Iteris Awarded Traffic Signal Synchronization Services Contract Extension from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

first_img SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today announced that it has received $737,000 in service orders under an existing $2.49 million on-call contract from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) for traffic signal synchronization-related managed services across 16 municipalities in the San Bernardino Valley, demonstrating growing demand for Iteris’ software-enabled managed services in a key geographic market. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Iteris Awarded Traffic Signal Synchronization Services Contract Extension from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (Photo: Business Wire) Under the terms of the 12-month on-call contract extension, Iteris will continue to perform on-call traffic signal synchronization, and will virtualize agency processes to provide system support and maintenance services for the San Bernardino Valley Coordinated Traffic Signal System (SBVCTSS) corridors – a heavily traveled arterial network of more than 250 square miles. The primary goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users, including vehicles, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, as well as reduce travel times, number of stops and carbon emissions along the SBVCTSS corridors. In addition, Iteris’ ClearGuide™ software-as-a-service solution will be used to conduct before-and-after evaluations on all retimed corridors, with the option to include ClearGuide’s automated signal performance measures capabilities in the future. The new service orders address traffic signal timing improvements, and ongoing traffic device and infrastructure maintenance both within cities and across jurisdictional boundaries for up to 1,250 signalized intersections on an as-needed basis. The service orders span 16 agencies: the Cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland and Yucaipa, as well as the County of San Bernardino. Iteris’ software-enabled managed services offering is a key component of the ClearMobility™ Platform, the world’s most complete solution to continuously monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure. ClearMobility applies cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, advisory services and managed services to help ensure roads are safe, travel is efficient, and communities thrive. “We are proud to continue to support the SBCTA’s goal of improving safety and mobility in the San Bernardino Valley with this expansive traffic signal synchronization program, which demonstrates growing demand for Iteris’ software-enabled managed services in Southern California,” said Scott Carlson, regional vice president, Transportation Systems at Iteris. “The expansion of this initiative with the SBCTA will continue to decrease travel times and overall traffic congestion, as well as improve air quality and reduce the existing transportation system’s impact on the environment.” Iteris expects to commence the project immediately. About Iteris, Inc. Iteris is the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management – the foundation for a new era of mobility. We apply cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, advisory services and managed services to achieve safe, efficient and sustainable mobility. Our end-to-end solutions monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure around the world to help ensure that roads are safe, travel is efficient, and communities thrive. Visit for more information and join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Iteris Forward-Looking Statements This release may contain forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based upon our current expectations and the information available to us at this time. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “can,” and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the new service orders, and capabilities, benefits and impacts of our managed services and ClearGuide solution. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, our ability to provide our services and solutions in a cost-efficient manner; the accuracy and completeness of data for our solutions to analyze and measure; government funding and budgetary delays, issues and timing; our ability to introduce, market and gain broad acceptance of our service offerings in the transportation industry; the potential impact of product and service offerings from competitors and other competitive pressures; challenges in the development of software-based solutions generally; and the impact of general economic, political and other conditions in the markets we address. Further information on Iteris, Inc., including additional risk factors that may affect our forward-looking statements, is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, and our other SEC filings that are available through the SEC’s website ( ). View source version on CONTACT: Iteris Contact David Sadeghi Tel: (949) 270-9523 Email:[email protected] Relations MKR Investor Relations, Inc. Todd Kehrli Tel: (213) 277-5550 Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRUCKING MANUFACTURING TRANSPORT AUTOMOTIVE STATE/LOCAL SOFTWARE URBAN PLANNING NETWORKS CONSULTING OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT LOGISTICS/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY OTHER AUTOMOTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ENGINEERING SOURCE: Iteris, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Allergy laws enforced in restaurants

