Onion Flats, a Philadelphia design-build firm that last year completed Pennsylvania’s first certified Passivhaus project, is transforming the one-time site of horse stables into a 27-unit townhouse project built to the Passivhaus standard.The Stables was originally planned as a 70-unit condominium project, but that was derailed by the collapse of the housing industry in 2008, says Onion Flats President Tim McDonald. By the time the financial picture had improved, the company had become more interested in Passivhaus design and decided to rework the project. Its partner on the project is Domani Developers, also of Philadelphia.The 2,500-square-foot townhouses, located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood just north of the Old City, will be divided into three “bars” of nine units each, McDonald says. Three modular units have been completed, and two of those have been sold. When the third unit has been sold, work will continue on the remaining units in the first bar, with the whole project potentially wrapped up in another year.McDonald says a blower-door test on one of the completed units meets the airtightness requirements in the Passivhaus standard. “Everybody is confident that it’s going to be certified,” he said, “but that’s a process that we have to go through.”In order to win certification, a Passivhaus building must show no more than 0.6 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals, while also demonstrating that (according to energy modeling software) that the building is likely to meet an energy consumption limit.Townhouses also have the potential of meeting all of their own energy needs as net-zero energy structures. The townhouse currently on the market is listed at $749,000 by The McDonald Group. Townhouses could be energy self-sufficientEach townhouse is sold with a 4.23-kW photovoltaic array, with the option of doubling capacity to 8.5 kW. With only two of the project’s eventual 27 units occupied, there’s not much of a track record on energy consumption to date, but McDonald says early signs are encouraging.Townhouses are equipped with “heavy duty” monitoring systems that measure temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and electricity consumption. In one unit that’s been occupied for four months, energy consumption so far has been what’s appropriate for a Passivhaus design, McDonald says. “If they keep going the way they’ve been going, they’re really going to hit the mark,” he says. “With that in mind, if they had an 8.5-kW system, if they doubled the size [of the array], then it could be a net-zero building.”Mechanical engineer Robert Benson designed the heating and cooling equipment, which McDonald says starts with a PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner), a through-the-wall unit with the condenser and evaporator built into the same box. At The Stables, the units combine a heat pump with an energy-recovery ventilator, so each unit’s duct system provides both heating and cooling as well as ventilation.“It’s a really, really cool system that was modeled off these products in Europe that we can’t quite get yet here in the states called magic boxes,” McDonald says. “They’re about the size of a refrigerator and they do heating, cooling, ventilation, and domestic hot water.”Benson managed to get three of those functions out of his own design. Domestic hot water comes from a heat-pump water heater.This is Onion Flat’s second foray into Passivhaus construction. Its first was the three-unit Belfield town homes, which McDonald says was the first certified Passivhaus project in the state. It was finished in 2012 and is listed as a certified project by Germany’s Passivhaus Institut. Four levels, plus a finished basementAs described by a sales brochure for the project, each townhouse occupies a 16-ft. by 40-ft. footprint, not including a 26-ft. long carport in the back.The first level is designed as a flexible space that could be what McDonald calls a “grandmother suite,” a media room, an office or a fourth bedroom. The combined kitchen/dining/living area, plus an exterior terrace, take up the second floor, with two bedrooms, a bath, and laundry on the third floor. The fourth floor includes the master bedroom and bath, a walk-in closet, and a balcony.There are three full baths, with optional upgrades that would make the 640-sq. ft. basement a finished living space and create a 170-sq. ft. rooftop terrace.McDonald says the modular units making up the townhouses have 2×6 walls insulated with dense-packed cellulose and an additional 2 in. of XPS rigid foam on the exterior. The roof and floor also are insulated with a combination of cellulose and rigid foam, with total R-values of R-34 in the exterior walls and R-52 in the roof.The doors and triple-glazed windows are manufactured by Intus.To meet city requirements for storm-water management, the vegetated roof is designed to absorb and reuse the first 1 inch of rainfall. McDonald says. Onion Flats has a division called GRASS (Green Roofs and Solar Systems) that designs the roof system, which the company uses on its projects whenever possible.
