PPP/C executives, supporters reiterate calls for President to announce election date

first_img…say “unconstitutional Govt” must resignA section of the protestors in the rain outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Friday morning calling for the President to announce an early date for elections in GuyanaOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan AliHundreds of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supporters braved the inclement weather on Friday morning to picket the Ministry of the Presidency, calling on President David Granger to announce a date for elections.It has been more than half of a year since the APNU/AFC coalition Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion, but to date, the head of State is pussyfooting on announcing an election date nor has he shown any indication that he will do so anytime soon.The executives of the PPP/C who led the peaceful picket exercise have reiterated the calls for the APNU/AFC-led Government to respect Guyana’s Constitution and more so, the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Speaking to the gathering, Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali related that Guyanese stand united and are willing to fight for the respect of the country’s Constitution and democracy.“The CCJ has made it clear that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed and the provisions of the Constitution must kick in,” he told supporters as they stood in the rain in front of the Ministry of the Presidency.These provisions stipulate that upon the passage of the motion that the Government must resign and announce a date for elections within three months.But instead of doing so, the Government mounted several legal challenges which ultimately allowed them to stay in office for more than six months. On this note, he stated that the legal battles are over and that the PPP/C is demanding that the Government respect the Court’s decision.“We allowed the Court process to conclude and now that has concluded, the Government must now respect the ruling of the Court,” Ali contended.Also addressing the massive crowd, PPP/C Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill stated that the APNU/AFC coalition should resign from the seats that they are clinging onto and demanded that President Granger calls elections “now”.“That is our demand, nothing else, we are not asking the Government a favour. We are just simply saying respect the Constitution and the successful passage of the No-Confidence Vote which the CCJ has ruled as validly passed, the Government should resign and elections should be held within 90 days. We have a Government that continues to keep Cabinet, distribute lands, give our contracts, they are squatting, squandering the resources of our people and we are saying obey the Constitution and call the elections now”.Mini-rally at office of the Opposition LeaderAfter the protest outside of the Ministry of the Presidency, the protestors gathered at the Leader of the Opposition’s office for a mini-rally where General Secretary of the party, Bharrat Jagdeo, charged them to continue the fight for democracy.“The CCJ made a fateful ruling and that ruling was that the No-Confidence Motion is valid and so Granger’s Government has no other recourse. There is no higher Court, they cannot block this issue any longer, and this Government is illegal and has been illegal since March 21, 2019. The only way they can change this is through elections,”He reiterated that despite what is clearly laid out in Guyana’s Constitution and the rulings of the CCJ, the APNU/AFC coalition continue to disregard and disrespect the laws that it should be abiding by.“Today this is a signal that we are not going to tolerate them in Government behaving with impunity. They tried to influence the CCJ, called for a big protest outside of GECOM. Now, Granger says that in a matter of days a Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be named but sometimes they do this and then drag this out, we have to hold him to that (because) it could be another signal to the CCJ to avoid them making a consequential order to make him appoint a chairman by a specific period”.Jagdeo pointed out that by doing such, it may be seen as a method of having the CCJ think that it would not need to rule on this matter, and should July 12, 2019 pass and the consequential orders do not include a specific time frame for the naming of the Chairman, then President Granger can push back elections for a very long time.“This protest is not a hostile protest against anyone. We are standing up for Guyana and all Guyanese. Let us see what the consequential orders are and keep preparing for elections. The Government is illegal, nothing can change that,” he added.He further stated that because of Court battles, the Government has remained in office more than half a year after they were defeated.The December 21, 2018 No-Confidence Motion tabled by the Opposition Leader saw AFC’s executive member, Charandass Persaud voting in favour of the motion, thus resulting in a 33-seat majority passage.This, however, was challenged by the Government and the High Court ruled that the motion was validly passed. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had stated that the Government should step down and an election should be called within three months of the passage but this ruling was again challenged in the Appeal Court.On that account, two of the learned judges ruled that an absolute majority was needed to pass the No-Confidence Motion while one upheld the ruling of her colleague, Roxane George. This decision was praised by the coalition Government but the PPP challenged the ruling at the CCJ.It was there that the President of the CCJ, Adrian Saunders, ruled that the motion was validly passed and that 33 votes were needed to do so. In another challenge, he ruled the Justice James Patterson was unconstitutionally elected to the post of GECOM chair.As such, Justice Saunders urged both the PPP/C and the Government to meet before the consequential orders are laid out. Unfortunately, this did not occur thus forcing Justice Saunders to request written submissions on the consequential orders by July 1 and a decision will be made on July 14.last_img read more

