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Trump, Lamar Odom, the Raiders: Denis Hof’s celebrity associations ran the gamut

first_imgThe night before Dennis Hof was found dead at one of his notorious Nevada brothels, the the Donald Trump-inspired GOP candidate for his state’s legislature basked in the company of fans and celebrity friends at his joint 72nd birthday party and campaign rally.With Hof at the event Monday night at the Pahrump Nugget Casino were such one-time headliners as aging porn star Ron Jeremy, former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss, and Joe Arpaio, the disgraced ex-Maricopa County sheriff pardoned by …last_img

A’s Mike Fiers processing the reality of his second no-hitter

first_imgOAKLAND — Mike Fiers got home early Wednesday morning after making history with the second no-hitter of his career and the 13th in the history of the Athletics franchise.If anyone loves baseball more than Fiers, it might be his father, Bruce. Still, son resisted the urge to call dad at home in South Florida — and it wasn’t because of the time of day. Bruce Fiers has a routine.“He wants to wake up in the morning and watch my start before he goes to work,” Fiers said Wednesday before the …last_img

Kids learn the economics of ag at The Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CME Group and the National 4-H Council are partnering for a third consecutive year to bring their popular and award-winning Commodity Carnival fair experience to more than 100 state and county fairs in nine states this summer, including The Ohio State Fair.An interactive and educational game about the business of agriculture, the Commodity Carnival teaches young fairgoers how to manage the costs and risks associated with bringing an animal – this year, a hog – to market.Ty Higgins visited the Commodity Carnival booth in the Ag/Hort Building to find out more.last_img

The Downside of Structural Steel

first_imgBrandon M. is building a three-story house in Seattle whose design includes cantilevers on the second and third floors. The designer has specified steel I-beams to provide the structural support in this modernist design, and this is what’s giving Brandon pause for thought.Although Seattle’s climate isn’t exactly arctic, it gets cold enough. The beams will not be exposed to the elements, but are located close to the outside of the building, and Brandon fears the steel might wick in cold temperatures. That could lead to condensation inside the building that eventually may rot the wood framing joined to the steel.As originally planned, the bottom flanges of the I-beams would get a scant 1/2 in. (R-2.5) of insulation. Would that be enough to head off the problems he envisions? Brandon asks in this Q&A post. Further, are there products designed for this application? And, does anyone have suggestions about the details? RELATED ARTICLES Brandon’s building dilemma is the topic of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. ‘Back to the drawing board’The design makes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay cringe.“I would talk to your architect about changing the design,” he says. “You don’t want steel beam cantilevers penetrating your thermal envelope. Back to the drawing board.”Holladay and others react strongly to Brandon’s original description of the project because it suggests the beams would actually penetrate the building envelope.This kind of design, writes Jesse Thompson, are “classic leak points on decks and overhangs in a marine climate, and very tricky to seal where they enter the building. They can wick long distances if they get a chance.”Brandon clarifies: “The steel beams are fully encased by the siding,” he writes. “They are not exposed to the exterior air at all, but are right up against the sheathing and air barrier… Will I have to worry about future rot of the stuffed lumber and joists because of the beams sweating/dew points/condensation because the flanges are so close to the exterior?”Should this actually come to pass, Brandon adds, it will most likely be years before the problem is discovered, and long past the warranty offered by his general contractor. Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to say:We have to stop doing this — forcing bad construction details on top of bad design. We manufacture fin radiators a lot like this building design.High-performance building assemblies can be condensed down to this: continuous air, water, and thermal barriers. Any structural elements that span any of these barriers constitute a design failure waiting to turn into a construction failure, or, at a minimum, an energy penalty.In this case, if Brandon cannot figure out how to make all three of these barriers continuous and exterior to the steel, I am very troubled — and so should be Brandon.When I teach the 8-week online Building Envelope course for the Sustainable Design Certificate program for Boston Architectural College, about 3 or 4 weeks into the course I almost always get a 20+ year veteran architect who, in complete exasperation, emails me and ‘screams’: “Where the hell were you 2 decades ago when I was in architectural school!!!?”While schools of architecture are increasingly offering building-science-based curricula, too many architects (and builders, for that matter) are working without the basic principles and tools they need to design, specify, and construct high-performance building envelopes. Heck, I built and remodeled for almost 10 years without the same basic essential building science background.Every architect should buy this book, regardless of how long they have been in the business: Designing the Exterior Wall by Linda Brock. I bet Brandon ten bucks his architect has not read and studied it … and that is a real shame.center_img The design still has problemsWith additional information on the design from Brandon, his concerns come into sharper focus. The beams should not, after all, present a direct path for moisture to enter the house because they are fully enclosed in the floors and walls. Nonetheless, critics spot weaknesses.For starters, Holladay says, it’s “unconscionable” that the designer would leave crucial details on thermal insulation and air sealing to such a late date. Construction is already underway, and Brandon is still groping for answers to fundamental questions. “I just can’t understand how it’s possible for an architecture school to graduate these ignoramuses,” Holladay writes.James Morgan is no more impressed than Holladay. “From a quick glance I’d hazard a guess that condensation on your cantilever beams might be the least of your problems ten years or so down the road,” Morgan writes.That amount of steel will definitely be a thermal conduit linking inside and outside, unless the beams are covered with the equivalent of at least a couple of inches of foam on all exterior surfaces, Morgan says. With the number of windows the design includes, he adds, “you can’t afford to cut corners on the thermal performance of the other parts of the building enclosure.”There’s more.“But also watch for failed parapet flashings, clogged roof drains and all the other well-documented performance problems of ‘white modernist’ buildings in rainy climates,” Morgan says. “Your framing is far more likely to rot from liquid water penetration resulting from these kinds of failings than from any amount of condensation on the steel. Get the drawings reviewed by a competent third-party engineer before it’s too late. This kind of building is not fault-tolerant. Unless you’re careful it’s going to be a very high-maintenance home.”Dropping the cantilevered soffits by several inches would make room for several inches of rigid foam insulation between the steel and the exterior. But, as Keith Gustafson points out, some of the windows would have to be moved to accomplish this. “Don’t order the glass yet,” he writes.Thompson also sees something awry in this modernist plan, suggesting that steel cantilevers help architects win awards but aren’t necessarily reliable building components.“Aligning architectural aesthetics and technical performance is a huge issue in the profession right now,” he says. “They’re often strongly at odds. It’s something we all need to work on changing.” Building Science: Thermal Bridging How to Get the Eichler Look Without the Energy Pricetag Q&A: Comparing Thermal Bridging Between Envelopeslast_img read more