first_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Allergy laws enforced in restaurants by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 13, 2014 Restaurants will have to declare common allergens – including crustaceansRestaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.Staff must provide information on 14 everyday allergens including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.The new measures, which come into force on Saturday, cover meals served in bakeries, cafes, care homes and packaged produce sold by supermarkets.There may be fines for repeat offenders.According to the European Academy of Allergy, food allergies affect more than 17 million people across Europe.Fatal reactionsSome five thousand people need treatment in hospital for severe allergic reactions each year in the UK, and some cases are fatal – causing an average of 10 deaths annually.Experts say the majority of these deaths and visits to hospital are avoidable, and some are a result of people being given incorrect information about ingredients.Under the new legislation (EU FIC Food Information for Consumers Regulation), customers must be told if their food contains any of the following:• celery – including any found in stock cubes and soup• cereals containing gluten – including spelt, wheat, rye, barley• crustaceans – eg crabs, lobster, prawns and shrimp paste• eggs – including food glazed with egg• fish• lupin – can be found in some types of bread, pastries, pasta• milk• molluscs – mussels, land snails, squid, also found in oyster sauce• mustard• nuts – for example almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia• peanuts – also found in groundnut oil• sesame seeds – found in some bread, houmous, tahini• soya – found in beancurd, edamame beans, tofu• sulphur dioxide – used as a preservative in dried fruit, meat products, soft drinks, vegetables, alcohol.Nuts – such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia – must be clearly markedOliver Bolland, 30, from Hertfordshire, is allergic to eggs, fish, shellfish, molluscs and soya.He said: “My allergies really became a problem when I became an adult – I can’t just pop out for a meal with my girlfriend, friends or family.“I had six allergic reactions in the course of a month last year and each time it was because I was told it was fine to eat something that it later turned out I couldn’t.“Often, waiters don’t take my allergies seriously, or they don’t know what ingredients are in their dishes.“I’ve had to leave important events, including a close friend’s wedding, because the waiter didn’t check exactly what was in the food and thought I was just being fussy.“I’ll always have to be careful about not accidentally eating something I’m allergic to, but now restaurants and takeaways can no longer say they’re not sure whether I can eat something, or that it’s probably fine.“This new law will make a huge difference to my life.”Business can provide information through leaflets or through conversationsBusinesses can choose how they give the information on allergens contained in their food – for example through conversations with customers, leaflets, food labelling or by highlighting ingredients on menus.But if allergy advice is not clearly given, the Food Standards Agency says there need to be clear signs about where it can be obtained.Lindsey McManus, from Allergy UK, said: “We hope that restaurants will see the advantage of going this extra mile as it offers huge benefits to the allergic customer and this will only encourage business.“It will enable people to eat out in confidence, knowing that allergens are monitored in dishes, and that the regulations are being adhered to.”Pre-packaged food bought in supermarkets must also have clear allergen information on the labels. Sharecenter_img 233 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Dada’s classy gesture towards the poor as India is locked down due to Coronavirus

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/BCCIAdvertisement abxmrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vses2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mcsWould you ever consider trying this?😱22qCan your students do this? 🌚60fpy84Roller skating! Powered by Firework From the city of Wuhan in China, the novel Coronavirus found its way to cause havoc in Europe, and has now spread into India. A total of 637 positive cases have been confirmed in the country, along with 13 deaths. Although the BCCI has decided to postpone all of its upcoming major cricketing events, including the 2020 IPL season, the president Sourav Ganguly has gone one step ahead to tackle the virus outbreak. The former captain of Team India has decided to aid the poor and underprivileged of the country, and has pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/BCCIPrime Minister Narendra Modi has recently announced a 21-day lockdown all over the country, which will be in effect till 14th April. While citizens have a lease on stocking up on essential commodities, the underprivileged of the country, who are now kept in government schools, would have been deprived.The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has recently confirmed in a statement that Sourav Ganguly have joined hands with Lal Baba Rice company, owned by Bhadreshwar Group, to donate rice worth Rs. 50 lakh to the poor in the time of need.Advertisement “It is heartening to note that Sourav Ganguly along with Lal Baba Rice has come forward to provide free rice worth Rs 50 lacs to the needy people who have been put in government schools for safety and security,” CAB said in a statement.