HALF TIME CHAT SAW DONEGAL LADIES TURN GAME AGAINST LAOIS

first_imgDONEGAL’S LADIES senior football team came from behind at Ballyshannon to easily defeat a tough Laois side at Ballyshannon – 5-07 to 2-09.But at half-time, a goal behind, it looked as if the home side could be heading for defeat in this Division One clash.Manager Eamonn O’Boyle admitted his side weren’t great in the first half – until his team chat turned the game. “We were poor in the first half and the break allowed us time to switch a few things around,” said O’Boyle.“The girls were a little bit down, a bit flat. Laois were throwing everything at us. But fair play to both sides really, it was a great advertisement for ladies football.”Team captain Aoife McDonald was superb, particularly in the second half- whilst the full forward line of Ellis Ward, Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle bagged four goals between them.HALF TIME CHAT SAW DONEGAL LADIES TURN GAME AGAINST LAOIS was last modified: February 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘THE VIPER’ PAYS CONRAD A VISIT OVER €16,000 DEBT

first_imgJust when he thought things couldn’t get worse for him, Conrad Gallagher now has one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals on his tail.Gardai have confirmed that Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley was looking for the Letterkenny chef when he entered his restaurant La Stampa last week.Convicted gangster Foley told cops he was working for a former supplier of Gallagher who he claimed was owed €16,000 by the Donegal businessman. Conrad, who left South Africa after building up €200,000 in debts, has claimed The Viper wasn’t after him.“There are several people he could have been in to see,” he said.But cops say they are satisfied it was Gallagher whom Foley wanted to speak to.DEBT RECOVERY The gangster, who runs a debt recovery agency, was held at the restaurant.The debt allegedly owed by Gallagher does not relate to his new restaurant The Dining Room at La Stampa which is owned by businessman Louis Murray.Meanwhile Gallagher has until 1pm today to pay a former employee more than €1,400 in wages which he never got.Rishi Mohitpulall from Mauritius worked for Gallagher for more than a month but was never paid.Last Friday the Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum planned to protest outside Gallagher’s restaurant Salon Des Saveurs but called off the protest after he agreed to pay the waiter’s wages before 1pm today. Ends‘THE VIPER’ PAYS CONRAD A VISIT OVER €16,000 DEBT was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Conrad GallagherMartin The Viper Foleylast_img read more

DDTV – MICHAEL MURPHY RECEIVES CIVIC RECEPTION

first_imgMichael Murphy was the toast of Donegal County Council when he received a civic reception yesterday. Donegal TV were on hand to capture what proved a tremendous occasion for one of Donegal’s best-loved sons.SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY. DDTV – MICHAEL MURPHY RECEIVES CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal tvMichael Murphylast_img

LUCKY ESCAPE AS TAXI ENDS UP IN DITCH

first_imgThe occupants of this taxi had a lucky escape when it ended up in a ditch on a cross-border road between Inishowen and Derry.The car went off the road at the Groarty Road’s junction with Bunamaine (known as the back road to Bridgend).It is believed no one sustained serious injuries.  LUCKY ESCAPE AS TAXI ENDS UP IN DITCH was last modified: March 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridgendcrashtaxi-driverlast_img read more

DONEGAL FINESSE GYMNASTICS TEAM PERFORM ADMIRABLY IN ITALY

first_imgDonegal’s Finesse Gymnastics Display Team arrived home yesterday after representing Ireland at this year’s Festival Del Sole Italy.The Finesse team along with gymnasts from Dublin had the honour of being only the second ever Irish team to take part in this event. All the colours of the world of gymnastics performed at the Festival del Sole: almost 4,800 non-professional gymnasts took part in the Opening Ceremony with a Grand Parade. The gymnasts march behind their nations flag from four different arenas through the beautiful streets of Riccione, eventually the teams arrive at the main arena the Piazzale Roma where the ceremony finishes’ with a huge firework display.Day one saw the Donegal Team perform alongside Austria, San Marino, Israel, Italy, and Portugal. They showed no nerves as they took to the floor and delivered a perfect performance in front of a huge audience.Day two the team performed with Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and Lithuania after the highs of the first day they again delivered an outstanding routine which received a great reaction by the huge crowd with even the compare saying “Irlanda bellissimo” a saying that the team were getting used to hearing.That set the trend what was to be a wonderful week for this Donegal team as they executed the routine with precision and grace which was well received by the huge audiences. All of their hard work paid off as on Friday before the closing ceremony they were presented with gold medals from their Head of delegation, Carolanne Tighe from Irish Gymnastics for their achievement. The Finesse team were delighted with their achievement as for many of them this was their first international event representing Ireland, but hopefully not their last.Love for the sport, desire to meet with other gymnasts, and perform in front of a huge audience these simple ingredients multiplied by the 4,800 athletes of all ages and from all over the world will live long in the memory for these young girls. They have not only done their club and county proud they have also done Irish gymnastics proud. In the words of the Italian compare “Irlanda Bellissimo” LOVELY IRELAND.Finesse Team representing IrelandAmber Beecroft, Ciara Beecroft, Rachel Canning, Ailbhe Gallagher, Molly Gallagher,Adele King , Ellie King , Fiona Lafferty, Orla Lonergan , Orla McCarron, Aisling Nulty,Cara Nulty , Molly Nulty, Abi O’Connor, Aoife O’Connor, Tori O’Connor. Coach: Meganne HerronChoreographer: Linda BennettDONEGAL FINESSE GYMNASTICS TEAM PERFORM ADMIRABLY IN ITALY was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DisplaydonegalFinesseGymnasticsIrelanditalyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Chelsea linked with Denmark’s Wass and QPR with Brazilian winger

