first_imgMore specifics to comeThe Framework also makes generation recommendations for other parts of the Canadian economy, such as transportation and industry. But it doesn’t list specific requirements for new or retrofitted buildings — minimum requirements for insulation or airtightness, for example. Those details are still to come.David Foster, the senior director of communications for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), said by telephone that the specifics of an updated national building code are years down the road. He said a new national code is set every five years — with the next due out in 2020 — and that it’s up to provincial governments to adopt it. So the overall goal of developing net-zero standards by 2030 is still 12 years away from adoption, giving trade and government groups plenty of time to find ways of reducing costs.Keeping energy efficiency standards affordable is a key issue, Foster said. Building a net-zero energy ready house today is about $20 per square foot more than building a house to current code requirements, mainly because of more expensive windows and HVAC equipment, he said. With that incremental cost in mind, a 2,000-square-foot net-zero ready house would cost $40,000 more to build today than a house that barely meets current code requirements. That’s roughly what CHBA’s CEO Kevin Lee told the Financial Post.“You’re talking about $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 on top of the price of an existing home to meet the targets that they’re setting out,” Lee said. “Our concern is always what this will mean for affordability.” Tougher efficiency requirements could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of building a new house in Canada, business and government officials said.Philip Rizcallah, director of research and development at the National Research Council of Canada, told a government panel last month that changes to the national building code now under development could inflate the cost of a typical home by as much as $35,000, according to an article published by the Financial Post. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) warned that stricter building requirements could add as much as $50,000 to the cost of a new home.Natural Resources Canada, a government agency, is working on more stringent building requirements as part of an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. A federal carbon tax, new regulations on methane, and incentives for zero-emission vehicles also are on the table.Buildings are a major culprit for greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, accounting for 17% of the country’s total, according to government estimates, and making the country’s per capita energy consumption among the highest in the world. Changes would put focus on efficiencyThe case for tougher building codes was roughed out in the Pan-Canadian Framework late last year, The Post said. The document lays out a number of approaches for lowering greenhouse gas emissions: making new houses more energy efficient, retrofitting existing buildings, improving the efficiency of appliances and equipment, and supporting building codes and energy-efficient housing in indigenous communities. RELATED ARTICLES center_img “Advances in clean technologies and building practices can make new buildings ‘net-zero energy,’ meaning they require so little energy they could potentially rely on their own renewable energy supplies for all of their energy needs,” the plan says. “Through research and development, technology costs continue to fall, and government and industry efforts and investments will accelerate that trend. These advances, supported by a model ‘net-zero energy ready’ building code, will enable all builders to adopt these practices and lower lifecycle costs for homeowners.”Officials said that more stringent model building codes should be adopted by 2020, with “net zero energy ready” codes in place by 2030. Codes for retrofitting existing buildings should be in place by 2022.In arguing for net-zero energy buildings, officials said that construction costs for that level of performance have dropped 40% in the last decade and continue to fall. “The benefits of net-zero energy buildings are significant,” it said. “Estimated operating costs for a net-zero energy ready house is 30% to 55% less than a typical house, depending on region, fuel type and occupant behaviour.” Net-Zero Gets a Boost in CanadaCanada Launches Net-Zero Project‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ Posts Energy DataRevisiting Net Zero EnergyZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’My Net Zero Conundrumlast_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to push for a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has said that it planned to enroll 25,000 fresh Bajrang Dal “sainiks” as volunteers and also impart training in tridents to some of them.The new recruits would be imparted with “trishul deeksha,” the VHP said, but did not clarify if tridents would also be distributed to the Bajrang Dal members.Bajranj Dal was the youth wing of the VHP.The right-wing outfit had planned a “dharma sabha” in Ayodhya on November 25 and said representatives of various Hindu groups across the country would attend. A gathering would be held in Delhi on December 9, three days after the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.”There is anger among Hindus due to the adjournment of the case,” said VHP vice-president Champat Rai, adding that the wait for a temple had now become “unbearable.”The VHP had threatened direct action. “If necessary, Bajrang Dal’s dedicated workers can march to Ayodhya any time for the construction of the temple on the instructions of the seers,” said Bholendra, VHP Awadh organisation secretary in a statement.Mr. Bholendra justified that the weapons training to Bajrang Dal recruits, saying it was part of “Indian tradition,” and such programmes were held to safeguard Hindu religion and culture.The VHP’s meeting in Ayodhya cames at a time when Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was scheduled to visit Ayodhya on November 24 