Number of children reduced at GPHC’s paediatric ward – Minister Garrido-Lowe

first_imgDuring one of her visits to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe announced that there has been a reduction in the number of children at the institution.One of the patients visited by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-LoweAccording to Garrido-Lowe, during her previous visits, there were a large number of children who were receiving treatment at the medical facility.“There are fewer children on the ward, because on my previous visit, there were so many children and I ensured that I saw all of them. I am also happy to see that they’re well-cared for by the nurses,” she stated.During her visit, 27 children, including two cancer patients at the paediatric ward, were the recipients of hygiene hampers on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry.Accompanying the team was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Elizabeth Gonsalves, who noted that the institution was looking forward to the continuous support which it has received over the years from the Ministry.“It’s a very good gesture to reach out to the kids, because when kids are hospitalised, it’s a lot different to when adults are, it’s not only that they are uncomfortable, but their freedom is taken away also,” she stated.Last year, Minister Garrido-Lowe also made several visits to the paediatric ward at the GPHC where contributions were made to the children.Under Minister Garrido-Lowe’s supervision, scheduled visits began over the past year to the institution, which ensured regular support – financial and otherwise – was given to persons in the Hospital.In 2017, $12 million was allocated towards support to Indigenous patients seeking financial assistance, either in part or full, for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RI), ultrasound, and Computed Tomography (CT) scans; radiation treatment; hygiene kits; funeral expenses, etc.In 2018, in excess of $12 million will be spent on financial assistance for Indigenous people.last_img read more

3 ‘persons of interest’ being sought in O’Toole shooting

first_img…Police analysing new piece of evidenceAlmost five months after School of the Nation’s Director, Dr Bryan O’Toole was shot in his driveway in the wake of threats against his school, Police have since identified at least three “persons of interest”.Police Commissioner Leslie James (left), with School of the Nations Principal Dr Brian O’TooleIn addition, new evidence has found its way into the hands of the police, which will have to be further analysed. This is according to Police Commissioner Leslie James, who was at the time speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, hosted jointly by O’Toole and himself.However, James also revealed to the media that out of these three ‘persons of interest’, at least two have left the jurisdiction with one currently in the United States (US) and the other in an unidentified location.O’Toole noted that he did describe a possible shooter to the police. However, he said that police showed him documents showing that the individual had left the country, with James affirming that the person left the country since December 15 of last year and did not return. O’Toole maintained that he did not know the shooter personally.“We’re basically dealing with information passed to us by Dr O’Toole. He’s just given an explanation about what he saw and how his mind was operating,” James said. “What I can say, based on the information given to us, we took certain steps. We checked our internal records.”“And based on our checks, it revealed that the individual was out of the jurisdiction based on the documents that we perused. There were at least two persons we were looking at. It’s now three. This information, we’ve shared with our counterparts in the US and no stone is being left unturned in this matter.”James declined to identify who these ‘persons of interest’ are. He also did not confirm or deny that they were connected to prominent individuals in Guyana’s society, something that had been reported in sections of the media.EvidenceJames also related that Dr O’Toole has since provided the police with an audio recording of a person of interest who may have useful information for the police investigation. According to O’Toole, the recording was made weeks ago.“Dr O’Toole provided to us an audio recording. That, of course, will have to be analysed. Only yesterday it was given to us, yesterday being April 29,” James told the media. Asked about the Police Force’s capacity to analyse the recording, James declined to entertain the question.O’Toole stressed, however, that the US has to do its part in terms of helping with the investigation as the persons of interest are in that country.On January 27, O’Toole was shot three times as he was returning to his Bel Air, Georgetown residence, hours after an emergency meeting with parents and guardians about violent threats on social media to injure students and teachers of that school.last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgWEDNESDAY Democratic Club of Conejo Valley will meet, 6:30 p.m., Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. Call (818) 889-1039. Franchise Opportunities class, 6:30-9 p.m., Police Community Room, 200 N. Third St., Burbank. Fee: $10 Burbank residents, $15 non-residents and businesses outside the city. Burbank Chamber of Commerce members free. Call (818) 238-5198. Impact of Reading to Young Children workshop, 7 p.m., Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento. Call (818) 225-7616. Your Teen and the Law: What Parents Need to Know, 7-8:30 p.m., Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. Call (661) 255-4965. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com . 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FANTASTIC COMMUNITY INITIATIVE ‘PARKRUN’ TO LAUNCH IN DUNGLOE NEXT MONTH