first_imgDenmark international Daniel Wass has opened the door to a move to Chelsea or Liverpool, the Express claim.It comes after the 25-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, appeared to indicate that he would like to leave French club Evian.“My head is still in Evian but if you offer me a departure in January, I will not say no,” he is quoted as saying.“I want to progress and prove my abilities at a higher level.  But a club has to be interested to meet the requirements that Evian have.”Spanish media reports continue to suggest that Real Madrid are keen to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.There has been speculation that Cech could go to Spain as part of an exchange deal involving Real’s German midfielder Sami Khedira.The Daily Star therefore suggest that reports in Italy that AC Milan are interested Khedira will come as a blow for Chelsea as well as Arsenal.Meanwhile, QPR are one of several British clubs interested in Brazilian winger Wamberto, according to Sky Sports.Celtic, Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the 20-year-old, who is currently with Lierse SK.His contract at the Belgian club reportedly expires in the summer and he has yet to agree a new deal.It is claimed that a number of clubs are looking to capture him in January or sign him before then on a pre-contract agreement.For more transfer speculation, including a report that Chelsea and Arsenal are competing for the signing of Benfica’s Brazilian forward Talisca, see Wednesday morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

FFA soil judging winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Student teams from Northmor High School in Morrow County and Gallia Academy High School in Gallia County were first place winners in the 65th annual FFA State Land and Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 14 at the Farm Science Review site in Madison County. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District and Haviland Plastic Products.Northmor’s victory came in the rural land judging portion of the competition, where soils are evaluated for their limitations, soil health, fertility and overall potential for agricultural production. The Gallia Academy win came in the urban soil judging category, which challenges students to evaluate soil limitations for urban applications such as buildings, septic systems, roads and landscaping.Teams from East Clinton High School (Clinton County) and Upper Sandusky High School (Wyandot County) placed second and third, respectively, in the rural contest. Northwestern High School (Wayne County) and Fredericktown High School (Knox County) took second and third place, respectively, in the urban contest.Conner Johnson of Wauseon High School (Fulton County) was the top scoring student in the Rural Land and Soil Judging Contest. Alec Ogg of Upper Sandusky High School and Chris Bood of Northmor High School placed second and third as individuals in the rural contest.Kyler Greenlee of Gallia Academy High School (Gallia County) received first place in the Urban Land Judging Contest. Cody Tegtmeier of Northwestern High School and Kathy Lehman of Crestview High School placed second and third as individuals in the urban contest.This year’s state-level competition hosted 92 high school teams, with a combined 334 students competing. Nearly 400 schools and close to 2,000 students participated in the district contests to determine which schools would advance to the state contest. The Northmor High School and Gallia Academy High School teams are now eligible to compete in the National Land and Soil Judging contest in Oklahoma next May.last_img read more

