Homeowners can now receive a federal tax credit for 30% of the cost of new energy-efficient windows. The credit was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed by President Obama in February.There’s just one problem with the new tax credit: the specifications for eligible windows were crafted by politicians, not window experts. The ARRA stipulates that eligible windows must have a maximum U-factor of 0.30 and a maximum solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 — requirements that have been dubbed “the 30-30 provision.”There’s nothing wrong with the U-factor specification — except, perhaps, that it isn’t particularly stringent. The problematic provision is the SHGC spec.By setting a maximum SHGC of 0.30, the ARRA actually excludes the best windows for cold climates. Cold-climate homes need windows with a SHGC in the range of 0.39 to 0.65; so if they comply with the tax-credit provisions, they’ll end up with windows that contribute to higher-than-necessary energy bills.In Florida, solar heat gain from windows increases a home’s air conditioning load, so low-solar-gain windows are usually the best choice. Even in hot climates, however, high-solar-gain windows usually save energy during the winter.Although some high-solar-gain windows — especially those facing east or west — can cause summer overheating, south-facing windows rarely cause overheating problems, especially if the windows are protected by a well designed roof overhang.Since the average American family spends far more on space heating than on air conditioning, installing high-solar-gain windows on south walls makes sense for much of the country. Yet most U.S. window manufacturers have all but abandoned the market for high-solar-gain windows.During the 1980s, glazing manufacturers perfected spectrally selective coatings that made it possible to produce low-solar-gain insulated glazing. During the 1990s, as builders in hot climates learned how these coatings reduced cooling loads, low-solar-gain glazing… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Traditionally, to help ￼with this problem, many video editors have used keyboards with the shortcuts printed directly on the keys. Unfortunately, these keyboards don’t show all of the possible shortcut combinations. This is where Shortcut-S keyboards come into play.The Shortcut-S keyboards are large format keyboards with upwards of 100+ keys, all of which are assigned to various keyboard shortcuts in your editing software.It’s hard to say if this is a better option than simply learning the keyboard shortcuts in your head, but it might be worth backing this product.2. SHOOT – The Magnetic Camera Strap by RestrapIf your production company has multiple shooters with multiple cameras, then you probably know how annoying it can be to adjust camera straps every time the camera changes hands. The SHOOT strap by Restrap hopes to change this problem. The battery will fit directly into your GoPro and, because it’s the same size as regular GoPro batteries, your camera will still fit in any casings or external mounting equipment previously purchased. The best feature, though: Limefuel Epic users can get 7 hours of continuous recording.The Limefuel Epic batteries have raised over 2000% of their original goal with 26 days left to go. If you have a GoPro 3 or 4 you might want to back the project while there are still spots available to reserve your new battery.4. Coolbox – The World’s Smartest Toolbox.If you frequently find yourself on a film or video set, odds are you probably have a toolbox to hold your adapters, gloves, and smaller knick-knacks. These toolboxes are typically nothing more than a big compartmentalized box, but the Coolbox hopes to change that.Equipped with an internal batter, extension cable with splitter, LED Lighting, whiteboard, Bluetooth speaker, wheels, tablet stand, clock, and USB ports, the Coolbox is the toolbox for the 21st century. Forget to charge your battery? Try charging them using the Coolbox’s internal battery. Want to draw a quick set-layout? Use the whiteboard so everyone’s on track. The Coolbox has a ton of features that make it an incredibly useful tool on set.The Coolbox has already reached it’s funding goal, but you can still reserve yours at lower special pricing during the funding process.Know of any other awesome crowdfunding campaigns for filmmakers and video pros? Share in the comments below. These 4 crowdfunding campaigns look promising for filmmakers and video professionals alike.Crowdfunding has no doubt revolutionized the filmmaking world. No longer are people forced to go out and find private investors to fund their film – now the investors can come to them. Sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are not only great places to start your film financing process, they are also great places to find campaigns dedicated to creating awesome filmmaking equipment.If you’re a filmmaker looking for some of the coolest and most innovative crowdfunding projects for filmmaking, check out a few of these awesome projects currently on Kickstarter.1. Shortcut-S – One Key Shortcuts SystemIt’s no secret that keyboard shortcuts can save you tons of time when editing your video projects. However, learning all the keyboard shortcuts can be a painstaking process, especially if you are trying to use keyboard shortcuts across multiple platforms.￼ Using a series of magnets, the SHOOT strap will snap into place when the strap and connector are near each other. Just as easily as they snap together, the two straps can simply come apart with a pinch.The straps are created using recycled car straps, hardwearing suede, and extremely strong magnetic fittings. So strong, in fact, that they are rated with a break force of 100KG (220lbs).SHOOT has already met its goal, but is still gladly accepting pledges from anyone who wishes to see the SHOOT strap and SHOOT Mini on sale soon.3. The Limefuel Epic – Triple the Battery Life of Your GoPro Hero 4 and Hero3/3+The idea behind the Limefuel Epic is simple: A battery that can triple your GoPro battery life.
