Anti-Israel motion slammed

first_imgNUS president Aaron Porter has condemned Motion 411, passed by the National Executive Council (NEC) last Tuesday, which labelled Israel an “apartheid state”.NUS president Aaron Porter has condemned Motion 411, passed by the National Executive Council (NEC) last Tuesday, which labelled Israel an “apartheid state”. Porter told Cherwell, “Democratic organisations sometimes make decisions that their leader disagrees with as I do with a recent vote of the NEC in relation to our policy on the Middle East.“NUS has always taken a measured and balanced approach to the complex issues surrounding the Middle East and I believe changing that is damaging to all involved. NUS has worked closely with the Union of Jewish Students to tackle hate speech on campus and I am proud of that work. “Jewish students must feel able to participate freely in our movement and will do all I can to persuade the NUS NEC to drop policy which is seen as anti-Israel and to further co-operation on campuses.”The NEC conference resolved “to strongly condemn Israel’s siege on Gaza and actively campaign for it to be lifted in accordance with international law.”Matt Herman, President of Oxford’s Israel society condemned Motion 411 stating, “It took a measly twenty minutes to pass the motion. Such a controversial, political issue should have opened up to in depth and scrutinising debate. This motion was passed with just 20 out of 50 members of NUS’s NEC present. “This means that as few as 10 members of the NEC have determined a highly political policy decision on behalf of 7 million students than NUS claims to represent.”  Sam Rabinowitz a second-year at Balliol argued “It does appear to have been passed constitutionally. But I think there’s a difference between unconstitutional and undemocratic. There does not seem to have been any attempt to encourage wider discussion and assess student opinion.“This motion seems one-sided. Look at Israeli actions in Gaza without also mentioning the provocations of that action, and indeed the casualties and destruction on the Israeli side into Israeli towns? When Israelis and Palestinians are trying to build a dialogue, a motion like this is simply unhelpful: it not only undermines the Palestinian moderates by playing to extremists’ demands, and makes it harder for the Israeli government to engage diplomatically.”A spokesperson for Palestince society commented, “The fact that the motion was passed is very positive and it recognises the awareness on the part of students against the injustices taking place in the occupied territories. “It was not undemocratic. Students have a very important role to play in combatting injustice. The student movement against apartheid South Africa had a massive impact. If we act as a collective against injustice, it will make a difference”Porter told Cherwell, “Democratic organisations sometimes make decisions that their leader disagrees with as I do with a recent vote of the NEC in relation to our policy on the Middle East. NUS has always taken a measured and balanced approach to the complex issues surrounding the Middle East and I believe changing that is damaging to all involved.’‘NUS has worked closely with the Union of Jewish Students to tackle hate speech on campus and I am proud of that work. Jewish students must feel able to participate freely in our movement and will do all I can to persuade the NUS NEC to drop policy which is seen as anti-Israel and to further co-operation on campuses.”The NEC conference resolved “to strongly condemn Israel’s siege on Gaza and actively campaign for it to be lifted in accordance with international law.”Matt Herman, President of Oxford’s Israel Society condemned Motion 411 stating, “It took a measly twenty minutes to pass the motion.‘Such a controversial, political issue should have opened up to in depth and scrutinising debate. This motion was passed with just 20 out of 50 members of NUS’s NEC present. This means that as few as 10 members of the NEC have determined a highly political policy decision on behalf of 7 million students than NUS claims to represent.”  Sam Rabinowitz a second-year at Balliol argued, “It does appear to have been passed constitutionally. But I think there’s a difference between unconstitutional and undemocratic. There does not seem to have been any attempt to encourage wider discussion and assess student opinion.’First year Brasenose PPEist Eylon Aslan-Levy said, “When Israelis and Palestinians are trying to build a dialogue, a motion like this is simply unhelpful: it not only undermines the Palestinian moderates by playing to extremists’ demands, it also reinforces the Israeli mentality that the whole world is against Israel, which makes it harder for the government to engage diplomatically.’A spokesperson for Palestince society commented, “The fact that the motion was passed is very positive and it recognises the awareness on the part of students against the injustices taking place in the occupied territories. It was not undemocratic.‘Students have a very important role to play in combatting injustice. The student movement against apartheid South Africa had a massive impact. If we act as a collective against injustice, it will make a difference”.last_img read more

Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, & More Join Forces To Raise Awareness Of The Refugee Crisis

first_imgMore than 175 artists from across the musical spectrum have banded together in a new video that attempts to raise awareness of the ongoing worldwide refugee crisis. The video, which features worldwide superstars such as Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting (among others), is called “We Are Not Afraid.”.The goal is to raise funds for the refugee crisis and for victims of religious and political violence around the world. The video’s soundtrack features a song by Nigerian artist Majek Fashek, also called “We Are Not Afraid.”Other artists that appear in the video are Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Nile Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Brian May, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, Pussy Riot, George Clinton, Fiona Apple, Thurston Moore, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, as well as famous actors Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, and Fred Armisen, and long time activist Yoko Ono.All money raised by the campaign will go towards Human Rights Watch and International Rescue Committee.Watch the powerful video for “We Are Not Afraid” below. You can learn more about the campaign (and donate money to the cause) at this link.last_img read more

Sumner’s Kala Young signs to play at UMaine-Machias

first_imgHARRINGTON — Sumner’s Kala Young signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for University of Maine at Machias before the team’s Wednesday, Jan. 4, road game against the Narraguagus Knights.Young called UMaine-Machias “the right fit” because of its smaller size and proximity to her hometown of Gouldsboro. The UMM campus is only 45 minutes from Gouldsboro, the easternmost town in Hancock County.“I have a sister who’s been there for a couple years, so I know the campus pretty well,” Young said. “I wanted the place where I felt most comfortable and could play at the right level, and this was it.”Young began playing traveling basketball in fourth grade while she was living Mariaville and immediately fell in love with the sport. She has also played for the Peninsula School in Gouldsboro and the Hancock County-based Downeast Basketball Club AAU team over the years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDuring her time at Sumner, Young has started games at both forward and center. She scored six points and added several offensive rebounds against a Narraguagus team that won the Class C state championship last season.“Kala has always been one of the leaders on our team,” Sumner head coach Bimbo Pinkham said. “She’s one of our best players around the basket, and she gives it her all even when the going gets tough. You have to feel good for a kid like that getting an opportunity at the college level.”UMaine-Machias head coach Troy Alley attended the game and presented the letter for Kala to sign. The Clippers are 4-7 under Alley this year with wins over Great Bay Community College, Unity, Hampshire College and NHTI.Kala’s father, James, said his daughter also received scholarship offers from the University of Maine at Farmington and Curry College in Milton, Mass. Although each school had something different to offer, UMaine-Machias seemed to stand out from the rest of the pack.“The coaches and everyone, they just all really made it seem like they wanted her,” James Young said. “We couldn’t be happier that she’s gotten this opportunity. It’s a real privilege for her to be able to play in college, and we’re all going to enjoy continuing to watch her play.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