“Hope this initiative of Ganguly would encourage other citizens of the state to take up similar initiatives to serve the people of our state,” the statement added.Advertisement CAB themselves have donated Rs. 25 lakh to the Emergency Relief Fund of the Government of West Bengal. Avishek Dalmiya, the president of CAB has also lend a land to support the poor in the crisis, and has personally donated Rs 5 lakh in addition.On Tuesday, following the announced of the country-wide lockdown, Dada released a video on Twitter, where he advised the citizens of India and around the world to follow the guidelines of the Government and health departments.“Isolation is very, very important. Be safe and be healthy, and most importantly, be sensible,” the 47 year old emphasised in the clip. Check it out below-In West Bengal, the total number of positive Coronavirus cases have jumped to 10, and one 57 yer old patient had passed away earlier on Monday.Also read-Huge update on Wimbledon 2020 amidst Coronavirus pandemicShikhar Dhawan shares hilarious video pleading with his wife for respite from household chores! Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBob Baffert11126191423%$2,957,432 Mark Glatt8414171217%$626,602 John W. Sadler14122201816%$1,479,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard E. Mandella7016101323%$992,946 Mike Puype10813151512%$546,946 (Current Through Friday, April 10) Peter Miller15929271918%$1,444,836 Rafael Bejarano29370453924%$3,428,118 Tyler Baze32143413513%$2,513,258 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 Santiago Gonzalez13819152114%$841,434 WOOLF WINNER LUZZI ENJOYS DAY IN THE SUNYIANNUS STEPS UP IN SUNDAY’S SAN PEDROFIRING LINE WORKS FOR KENTUCKY DERBYRACING RADIO PIONEER BILL GARR PASSES AT 98 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 -30- Doug F. O’Neill18523172512%$1,126,402 Elvis Trujillo23526342411%$1,525,650 Felipe Valdez9413121614%$428,837 Martin Garcia14929201719%$2,724,890 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 James Cassidy741081314%$440,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Edwin Maldonado12618131414%$621,204 Fernando Perez2061824269%$871,578 Flavien Prat15517182011%$953,314 Martin Pedroza17918272310%$781,744 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 ‘GREAT HONOR’ FOR LUZZI TO WIN WOOLF AWARDMike Luzzi was basking in the sunshine of another glorious morning at Santa AnitaSaturday, 30 hours before he was to enjoy a more significant moment in the sun, acceptance of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award after tomorrow’s sixth race.“It’s a great honor,” said Luzzi (as in fuzzy), who was accompanied by his son, Lane as he greeted old friends and well wishers. “My grandfather (Virgil “Buddy” Raines) was a trainer and was friendly with George Woolf, so the award means a little extra to my Mom.“Raines was a regular at Delaware Park and that’s where I grew up, right outside the gate there (in Stanton). My grandfather and George Woolf were close. I actually have some souvenirs from that time, the last program on the day he was killed, so this means more to me than it might to someone else, because I heard about George Woolf from Pops.”Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi, winner of 3,420 career races, has undergone reconstructive surgery and hopes to resume riding at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. RADIO RACING PIONEER BILL GARR VIEWING ON MONDAYBill Garr, who loved racing as much as life itself life and devoted the major portion of his career to the game he loved, died on March 28 at the age of 98.Garr, a Southern California-based radio broadcaster who did countless shows from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and the Los Angeles County Fair, was a notorious punster and teller of corny jokes who also enjoyed backing a horse he fancied with a few dollars. When once asked by an on-air listener, “Who do you like in the sixth race?” on a particular Saturday, Garr unhesitatingly responded, “I like Hot Dog in the sixth, he’s a Weiner.”Garr’s first live show from Santa Anita was broadcast on Dec. 26, 1959. For nearly four decades, he broadcast his show from live racing venues on the Southern California circuit and unabashedly promoted loyal sponsors such as Kitty Queen, Canada Dry, Old English Rancho, Pro Express and many others.A native of San Francisco, Garr’s first break in radio came as a station announcer at KNBR, which was the West Coast’s flagship station for NBC in the early 1940s.Garr was preceded in death by his wife, Jean. He was the brother of the late Louis Eilken, a former racing secretary at Santa Anita and at Canterbury Downs in Minnesota. He is survived by his daughter, Jeannie, son Bill, and three grandchildrenA viewing will be held this Monday, April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Douglass and Zook Chapel of Remembrance Funeral Home, 600 East Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, 91016.A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 North Lake Ave., Pasadena 91104, on Tuesday, April 14, at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Shadow Hills Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Club,, or U.S. Navy League, Navy Days 310 392-1275. Philip D’Amato8219121523%$929,990 Jerry Hollendorfer17030222518%$3,299,408 Ron Ellis641451022%$485,440 Peter Eurton8715131517%$878,756 Richard Baltas831715720%$751,335 Gary Stevens9918141818%$1,583,128 Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 YIANNIS GOES FROM MAIDEN WIN TO STAKES SUNDAYYiannis moves from a maiden victory in his lone start to the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs Sunday.“He won his first start (by a nose over subsequent stakes winner, Gimme Da Lute, as the 9-10 favorite on Jan. 31), we liked him, and we entered an allowance race but it didn’t fill,” said John Sadler, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman for Hronis Racing LLC.