Cost rental scheme could ease Limerick’s housing crisis

first_imgFacebook Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print WhatsApp NewsPoliticsCost rental scheme could ease Limerick’s housing crisisBy Bernie English – April 30, 2019 1452 Email TAGSHousingLimerick City and Countylocal election 19Newspolitics center_img Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Previous articleFirst PDC title for William O’Connor after win over Aspinall in BurnleyNext articleWATCH: Niall O’Carroll to join SL team with sports psychology insights Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin Anne Cronin, Labour Party Candidate.Picture Brendan GleesonLIMERICK City and County Council has been told that cost-rental scheme could solve much of the housing crisis and provide a better way for working families to afford to rent and create a stable home for their children.A not-for-profit scheme, the cost rental model charges rent based on the cost of providing the accommodation over a long-term rental of up to thirty years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The issue was raised by Labour Party city north local election candidate Anne Cronin after she received a letter from distressed working parents, who fear losing their home of eight years and being unable to afford a new place to live.The letter outlines how the couple have had to cope with a 40 per cent increase in rent over the last four years on one full time and one part-time income. Their financial circumstances mean that they are unable to get a mortgage.“We dread the knock on the door to say that the landlord is selling or moving a family member in which is a situation that has happened to us twice before.“This is our home. It is not just a piece of real estate. We may not own it but we’ve made it our family home, a place of comfort and sanctuary for our children, who should not have the worries their parents have regarding our future.“Current policymakers offer no solutions to this crisis, they lack the imagination and courage to forge a better future for long-term renters in Ireland,” the letter says.Ms Cronin believes that the cost-rental scheme would provide options for families like these.“Renting in Ireland is not easy and the most recent statistics identified that rents in Limerick grew by 16.7 per cent in 2018. The highest increase across the country,” she said.“Limerick City and County Council sit on many varying sized plots of public land throughout the county, which already removes the cost of buying the land. So if a contractor is brought in to build the units, then the rent is considerably less than the private market.“Essentially the tenant pays the cost of providing the housing, no-one makes a profit. Cost rental is a widely used and very successful model of affordable housing delivery across Europe,” Ms Cronin explained.last_img read more

IS IT TRUE AUGUST 27, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE last week we were told that the office building that housed the Jacobville Neighborhood Association on North Main Street is now vacant and is on the market to be sold by Woodruff Commercial Realty?  …wasn’t it a couple years ago that the Jacobville Neighborhood Association promoted the $18 million dollar street, bike path and sidewalk renovation project on North Main street?  …didn’t this organization state if the city agrees to do this project it would attract many new businesses to locate on North Main street?  …we wonder where did the Jacobville Neighborhood Association move their office?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the Mayor is quietly considering building a new $28 million Aqua Center at Garvin Park?  …we are told that once this facility is built the Mayor may also be entertaining the idea of offering the Evansville YMCA an opportunity to manage this new facility?IS IT TRUE that “100 Men, Who Cook” raised $226,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville over the weekend? …over 1,000 people attended this annual event that was put on by local chefs, volunteers, donors and supporters attended this worthy community event? …that employees at Old National Bank did a phenomenal job in planning this event?IS IT TRUE we would like to give five (5) cheers to the “!00 Men, Who Cook” for doing a  phenomenal job in help raising a whopping $226,000 for the young men and women who participate in the character building programs offered by the Evansville Boys and Girls Club of Evansville? … we would like to give special thanks to Boys and Girls Club President, Ben Shoulders, Ron Ryan, Executive Director, and the entire Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors for doing a first-class job in also helping to promote this outstanding community event?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to hear that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners recently passed a resolution stating they opposed INDOT’s draft of the Lloyd Expressway Corridor Management Plan and the U.S. Highway 41 Corridor Plan?