Classic France-Germany clashes

first_imgGermany’s win laid the foundations for a triumphant campaign that saw Joachim Loew’s men hammer Brazil 7-1 in the semis before beating Argentina 1-0 in extra time in the final.France 0 West Germany 2World Cup semi-final, June 25, 1986Four years after the infamous Schumacher-Battiston incident, relations between two European giants had barely thawed.Any pre-match nerves were kicked into touch after just nine minutes when Andreas Brehme gave the Germans an early lead in Guadalajara.The combined talents of Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luiz Fernandez and Alain Giresse failed to conjure a leveller and West Germany, with Harald Schumacher still in goal, were left rejoicing when Rudi Voeller hit their second in the final minute of regulation time.Germany’s celebrations did not last as Italy won the Madrid final 3-1.West Germany 3 France 3 (West Germany win 5-4 on penalties)World Cup semi-final, July 8, 1982Considered one of the all-time World Cup classics, West Germany’s semi-final win over France in 1982 will forever be overshadowed by goalkeeper Harald Schumacher’s mid-air charge on Patrick Battiston, leaving the French defender with broken teeth and broken ribs.He briefly slipped into a coma and teammate Michel Platini said he feared Battiston had died on the pitch because he had no pulse.Schumacher, who has always said he was going for the ball, went unpunished because Dutch referee Charles Corver stated he did not see the incident.The violence eclipsed a classic match between the European foes, Platini levelling from the penalty spot only minutes after Pierre Littbarski had given the Germans a 17th minute lead.The game went to extra-time, where France took a 3-1 lead thanks to Marius Tresor and Alain Giresse, only for Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Klaus Fischer to pull the match level 3-3.At the penalty shootout, Maxime Bossis’s missed spot-kick handed a 5-4 win to West Germany, who went on to lose the final to Argentina 3-2.“It is a scar that will remain forever,” said France’s midfield linchpin Giresse.Post-competition, a French newspaper poll asked which German was the least popular in France: Schumacher beat Adolf Hitler into second.France 6 West Germany 3World Cup 3rd place match, June 28, 1958A comprehensive 6-3 win over West Germany to claim a consolation third-place finish in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden remains France’s only competitive victory over the Germans.With four goals in the nine-goal thriller, Just Fontaine emerged as a hero for Les Bleus after a performance that also saw Raymond Kopa hit a penalty and Yvon Douis hit the net in the 50th minute.Fontaine’s 13 goals at the 1958 finals remains a record for a single World Cup tournament.Share on: WhatsApp France weathered a first-half storm in Marseille as Germany dominated possession, but Antoine Griezmann fired the hosts ahead just before the interval from the penalty spot after Bastian Schweinsteiger handled.Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann added France’s second goal on 72 minutes, tucking home a loose ball after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer failed to properly deal with Paul Pogba’s cross.France 0 Germany 1World Cup quarter-final, July 4, 2014Over 74,000 fans packed the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro to see France and Germany meet for the fourth time at a World Cup and the Germans walked away victorious.After just 13 minutes, centre-back Mats Hummels got ahead of his marker Raphael Varane to meet Toni Kroos’s free-kick and head past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.France striker Karim Benzema spurned a late chance to level and take the match into extra-time when he shot straight at Germany ‘keeper Neuer.France’s third consecutive World Cup defeat to Germany left many of their debutant players, including Griezmann, in tears. Marseille, France | AFP |France beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final on Thursday for their first win over their neighbours at a major tournament since 1958. Here are the classic France v Germany matches:France 2 Germany 0European Championship semi-final, July 7, 2016Two years after losing to Germany in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, France gained revenge as they booked their spot in the Euro 2016 final.last_img read more

Healthy Living by Tumwater Chiropractic Center- Laser Therapy for Tennis Elbow

first_imgSubmitted by Kelly Golob for Tumwater Chiropractic Center“Tennis Elbow”, or more technically, Lateral Epicondylitis, is inflammation and damage of the tendons in your arm that you are using right now to scroll down this page with your mouse, or navigate the web on your touchscreen.This injury is commonly seen in racquet-sport athletes, but is also common in “office athletes”, people who spend a lot of time using smart phones, or others who overuse those small muscles their arms some other way.  Initially this injury starts out as inflammation of a normal tendon, but over time this can become a chronic injury that actually changes the structure of the tendons involved (tendinosis).Some established techniques to treat chronic tennis elbow include eccentric exercises and soft-tissue mobilization.  But more recently many people are beginning to see good results using Low-Level Laser therapy to treat chronic tennis elbow.A new study was recently published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (one of the coolest journal names out there) looking at treatment of tennis elbow with low-level Laser therapy.  In this study they treated 16 patients with the real Laser or a fake laser for 8 sessions over the course of three weeks.  At the beginning of the study all patients had severe pain and significant weakness in their elbows.  These patients were then re-evaluated after the initial treatment, and again 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after the treatments ended.The results of this study found no significant differences between the two groups at the end of the treatments. However, at the 3, 6 and 12 month follow ups the group treated with the real Lasers had significant improvements in their pain and strength, while the group treated with the fake laser had no significant improvements even a year later!Therefore the authors of this study concluded that Laser therapy is an effective treatment for chronic tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).Our office is one of a few clinics in town offering Laser therapy, and in combination with other treatments we provide (i.e. adjustments, massage, traction, exercise) we see greater results than with treatment from any one of those alone.We have found Laser therapy to be particularly helpful in speeding up the recovery process for chronic injuries or slow healing injuries, such as fractures, cartilage injuries, chronic tendinitis, and many others.So if you have chronic pain, or want to speed up your recovery, call our office today to set up an exam to see if Laser treatment might be right for you.Kelly Golob, D.C. is a chiropractor at Tumwater Chiropractic Center at 128 D St SW in Tumwater.  Their clinic offers a variety of conservative and alternative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries and preventative wellness.  They can be contacted at 360-570-9580 or online or find them on Facebook. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Lacey Alternate Watering Schedule Begins June 1