Smart Vapor Retarders

first_imgChanging recommendationsBack when poly was the default choice as a vapor retarder (called vapor barriers back then), the recommended placement of that layer varied depending on where you lived. The rule was to install it on the “warm side.” In northern climates, that meant that the vapor retarder should be on the inside (installed on the inner face of wall studs and rafters) before installing drywall. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Smart vapor retardersOne solution to the changing conditions of a house during the annual cycle is to install a vapor retarder whose permeance (a measure of how readily water vapor can pass through) varies based on the humidity. These are often referred to as smart vapor retarders. The goal is low permeance in the winter when humidity is low but it’s critically important to block moisture flow and prevent condensation, and high permeance in the summer when humidity is higher and you want drying potential to both the interior and exteriorIt turns out that the plain old kraft paper facing on fiberglass batts has this property of variable permeance — as my friend (and leading building science expert) Terry Brennan explained. As humidity increases (in the summer), it becomes more permeable to moisture, while in winter, when the humidity drops, it becomes less permeable and a better vapor retarder. Terry describes it as “poor man’s smart vapor retarder.”Maybe 15 years ago, researchers in Europe began working in a more focused way on variable-permeance vapor retarders. The first such product I heard about was MemBrain, made by CertainTeed’s parent company Saint-Gobain (headquartered in France) and available from CertainTeed in the U.S.MemBrain is a polyamide or nylon sheet with permeance that ranges from less than or equal to 1.0 perms in low humidity conditions to more than 10 perms under high-humidity conditions.Two variable products are also made by Pro Clima in Germany and distributed by 475 High Performance Building Supply in Brooklyn, NY. Intello Plus is made from a polyethylene copolymer, and it varies in permeance from 0.17 in the winter to 13 in the summer. It comes in rolls 1.5 meters (59 1/16 inches) wide and 50 meters (164 feet) long. DB+ is a less expensive, paper vapor retarder made by Pro Clima that varies in permeance from 0.8 perms with low humidity to 5.5 perms at high humidity. It is made mostly from recycled paper, and includes a fiberglass reinforcement grid. It comes in rolls 1.35 meters (53 inches) wide by 50 meters (164 feet) long. It is about 24% less expensive than Intello Plus. The idea was that we wanted to prevent water vapor from migrating from inside the house (where it was warmer) outward through the building envelope. As vapor-laden air cools off, it is able to hold less moisture, and if it gets cold enough the moisture in the air will condense (i.e., it reaches the dew point) — causing problems by wetting the insulation or rotting wood framing. By installing the vapor retarder on the inside of the wall, we would keep that moisture out of the wall cavity where that water vapor might condense.In warmer climates, we were told to install the poly vapor retarder on the outside of the wall cavity, because the inside of the air-conditioned house was colder than the outside.  In this case the risk was that condensation could occur with moisture laden air moving inward through the building enclosure and cooling off.But what about places where some of the time it’s warmer inside than outside and at other times it’s just the opposite: colder inside than outside? It turns out that this is the case in most of the U.S. Even in chilly Vermont, where I’m based, most new houses are now being built with air conditioning — and after this past July, the prevalence of air conditioning will go up further.Confused? So is most of the building industry. Installation detailsInstallation of the DB+ was pretty straightforward. It went up after the Spider insulation had been installed. It was held taught over the rafters and stapled in place. Following installation, we noticed there was a reasonably strong ammonia smell for several days. Ken Levenson of 475 looked into this and got back to me that it is from the ammonium phosphate that is added as a flame retardant. By the time strapping and drywall went up, the smell was gone.We didn’t bother with the vapor retarder on the walls, because there we have a well-sealed air barrier in the middle of the wall — made from Zip sheathing with edges taped and extra air sealing using the EcoSeal product from Knauf.We’re happy. The drywall is now mostly installed, and we look forward to never having to worry about moisture accumulating in our insulation. At least until the next theory of moisture control comes along …center_img Nowhere in building design has there been more confusion or more dramatic change in recommended practice than with vapor retarders. Thirty years ago, we were told to always install a polyethylene (poly) vapor barrier on the warm side of the wall. Then we were told to forget the poly and go with an airtight layer of drywall (airtight drywall approach). Insulation contractors, meanwhile, often said to skip the vapor barrier; we need to let the wall or ceiling cavity dry out.It made for a lot of confusion. And I’m not sure we’re totally out of the woods yet.Some experts are now looking to vapor retarders whose vapor permeance changes based on the humidity conditions. We installed one of these new materials on our house. Calculating moisture riskThere’s a software tool called WUFI that can be used to determine what the moisture dynamics are likely to be in a particular building assembly and climate. In our project, we were concerned about our roof assembly, because the sheathing was outside of the vented roof cavity. We worried that there might not be an adequate air barrier in the roof assembly.Terry Brennan used WUFI to determine that as long as there is at least minimal roof ventilation we would be fine without a vapor retarder on the interior. But our roof dormers weren’t going to be vented and the main roof wouldn’t be vented above the roof valleys. So we decided to install a vapor retarder as a sort-of insurance policy.To allow drying to either the interior or exterior, we decided to go with a variable-permeance product, and we opted for Pro Clima DB+. The performance isn’t quite as good as Pro Clima’s Intello Plus, but the cost was lower and DB+ had some environmental attributes — such as being made from 50% recycled paper and being recyclable. 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Making the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy Homes

