I’m looking at the silver lining,” he said.“Obviously we can improve. Five goals in three matches is not the way forward. The players are professional, they understand what the situation.”– VAR penalties –There have now been 19 penalties taken at the 2018 World Cup — more than in any other edition of the competition.Earlier, 10-man Russia were handed a World Cup reality check, losing 3-0 to Uruguay as the South Americans topped Group A with a perfect record.The host nation rode a wave of national euphoria in their first two matches, sweeping aside Saudi Arabia and Egypt despite being initially written off as no-hopers but could not keep the magic alive against the South Americans.An early free-kick from Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, an own goal from Denis Cheryshev and a late strike from Edinson Cavani sealed top spot for Uruguay, with Russia through to the knockout stages as runners-up.“Obviously, the first few matches you’re tense and don’t want to make any mistakes or lose,” said man-of the-match Suarez.Luis Suarez (left) and Edinson Cavani both scored as Uruguay beat Russia 3-0 to top World Cup Group A © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND“One mistake can be very expensive. Today we came to the pitch with a different attitude and perspective and that’s made the pressure better. That’s what we saw on the pitch.”Disappointed Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov said it was better to lose heavily now than in future games, adding his players had shown nerves for the first time but were psychologically prepared for the knockout stages.“The outcome is very simple. We did what we had to do,” he said. “But you cannot start a game of this level with such a mistake — we gave up a goal.“Uruguay then started playing their type of football. And then we got a red card.”In the other match in Group A, Saudi Arabia beat Mohamed Salah’s Egypt 2-1 in a matchup of two eliminated sides in Volgograd but the main talking point was Egypt goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary becoming the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup.El Hadary, 45 years and 161 days old, smashed the record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.The veteran goalkeeper produced a stunning save from a Fahad al-Muwallad penalty after Salah had given Egypt the lead with his second World Cup goal, but could not keep out another spot kick by Salman al-Faraj in first-half injury time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
THE head boy at Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana features in today’s Irish Times in a feature on how school leaders are selected.Domhnaill Harkin, 17, tells the paper about the lengthy process involved in getting the position…including interviews with the boss!You can read more here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2011/1126/1224307988626.htmlBUNCRANA HEAD BOY FEATURES IN IRISH TIMES MAG was last modified: November 26th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Scoil Mhuire Buncrana
DONEGAL’S new Mayor Frank McBrearty gave up the chance of an inaugural dinner – to support the Save Lifford Hospital campaign.The Labour party councillor instead donated €500 to the campaign group which is hoping to win a reprieve after being recommended for a downgrade.And he invited councillors and family and friends to the Salad Bowl cafe in Lifford, opposite the council chamber. Staff there laid on a spread of sandwiches and snacks as Mayor McBrearty celebrated getting the council’s top job….with a cup of tea.He was joined by his father Frank McBrearty Snr as well as Senator Jimmy Harte and members of all the political parties.“The last thing I wanted to do was go out and have a big dinner when people are struggling,” said Mayor McBrearty.“So I made a donation to the Save Lifford Hospital campaign and provided a few sandwiches and tea instead. “The Salad Bowl did a great job.”The new Mayor said he was looking forward to serving all the people of Co Donegal in the year ahead.“I now leave my political allegiances at the door and will work in a neutral environment for everyone in the county, regardless of who they are or where they are,” he said.The colourful politician has been known for his outspoken views in the past.And he’s never been afraid to speak his mind. But he admitted that when it came to his acceptance speech: “I was quite nervous. And that’s because it was a huge honour for me and for my family and for my party. I take my new responsibilities very seriously indeed.”He plans to use his year in office to promote sport as a way of helping to beat or ease mental health issues.“As someone who has suffered from depression myself I know what it is like to take it on and then recover,” he added.NEW MAYOR MCBREARTY SWAPS DINNER FOR SARNIES was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyLabour partyLiffordSalad BowlSave Lifford Hospit