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyLacey water customers will follow an alternate day watering schedule for their yards and outdoor landscapes beginning Monday, June 1, 2015. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during the months of June, July, August, and September.The Lacey City Council approved the watering policy in 2006, as an effort to reduce peak water demand during the summer. Lacey’s water usage has exceeded 13 million gallons per day during summer months compared with only five million gallons per day in the winter.Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9) may water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. Addresses ending with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, & 8) may water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers.Scheduled watering applies to turf (grass), annual and perennial ornamental flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and any other landscaping plant material that is regularly maintained outside of a residence or commercial building. Water used for other purposes such as pools, pressure washing, outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets, and plants inside greenhouses are not currently restricted by this policy. Lacey water customers failing to follow the alternate day watering schedule will receive a warning. Repeated violations could ultimately lead to service being discontinued.The water policy does allow limited exemptions. For example, newly seeded lawns, newly installed landscapes, and publicly-owned facilities with active playfields may be watered more frequently. To obtain an exemption under the alternate day watering schedule, customers must contact Lacey Water Resources.On May 15, 2015 Governor Inslee declared a drought emergency for Washington State. Lacey does not anticipate water shortages in the near future nor does it anticipate a need to enforce water conservation measures or place restrictions on water use because of the 2015 drought emergency. Regardless, Lacey Water Resources encourages all of its customers to conserve water both indoors and outdoors. Lacey Water Resources requires all customers to follow the odd-even watering policy, which is designed to limit peak water demand, June 1 through September 30.For more information regarding the alternate day watering policy, please contact Lacey Water Resources at (360) 438-2687, or by email at [email protected] Information is also available on the city’s website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/odd-even. Facebook201Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Summer’s Not Over Yet: Beaches Open, Events Planned

