Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA George Floyd Statements Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Our Dear Brothers and Sisters,We write to express our love and support of the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, Bishop of Washington, and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop, in their outrage at the President’s use of Saint John’s Lafayette Square, a landmark Episcopal Church in Washington, as a background prop, having just cleared an entirely peaceful demonstration with mounted police, as he called for the deployment of the military to end the protests in cities across our country. The sanctuaries of the Episcopal Church are dedicated and consecrated to the service and worship of God, and to house the altar of the Holy Eucharist and the pulpit of Gospel proclamation and the font of Holy Baptism, as well as the gathering center for the faith community. They are places where only love may reign, only peace be sought, and only justice be desired. We are confident that the leaders of our church in Washington would have been happy to meet the President at Saint John’s and pray with him for our country, for the lost, for the grieving, for the long-suffering, and for all those who never weary of striving for the birth of the Beloved Community, had he asked. We are confident that they would have been happy to tell the president that he is prayed for in all of our churches every Sunday, as we ask God to grace him with wisdom, courage, and humility for his high calling. We are, though, unprepared for our sacred sites to be appropriated to other and political purposes, just as we were unprepared for a speech so filled with recrimination, so punishing, and so uncomprehending of the depth of the pain and suffering across the country he was elected to lead. We are grateful for the leadership of our sister Mariann in Washington, and grieve the burdens which these times are requiring of us all – burdens of Christian love and ministry and proclamation under adversity – which we in New York know only too well, and share with the bishop and clergy and people of Washington and all across our church.In faith,The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML DietscheBishop of New YorkThe Rt. Rev. Allen K. ShinBishop SuffraganThe Rt. Rev. Mary D. 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Recently a Green Building Advisor blog post made some statements about the building inspector that, in my opinion, maligned the profession and were unwarranted. It occurred to me that if a professional peer could make such a faux pas, perhaps I should clarify the role that building inspectors play in assuring energy efficiency in buildings.Building codes cover safety, sanitation, structural integrity, AND energy efficiencyBuilding inspectors enforce laws that cover everything from flagpoles to communications towers; hunting cabins to high-rise buildings; single-family homes to high schools, hospitals, and NFL football stadiums.Inspectors enforce codes that cover architectural, fire, and life safety, means of egress, as well as all types of structural materials and conditions for each of these types of building elements. Building inspectors enforce each trade applied to a building: plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fuel gas, and other types of installations. They are certified by examination to demonstrate proficiency in each skill set. An inspector has more than a dozen model code books in his library; some of these are over 900 pages long. Except for the maps and tables, the energy provisions of the IRC are a mere six pages long.But that is just the easy part—the prescriptive element—of their jobBecause building codes can never predict the circumstances in each and every construction project, building inspectors must use judgment in _applying_ the code. They achieve judgment through years of enforcing the code and considering the _intent_ behind a requirement. Because the code is updated every three years, the spirit of the law is just as valid as the letter of the law. With judgment and experience, inspectors work with builders to achieve the intent of the prescriptive parts of the code.What exactly is the legal nature of the code?The code is never law unless some jurisdiction (city, county, town, or state) adopts it by reference. There are normally amendments that the inspector must be aware of—changes from that model code. The nature of this law is that the building official (the building inspector’s boss) has some latitude to apply the code instead of always enforcing the letter of the law (see Are Green Building Materials Approved by the Building Code? ). So, when someone claims that the energy code requires the use of R-38 in the ceiling, that may be true, generally, but it could be false if there is a circumstance where a similar method or material meets the intent of the code. Much of the IECC is written in performance language, not prescriptive. There is no “all or nothing” in any building code! There are only shades of gray.It’s not always possible (or practical) to meet the prescriptive elements of the codeNow, let’s look at why the building official has all of that latitude. Builders cannot always meet the prescriptive elements of the code in every circumstance, so the code allows the building official flexibility in interpreting the code. Imagine a contractor renovating a small building with 2×8 rafters. How can the builder comply with the R-38 requirement? By changing the rafter sizing? By finding insulation that fits in a 7-inch cavity while still allowing for ventilation (another code requirement)?Let’s say the contractor researches the options and finds a product that the manufacturer is willing to stand behind for code compliance—maybe some type of spray foam. The contractor installs the spray foam and then is rejected by the inspector. How will the contractor react? Will he be forced to remove the foam? How, and at what cost? Will the framing need to change? At what cost? Think about the cost of embodied energy and waste disposal if a hard line is drawn for compliance in a circumstance like this. Or the contractor could visit with the building official and talk about options. “What can I do to satisfy the intent of the code requirement?” he may ask. The building official is likely to accept something like this one time only from a contractor if some additional proof is provided. Why? Because that same building official is using discretion to accept an alternative means of obtaining the intent of the code requirement.He or she probably attends code hearings and understands how these codes are developed.The process for code development is a lot like sausage makingRepresentatives from several interest groups, including building safety professionals, builders, designers, manufacturers, standards developing organizations, and energy enthusiasts, come together in a public hearing with thousands of proposals to change the codes. Some of these proposals are passed and others are not. Arguments made during public testimony give building officials insight into the true intent of a code section and an idea about fairly applying the code in future circumstances like the above scenario. They listen, they learn and they grow professionally in an effort to give the public the best possible decision.The International Code Council (ICC) has developed the best building safety platform in human history. Think of the natural calamities around the world that can devastate a nation (think Haiti). Then consider the same-size natural event in the United States. There is no comparison. We have the world’s best code. In fact, I just returned from Libya, where I was helping that country develop a building code; Libyans currently have none at all.As a building official, I’m always glad to help!
Inter Milan coach Spalletti hails Ranocchia commitmentby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti paid tribute to Andrea Ranocchia after their Coppa Italia victory over Benevento.After the game, Ranocchia wrote about his feelings on social media.“Whether it’s a minute, a half, one game or 10, it is always wonderful to play for this team and with these lads! Forza Inter.”In response, Spalletti paraphrased John F Kennedy with a statement that could be seen as a sideswipe at Icardi.“This is the message of someone who asks constantly what he can do for Inter, not what Inter can do for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton winger Walcott recovery ‘on track’ after head injuryby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Theo Walcott is on track for a smooth recovery from a head injury.The 30-year-old winger had to go to the hospital after suffering a knock to the head against Manchester City at the weekend.Standard concussion protocols mean he will miss at least a week.But his Marco Silva manager believes that Walcott will be okay very soon. And the club agree, according to a recently released statement: “Since his discharge, the club’s medical staff have continued to follow the standard concussion protocols with the forward.””Walcott is on track in his recovery ahead of a potential return to full training later this week.”
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) Twitter/Michael Rose-IveyNebraska, which has a new coach (Mike Riley) for the 2015 campaign, isn’t being picked by many to win the Big Ten. In fact, when 40 media members voted back in July, only five picked the Cornhuskers to win the league’s West division, and nobody picked them to win the entire conference.That apparently doesn’t sit well with junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. Rose-Ivey gave an interesting set of quotes to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,’” Rose-Ivey told reporters Tuesday. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.”Nebraska has lost exactly four games per season seven years in a row, so it’s understandable that both fans and media members expect much of the same in the immediate future. But with Nebraska’s program now under the direction of a new coaching staff, will that change? Rose-Ivey clearly thinks so.