MOORPARK – Schools Superintendent Frank DePasquale, seen as somewhat of a bridge-builder between the school district and community, will retire in March after 25 years as the area’s chief educator. DePasquale submitted his letter of retirement last week to the board of the Moorpark School District. His decision to leave the school system is based on a desire to spend time with his wife, Diann, and family, he said, plus “the time is right.” “There’s a certain point in your career when the voice inside you says, now is time,” said the Ventura resident, an educator for 35 years. “I am very fortunate to be able to exit when things are going so well.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week DePasquale said he takes pride in leaving at a time when many of the Measure R $33 million bond projects are near completion, the district’s 11 schools are functioning at a high academic level and many have received Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon School honors. Moorpark schools surpassed the state’s Academic Performance Index target with an overall score of 803. The district will likely run under an interim superintendent for a short period, DePasquale said, but he expects the five-member board to appoint a new person to the post by September. Trustee David Pollock said board members were caught by surprise and will be sorting through their options as they begin the hiring process. “We were all shocked,” he said. “We weren’t expecting him to retire so soon, but understand his reasons. “It’s safe to say the board is wanting to continue the momentum. We like the direction Frank has the district going and want nothing less.” DePasquale began his career in Moorpark as principal of Flory Elementary School (now a magnet) in 1981. In 1987, he was named Campus Canyon School principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction in 1992. He was named superintendent in March 2000. Through the years, he saw the district flourish from 2,000 students to more than 7,600, Moorpark High School go on to claim Academic Decathlon state and national titles, and The High School at Moorpark College program established. For now, the father of two looks forward to being with his family, doing some traveling and teaching at the university level. But he’ll still be around from time to time. “I’ll be around for the big events,” he said, adding that he’ll miss the excitement of football games and the Academic Decathlon competition. “I’ll always have fond memories of Moorpark and leave a piece of my heart here.” Moorpark Mayor Pat Hunter said DePasquale’s retirement will create a void not easily filled. “He clearly understands that our children represent our greatest investment,” he said. “He will leave with my respect, my admiration and my sincerest appreciation on a job well done.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Spore is a highly-anticipated computer game that just came out. Evolutionists are claiming it as a model of how life evolves – but intelligent-design advocates are calling it an ID game, pure and simple. Who’s right? Carl Zimmer, a science writer, is among those counting Spore points for Darwin. His blog entry from Discover Magazine leads to an article on the New York Times sporting a large depiction of Tiktaalik, the alleged fish evolving legs (04/06/2006). In “Gaming Evolves,” Zimmer gets evolutionary biologists to comment on the game. The reviews are positive but mixed. They enjoy the game, but Dr. Richard Prum commented, “The mechanism is severely messed up.” Presumably it does not accurately depict the neo-Darwinian mechanism of natural selection acting on random mutations. The game only touches on some of the big questions of evolutionary biology, Prum continued: What is the origin of complexity? And how contingent is evolution on happenstance? Nevertheless, he feels that if it helps players ask these questions, “that would be great.” Spore was written by Will Wright, author of the popular game SimCity and its spin-offs. Wright was motivated by the work of evolutionary biologists and prior simulations like Avida (05/08/2003) and Evarium. In Spore, he wanted to “give players an experience of life and the universe across billions of years, from microscopic creatures to interstellar civilizations.” So he invented a virtual landscape that allows players to create organisms that mate and evolve and deal with the unexpected. The question remains: is this evolution or intelligent design? The game avoids the problem of the origin of life by starting with spores from outer space. Then, players exercise choice and direction over what happens:The game begins with a meteorite crashing into a planet, sowing its oceans with life and organic matter. Players control a simple creature that gobbles up bits of debris. They can choose to eat other creatures or eat vegetation or both. As the creature eats and grows, it gains DNA points, which the player can use to add parts like tails for swimming or spikes for defense. Once the creature has gotten big and complex enough, it is ready for the transition to land. On land, the creatures can grow legs, wings and other new parts. And it is at this point that some of Spore’s features really shine. Mr. Wright’s team has written software that can rapidly transform creatures in an infinite number of ways, as players add parts and alter their size, shape and position.In other words, players don’t need to sit and wait for millions of years with hands off; the game puts control in their hands in time-lapse. Is that evolution? Furthermore, it is doubtful if Wright would take kindly to hear his software attributed to chance and necessity. Nevertheless, he feels that the balance between cooperation and competition designed into the game is what drives the emergence of complexity in the wild. Meanwhile, over at the SETI Institute, Frank and Jill and the other alien-hunters are going nuts playing Spore games during work hours, building Mr. Alien Potato-Head and other imaginary creatures. Seth Shostak, director, is even joining in the fun. He wrote for Space.com that it’s not only fun, it could inspire young people to become scientists (hopefully SETI members). “When you’re young, it’s the inspiration