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |The tourists are mostly gone, but Two River area residents can still savor summer this weekend at fairs, beach events, moonlit walks, tours, and a swim at a lifeguarded beach.The annual Monmouth Beach Firemen’s Fair will be held for its 70th year, according to Mayor Sue Howard. The fair, once held behind the firehouse in the town, has relocated to the parking lot of the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion on Ocean Avenue and will run from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 10, with a fireworks display on Saturday at dusk.The fair will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday.There will be rides and games for all, as well as lobster dinners, steamers, sausage and pepper sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, and a wine and beer garden. Live entertainment will feature Pam McCoy & Friends on Thursday, West End Dogs on Friday, the Sundries on Saturday and Pez Head on Sunday.On Saturday, Sept. 9, Jersey Shore Skim Camp will host the Sea Bright Skim Bash from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the municipal beach behind Borough Hall. The event is held twice a year in the borough, in June and September. Participants include both professionals and amateurs.There is no fee for spectators, but competitors who register for the event pay $20 for Jersey Shore Skim Camp members, $35 for amateurs, $50 for semi-professionals and $100 for professionals. Sean Stratton, a staff member of the Jersey Shore Skim Camp said the sport is international with participants from countries including the United States, Mexico, Spain and Chile.A little farther north, Gateway National Recreation Area, will hold multiple activities.On Friday, Sept. 8, there will be a Harvest Moon Walk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning at the U.S. Life-Saving Parking Lot between lots D and E. Call 732-872-5970 for reservations.On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Horseshoe Cove Parking Lot L, there will be guided tours of the Nike Missile Radar Site, a one-time top secret missile site from the Cold War era. Some of the veterans who worked on the Nike system will be there to meet and educate the public. These tours will also be held on Sept. 17, Oct. 7, 15 and 29 and Nov. 4 and 11 at the same time.Lighthouse Tours will continue from 1 to 4:30 p.m. until Oct. 31, while daily tours at History House, Building 1, in Officers Row, a home furnished in WWII-era style will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.Free yoga on the beach will take place every Saturday in September from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lot E Beach.Some beaches will be open with lifeguards this weekend. Monmouth County’s Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch will be fee-free on Sept. 9 and 10. Lifeguards will be at the beach from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sandy Hook will have lifeguards on the beach but not on lifeguard chairs on the weekend, Daphne Yun, acting public affairs officer for the National Parks Service, said Tuesday. Beachgoers are encouraged not to swim, she said, but would not be prevented from doing so.The Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion will be open on Sept. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a $9 daily fee for those 12 and over for the beach. Lifeguards will be on the beach there until 5:30 p.m.This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Warriors 115, Celtics 111: Potential Finals preview lives up to hype

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *BOSTON  — The Warriors usually save their most compelling basketball for June. With the Warriors facing a team they might meet in about four months, however, they offered an entertaining trailer.The Warriors recorded a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday, cementing the team’s 10th …last_img read more

Townships to get in on Bok action

first_img9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Moving to a New House