first_imgA new programme based on inclusiveness and wellbeing which has already been launched in Falcarragh and Letterkenny will be launched in Dungloe next month.Starting on March 5th, Dungloe parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. If you have never heard about parkrun before then look no further. It is an event that is set up in communities all over the world.This will be Donegal’s third parkrun event with others in Falcarragh and Letterkenny.It is a 5k course that is timed for the benifit of trying to beat your personal best. 5k might seem very long to some but it is a ‘run’ and not a ‘race’!You can walk, jog, sprint, skip, hop or jump your way around the route! You can push your baby in a buggy, bring your dog (on a short leash) and it’s open to all the family! The Dungloe parkrun event will take place every Saturday morning at 9:30am at the River Walk but you must register first.Then simply turn up and take part. Once you are registered you will get your personal barcode which you must bring to each event.There are parkruns all over the world and once you register once, you can take part in any of these events for free and become a parkrun tourist!You can find more information and register at www.parkrun.ie/dungloeDungloe parkrun would not be possible if it wasn’t for its volunteers so please contact dungloehelpers@parkrun.com to put your name down or message the Dungloe parkrun Facebook page.FANTASTIC COMMUNITY INITIATIVE ‘PARKRUN’ TO LAUNCH IN DUNGLOE NEXT MONTH was last modified: February 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunitydungloeFeaturesInitiativenewsPARKRUNSportlast_img read more

BRAVE HARPS BOW OUT OF EA SPORTS CUP AFTER FIVE-GOAL THRILLER WITH GALWAY

first_imgKeith Cowan netted for Harps in their EA Sports Cup defeat to Galway last night.Finn Harps have exited the EA Sports Cup at the first hurdle after being defeated by Premier Division new-boys Galway United.However, Ollie Horgan’s side gave Galway United a fright in the second-half after finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time.Goals from Gary Shanahan and Paraic Cunningham put Tommy Dunne’s side in a commanding position at half-time. Former Wolves and Derry City winger Brian McGroary pulled one back for Harps early in the second-half and Harps took control of the game.It looked as if it was only a matter of time before Harps equalized but then they were hit with a sucker-punch.Galway got the decisive goal Jake Keegan converted a penalty on 66 minutes.However, a dogged and spirited Harps side refused to back down and a goal from Keith Cowan brought them right back into the contest with fifteen minutes to go. Harps pressed hard for an equalizer that would send the game into extra-time but their attempts proved fruitless and for the second season running exited the EA Sports Cup to Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park. BRAVE HARPS BOW OUT OF EA SPORTS CUP AFTER FIVE-GOAL THRILLER WITH GALWAY was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DefeatEA Sports CupFinn Harps FCGalway UnitedLeague CupnewsSportlast_img read more