that counts – the emotional appeal,” he said proudly. Some evolutionists, though, have noticed the chinks in the claim the game represents evolution. They might be worried the “design flaws” (so to speak) could be exploited by members of the intelligent design community. They seem eager to state up front, therefore, that Spore is not quite like “real” evolution. Zimmer explained on page 3,Even as scientists praise Spore, they voice concerns about how the game does not match evolution. In the real world, new traits evolve as mutations arise and spread gradually through entire populations. Winning Spore’s DNA points does not work even as a remote metaphor. “I do hope that it doesn’t confuse people as to what evolution is all about,” said Charles Ofria, a computer scientist at Michigan State University and a creator of Avida. Spore may also mislead players with the way it is set up as a one-dimensional march of progress from single-cell life to intelligence. Evolution is more like a tree than a line, with species branching in millions of directions. Sometimes species become more complex, and sometimes they become less so. And sometimes they do not change at all. “There’s no progressive arrow that dominates nature,” Dr. Prum said. These caveats notwithstanding, Dr. [Thomas] Near [Yale] hopes that Spore prompts people to think about the evolutionary process. “This may be totally off about how evolution works, but I’d much rather be dealing with a student who says, ‘O.K., I have no problem with evolution; I think about it the same way I think about gravity.’” If it does that, it’ll be great.”This seems to imply that Spore does not have value in convincing non-believers in evolution, but only in reinforcing the convictions of those who already have “no problem with evolution.” Another scientist who liked Spore in spite of its faults was Neil Shubin, discoverer of Tiktaalik (04/06/2006) and author of Your Inner Fish (01/16/2008) He didn’t mind its differences with nature. It’s only a game, he reminded everyone. “It is not identical to nature, but it is a world that evolves, that changes and where the players are part of those processes.” Shubin was especially pleased with the Tiktaalik that he and Wright “designed” in Spore, if one will pardon the expression. But if players can design body parts and direct what happens, is it really a world that evolves? Seth Shostak revealed that the game’s creator “has frequently visited the SETI Institute, and says he drew inspiration for the new game from its various research programs.” Will Wright had a curious metaphor for his game. He called it “manure to seed future scientists.”Since future scientists are presumably human beings and not plants, it is disgusting to spread manure on them. Will Wright may be a clever inventor like Wilbur Wright, but in the unforgiving air of critical analysis of evolution, his invention won’t fly. Adding a lot of hot air underneath violates the rules. It’s no wonder evolutionists love this game. They live in Fantasyland, where Tinker Bell helps them wish upon a star, and all their Darwinian dreams come true. They love digital organisms, not real ones. They flourish in a playground where imagination is king. They don’t want students to learn about evolution; they want them to have an experience of it. They want their minds to soar off into millions of mythical years where miracles happen, given enough time. If they really wanted a real-world simulation of evolution, they would turn the computer off and shake it for a million years. The perceptive onlooker sees intelligent design all over the place (cf. 11/14/2006). It took ID to build the hardware. It took ID to write the software. It takes ID for the players to guide the outcomes according to their own purposes and plans. And all the complex organs – wings, lungs and legs that Spore conjures up on demand – are conveniently pre-designed in software modules. To really simulate Darwin’s scenario, how about we take the players’ hands off the controls and throw in a few random mutations in the code from time to time. The awarding of “DNA points” to fake organisms unmasks the hype that somehow Spore represents evolution. In nature, who rewards anyone? Survival is not a reward. The last man standing is not necessarily going to be rewarded with wings. It’s the origin of innovative function that is the problem. Wright designed an evolutionary algorithm to solve the problem, but it presupposes a purpose and direction that nature cannot provide. As William Dembski proved in No Free Lunch, no evolutionary algorithm, when stripped of auxiliary information, is superior to blind search. The giving of awards to help evolution represents the insertion of auxiliary information into the system – a form of cheating. With deft analogies and rigorous mathematical reasoning, Dembski reduces all evolutionary algorithms to blind search, and then shows mathematically that getting complex specified information at the complexity level of life by blind search is less probable than the universal probability bound of one chance in 10-150 – i.e., it will never happen. Evolutionists deceive themselves into thinking this game has anything to do with evolutionary theory. Then they deceive players and students quite literally by enticing them to “think about the evolutionary process” with a game that is literally saturated with intelligent-design requirements. Chalk this up as another example of the “useful lie” tactic with which evolutionary manure is spread on the unsuspecting (e.g., 06/29/2007). If you’re a vegetable (e.g., a couch potato), you might enjoy the fertilizer. 