first_imgThis is fortunate for us, because the part that was moved was built quite poorly.The whole place had low-cost finishes — stinky carpet, vinyl flooring, and some low-end wood laminate. It also smelled. There was evidence of mouse activity, the foundation was uninsulated (so very moist), and there was a 14’ x 10’ section where the floor slab was left out and the void filled instead with crushed stone. This is not uncommon — the water heater and well pressure tank are located here, and the thinking is that leaks and condensation just goes down harmlessly. Unfortunately, stinky soil gases, and ones that have no odor such as radon, come up. It’s a bad idea to have 140 square feet of soil contact in your house. Low-cost finishes and a damp foundationThe house has an interesting history. I think it was built in 1996 or 1997 in Edgartown, as a guest house. The Edgartown property changed hands, and the buyer offered the house to the previous owner of the West Tisbury lot if he would move it. He put in a new foundation. I am guessing that he did that ahead of vetting that the entire house could be moved, and that the mover told him that he could move the 16’ x 32’ portion but not the wider half. So he got the part that had a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, and then built the rest new here in West Tisbury. RELATED ARTICLES Supervising construction while holding down a full-time jobBefore I get all geeky about the deep energy retrofit journey we’ve been on, I have some overall reflections on the past year.I’ve built two houses for myself over the years. In both cases I temporarily stopped my consulting work and focused completely on the construction process; I was on site whenever anything was happening.This project was different. Both Jill and I continued working at our respective jobs. In the other hours we worked on the house project, even though we had a builder and subcontractors. (I should say, that given how full our construction schedule was at South Mountain Company, it was clear that we were going to have to look elsewhere for our builder).I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard as I did from May last year through January 2014. Jill took charge of the work we did on the grounds. My job was to stay ahead of the workers in terms of providing details and answering questions as they came up, ordering materials, and also to do some of the actual work. In the end, I built the new bulkhead, insulated the basement, installed the HVAC system, and did numerous other small tasks. BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesDuctless Minisplit Performance During Cold WeatherInsulating Window ShadesInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit System Jill and I got hitched on June 2, 2013, on the beach at the Gay Head Cliffs on Martha’s Vineyard. We then spent the next 7 1/2 days packing up our possessions at our old house at Island Cohousing in preparation to moving to our new place. We closed on the old house on June 10th. Not a recommended honeymoon.By then the work on the new place on Great Plains Road in West Tisbury was in full swing. It was gutted to the studs and rafters, revealing that even though it is a relatively recent building, it was paint and inertia (and lack of real snow loads on Martha’s Vineyard) that had kept it standing. We took our PV modules with usOne of the interesting twists in the sale of our old house was that I priced the solar electric system as an option, since it was an income generator, making $1,250 worth of electricity per year. Ultimately the house was purchased by our friend and next-door neighbor in the cohousing development. He is a staunch Tea Party Republican, and quite knowledgeable about investments and money — but solar isn’t part of what the “drill baby drill” party wants to hear about. So he wasn’t willing to pay the $5,000 bargain price we established for the PV system. (A four year tax-free payback here!)So we had the PV panels removed and had a new layer of shingles installed on that roof. We kept our 4.76-kW PV system, and it’s reinstalled now on the new place. The cost to remove and reinstall the PV modules, plus the roofing repairs at the old house, came to about $3,400. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free. What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?The High Cost of Deep-Energy Retrofits Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy-Retrofit OpportunitiesWindow Installation Tips for a Deep Energy RetrofitA German Deep-Energy Retrofit Construction always takes longer than expectedOur principal pressure was time. After we sold our old house, we lived in a one-room unheated building, and we knew that cold weather would determine when we needed to be in the house.We got off to a very slow start. (The principal task of the owner/general contractor is to get people to show up. Pete D’Angelo tells a story of a woman at a party who couldn’t get an electrician to come. Pete told her, “If he says he’s coming tomorrow, that means next week. If he says he’s coming next week, that means sometime in the next month. What did he tell you?” She replied, “He said he’s coming as soon as he can.” “Oh,” said Pete, “that means he has no intention of coming at all,” at which point she burst into tears.)Ultimately the project took about two months longer than my initial schedule. Some of this was due to the amount of work that actually needed to be done to the structure, and some was the showing-up issue. I would have made fewer errors and compromises if I had more time. Perhaps we should have bit the bullet and found a rental house for a year, and taken more time to do the project. If I ever suggest another gut rehab project…In the end (not the real end — we’re not done, but we’re in) we have a beautiful place that’s bright and cozy and works well.Yet I could have done better on materials choices, and could have sent less waste to the refuse district. I’d say we’ll do better next time, but I’ve already told Jill that if I ever suggest we do a gut renovation again, she should just shoot me immediately. 🙂 We gutted the interior and stripped most of the sidingThe floor plan also wasn’t optimal. It was still a one-bedroom house, with poorly differentiated spaces. It also didn’t take advantage of the building’s south orientation.These factors, combined with the leaky shell (over 3,000 cfm50) and vague thermal boundary, all led to the main decision, which was to gut the interior and implement thermal improvements from inside. Normally we prefer doing deep energy retrofits from the exterior, but that presumes that the interior is basically satisfactory. The house also had exterior shingles, roofing, and trim that were only ten years old.As it turned out, changing the window and door openings so radically meant that almost all of the shingles have been stripped, so no savings there. In a way, we paid about $100,000 more than we might have for an undeveloped lot, and for that we got a four-bedroom code-compliant septic system, an excellent well, 200-amp underground electrical service (and an additional 100-amp one to the outbuildings), an excellent foundation, a roof, and some mediocre framing! We also got two funky outbuildings, which began their lives as far as I can tell as 8-foot-wide box truck bodies — one 16 feet long and the other 23 feet long. Both received insulated gambrel roofs. Before the house was there, the small one was where the previous owner lived, and the large one was his shop.Purchasing an existing house also freed us from what is increasingly painful to me, which is developing a new house site and all the destruction that occurs. And taking an existing house and making it better appeals to me more than starting from scratch, despite the fact that from this vantage point it’s debatable whether we have saved money doing so.And working with an existing shell and massing always generates compromises.last_img read more