KCCA FC thrash Proline to claim fourth straight Super Cup

first_imgKCCA FC players celebrate after winning the Super Cup on Wednesday. (PHOTOS/KCCA FC)FUFA Super CupKCCA FC 4-1 Proline FC StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Wednesday, 28-08-2019LUGOGO – KCCA FC produced an attacking masterclass to defeat Proline 4-1 in the FUFA Super Cup played on Thursday afternoon.Summer signing Erisa Ssekisambu scored a brace, registering his first goals for his new side.The first came inside 6 minutes when he pounced onto Hassan Matovu’s lazy save and back-heeled the ball into the back of the net.His second was a fierce drive from just inside the box after he was played through on goal by a misplaced back pass.Allan Okello who was brilliant throughout had earlier in the first half scored KCCA’s second goal, curling the ball into the far corner.The fourth was scored by defender Ramathan Musa. The youngster fed off Okello’s through ball and poked into an empty net after Matovu had foiled in initial attempt.This is KCCA’s fourth consecutive Super Cup triumph. In the first three, they defeated Vipers SC (twice) and Paidha Black Angles.KCCA FC too good for ProlineProline had to be at their best to defeat KCCA FC who came into the game after losing the Super 8 final to Vipers on Sunday.However, from start, it was evident that the Kasasiros were out to ensure that a second loss in as many days would not be entertained.After early pressure, Sadat Anaku forced a low save from Proline custodian Hassan Matovu on 6 minutes. The rebound fell to Ssekisambu who improvised with a cheeky back-heel that put KCCA FC ahead.Seven minutes later, Okello danced his way into the Proline area before curling the ball past Matovu to make it 2-0.The 20-year old was a constant threat for Matia Lule’s side and could have seen his tally improved on multiple occasions.Early in the second half, he forced Matovu into an acrobatic save off his weaker right-foot.He then saw the custodian spread himself-big to thwart a goal bound effort following a delicious through ball by Ssekisambu.Ssekisambu too had chances to waste, most notably, blasting over from just inside the box in the first half.The fourth goal highlighted KCCA FC’s attacking excellency on the day. Right-back Ramathan Musa was at the end of a one two with Allan Okello and was fortunate to pounce on a rebound after his initial effort was made a meal of by Matovu.KCCA have now won all of the last four Super Cups.Proline struggled to create chances throughout the game and in the first 45 minutes, Alfred Leku’s header that sailed over the bar was as close as they got to a goal.Leku who was signed in the offseason missed a sitter in the second half, failing to tap into an empty net after Diego Hamis Kizza’s attempted cross was deflected into his path.With Proline unlikely to score, it was a KCCA FC player that put through his own-net.Kizza who looked dangerous after replacing Nordin Bunjo, late in the second half, sent a low cross into the KCCA area and after Charles Lukwago reacting to thwart the initial effort, the ball bounces off Peter Magambo and found its way into an empty net.This was Proline’s first Super Cup appearance.The loss denied them a chance to add onto their Big League and Uganda Cup titles won earlier in the year.Both teams return to action in their respective league openers on Saturday with KCCA FC at home to Wakiso Giants while Proline are away to Mbarara City.The starting teamsKCCA FCCharles Lukwago (GK), Ramathan Musa, Peter Magambo, Samuel Kato, Mustapha Kizza, Gift Ali, Muzamir Mutyaba, Jackson Nunda, Allan Okello, Erisa Ssekisambu, Sadat Anaku.Proline FCHassan Matovu (GK), Mustafa Mujuzi, James Begisa, Richard Ajuna, Yusuf Mukisa, Arnold Sserunjogi, Sam Kintu, Bright Anukani, Noordin Bunjo, Alfred Leku, Hakim Kiwanuka.Comments Tags: allan okelloerisa ssekisambuKCCA FCPeter Magamboproline fcRamathan MusaSuper Cuptoplast_img read more