for two days.The events had alarmed Babri litigant Iqbal Ansari, who said the Muslims in Ayodhya felt insecure due to the heavy presence of Hindu outfits aggressively campaigning for a temple.”In 1992, too, the crowds gathered in a similar fashion. Mosques were destroyed, homes set on fire. What guarantee is there that something won’t happen if crowds gather again,” Mr. Ansari asked.He had threatened to leave Ayodhya if the security of the place was not increased before the VHP meet.last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really nice to get to see a different culture and try new things here. And we’re really growing not only as players but also as individuals.”Valdez, who suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Women’s Volleyball Thailand League earlier this year, practiced with her new team on Thursday.The Filipino volleyball star will also be playing with a familiar face in Thuy as they competed against each other in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Attackline Volleyball Team 💕 pic.twitter.com/v14ZlZKfDk— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) October 6, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PHOTO from Team Alyssa V’s Facebook account.Alyssa Valdez was officially introduced as the newest member of Chinese Taipei volleyball club Attack Line on Friday along with Vietnamese star Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.Valdez, who is playing for second club team outside of the Philippines, will suit up for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League from October to December.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “I’m really thankful to be here for this opportunity and I’m really excited playing with them and learning a lot of things from them,” said Valdez during the presser on Friday as posted on her Facebook account. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA personalised map of what to pick, what to drop and what to envy.Restaurant reviewAll in one The new multi-cuisine restaurant, Omnia at Community Center, Saket is worth a try. There is Italian, Thai, Indian and Lebanese cuisine to choose from. But don’t expect an extensive menu. Their menu is a mix of famous dishes from all cuisines. “We wanted to offer as much as possible under one roof,” tells SM Malhotra, Executive Chef. The restaurant’s interior palette consists of black, white, beige and orange and the chairs are comfortable enough to make you sit for long hours. Must try: Garlic Chicken Fettuccinni, Chicken Roulette, Chicken in Green Curry.Meal for two: Rs 1,200 (including taxes)Adrenaline attackThe air of Underdoggs air is contagious. It makes you want to think, drink and eat sports. The latest sports bar and cafe in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj has all the perfect ingredients for a fun-filled evening. With 40 HDTVs and four projection screens, pool table, shuffleboards to dart boards and even table tennis, it is practically a sports complex. You can indulge in some ‘great American pub food’, along with a drinking game menu on custom tables with ping-pong balls or with cups, cards and dice. Must try: Jalepeno and Cheese Dynamites Meal for two: Rs1,550.In and outIf you are looking for a quick lunch, 1440, the 24 hour Lounge & Cafe in Hotel Vikram is your stop. The place offers good options for grub on the go, plus point being their 24X7 service. The menu is simple and uncomplicated with Indian and Oriental food. Their appetizers don’t do their job but the main course compensates for it. With hookah and foot-thumping numbers in the backdrop, their lounge is meant for the nocturnal breed. Drop in at midnight to experience the trance. Must try: Murgh lababdar with garlic naan, chilly chicken in bean sauce. Meal for two: Rs 1,000Things we loveadvertisementPint-sized pizza: Next time you go to Big Chill Cafe make sure you have a pint of beer with your favourite pizza as one of their outlets in Kailash Colony has got a liquor license.Retail therapy: Good news for all you shopaholics, its time to shop till you drop this summer. One of the most popular malls of the city, Select City walk has extended time to 11 p.m.Things we don’tInspiration or copy? It wasn’t too long ago when Delhi-based designer Manav Gangwani’s infamous black dress received flak for copying from an international designer. The latest to join the brigade is designer duo Gauri and Nainika. It’s time for more innovation than inspiration. What say, people?Sun baked: Hot is not hot. Think inflated AC bills, scorching auto rides and road rage. With soaring temperatures, the coming days promise to be difficult. Thinking of heading to Himalayas, already? Make do with ACs meanwhile.New productsSole comfortOzel introduces butterfly twists-clever little soles. They’re lightweight ballet pumps, which can be twisted and slipped into a neat little pouch. You can tuck in your bag to save your soles for a night out. So kick off your heels, and shimmy the night away. Price: Rs 1,250-Rs 1,500. Available at: M-7, G.K.-1 M-Block Market.Cinderella fitThese shoes, from the Indian luxury footwear brand Taramay are handmade with the highest quality fabric.Their first collection focuses on ballet flats with a ten-piece collection ranging from suede to tweed and lace. Price on request Available at: Ensemble.Wrist couture The 70’s inspired La D De Dior is a classic piece. With 227 diamonds, it will fit all wrists but not every wallet. Price: Rs 1,160,000 onwards. Available at: Johnson’s Watch Co.Bagilicious summer Are you looking for an instant boost to complement the season’s look? Fret not. Lavie is here with its brand new spring summer collection. Be it pastel shades or hot reds, your wardrobe is definitely incomplete without them. Price: Rs 1,700 onwards. Available at: Select City Walk.last_img read more