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My hopesAs Joe Lstiburek said to Klingenberg at the end of her talk this year, “If you want to change the world, this can’t become a boutique program like R2000 in Canada.” I’d argue that he’s wrong in one respect: Passivhaus is already a boutique program. It’s got a tremendous amount of buzz for a boutique program, however, and its effect cannot be measured simply by the number of certified projects. That buzz could propel it into another realm.Is Passivhaus ready for the big time? I’m anxious to find out more when I attend the conference in Denver. My Passivhaus leaningsIn the ’80s and ’90s, I was a big fan of Amory Lovins. I remember reading about the house he built in Snowmass, Colorado—with their outrageous 9000 heating degree days—and how they relied mainly on passive solar gain and internal loads for heating the house. In fact, he would thank his guests for their heating contributions. I’d also been fascinated by the superinsulated houses of the ’70s and ’80s.In a way, Passivhaus is to heating loads as Grover Norquist is to government — Their goal is to reduce the heating load to such a small size that you could drown it in a bathtub (and thus eliminate the cost of the typically huge mechanical system). I can identify with that…to a point.I know that that Henry Gifford looks at the building envelope merely as the “assembly surrounding the mechanical system,” but the building envelope has to be where you start. I think the Passivhaus folks have gone a little too far in trying to design and build “homes without heating systems.” (Martin Holladay showed that that claim isn’t true anyway.) They’ve done a lot of great things to help move the superinsulation model forward, however.One thing I really like about Passivhaus is that they account for thermal bridging (places where heat can bypass the insulation) in a more realistic way. By contrast, the HERS energy modeling software factors in thermal bridging mainly through default framing factors for the various building assemblies.I also like that the ultimate goal is the reduction of primary, or source, energy consumption, and that they have a high standard for air-tightness. Plus, it’s encouraging to see Passive House incorporating HERS raters into the verification process. Passivhaus For BeginnersA Conversation With Wolfgang FeistPassivhaus Crosses the Atlantic A ‘Magic Box’ For Your Passivhaus Passivhaus WindowsAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Podcast: Passivhaus, Part 1: Concepts and BasicsPodcast: Passivhaus, Part 2: The Standards Podcast: Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant? I like the way Martin Holladay put it in his diagram explaining the broader goal: “You can save a lot more energy by installing 2 inches of foam under 7 houses than by installing 14 inches of foam under one house.”I’m also concerned about the cost-effectiveness issue. At a certain point, building envelope improvements become more expensive than adding photovoltaic modules to produce energy on-site.And then there’s the name. Should we call it Passive House or Passivhaus? Or something altogether different since it’s not truly passive, and it’s confusing because of the similarity to passive solar, which Passive Houses don’t have to be. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at EnergyVanguard This weekend I bought my ticket to Denver for the Passive House conference at the end of September. The program has intrigued me since I first found out about it in 2007, but I haven’t gotten involved with it yet. That may be changing now.I made overtures a few years ago and then held back because my involvement with HERS rater training and serving raters as a HERS provider was consuming most of my time. The fact that the program didn’t seem well-suited to warmer climates and received some well-placed criticism from folks like John Straube and Martin Holladay didn’t make me feel like rushing in either. I’m sometimes accused of insisting on the perfect instead of the good (and not only by my wife!), but I do value cost-effectiveness and doing what’s practical. That’s why the Pretty Good House idea appeals to me.At the Westford Symposium on Building Science (a.k.a., Building Science Summer Camp) a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Katrin Klingenberg and as a result, decided that I should attend their conference this year. Just getting to hear Amory Lovins and Joe Lstiburek speak makes it worthwhile to attend, of course, but my real objective is to find out where the program is headed. RELATED ARTICLES My reservationsAs I mentioned above, one of my biggest questions about Passivhaus has been its suitability to warmer climates with humidity. I live in the Southeast where cooling and dehumidification are significant factors. Having a really well insulated and air-tight home with no thermal bridges isn’t going to get you all the way to home plate. Mechanical systems are critical, and I was happy to hear Klingenberg discuss the importance of dehumidification in her Summer Camp talk.Extreme energy reduction is great, but you also need to make sure that the people who live in the home will be comfortable and healthy. In the latest article in her blog (the Klingenblog), Klingenberg seems to be holding tight to the energy reduction target. As she states there, “refining the annual figure to climate zones will result in a tightening of the standard in some climate zones – not a relaxation, as some generally understood the proposal to do.”