Businesswomen leaving a legacy

first_imgLast year’s corporate winner was Dawn Rowland, CEO of marketing services group Aegis Media. The entrepreneurial winner was Margaret Hirsch, COE at home electronic, appliance and retail chain Hirsch’s. President Jacob Zuma was a guest at the 2012 award ceremony.(Images: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Busi MkhabeleExecutive co-ordinator, BWASA+27 11 486 3301 Janine ErasmusThe five finalists for the 2013 Businesswoman of the Year awards are all trailblazers in their own right, forging careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.Established back in 1980, the awards are held under the auspices of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA), an organisation that promotes and empowers women in all spheres of business. It achieves this through various initiatives and opportunities that allow for personal growth and development, as well as offering a platform to network.There are two categories – corporate and entrepreneurial – and according to BWASA, the programme is the only one that focuses specifically on women in business.The five role models – two from the corporate sector and three entrepreneurs – were celebrated at an event in Johannesburg at the end of July. The two winners will be announced on 22 August – proceeds from this event will help to fund the organisation’s bursary programme.The theme of this year’s programme is Footprints: women leaving a legacy, blazing a trail.“The organisation is not just about recognising women, but about leaving a legacy,” said BWASA board member Mthunzi Mdwaba. “The companies that make up our membership are responsible for hundreds of jobs and billions of rands.”The finalists are Cristina Texeira (CFO at Group Five); Ntombizine Madyibi (CFO of the East London industrial development zone); Thandi Ndlovu (CEO of the Motheo Construction Group); Elma von Plaster (owner of BP Stikland); and Shauneen Proctor (partner at ad agency Idea Engineers).“This indicates the wealth and depth of talented women in this country who contribute to building our economy and strengthening our economic and development priorities.” said BWA president Liepollo Lebohang Pheko.Last year’s winners were Dawn Rowland, CEO of marketing services group Aegis Media, and Margaret Hirsch, COE at home electronic, appliance and retail chain Hirsch’s. They joined an illustrious group of previous honourees that includes the late Maria Maponya, financial whiz Maria Ramos, and Nicky Newton-King, CEO of Johannesburg’s stock exchange.Anyone can succeedThe finalists poured cold water on the myth that only the smartest and the best can succeed in life.“It was hard work that got me to where I am today,” said Texiera, who is the only female CFO among the major construction and engineering companies in South Africa. “That, and taking every opportunity that arose. I wasn’t the brightest pupil, nor did I go to the best school.”She paid homage to her supportive parents, without whom, she said, she wouldn’t have got far. A strong support structure at home was critical, and she was also lucky to have encountered some unofficial mentors along the way.Texeira encountered her biggest challenges later in her career, rather than at the start of it. Even in today’s world the boardroom can be male-dominated, and entering into this environment was daunting at first, she said.“The organisation took a chance on me – I was young and inexperienced in terms of the requirement – but I was in the right time at the right place.”She found that often, her male colleagues simply forgot that she was there – “For instance, sometimes an email is addressed to ‘gents’.”She and Madyibi agreed that women can be sometimes overlooked in a predominantly male environment. And their needs are not always addressed – for instance, a lack of toilets for women on-site. These are all issues that need to be looked at as women venture further into unfamiliar territory.It’s not true that the Eastern Cape has little in the way of success stories, said Madyibi. She came from a poor background and got herself out of that situation, she explained. “I was the first chairperson of the Black Management Forum in the Border region, and the first CFO of the East London industrial development zone (IDZ). That meant that I had to develop the strategy for finance, and design policies.”She had to work hard, she said, being the only woman in a boardroom with six men. “I had to convince them that I was there on merit.”Looking forward, Texiera said she wasn’t done yet. “I’m only halfway through my journey – I still aim to support the 18% of women in our organisation, and ensure we develop internal staff as well as the community.”Madyibi agreed, saying that the best way to give back would be to take people, especially young women, along with her. “There are 6 000 people who have jobs because of what we are doing, but I also am very active in the community because I hold myself as a role model for our girls.”Women must team upAsked for the secret of her success, Ndlovu, whose Motheo is one of the largest BEE construction companies in South Africa, said that she decided to recruit young, mainly black female, people and older, mainly white male, people.“This was an effective blend of skills and expertise, and youth and energy. Today that has proven to be a successful model, although the company is 54% black women-owned.She has her doubts about the effectiveness of BEE in today’s world. “I think BEE is beginning to defeat itself. Today, you’ll often find that the BEE people have no direct role in building the business, even if it has a high BEE score. This is counter-productive.”Von Plaster, who took over the BP Stikland service station in 2007 and saved it and 15 jobs from a sad end, said that in her industry the oil companies are pro-women. “They don’t discriminate in the working environment. Our challenge, rather, is access to finance – especially black women.”She said that her turnaround strategy came about when a woman at the bank believed in her and gave her a loan. “We women must team up.”Honouring South Africa’s womenThe BWA in its current form is a result of the merging in 2000 of the Executive Women’s Club, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Professional Women’s Leadership Development Organisation.The head office is in Johannesburg and there are branches around the country, located in Soweto, Durban, Empangeni, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, and Queenstown.Now in its 34th year, BWASA’s Businesswoman of the Year award is considered the premier event of its kind in South Africa. Its main objectives are:To create a mechanism for celebrating women’s contributions to the economy;To recognise the success of women leaders in business, and create a network of female role models whose achievements will inspire other women to aim high;To raise funds for BWA bursaries offered to women pursuing business studies.Since 1988, all revenue from the award programme has gone to the BWA’s bursary programme. Funds raised through the gala dinner on August 22 will also go into the fund, which has distributed more than R500 000 to women postgraduate students in recent years. Individuals or organisations wanting to contribute bursary fund can make a donation.Candidates for the title are nominated by third parties, and must give their consent for the judging process, which includes an audit of financial statements. Nominees must be South African citizens or residents, and must have been with their present companies for no less than three years. They must control an annual budget of at least R75-million (corporate) and R35-million (entrepreneurial). In addition, nominees in the latter section must own at least 35% of the business.Judging panels, says the BWA, are selected to ensure no potential business competitor has access to sensitive information.The BWA is also active in promoting gender equality in the business world, and is at the forefront of an economic gender advocacy programme, which will contribute towards developing the content of the new Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill, as well as a charter for the empowerment of women.last_img read more