“We’re going from a maiden win to a stake but we think he’s a nice colt, he’s got a good post and he’s trained well (a bullet 57.20 on April 5, best of 68 drills at the distance).”The field for the San Pedro: Well Maybe, Mike Smith, 6-1; Kentuckian, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; The Man, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Guy Code, Gonzalo Nicolas, 30-1; Gloria’s Angelo, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 9-5; No Problem, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; and Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 12-1. FINISH LINES: Firing Line, winner of the Sunland Derby by more than 14 lengths, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in 59.20 under regular rider Gary Stevens, who will be seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby win when he rides the son of Line of David in the May 2 Run for the Roses. Owner Arnold Zetcher was a keen observer of the drill . . . Congratulations to Gary Stute for ending the “Gary Drought” among Santa Anita trainers yesterday. When Stute sent out I’ll Tell You What to win Friday’s eighth race by 3 ¼ lengths at a $15.80 payoff under Tyler Baze, it marked the first win this meet for a trainer whose first name is Gary. Stute had been oh for 18. Fellow trainers Gary Mandella and Gary Sherlock are oh for 21 and oh for 38, respectively. “It was a welcome win in more ways than one,” Stute said. “It was the first win for the stallion (Roman Commander) who stands at Milky Way Farm in Temecula. Tyler rode the rode the horse perfect, and if any Gary was going to get off the schneid, I’m glad it was me.” . . . Joe Steiner and William Antongeorgi III have moved their tack from Santa Anita to the Great Northwest and the Bay Area, respectively. . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess at Clocker’s Corner gab and grub pub, has tickets on sale at $5 a pop for Think Bright Pink in support of breast and ovarian health VIPink Weekend, May 2 and 3 . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Bay Area-based trainer Bill Morey, Jr., who passed away Friday following a long bout with cancer at age 74. Morey was best known as trainer and co-breeder and owner of Bold Chieftain, who won the 2010 Sunshine Millions Classic and was a two-time winner of the California Cup Classic in 2007 and 2009. Morey was also trainer of multiple stakes winner Dixie Dot Com, who won the 2000 San Pasqual Stakes. Morey is survived by his wife, Doris, son, trainer William E. Morey, daughter Kelley (Green), and two grandchildren. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Tiago Pereira1271791513%$505,592 Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 Drayden Van Dyke21823282511%$1,492,943 SANTA ANITA STATISTICSlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–With a resolute stretch run, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Decked Out, ridden by his brother Kent, was up to nail Sassy Little Lila by a nose in North America’s final Grade I event of 2016, the $300,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita.  Shortened earlier in the day from a mile and a quarter to 1 1/8 miles on turf due to concerns with the hillside crossing at the top of the stretch, Decked Out got the distance over a rain-dampened course that was listed as good in 1:47.86.Idle since running a respectable 12th in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Oct. 1, Decked Out was taken in-hand out of the gate and had two fillies beaten as the Oaks field of 12 crossed under the wire for the first time.“She won the Providencia (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles on turf April 9) on soft ground, so I definitely wasn’t worried,” said Keith Desormeaux.  “We don’t get this weather too often here in Southern California…She looked tired (in the stretch).  She looked like she was starting to labor so I was surprised that she continued on.  She showed her heart today.”Although she was the 7-2 favorite as the field of sophomore fillies loaded into the gate, Decked Out shot up to 9-2 at post time, as eventual seventh place finisher Stays in Vegas got crushed in the late wagering and was hammered down to 5-2.  Decked Out rewarded her backers with payouts of $11.00, $6.00 and $4.20.“It’s been that kind of year for the Desormeaux family,” said Kent.  “It was doubtful from the quarter pole.  I wasn’t getting there fast enough, and I thought I won, but with recent photo finishes, I was scared to have an opinion…The turf course has a lot of give to it.  I wouldn’t call it yielding, but it’s definitely soft.”Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Gene A. Voss, Decked Out, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss, improved her record to 16-3-2-3 and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $480,859.Sassy Little Lila, a lightly raced daughter of Artie Schiller who brought a sharp recent form in New York to Santa Anita for the first time under Luis Saez, led throughout and just missed in a gallant effort.  Off at 4-1, she paid $5.80 and $4.00.“I thought we were going to be right there,” said Saez, who had ridden Sassy Little Lila for trainer Brad Cox in all five of her previous starts.  “If we didn’t win, (I thought) it was going to be a dead heat.  When I came back and saw the result…I thought we had it.  The course was fine…I felt like she was very comfortable.”Irish-bred Lady Valeur, who was attentive to the pace with Rafael Bejarano, finished third, a half-length behind Sassy Little Lila.  Off at 17-1, Lady Valeur paid $7.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.68, 47.03, 1:10.70 and 1:35.08.last_img read more

Latest: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0 – Pedro threatens for patient Blues