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville City Council did exactly as the City-County Observer predicted and voted to plunk down $2.7 million taxpayer dollars to move the LST from Marina Pointe to the old casino boat site? …we are surprised that only one (1) City Council member questioned whos going to pay to dismantle the LST dock once the boat leaves Marina Pointe? … we commended Missy Mosby for voting “no” on this issue until someone answers her question concerning the costs in dismantling the old LST boat dock at Marine Pointe?  …as of today, Ms. Mosby hasn’t received an answer to the question concerning whos going to pay to dismantle the LST dock once the boat leaves Marina Pointe?IS IT TRUE we are told that D’Angelo Tayor will be running as a 2nd Ward candidate in next years Democratic primary? …he recently announced that he will be having a political fundraiser on Sept 1, 2018?IS IT TRUE we are told that Natalie Robertson Rascher the Director of Talent and Human Resources for the Kemper CPA Group LLP will be running for the 2nd Ward City Council seat as a Republican in next years city election?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the current Director of the City of Evansville Buiding Inspector office will be retiring soon and intends to run for the At-Large City Council seat as a Republican?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Democratic party posted the following message on their website today?  …they posted: TRUMP PROTEST.  Be a part of History, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM -North end of the corner of MLK and Locust St, across from the Old National Events Plaza?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel when President Trump endorses Mike Braun for the US Senate it will enhance his chances of being elected?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Learning from a legend (a.k.a. Dad)

first_img Bernstein material available for first time Related It seemed likely that centennial celebrations of the life and work of legendary maestro Leonard Bernstein ’39 would spill over with music, requiring more than a single year.And that is precisely how the occasion — with more than 2,000 concerts and shows already planned across the country and the world — is shaping up.“It’s an unrepeatable opportunity to remind the world of who he was, what he did, the legacy, and to introduce him to a new generation of music lovers who don’t know who he is anymore,” said Jamie Bernstein ’74, who will crisscross the globe with her brother and sister for many of the events celebrating their Lawrence-born father. “It is quite an undertaking, and a good thing I have two siblings.”Bernstein came to campus late last month for a concert talk with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. Before the concert, she met students taking Carol Oja’s course on her father’s Young People’s Concerts.“Leonard Bernstein’s historic work with the New York Philharmonic offers an opportunity to study classical music performance within the context of social justice and American culture at large,” said Oja, the William Powell Mason Professor of Music, who described her course as “a mix of memory, music, and media.”Jamie Bernstein’s visit came as students were preparing to travel to New York to see (and hear) the philharmonic and interview longtime subscribers who attended the concerts as children. In her time on campus, Jamie joined students to watch archival clips from the Young People’s Concerts, which began in 1958 when her father persuaded CBS to broadcast the shows.“It was always too long. There’d be frantic, feverish lunch meetings between performances. My dad never wanted to cut anything, but they had to,” said Jamie, whose earliest memories as a girl on the set include stealing donuts from the musicians and eating roast beef sandwiches.She also remembered the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” coming on the radio during the drive home to Connecticut after a performance.“That’s in the Mixolydian mode,” her father observed. “Do you know what a mode is?” Jamie was stumped. Sure enough, the title of the next Young People’s Concert was “What Is a Mode?” ‘Symbiotic’ Web archive launched <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0rUDj1UrO8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/x0rUDj1UrO8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Before the classroom conversation, Jamie Bernstein described working to uphold her father’s legacy through her 2014 documentary “Crescendo! The Power of Music,” about children in U.S.-based youth orchestras for social change that were modeled after Venezuela’s groundbreaking El Sistema program.“These Venezuelan youth orchestras were originally devised as a way to get the kids off the streets, but what became clear very quickly was that not only was it a safe space, it was also an environment where kids could learn the best lessons for being a good person in the world,” she said. “It reminded me so much about my dad, and how he used music to express the best things about humanity. You are not just playing your instrument in your ivory tower. You are using music to make the world a better place.”Jamie recalled that her time as a Harvard student was “not my happiest.” Homesickness was a challenge, along with her father’s larger-than-life visits.