Schwartzel defends Alfred Dunhill title

first_img2 December 2013 Charl Schwartzel clinched his third victory at Leopard Creek on Sunday, capturing the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots to rocket to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. It was a back-to-back win for the South African ace in the Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event after a dominating 12-shot victory in 2012. He won his first European Tour title at Leopard Creek golf course, situated near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, in December 2004. The victory lifted Schwartzel, South Africa’s highest ranked golfer, back into the world top 20. It was his ninth win on the European Tour, with six of them coming in South Africa, half of them in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It also earned him places in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, which takes place at the Durban Country Club from 9 to 12 January, and the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions, which tees off late next year.Leopard Creek successes With four runner-up finishes to go with his three titles at Leopard Creek, Schwartzel would no doubt wish he could wrap the course up and take it with him. “This tournament has been very good to me. I’ve had lots of seconds here as well. Probably for the rest of my golfing career this will always be a special one. I don’t think that will change,” Schwartzel said after securing victory. He began the tournament terribly, however, with a double-drop on the first hole. He also bogeyed the 17th, but seven birdies gave him a first round of four-under-par 68. He didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, adding rounds of 68, 67 and 68 for a total of 17-under-par 271.‘Pretty much flawless’ “I had that hiccup in the first round through 17 and the first hole, and after that [was] pretty much flawless with no bogeys from there on in,” Schwartzel told the European Tour website afterwards. “Most of the time if you play 60 holes or whatever it may be without bogey then hopefully you’ll win.” His final round was keyed by a superb approach at the par-three fifth, which left him with a short putt for his first birdie of the final round. England’s Richard Finch tried to chase Schwartzel down, but his challenge fell apart on the 14th where he made a double-bogey after firing the ball across the green from a bunker. It was, nonetheless, an encouraging showing from the Englishman, who claimed second on 13-under 275, ahead of his compatriots Simon Dyson and Ross Fisher, who shared third with France’s Romain Wattel on 10-under-par 278.Second South African Warren Abery tied for ninth and was the second South African on the leaderboard on seven-under 281, while English amateur Garrick Porteous showed he is ready for the professional ranks with a five-under-par total of 283, which was good for a share of 14th. Denmark’s Moren Orum Madsen, who won the South African Open at Glendower the previous week, shone with a first round seven-under-par 65, but after a 71 in the second round his challenge fell apart as he carded a 79 in the third round. He ended with a 69 to finish on four-under-par 284 and a share of 16th place. Schwartzel previously successfully defended the Joburg Open in 2010/11, which makes him one of only seven players to successfully defend two or more European Tour titles. The others include Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Mark James.Sun City The focus next shifts to Sun City where the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place at the Gary Player Country Club from 5 to 8 December. The tournament, now into its 32nd year, will feature a new format, with an elite 30- man field competing for a prize purse of US$6.5-million (approximately R66.2-million). LEADERBOARD Charl Schwartzel (SA) 271 (-17) 68, 68, 67, 68Richard Finch (Eng) 275 (-13) 68, 70, 67, 70Simon Dyson (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 69, 70, 67Ross Fisher (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 65, 72, 69Romain Wattel (Fra) 278 (-10) 70, 69, 68, 71Soren Hansen (Den) 279 (-9) 72, 65, 71, 71Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 280 (-8) 70, 72, 72, 66Simon Wakefield (Eng) 280 (-8) 74, 68, 70, 68Warren Abery (SA) 281 (-7) 73, 71, 69, 68Danny Willett (SA) (-7) 69, 70, 73, 69last_img read more