first_imgPedro had the best chance of a fairly subdued first 20 minutes at Villa Park.The Spaniard collected a headed clearance from a corner 20 yards out and shifted the ball first on to his left and then on to his right before curling an effort inches past the angle of post and bar.Chelsea were content to be patient in possession against a Villa side seemingly destined for relegation, though Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was called upon twice.He first fielded a Micah Richards header at the second attempt and later pushed away a low drive from Rudy Gestede.At the other end, Pedro had the ball in the net but was a yard offside.With John Terry and Gary Cahill both out, Chelsea gave a debut to January signing Matt Miazga as part of a reshuffled back four.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also given a start, with Chelsea showing four changes from the side that drew with West Ham.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Gestede, Ayew..Subs: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Lyden, Veretout, Grealish, Sinclair.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Analyzing 2017 yield data to make 2018 decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As soon as harvest season wraps up, farmers will begin to make decisions on seed for 2018. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Kevin Forrest visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how to analyze 2017 yield data to make those hybrid and variety selections for next year.last_img

A New Online HVAC Calculator Is Available

first_imgSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DWhen Do I Need to Perform a Load Calculation?Who Can Perform My Load Calculations?Manual J Load Calculations vs. Rules of Thumb Calculations are important, but often ignoredThe HVAC calculations published by ACCA are cited by many designers and builders as essential tools for sizing heating and cooling equipment correctly, and are required by most building codes. Even so, many HVAC contractors reportedly rely on old rules of thumb for specifying air conditioners, boilers, and furnaces — a certain heating or cooling output based on square footage, for example — so specified equipment often has too much capacity.As GBA senior editor Martin Holladay said in a blog on the topic, a U.S. Department of Energy website casually suggests that homeowners should be able to get these calculations done by HVAC contractors at little or no cost. Unfortunately, experience suggests that few HVAC contractors have the skills or the software to do this.“It seems that few HVAC contractors understand how to prepare an accurate report, often oversizing systems out of habit rather than designing them for the actual house loads,” GBA contributor Carl Seville has written. “Also, while the reports are supposed to be delivered before the equipment is installed, they rarely are, and mistakes are usually identified well past the time to make any corrections.”Wrote Allison Bailes: “HVAC contractors, at least here in the Southeast, don’t often do Manual J load calculations at all. They mostly use rules of thumb based on square footage (e.g., 500 square feet per ton of AC capacity). When they take the time to enter data and run a Manual J, they usually do it incorrectly.”Elite President Bill Smith said by phone that the low cost of Rhvac Online might encourage more homeowners to run the calculations, especially if they take advantage of the free Cool Calc for Manual J. “But the primary person who’s going to buy into this is an air conditioning contractor,” he said.“The one thing that’s encouraging them the most is the fact that the International Residential Code since 2009 has had the requirement of Manual J and Manual S,” Smith continued, “but all the different municipalities around the country were slow to adapt.“Every day that goes by we see more and more places where it’s required. So what I’m seeing now is not so much that contractors themselves say they ought to become better at this, they’re being made to be better. The municipalities are saying you’ve got to submit a Manual J or a Manual S to get a permit.” RELATED ARTICLES A software company specializing in products for builders has released an online program that performs three important calculations used in the design of HVAC systems: Manual J, Manual D, and Manual S calculations.The worksheets developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) are used to determine heating and cooling loads (Manual J), to size air ducts (Manual D), and to select equipment (Manual S). Contractors and designers have several software programs to choose from but Elite Software says that its Rhvac Online program is the first to combine all three.Elite’s Rhvac Desktop is a Windows program — it won’t run on a Mac without CrossOver, Boot Camp, or something similar — but the online version can run on any Web-connected device, including smartphones and tablets. The College Station, Texas, company offers an online demo for users who register at Elite’s website.Contractors can save individual projects in the cloud and import and export files to Elite’s Rhvac desktop software, according to the company. Elite offers specs and details of Rhvac Online at its website.Rhvac Online is available in two versions, each of which requires a one-year subscription: users who already have the desktop software (Rhvac 9) will pay $199; those who don’t pay $239. In addition, the company offers subscriptions for just the Manual S ($49) and Manual D ($89) for those who are satisfied with another Manual J calculator, such as Cool Calc. In that case, Elite’s Manual J would operate in demo mode only. Rhvac Online has all the major features of the desktop version, but it can be used only when the device is connected to the internet, and it won’t show as much information on one screen as the desktop version. Ideally, Elite says, a designer would have both the desktop and online versions.last_img read more