“Those were tough years for me, further complicated in my junior year,” she said. “Guess who arrived on campus to give the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures? And who had so much fun he came back in my senior year? It’s only been in the last decade I could find ways to come back to the Harvard campus and feel like I’m adding value in some way.” “He could never turn off the teaching faucet,” she said. “It was his impulse on everything he did. We got it at home 24/7.”Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra conductor Federico Cortese, who as a student at Tanglewood had a chance to see Leonard Bernstein at work, described the maestro as “the most communicative musician I’ve seen in my whole life.”“It was inspiring,” he said.Jamie Bernstein talked about her father’s political and social consciousness, which was demonstrated in the pieces and places he played. In 1948, during the Israeli War of Independence, he led the Israel Philharmonic in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. When the Berlin Wall fell, in 1989, he made Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its “Ode to Joy,” his song of celebration.Disciplines among Oja’s students range from neurobiology and philosophy to computer science and music. Some play instruments, and several cited “West Side Story” as their baseline knowledge of Bernstein. Few had heard of the Young People’s Concerts before the course.“I don’t think I have ever taken a course that is so specifically focused on one individual,” said Arlesia McGowan ’19, a concentrator in human developmental regenerative biology and music. “I like that we have spent a lot of time not only getting to know Bernstein as an artist but as a person. I feel like with a lot of composers-conductors, we musicians only know them by their music … we often forget that they are humans like us who were criticized just as much as they were praised.”last_img read more

New Bar program to assist lawyers and their clients

first_imgNew Bar program to assist lawyers and their clients April 15, 2001 Regular News New Bar program to assist lawyers and their clientsConsumers and attorneys can all breathe a little easier, thanks to the Bar’s new Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP), which rolled into action March 1. As part of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation division, ACAP acts as a sort of pre-complaint intervention program to try to sort out attorney-client problems before an actual complaint is filed. “Our ultimate goal is to resolve as much as we can so that the public’s happy with the Bar. We’re trying to improve our image with the public. Our ultimate goal is to help the consumer and to help the lawyer,” said Donna Hostutler, Program Administrator for ACAP. “The wonderful thing about the service is that, since we’ve been up and running, we’ve gotten very positive feedback, not only from the public, but also from the membership,” she said. “Many, many attorneys who have been contacted by ACAP and given a `heads up’ to fix a problem have responded positively. Then we’ve got a happy client, we’ve got a happy lawyer, and everybody’s happy it’s a win-win situation.” The nine-member staff, which includes four attorneys and three program assistants, fields calls from consumers who think they may have a complaint against their lawyer. A program assistant initially answers the call, gathers general information about the consumer’s problem, then forwards the information directly to a staff attorney, who tries to help the person resolve their complaint before it reaches the lawyer regulation staff. The program assistants have done a fantastic job so far dealing with clients who run the emotional gamut, said Hostutler. “We’ve had criers, yellers, screamers, and lawyers complaining about other lawyers,” she said. ACAP staff attorneys may, in the course of a call, explain that a caller’s problem with their lawyer does not fall under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and therefore, is not fodder for an official complaint. Staff attorneys also, if applicable, explain how to file an official Bar complaint, contact the caller’s attorney to discuss the situation, and list other options available to the caller, such as contacting outside counsel or grievance mediation. Like all Bar staff attorneys, ACAP attorneys are not permitted to offer legal advice over the phone. “The general feeling seems to be that a program such as this has been needed for a long time, and virtually all of the members have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to respond on an informal level to what previously would have required a time-consuming, not to mention stressful written response,” said Donald Spangler, ACAP staff attorney and former Tallahassee Branch Bar Counsel. The program is modeled after programs in place in several states, including Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. The Mississippi Bar also has a similar program, which ACAP staff members visited to witness in action and take notes. After one month of operation, “we’ve handled more than a thousand requests for assistance that otherwise would have gone to Lawyer Regulation in Headquarters or the branch offices,” said Spangler. During the month of March, the hotline received 3,018 calls, opened 1,132 cases, and sent out 395 complaint forms. “Normally, each call would have resulted in a complaint form being sent out. Now, we only send out about a third of what we used to, cutting the paperwork coming through the lawyer regulation office,” Hostutler said. “We’re all anticipating that the program will eliminate a certain percentage of the written complaints that previously went to the branch offices and necessitated the time-consuming process of requiring a written response, a rebuttal, and then a determination that there was no basis for referral to a grievance committee. If we are correct, this will obviously result not only in fewer complaints to be handled by the branch offices, but will also free up bar counsel’s time from having to handle meritless complaints,” Spangler added.last_img