There is sense of calm around the place, a regal attitude that permeates through the wood and marble that makes the place…history.Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai is history, not in a way that fills the pages of books, but of a living, breathing kind. The home of the Cricket Club of India (CCI), the Brabourne stadium will host an international cricket match for the first time in almost a decade, when India and the Windies play their 4th ODI of the five-match series.The match was shifted from the Wankhede stadium to Brabourne after the Mumbai Cricket Association cited financial constraints in hosting the game. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be present at the ground to ring the ceremonial bell and inaugurate the game.It was at this very stadium that a 14-year-old boy played his first match for an international team when he played for Pakistan. At the golden jubilee celebrations of the CCI, Tendulkar walked out to field as a substitute for a Pakistan team which had the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Rameez Raja against a CCI XI team with players such as Roger Binny and Mohammed Azharuddin.4th ODI Preview: India look to bounce back against confident West Indies in MumbaiA total of 18 Tests, 8 ODIs and a solitary T20I have been played at the venue. West Indies have in fact played considerably more ODIs at the venue than India. India have played only one and yet have the exact same win-record as their visitors, who have played four. India defeated New Zealand in 1995, the only time they played an ODI here. The West Indies beat Australia in the knockout match of the 2006 Champions Trophy.advertisementThe last international match played at the venue was a historic Test match as the longest format of the game returned to this venue after a gap of 36 years, 9 months, and 21 days – the longest gap between two successive Tests at any international ground – when India played Sri Lanka.Read – Can Virat Kohli equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 4 successive ODI hundreds?In fact, the last one-day international to be played at the stadium involved West Indies, when they took on Australia in the Champions Trophy final back in 2006. The stadium also played host to India’s first T20I match at home in 2007 against Australia, the only one to be played at the venue.The stadium can be found tucked away in the corner of a busy road that links the heart of Mumbai, unassuming in every way possible. It was built on a reclaimed land from the sea back in pre-independence India and the British touch can be still be seen.Also Read – Another Sachin Tendulkar record set to be broken. This time by Rohit SharmaThe home of Indian cricket, as it was referred to until some years ago, has moved address and so has the jewel of their throne – the 1983 World Cup trophy won by Kapil Dev and his band of rebels.The allocation of tickets during matches was the bone of contention for the Mumbai Cricket Association deciding to build the Wankhede Stadium just a stone throws away and subsequently international cricket slowly followed suit.And just like that the half-remembered past totters on the edge of memory, like everything else in maximum city.Touring sides played their practice matches at this stadium in the interim and the Brabourne stadium hosted Ranji Trophy and other domestic encounters. Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians played a few of their matches in 2010 and it was famously the venue for the IPL 7 Eliminator between MI and Chennai Super Kings.In 2013, the BCCI AGM decided to add the stadium in their list of international venues allowing for it to be a part of its rotation policy. The Women’s World Cup final was also held at the stadium that same year.India vs West Indies Live Streaming, 4th ODI Match: When And Where To WatchThe series hangs in the balance with the Windies drawing level at 1-1 in Pune, it will be time again to draw the battle lines as the past and the future stand opposed – the nostalgia of time gone by as faced to the blinding of the oncoming inevitable.
RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch says they’re going to Champions League opponents Liverpool to win.But Marsch is under no illusions of the challenges his side face when they meet the European Champions.”It is a terrible match-up for us in one sense because all the things we do well they are better at,” Marsch told The Times.”They like games to feel the same way that we like them to feel, so I think stylistically, it will be a big challenge for us but we will also make things difficult for them.”We will have to be incredibly good on the day at what we do. We are certainly going there to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Monaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has decided to acquire a 4,250 TEU containership from an undisclosed party.The ship, built in 2010, will be bought for USD 11.78 million.“The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions, and no assurance can be provided that the acquisition will close,” Navios Containers said.Navios Containers expects to finance the acquisition with cash on its balance sheet and USD 6 million from an existing credit facility.As informed, the vessel is expected to be delivered in Q1 2018.Following the acquisition, Navios Containers will own 22 vessels, totaling 93,130 TEU, with a current average fleet age of 9.8 years. The company said it has chartered-out 56.5% of its available days for 2018 and 18.7% of its available days for 2019.
In a game the Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem said was embarrassing, the Buckeyes fell to Northwestern, 3-2, for their first conference loss of the year. After falling behind 3-0 with 32 minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored two goals in the final 16 minutes of the game. Junior forward Chris Hegngi scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and added his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute off a crossing pass by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo. OSU had chances late to tie the game, but the Northwestern defense came up with the stops they needed to preserve the win. While OSU head coach John Bluem said he was happy to see his team rally late and score twice, he was not pleased with his team’s overall performance. “We were thoroughly outplayed today,” he said. “(Northwestern) just embarrassed us. That was one of the worst performances by an Ohio State team in my 15 years here.” The three goals scored by Northwestern tie a season high in points given up by the Buckeyes. Northwestern’s first goal came off a corner kick in the 35th minute. Sophomore forward Reed Losee received the ball to the left of the goal, headed it to junior midfielder Chris Ritter, who headed the ball past OSU’s junior goalie Matt Lampson. The Wildcats scored again in the 47th minute when senior forward Oliver Kupe took a cross from junior midfielder Kyle Schickel and headed it into the back of the net. Schickel scored their third goal in the 57th minute. The Buckeyes had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, but failed to finish. Hegngi had six shots, including two-in-a-row inside the Northwestern box that were blocked by Wildcats’ freshman goalie Tyler Miller in the 53rd minute. Hegngi said the Buckeyes left a couple goals on the field. “We know, especially with teams that work hard like Northwestern, we have to capitalize on our opportunities, and we failed to do so at the beginning of the game and the end of the second half,” he said. Chris Hegngi’s brother, senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi, also had a missed scoring opportunity. In the 14th minute, Parnell Hegngi broke free and got the ball to the top of Northwestern’s box and fired a shot, but it missed wide to the right. The loss was the first for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play this season. Senior defender David Tiemstra said the Buckeyes need to be better mentally in order to regain the momentum OSU built up during their first two Big Ten wins. “We really didn’t come out today with the intensity you need in Big Ten play,” he said. “It really let us down today.” Chris Hegngi is confident the loss won’t affect his team’s play going forward. “I don’t think we’ll lose any momentum. (Northwestern is) a good team and they had a good result today,” he said. “But as soon as the game is over, we forget about it and go back to working towards the Big Ten Championship,” The Buckeyes (7-5-1, 2-1) will travel to Indiana to play Valparaiso University (5-5-2) Oct. 16, before returning to Big Ten play to face Penn State Oct. 23 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.
CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago.