Frugal Happy: We Have a Floor on Our Ceiling

first_imgEditor’s Note: This post is one of a series by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee, a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are turning their 1963 suburban house into an all-electric, zero-net energy home. They chronicle their attempts at a low-carbon, low-cost, and joyful lifestyle on their blog Frugal Happy. This post was written by Chris.   When considering what materials to use for the interior of the common area, we wanted at least one surface to have some character. Drywall is great in many ways. It’s durable, inexpensive, fire-resistant, versatile, and you can cover walls and ceilings quickly, especially if you know what you’re doing.RELATED ARTICLESReclaimed Wood is Beautiful and GreenSelling Reclaimed Snow Fence Boards For SidingUsing Reclaimed Wood for Porch DeckingThe ‘Wally’ Bed: Accessorizing with Salvage But drywall can be a little boring. When discussing this project at the outset with my construction-experienced friend Sunil, I asked him about using tongue-and-groove (T&G) pine paneling for the ceiling, and he suggested the possibility of using reclaimed flooring. At the time I tucked the idea away, since I was then far away from the interior ceiling surface stage and had no ready prospect of where to get reclaimed flooring. The first step is to salvage the wood Fast forward a year or so, and it was finally time to think about what to use for the ceiling. Wen asked around and discovered that her friend Henry from high school is now a real estate developer who would soon be gutting a home in a nearby city! I must say, Wen’s social capital really is incredible. We approached Henry asking if he would be removing the oak floor, and if so, could we salvage it? After checking with his contractor, he very generously agreed to let us take up the old flooring as long we cleaned up after ourselves and didn’t damage the subfloor. Deal! The salvaging process involved prying up each piece with small pry bars and a mini sledgehammer, assisted occasionally by an oscillating multitool for the more recalcitrant pieces. After the pieces were removed, all the nails had to be pulled out by hand. My brother-in-law Bin helped a lot with the harvesting. Even Wen came out for a day to do some labor! After the flooring was removed from its first home, it had to be prepped for its second. That included removing nails. [Image credit: Chris Stratton] I was very grateful, but was wondering why the developer was taking out a perfectly intact hardwood floor. We soon discovered one possible explanation: cats! In particular, cat pee. Some significant fraction — maybe 20% — of the pieces were saturated with cat urine and emanated its most distinctive odor. If we wanted our newly renovated ceiling not to smell like cat piss we would need to sort out the offending 20%. And that would have to be done by individually sniffing each redolent piece and determining its fate. Since my sense of smell is considerably better than Wen’s or Bin’s, the tedious olfactory task unenviably fell to me and my soon-saturated nostrils. Ew. [Note: the ceiling has been installed for several months now, and no hint of any cat smell. So “sniff sorting” was successful!] Estimating quantities We had to estimate how much wood we would need to cover the ceiling. It was important to have enough, because there would be some time between when we harvested the wood and when it would be used. If we underestimated, it might not be possible to get more wood, because it might not be available. To calculate the amount needed, I measured the area of the ceiling: about 600 square feet. I then determined how much each square foot of T&G flooring weighed: about 1.4 lbs. I then multiplied the two to determine the total weight needed: about 850 lb. I rounded up to 900 lb. to account for losses. It turns out I should have rounded up even more, to perhaps 1000 lb., but — oh well. The process of salvaging 900 lb. of wood needed took about 10 days spread over the course of three weeks. I almost always had a helper. It was a lot of work! Calculating the amount of flooring we had by weight: Each square foot weighed about 1.4 pounds. I weighed the wood in 25-pound bundles, and laid it out, marking each increment with blue masking tape. Soon much of the available floor and interior wall space of our house was covered in T&G flooring laid on end. Reclaimed oak flooring soon filled the living space. Preparing the flooring Now that we had the wood needed, we had to prep it. I wanted a light-colored ceiling and the flooring was stained a rather dark brown. I decided to remove the top layer of the wood to expose the natural oak color and then pre-finish it (as opposed to finishing it once it’s installed) with a clear varnish. But how do you efficiently remove the stain on 900 lb. of oak flooring? Any kind of manual sanding or planing would be out of the question. When I was at my friend John’s workshop some weeks earlier, I noticed that he had a self-feeding power planer. This tool came to mind as a potential solution to my problem. I asked John about borrowing his planer and he generously agreed, provided that I return it in the same condition I found it. Deal! Social capital to the rescue, yet again. By the way, southern California really needs to have a tool library for these kinds of expensive tools. They are really great to have when you need them, but you don’t need them very often and you can’t justify buying them or just can’t afford them. In the Bay Area, we lived between two such tool