Hempstead Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old man was shot and killed near the Long Island Rail Road station in his hometown of Hempstead on Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.Hempstead village police officers responded to a report of shots fired at the corner of Morrell Street and Morton Avenue, where they found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at 9:40 a.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a half hour later. His identified as Ehrik Williams.No arrests have been made and there no description of the shooter was available. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the above crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Leicester – Sowden and Davis set to end development famine

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Ex-QPR man defends Man Utd winger

first_imgFormer QPR defender Clarke Carlisle has defended Ashley Young following recent controversy surrounding the Manchester United winger.Young has been accused of diving after winning penalties in matches against QPR and Aston Villa.But PFA chairman Carlisle, who was a team-mate of Young at Watford, said: “I wouldn’t say he is or has been prone to falling over.“He is quick and slight so it doesn’t take much contact to make him go over.”Click here for our latest QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Lamarckism Still Shuffles Around

first_imgExamine the following quotation and see if it sounds like what Darwin or Lamarck would say: Somewhere in the murky past, between four and seven million years ago, a hungry common ancestor of today’s primates, including humans, did something novel.  While temporarily standing on its rear feet to reach a piece of fruit, this protohominid spotted another juicy morsel in a nearby shrub and began shuffling toward it instead of dropping on all fours, crawling to the shrub and standing again.    A number of reasons have been proposed for the development of bipedal behavior, or walking on two feet, and now researchers from the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University have developed a mathematical model that suggests shuffling emerged as a precursor to walking as a way of saving metabolic energy.This is how Science Daily began a story about the evolution of human upright posture.  No attempt was made to tie the behavior to random mutations or to explain how natural selection acted on them.  It sounds like Lamarck’s old hypothesis of the inheritance of acquired characteristics through use and disuse – a discredited idea according to most contemporary Darwinists.  Nor was an explanation offered, if the new stance was so effective, why modern apes still stoop around most of the time on all fours.    Lest Science Daily be accused of misunderstanding evolutionary theory, quotations in the article tie the Lamarckism to the researchers themselves.  Patrick Kramer, an anthropologist at University of Washington, said, “There is nothing that will get you to do something you don’t want to do other than food.  That’s why we bribe animals with food to train them.”  Yet after centuries of bribing animals with food to stand upright, no elephant, horse or ape has acquired upright stance by either Lamarck’s or Darwin’s mechanism.    The researchers studied metabolic efficiency of standing, knuckle-walking and shuffling, but such measurements are about living animals.  They have no necessary connection to the evolutionary theory that made Darwin famous: natural selection acting on random variations.If a creationist were to make this kind of blunder, or tell this kind of just-so story, he or she would be condemned as an ignoramus.  Yet evolutionists get away with violating their own theoretical principles time and again and are only rarely called on the carpet for it (05/31/2004).  Why?  Because in support of their worldview (naturalism), facts don’t matter (see Fairfax’s Law in the Baloney Detector).  All’s fair in love for Darwin and war against creationism.  That’s why Darwin himself slipped back toward Lamarckism in his later years when stubborn facts hampered his ability to market natural selection.    A political cartoon by Mike Shelton illustrates unequal standards.  It applies just as well if relabeled with a Darwinist donkey and a creationist elephant.  Evolutionists will scream and preach about honesty when criticizing a creationist position, but then will lie shamelessly in their own work and call it science.  