Investigation on impact of trade agreements since 1984

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has initiated an investigation of the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements with respect to which Congress has enacted an implementing bill under trade authorities’ procedures since Jan. 1, 1984.The investigation, Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report, is required by section 105(f)(2) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. As required by the statute, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, fact-finding federal agency, will submit its report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance by June 29, 2016. The report is the first of two required by the statute; the Commission will submit a second report in five years.The Commission’s report will cover the Uruguay Round Agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA — Canada, Mexico), and U.S. free trade agreements with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), Israel, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Singapore.The USITC seeks input for this report from all interested parties. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on Nov. 17, 2015. Additional information is available at www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2015/er0804ll480.htm.last_img read more

AIA Recognizes Top 10 Green Buildings

first_imgA new New Deal houseThe “New Norris House” was designed to mark the 75th anniversary of a model community originally built in 1933 by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of the Norris Dam construction project. The house is a team project of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design.It’s small (just 1,008 sq. ft.) and relatively inexpensive ($180,000), and it sits on a tiny lot (one-third of an acre).According to its designers, the modeled energy use for the house is 7,123 kWh of electricity per year, less than half of the average energy use of homes in the region. It uses no fossil fuels and has a HERS rating of 49.The house is heated and cooled with a three-head ductless minisplit heat pump. Mechanicals also include an energy-recovery ventilator and a solar hot-water system that preheats water for a tankless electric water heater.The house was built off-site in two sections. The designers said that advanced framing techniques reduced lumber consumption by more than 17%, and that off-site prefabrication reduced construction waste by 70%.Other features of the New Norris House include:A ventilated rainscreen.Wall insulation that includes R-21 batts and 1 in. of rigid polyisocyanurate.Salvaged white oak flooring.Low- and no-VOC glues, paints, and finishes.A flexible first-floor design that can be configured as open space, a one-bedroom space, or a two-bedroom space.Universal design that includes a ramped entry.Versatile pieces of furniture that can be deployed in more than one way.There were 500 Norris houses built between 1932 and 1934, most of which are still standing, according to designers of the New Norris House. “The scale, character and durability of the houses and town’s walkability (especially for seniors and schoolchildren) provide enduring lessons. The New Norris House leverages and enhances these characteristics.” In California, a home for a familyThe other residential project that was honored this year is entirely different. It’s nearly four times the size, at 3,800-sq. ft., and cost almost ten times as much to build ($1.7 million). And it’s in the affluent California beachfront community of Venice.Brooks + Scarpa submitted the design, which is called Yin Yang House. “Part private home and part business, the house is meant to serve as a place to entertain and a welcoming space for clients and teenagers,” the designers said. The owners remain anonymous.The project was described as a “nearly net-zero” project with a very tight building envelope and a 12-kW photovoltaic array.Designers said the house is organized around a series of courtyards. The building is one room deep to make the most of natural light and ventilation. The living room, designed for entertaining, includes — wait for it — a 50-ft. long sliding glass door.The designers said that a variety of features contribute to the home’s low energy consumption. The house exceeds the requirements of California’s Title 24 energy code by 42%, while its energy use intensity (EUI) was 94% lower than that of a typical single-family home. The house has a HERS rating of 62.Other building features include:Interior materials selected for high recycled content and low chemical emissions.FSC-certified wood for cabinets and flooring.Blown-in cellulose insulation.Low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, plus a system to capture and filter rainwater before it’s returned to the ground.Incorporation of an existing 1,200-sq.-ft. “tear down” in the renovated and enlarged structure, more than tripling the size of the original house with a net increase in lot coverage of less than 800 sq. ft.Drought-tolerant plantings and permeable ground coverings, along with a green roof and an artificial lawn that requires no water. This year’s top 10 sustainable designs selected by the American Institute of Architects include two houses and several commercial and institutional buildings: a student apartment complex, a school expansion, and 67,000-sq. ft. inner-city warehouse redevelopment project.The AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) recognized this year’s winners at the organization’s annual convention, which was held from June 20 to 22 in Denver. (The winners were originally announced on Earth Day in April.)The AIA declared that the competition “recognizes projects that successfully integrate exemplary aesthetics, advanced performance, community connection, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.”Most of the projects are large public buildings. The Federal Center South Building 1202, for example, is a $65 million, 209,000-sq. ft. regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. But the list also includes two residential projects: a private home in Venice, California, and a new version of a house originally designed as part of a model community in Norris, Tennessee in the 1930s.last_img read more