libraries (one in Oakland, one in Berkeley) and we used them all the time. Tool libraries should be everywhere! If you want to learn how to start your own, watch this video of a webinar that Wen helped organize. A piece of flooring before and after planing. We just fed the brown wood in one end of the planer and it magically came out a light natural oak color from the other. Even with a fancy planer, planing over 3800 linear feet of flooring took a long time, but it took much less time than it would have using almost any other method. After the flooring was planed, it needed to be varnished. This would be much easier to do before it was up on the ceiling, because gravity would be on our side. We laid the flooring outside on the patio and driveway and brushed on two coats of varnish. We initially tried using a paint sprayer, but the area we could spray at one time didn’t justify it, and we were going through the expensive varnish too quickly, so we just went back to the brush. Brushing varnish on the flooring while it was on the ground proved much easier than trying to finish it in place. Installing the ceiling Finally the prep work was done and it was time to begin installing our new oak ceiling. This T&G paneling has to be installed bottom to top, left to right, so that the tongue from the last piece would support the next piece. At first I tried installing a few partial rows at once in the same area, but soon found that to be unworkable because the lengths of the pieces varied. I ended up taking down those first few partial trial rows and switched instead to installing one complete row — all the way from the wall to the ridge — at a time. This worked much better, so this was how I proceeded from then on, even though it meant constantly moving the ladders and myself as the roof sloped upward. Each piece of paneling had to be tapped into place with a rubber mallet before being fastened to the 2×3-inch furring strips spaced every 2 feet. I used a pneumatic nailer to drive 16 gauge brads into the corner of the tongues at a 45(ish) degree angle. The pressure on the air compressor has to be set high enough that the brad head did not protrude at all once driven in, but not so high that the brad went all the way through the paneling. It’s crucial that the brad head not protrude, because it otherwise it will create an unsightly gap for the next row of paneling — and innumerable headaches. If everything goes smoothly, you’ll end up with a gap-less surface with no visible fasteners holding down (er, up) the paneling. This process is called “blind nailing.” I did a fair amount of the installation alone, but it was noticeably more than twice as fast when I had an assistant because it meant I didn’t have to climb up and down the ladders so often. Bin and our friend Sang helped out a lot with both the varnishing and the installation. We sorted all the salvaged pieces into four categories, depending on which of the T&G ends were still intact: tops, bottoms, middles, alternates. Each T&G piece is not supported just from the side by the previously installed row, but also from the piece below it. The bottom pieces went next to the walls, the tops went at the ridge, the middles went in between, and the alternate pieces were set aside in case we ran out. [Spoiler: we did run out and had to use them.] Installing the ceiling required a good deal of running up and down ladders. The major downside of the alternate pieces is that they have to end in the middle of a furring strip. The intact pieces (tops, bottoms, middles) can end in between furring strips because the tongue from the piece below supports them (keeping them from moving in and out relative to the plane of the ceiling). But alternate pieces, having neither the tongue nor the groove end intact, have to be supported from behind by one of the 2×3 furring strips. This meant every single alternate piece had to be custom cut to fall in the middle of a furring strip. What a pain in the ass. Because of several factors — the non-uniformity of the planing, the furring strips perhaps not being perfectly in the same plane, and the difficulty of working overhead — it was impossible to avoid some gaps in the paneling. By necessity, I began to regard these irregularities as a feature, not a bug. “It has character” became our refrain. This layer is not part of the thermal envelope, so it doesn’t have to be airtight, so gaps weren’t a functional problem either. Whether or not gaps are an aesthetic problem depends on your perspective. Gradually we started to get the hang of it and slowly the new ceiling began taking shape. Best of all, given the amount of effort involved, it looked pretty good! Eventually we got into a decent rhythm, and were installing up to 20 or so rows a day by the end. Below is a time lapse video of Sang and me. Finally we got to the last row and the ceiling was done. It was the end of a long journey. All told, the preparation and installation of the ceiling took about a month. A month! Conclusions Was it worth it? I suppose there are differing ways to think about the “worth” of using salvaged oak flooring for our ceiling. I definitely prefer the distinctive look of it to a drywall ceiling. A purchased pine T&G ceiling with wider, longer pieces would have gone up much more quickly and looked more uniform. The smaller, varied pieces of our ceiling give it its character, but they are also what made it so incredibly labor-intensive. It’s not perfectly uniform, but the ceiling has character, and it kept a lot of oak out of the landfill. From a broader perspective, surely there is some value to all of us collectively when we are able to repurpose perfectly functional oak flooring that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. The