Provincial second inspection teams to the Provincial Tourism Development Committee feedback situatio
11 29, 2009, the provincial inspection team to the Provincial Tourism Development Committee of the Party committee feedback second special inspections. Leader Liu Jianqing to the party secretary of the Party committee, director Terry Chui conveyed the Secretary Wang Guosheng will listen to the spirit of inspection work report after speech at the Provincial Standing Committee and provincial Party committee, on behalf of the group of five inspection teams to the Party leadership had feedback. Terry Chui presided over the meeting and made a statement.
Liu Jianqing pointed out that the Party committee in-depth implementation of the provincial government’s decision to deploy, and promote the tourism development of the province, to enhance the quality of tourism services, the overall evaluation of the cadres and the masses is good, but there still are some problems in the tour. First, the core role of the leadership of the Party committee is not sufficient, political acumen and the overall situation is not strong enough. Two organs of Party building work is weak, some branches of organizational life is not normal, individual party members and party spirit consciousness is not strong enough. Three is the lack of awareness of clean government and anti-corruption work, the implementation of the two responsibilities are not in place. Four is a violation of the provisions of the spirit of the central government and the provincial government 21 measures still exist problems of the eight measures. Five is the implementation of the party and government leading cadres selection and appointment regulations are not strict, supervision of Party members and cadres are not in place. At the same time, the clues found in inspections, has been transferred to the relevant departments in accordance with the relevant provisions.
Liu Jianqing on behalf of the inspection team made five suggestions. One is to strengthen the party’s construction, give full play to the core role of the Party leadership, to carry out special rectification of the existing problems, the effectiveness of inspections will be implemented. Two is in strict accordance with the new requirements of the party strictly, regularly study and solve the specific problems in the party building work, enhance the pertinence and effectiveness, and effectively solve the problem of heavy business party building. The three is the compaction of the two responsibilities to further promote clean government and anti-corruption work. Four is to implement the provisions of the spirit of the central government and the provincial Party committee, the provincial government, the 21 measures, perseverance grasp style building. The five is to conscientiously implement the regulations on the selection and appointment of cadres, improve the supervision and management of the work of selecting and appointing cadres, and improve the institutionalization and standardization of the work of selecting and appointing cadres.
Terry Chui said that the provincial inspection teams feedback opinions and suggestions, comprehensively and objectively, realistically, Party committee will strictly implement the inspection rectification responsibility, Party members take the lead rectification, layers of conductive pressure, strictly implement the responsibility to establish the working mechanism of rectification, the list of issues and ledger, make feasible and effective rectification scheme; transformation of the inspection results, the implementation of the rectification and promote the tourism industry key work together, promote each other, so that both hands, two promotion, gave a satisfactory answer to the provincial government and the tourism of the cadres and workers to the actual effectiveness of the rectification work.
Colombo: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when militants linked to the Easter Sunday bombings opened fire and blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday. The shootout occurred as the security forces continued their hunt for members of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the local terror outfit behind the April 21 coordinated blasts in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Special Task Force and Army troops, following a tip-off, raided a house in Kalmunai city, about 360 km from Colombo, on Friday night, leading to the heavy exchange of fire with the armed group. As the heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, a civilian caught in the middle got killed. As the clashes intensified, three men are believed to have set off explosives. “A total of 15 bodies recovered, six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead, and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenA police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead. “When the police were doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. A suicide blast took place, and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was also found at the site. A massive cache of explosives was also recovered from the spot. “Officials have recovered detonators, suicide kits, army uniforms and ISIS flags,” an army officer said. Meanwhile, the police said that curfew imposed in the Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice. The police have arrested at least 76 people in connection with the attack so far. Twenty were arrested in the last 24 hours. Officials also seized one kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular south Colombo suburb. The curfew was lifted for other areas at 4 am on Saturday. At the security council meeting held last night, it was decided that search operations to crack down on extremist terrorism must continue until the threat is eliminated. Security has been improved at hotels, schools and public places. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks. President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday that over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State terror group have been operating in the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka needs new laws to deal with threats posed by local terror outfits linked to ISIS. Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million which is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus. Around seven per cent of Sri Lankans are Christians.
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