first_imgPrefab design, zero net energy useIn addition to Unity Homes, several companies across the country are now offering zero or zero-energy-ready prefabricated homes or prefabricated panel components that are suitable for zero-energy construction.For example, panelized home builder Deltec recently launched a prefab zero-energy home line called the Renew Collection. Using the zero-energy approach, Renew homes are ready for the addition of solar electric panels that will generate all the power they need.Deltec offers a wide range of sizes and price points, starting with the 861-square-foot Aster. Deltec sells fully finished turnkey homes starting at about $225,000, or shell-only packages for considerably less (starting at $65,000). Several of the Deltec zero-energy models offer a double-stud wall option for northern climates.The zero-net-energy goal is being achieved by many prefab companies through smart design and the addition of solar panels. Acre Designs takes a decidedly modern, high-tech approach. Blu Homes offers a number of modern designs ranging from a $265,000 tiny home to a $1.3 million showcase model. Build Smart is a panelized system with complete wall panels, including structure, insulation, weather barrier and windows. Other modular builders include Method Homes, ArchiBlox, Hive Modular, Living Homes, CabinFever, and Nationwide Homes.While stick builders tend to work in a limited geographic area, prefab builders can ship their products over longer distances. If you want a zero-energy house, but can’t find a trained or experienced zero-energy builder locally, visit the Zero Energy Project Builder’s Directory.You may want to consider a builder who will use panelized or prefabricated products. Or if you have basic construction skills, you might consider buying a shell package to erect on your site and then complete the construction yourself. Either way, the availability, cost savings, quality control advantages, and speed of prefab homes are sure to help move zero-energy homes into the mainstream of the home building market. Because zero-energy homes are built to higher standards than most ordinary homes, they require greater attention to detail and often cost somewhat more. These two realities make zero energy homes especially well suited to the economies of scale, the speed of construction, and the precision industrial methods involved in modern prefab construction. Economies of scalePrefabrication allows entire buildings or building sections to be constructed in a factory where an inventory of required materials lies close at hand, the weather always cooperates, and high-quality control standards improves precision. The resulting product can exceed the quality of site-built structures at lower cost, and with much faster progress on site.Speed is one of the biggest advantages of prefab methods. Production in a controlled environment can proceed without weather-related delays typical of site-built homes, saving time and money. By shifting much of the work to a factory, the time needed at the site can be greatly reduced. Prefab prices can be competitive, although some costs, such as permits and fees, earthwork, foundations, paving and utilities, will be governed by local variables. RELATED ARTICLES A Prefab Passive House in MichiganUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyWhat’s Different About Unity Homes?Unity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingBensonwood Is Reinventing the HouseThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckPassivhaus Goes PrefabPrefab Green Homes: Blu Homes Soldiers OnPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House Building With NZE as an Option, a Modular Series Launches in MaineNext Generation Mobile HomesFactory-Built Wall PanelsAn Architect’s Take on Sweden’s Factory-Built HousesSustainability, Scandinavian Style The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net Zerocenter_img Unity Homes founder and renowned timber framer Tedd Benson claims they can build a zero-energy home in 30 days that will last for 300 years. Unity Homes makes wall panels complete with dimensional framing, windows, plumbing, wiring, insulation, siding, and drywall.Using the efficiency of factory production, Unity erected a demonstration home for the 2015 Greenbuild conference in just three days. The 1,650-square-feet home contained two bedrooms, two baths, and a host of Cradle to Cradle certified products. The company says the home would sell for $150 per square foot. Pieces of a puzzleThe most common component for prefabs are wall panels, but roof and floor panels also are available. One form of panelized construction uses structural insulated panels (SIPs), which are two skins of oriented strand board (OSB) glued to a core of rigid foam insulation. The result is a panel that supports itself. Various thicknesses are available depending on the insulation value needed. Window and door openings are generally cut at the factory.SIPs provide defect-free insulation and good airtightness, which fit well in a zero-energy building envelope. Premier SIPs produces panels ranging from R-15 to R-45, which are typical of the established SIPs industry.SIPlock offers a different kind of SIP. These steel-skinned SIPs offer insulation values of up to R-50. They are impervious to decay (and, according to the manufacturer, impervious to insects) and the system comes with prefab structural members to meet seismic and wind-loading requirements. Bruce Sullivan is a building science consultant. This post originally appeared at The Zero Energy Project.last_img read more