They will even lie while calling their critics liars, and hypocritically call creationists hypocrites (see Evolution News).    You can almost hear in advance the charges that would come from the pro-Darwin blogs about our pointing out this little inconsistency in their latest just-so story.  Let a creationist be caught in some inconsistency, and the sparks would fly: You creationists are such hypocrites; you Bible-thumping fundamentalists with your narrow religious agenda show that you just don’t understand science.  Let an evolutionist be caught in an inconsistency, and the response will be either (1) ignoring the criticism, or (2) rationalization, like Well, you know what I meant, and we all know that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Net-Zero Homes, Part 2: How to Get to Zero

first_imgRELATED ARTICLES GAL-PVcostsheet.xls KTA-GAL-PVcostsheet.xlsx Net-Zero Energy versus Passivhaus Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage?Testing… Testing… Homes as Net-Zero LaboratoriesNet-Zero Modular Homes Head for Peaks Island, MainePinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineThinking About Net Zero Energy Phil and I would love to hear from you. If you have a great idea for an upcoming topic, want to leave general feedback, or want to share your favorite cocktail recipe, you can e-mail us at [email protected] If you’d like to complain about our tangential ramblings, fragment sentences, or our general irreverence, you can email us at [email protected] In part two of this episode, the Net Zero conversation gets real as Phil and I talk about how to think about the balancing act of increasing your building performance, decreasing your energy demand, decreasing your mechanical costs, and optimizing your cost. Of course you have to have the target of net zero in mind and the whole team has to be on board. We’ve even included a handy spreadsheet that Phil’s office uses to help run the options and find that “sweet spot.” PODCAST: Net-Zero Homes, Part 1PODCAST: Net-Zero Homes, Part 3PODCAST: Passivhaus, Part 1center_img Remember to check back in later for Part 3, where we really get into the details of making net zero cost-effective. We’ll also share some ideas, and Phil shares a great song from the new Bright Eyes album. And of course part one tells you how to make our cocktail of the episode.Cheers!TRANSCRIPTThis is Part Two of the net zero series, and we’re going to focus on how to get to zero. We’ve talked about what it is and who’s doing it. We’ve talked about our cocktail, the Irish-American. It has been refreshed and we’re ready to move on.Chris: Phil, how do we get there? If a client walks in and says, “Hey, I’ve heard about net zero, and I want to be net zero” — what would be your next sentence?Phil: Right on! Whether you asked me or not, we were headed that way anyway. And it is simple. We know how to do it, but it’s about commitment. We’re doing the things we already know how to do and what you and I have been talking about forever. It’s less about the electrical loads and lighting, and more about reducing our energy demand as much as possibleChris: Yeah, we’re usually on the big three: air sealing, windows and doors, and insulation. It’s all about buttoning up and reducing your demand. I always like to throw in working with the sun.Phil: That’s part of it. Here we’re dealing a little bit more with human behavior, but we’re also dealing with our electrical load. Net zero is simple, but a lot of it is up to the person. The best clients are the excited, educated ones — excited about doing something green — and we’re getting more of those.Chris: Everyone is moving in that direction regardless of whether they want to or not. The goal is to reduce the energy demand as much as possible, and make up the difference with renewables. It’s really that simple. Jamie and I were doing a presentation and he pulled out a great spreadsheet — I have a similar spreadsheet — where you’re playing the “what if” scenario. The envelope is this, and the demand is this; therefore your mechanical system is this. You can almost chart where you start to go overboard with insulation, and you can chart where you can find that sweet spot.Phil: It’s all about the sweet spot. We can find it in a net-zero optimization spreadsheet. The goal is to make it and put it in a PHPP spreadsheet and make it another tab. All it is, is an Excel spreadsheet.Chris: It maximizes the optimization of your insulation to the reduction of the mechanical system so that the cost for your mechanical system is low and the cost for your insulation and other features is not that high. That’s the sweet spot.Phil: And the n the numbers will show you need $160,000 worth of renewables to get to net zero. Then you’ll bring it up to a R-40 wall and R-60 ceiling, and your renewables will come down to $40,000. Here’s the cool thing. I’ve had this conversation with Martin Holladay — at some point you should just buy more PVs and make it easier on yourself.Chris: Usually that conversation happens when you’re at the Passivhaus level. And you have the Passivhaus versus net zero discussion.Phil: Let’s go through the list. To reduce the energy demand, let’s get airtight. There’s the “big three,” and number one is “airtight.”Chris: That’s a wave of construction quality that is important. People know ACH50 now. If I say “ACH50” in a group of peers, 25% of them know it.Phil: Here’s a cool thing. We’ve only done it with one house, but I see people advocating for it: fog machines. You want to see a builder get on board quick: fill the house with fog, and send him on the outside of his house where he can see where his house is leaking. It’s kind of a commercial trick. The fog machine showed us the usual culprits around the doors that weren’t well sealed yet.Chris: You’re doing the opposite of the blower door. With the blower door you’re depressurizing the house and measuring how quickly it re-pressurizes. You get digital numbers at the door. With a fog machine you’re getting a fog machine on the inside and filling the place with fog, pressurizing the house and seeing where it leaks out. You stand at the outside of the house and you go, “Holy cow.”Phil: Airtightness. Windows and doors. We can say a little more about net zero. We can talk about optimized glazing.Chris: You’re trying to optimize day lighting so you’re minimizing the electrical usage of your lights. With net zero, every watt counts.Phil: We add daylighting to the list. It’s not just optimizing your glazing. It’s also daylighting. It’s kind of different, but it’s a corollary. Moving on to proper insulation.Chris: If you’re doing net zero, you’re at least doing 10/20/40/60 — the recommendations from the Building Science Corporation guys. Real quick: R-20 at the basement walls, R-40 for regular walls, and R-60 for whatever is above, and R-10 for under the slab. It’s not standard, but it’s a good rule of thumb.Phil: We find that people are often curious how we came up with that. When we do our cost-optimization spreadsheets, we generally end up in that area. R-40 keeps popping up — it’s kind of a sweet spot. Control of solar gains is more important to net zero south of us. They worry about overheating; you basically want to stick a big umbrella over the house in the summer.Chris: Clever architects figure out a way to do cool shading, and get rid of it in the winter and bring it back in the summer. Deciduous trees are great. I don’t know if we talked about this in our windows podcast, but you must balance your desire to see out your windows. With your systems you’ve reduced your demand and you’re trying to find the system that is your perfect match.Phil: That’s when we had our conversation about heat-pump COP: coefficient of performance. You have a high COP, then you could do a heat-pump scenario. We keep talking about getting off of fossil fuels. Heat-pumps are a great way to do that. They’re taking the mechanical world by storm. There’s a great article in the latest issue of Fine Homebuilding about how to heat a low-energy home. It’s a Martin article.Chris: Are we at the point when we talk about renewables?Phil: The last thing I want to mention is natural ventilation. We talked about how different it is down South. Maximize comfort and minimize the need for mechanical equipment. AC is important, but if you can catch those prevailing winds, you may not need it as much. Know your site and have rooms that have access to that air. In the South, AC is necessary some of the time, and in the North we have to heat our houses. It’s not within the human comfort zoneChris: Let’s talk real quick about HERS. It is the energy score from the Energy Star system. It’s a home energy rating system, and the closest thing we have to mpg for houses. In our climate zone, zone 6, if you get a HERS Index of 80, congratulations — you get an Energy Star label. You are 20% better than the code-compliant house. If I’ve got a HERS 40, you’re in striking distance of starting to use renewables and getting to net zero, with options of PV or wind. We’ve yet to do a podcast on wind, because residential wind is hard. You’ll likely only qualify for wind if your climate is too windy and brutal to be outside. Wind guys, e-mail me and tell me where I am wrong, and we’ll do a podcast on it.Phil: If you’re going to do renewables, you’re probably doing PV. If you want to get your heat or AC low, start considering solar hot water, biomass, geothermal. Those things all help out, but they’re not really helping your electricity load.Chris: Biomass can be carbon-neutral but not net zero. All right, let’s call this Part Two and we’ll wrap it up. In Part 2 of this episode, we discuss:The client is part of the team. The success of a net-zero home requires commitment from the owner.Know the simple strategy and stick to it: Reduce energy demand and make up the difference with renewables.Seal it up — bring down that ACH50. Phil chats about using a fog machine as a tool.Windows and doors — and daylightingProper insulation — Remember the 10-20-40-60 rule.Control solar gain.Systems — find the one that’s right for the house.Natural ventilation.What’s your HERS, before renewables and after renewables? (After renewables, it should be zero).Renewables make up the difference — likely solar, because residential wind is difficult. RELATED MULTIMEDIA You can also subscribe to the Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes. That way, you’ll never miss a show—and it’s free.last_img read more