first_imgDay Two was moving day at the NSWTA State Cup with Men’s and Women’s scrambling for the all important finals positions.In the Men’s Open, Wests have swept before them with five wins from five games. Coach Tony Trad is confident about this tournament but they will have to be on their best as they cross over and face the other teams from the Pool of Death.Penrith finished first in the other pool with a draw with Hornsby their only blemish. Time will tell if the young boys from the foot of the mountain can stand up on its biggest stage.Canterbury finished second and like a good horse is well position to make a sprint for the post. They seem set to met Wests in the semi-final which will be an epic game. Hornsby finished third and will have to beat Easts to progress to the semi-finals where they are likely to face Penrith. In the Women’s, Easts have come through the heavy preliminary workload in the best position. Wollongong have been in good form but it should be another year before they make the final with Easts favoured to meet Canterbury in the big onme who play Wests in the other semi.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.” last_img read more

first_imgSouth Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has extended the term of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) C.K. Yoo. until 2021.“All employees of HMM – with a sense of great duty and mission as the only national ocean carrier – will give our all to leap forward as one of the top global shipping carriers.”  “We believe that HMM will gain great cost-competitiveness and strengthen its sales power,” Yoo said.The term extension is being reported in the light of the company’s 42nd regular shareholders’ meeting held at the HMM’s headquarters in Seoul.Yoo is expected to resume the company’s fleet renewal campaign which has seen HMM order construction of five very large crude carriers (VLCC) last year at DSME and acquire two 11,000 TEU containerships.Earlier this week, the company announced it had secured USD 420 million to finance the construction of the quartet.As announced by Yoo in January, the company intends to double its vessel capacity by 2022.As part of the plan, HMM revealed an investment in the construction of 22,000 TEU newbuilding that is expected to be formalized shortly.Furthermore, the company has launched a digitalization of its operation via a switch to a Cloud-based next-generation system, planned to be completed by 2020.Image Courtesy: HMMlast_img read more

first_imgReaction has been pouring in on social media following a mass shooting late Sunday night where two people were killed and at least 12 others were injured in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood.The shooting happened near Danforth and Logan Ave. just after 10 p.m.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said early Monday that police arrived at the scene and quickly identified the suspect, who was armed with a handgun. An exchange of gunfire ensued, and Saunders said the 29-year-old shooter likely died of gunshot wounds. Advertisement Advertisement Many celebrities took to social media to react to the tragedy, with the hashtags #Danforth and #TorontoStrong.Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams wrote, “Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town.”Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town. Praying that some of these reported injuries from the shooting don’t turn into fatalities. Thank you to all the officers and doctors working hard tonight to deal with the aftermath. #danforth— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 23, 2018Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort wrote, “Heart broken to hear about the #Danforth shooting this morning. My love and condolences to the victims and their families.”Another senseless shooting in my home town. Heart broken to hear about the #Danforth shooting this morning. My love and condolences to the victims and their families. Praying those injured are able to recover not only physically but emotionally. #toronto— Laura Vandervoort (@Vandiekins22) July 23, 2018Canadian actor Jay Baruchel wrote, “A few years ago I chose to move to the east end of Toronto, first to East York and then the beach. Every day I’ve been reminded why I made that choice. I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.”A few years ago I chose to move to the east end of Toronto, first to East York and then the beach. Every day I’ve been reminded why I made that choice. I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.Toronto can and will endure.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) July 23, 2018Canadian racing driver Robert Wickens wrote, “Something needs to change! My thoughts go out to all the victims.”Just got back to Indianapolis to read about what happened in Toronto tonight. Something needs to change! My thoughts go out to all the victims. Thank you to the emergency response staff for there hard work in trying to keep the fatality rate as low as possible tonight. #Danforth— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) July 23, 2018Canadian former women’s ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser wrote, “Oh Toronto…  #Danforth.”Oh Toronto…??#Danforth— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) July 23, 2018Former Barenaked Ladies frontman wrote, “‘This is where we used to live.’ For 25 years. And it’s where my kids live. What an awful, violent year for Toronto. #Danforth.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe French professional football league have announced that two more matches have been postponed due the ongoing civil unrest in FranceThis comes in light of protests and demonstrations going havoc due to president Emmanuel Macron’s eco-tax policy on fuel.The riots, which have mainly occurred in Paris, have now become a major issue for the police with several sporting events having been impacted on as a result.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.The Ligue 1 website announced that Montpellier, who currently sit third in Ligue 1, had their match away to Nantes postponedPatrick Vieira’s Nice side’s game against Saint-Etienne on Friday is also being put on hold at the request of the local authorities.The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bordeaux, AS Monaco, Marseille and Lyon have all had fixtures rescheduled in light of the protests.last_img read more