small stand of trees that would have been cut down to supply new paneling can instead keep doing their beautiful thing, regulating temperature, providing habitat, absorbing CO2, and releasing oxygen — in short, helping to keep us and other living creatures alive. A thing that helps keep us alive surely has value, right? What about from a strictly financial perspective? The price of lower end pre-finished T&G pine paneling is about $3/square foot, including tax and delivery. Our ceiling ended up at around 660 square feet, so materials cost would have been around $2,000. My approximation is that 135 person-hours were spent harvesting sorting, planing, and varnishing the wood. The zero VOC varnish that we used to seal the wood cost about $250. So at $1,750/135 person-hours, our time is valued at about $13/hour. If our time is worth more than that (and it definitely is), then it’s not a great deal. This number would decrease further if I factored in how much less time it would take to cover the same area with uniform 6-inch-wide pieces rather than non-uniform 2-inch-wide pieces. But, but! We’re not comparing it to a pine ceiling, we’re comparing it to an oak ceiling (something that no one in their right mind would install, but still!). That would make materials closer to $5/square foot, making our labor worth more like $22.50/hour. Still not great, but better. The return would have been marginally better had I used a cheaper varnish. Another point to consider: now I know how to salvage, prep, and install T&G flooring. What is acquiring that skill worth? In thinking about this I’m reminding myself of the priorities for the project I established at the beginning. The number-one priority was (and is) to learn, and in this case that goal was definitely achieved. I think it’s a beautiful ceiling. I’m glad we did it. I learned a ton in the process of salvaging, prepping, and installing the wood. But one of the things I learned is that I’m not sure if I would do this again. If I did do another salvaged floor-ceiling, at least I now have a good sense of what I’d be getting into. A footnote It’s been a few months now since we finished the ceiling, and other progress has been made on the space, including walls that have been sheetrocked and painted. Installing drywall was yet another learning curve for me, but I probably won’t do a dedicated write-up of that process. Suffice it to say that instead of the usual three-stage drywall process, mine was more like five or so. The end result looks fine, it just took me a long time. Noticing a trend? My great fear that our new ceiling would smell of cat piss has proven mercifully unfounded. And beyond that the end result turned out — dare I say it — lovely. It’s definitely quirky and eye-catching, and it’s nearly always the first thing people comment on when entering the space for the first time. I see its flaws, but I’m happy with it. Not a bad approach for life in general, I suppose. Other posts by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee An Introduction A Car-Free Experiment Demolition Our House Becomes a Giant Foam Box, Part 1 Giant Foam Box, Part 2 Let’s Kill the Lawn Vaulting the Ceiling Our First Year With Solar Panels Introducing the Share Shedlast_img read more

Price of oil cruises past US60 mark as TSX retreats from recordsetting

first_imgTORONTO – Crossing the US$60 oil barrier wasn’t enough to steer the Toronto stock index out of the red ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend, as Canadian cannabis companies experienced a volatile trading day.The February crude contract climbed 58 cents to US$60.42 per barrel on Friday, its highest level since June 24, 2015.Despite oil’s momentum, energy stocks fell on the S&P/TSX composite index, declining 12.82 points to 16,209.13 as the TSX retreated from its two-day record streak. On Wednesday and Thursday, the commodity-heavy index closed at all-time highs of 16,203.13 and 16,221.95, respectively.“It’s a bit mixed,” Steve Belisle, a senior portfolio manager of equities at Manulife Asset Management, said of the divergence between crude prices and oil and gas stocks.“That said, a lot of focus is put on the spot prices on the short end of the curve but what’s important is the long of the curve and where it’s heading. … Stocks have already been pricing in higher crude prices.”Moreover, Belisle added, “it’s pretty quiet day in terms of volume. Any movement you’re seeing must taken with a grain of salt.”Included in the TSX’s broad-based decline was the health-care sector after major pot producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) had their stocks temporarily halted earlier Friday after share prices dropped by nearly 15 per cent within a short time frame.Canopy Growth and Aurora, as well as other marijuana companies, recovered most or all of their losses at the end of trading on Friday. Aurora closed at $9.60, up 66 cents or 7.38 per cent, while Canopy was down 2.20 per cent or 67 cents at $29.74.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes experienced modest losses on the final day of trading for 2017.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 118.29 points to 24,719.22. The S&P 500 index was down 13.93 points to 2,673.61 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 46.77 points to 6,903.39.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.71 cents US, up 0.27 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract gained four cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The February gold contract climbed $12.10 to US$1,309.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down one cent to US$3.30 a pound.North American stock markets will be closed Monday.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more