Senior guard Aaron Craft directs the offense during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRemember this?A total of 333 days ago, Wichita State topped Ohio State, 70-66, in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight March 30. The Buckeyes, given the No. 2 seed after ripping through the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and taking home the title, were halted by the No. 9-seeded Shockers for the duration of the game, trailing by 20 at multiple points before storming back behind 15 second half points from then-sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross to cut the lead to four.But a second straight Final Four trip would not be realized by the Buckeyes, as the Shockers held on and advanced, only to lose to eventual national champion and top overall seed Louisville a week later.The Shockers haven’t lost since.Sitting unscathed at 30-0, No. 2 Wichita State is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I college basketball this season.The Buckeyes appear aware of that, too.When asked about what he thought about this year’s version of the Shockers, senior guard Aaron Craft wasted no time responding.“And we lost to them last year,” Craft said Friday, looking across the room.Craft had an answer for the next question too, an inquiry into whether he and the rest of the now No. 22 Buckeyes knew how good Wichita State would be this season before everyone else did, simply because their season ended at the hands of the Shockers almost a calendar year ago.“It’s not a moral victory if that’s what you’re hinting at,” Craft said with a grin. “It doesn’t feel any better that they beat us now that they’re having this success.”But despite being unbeaten, the Shockers have not been given the nation’s top spot in the polls this season, likely because they play in a mid-major conference, The Missouri Valley Conference. But the Shockers’ success so far this season doesn’t surprise OSU’s coach either.“I felt going into the game (last year) they were playing, just with what they had done through the tournament to (No. 1 seed) Gonzaga in the second round — they were rolling,” Matta said Friday. “And obviously they’ve done a great job of continuing that momentum going forward.”Craft agreed, saying that even though the Shockers lost two of their three leading scorers after last season — senior guard Malcolm Armstead and senior forward Carl Hall, who scored 14 and eight points respectively against OSU in the Elite Eight — it’s clear why they’re playing well after beating the Buckeyes last year.“It’s very easy to see why they’re successful. They play for each other, and they play for a cause — and that’s what it takes,” Craft said. “They’ve been down, they’ve found a way to fight back and that’s what they do. They have guys that are experienced and they have been in big games, have played in the Final Four. Wouldn’t expect anything less.”Wichita State only has one game remaining on its regular season schedule — Saturday’s season finale when they are set to host Missouri State (19-10, 9-8) — so the odds of it finishing unbeaten are in their favor.But with the way the college basketball landscape has been this season — especially in the Big Ten — with perennial powers losing close games to teams typically in the bottom half of the league, nothing surprises Matta anymore.“I think that’s what it’s become. We use the word parity,” Matta said. “I think one of the biggest things, if you don’t have the star-studded one and done freshman class, the next greatest thing is probably fourth and fifth year guys that have been in the program, have been together. I think that’s where it kinds of lends itself to, the next phase of having a great run if you will.”Wichita State has two juniors and four seniors on its current roster, while the Buckeyes have seven juniors and a pair of seniors in Craft and guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Last season, the Shockers had five seniors and three juniors while OSU had one senior and five juniors. One of those juniors, forward Deshaun Thomas, left early for the NBA and two others were walk-ons.Each team’s makeup this year, thought, hardly has anything to do with how it looked last year, Craft said.“There’s very little carry over. Obviously you would think we’re probably different than people would have expected us to be based off of what happened last year and who we have coming back,” Craft said. “Every year is different, every team is different. You don’t look back and say ‘That was great. We did a good job last year.’ That doesn’t put the ball in the basket and that doesn’t stop anyone this year.”Craft and the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) are slated to visit Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday, looking to avenge a 71-70 overtime setback Jan. 29 and stay in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Gareth Bale’s uncertain Real Madrid future has taken another turn after it was reported that the Welshman is now torn between two offers, reports El ConfidencialAfter his heroic brace for Real in last weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev, a frustrated Bale confessed his disappointment at being left on the bench by Zinedine Zidane once more in what was undoubtedly the club’s biggest game of the season.After being named the man-of-the-match for his display, Bale revealed that he will be considering his future at Real with his representatives this summer.“I need to be playing week after week and that has not happened this season for one reason or another, I have to sit down and discuss my future with my agent,” he said.“Obviously I am disappointed that I did not start, so the best I could do has been to take a step forward and make an impact, and that’s what I did.”However, one stumbling block that the 28-year-old will have to deal with is that Real will now no longer consider offers for their former world record signing that are below €150m after his match-winning display in Kiev.Reports in the Spanish media have suggested that these two clubs will likely pursue a deal for Bale this summer:Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is a known long-term admirer of the Welsh winger and made it clear last summer, before a friendly match against Real in the United States, that Bale was a priority for him.The Red Devils are determined in getting their man this summer and are reportedly set to make Bale the highest paid player in the Premier League for €35m a year.Bayern MunichThe Bundesliga champions have shown a great interest in the out-of-favour Real player and it is understood that Bale would appreciate the more private kind of life he would be able to enjoy in Germany compared to England, where he would be heavily pursued and reported on by the media on a daily basis.A potential move may happen with Robert Lewandowski going the other way.