Weak sales support, questionable specifications, and a high priceUnfortunately, we cannot yet decide on whether to accept or reject this window for EdgewaterHaus. We have four concerns. In priority order:1 – The Unilux sales support from Hancock Lumber has been underwhelming. This is particularly troublesome for such a premium window, with associated premium price. If responsiveness is this challenging before a sale, what can we expect after the sale?It typically takes one to two weeks’ turnaround to get questions answered, whether the queries are related to technical, installation, options, features, or pricing. This cannot reasonably be due to time zone differences or a language barrier.In desperation, our architect, Chris Briley, opted on several occasions to bypass the Hancock team and posed questions via e-mail directly to the manufacturer in Germany. He used Google to translate the text into German before launching the e-mail at the end of the day. He had a concise reply, translated into English, awaiting him the next morning when he arrived at work.When other Hancock responses do arrive, they include a manufacturer’s printout with undecipherable product codes and no reliable or easy way to compare what was specified, and what was provided. There have been numerous errors on glazing types and window sizes from what was specified, thus requiring a re-work, and another extended delay.Fundamentally, it is not clear that the Hancock team understands our window performance needs, or how the Unilux product and all its permutations can best meet that need. For example, a few weeks ago Chris realized that Unilux could provide a “curtain-wall” window, which assembles multiple individual windows into a larger single unit, eliminating redundant frame members. This substantially increases the performance of the windows because there is more higher performance glazing and less lower performing wooden frame in the same size unit.The Hancock team never proposed this option for our large expanse of south-facing windows. We have been awaiting the Hancock team to provide us with a curtain-wall proposal including price for the south-facing windows for nearly two weeks. But there is another hitch. Unilux requires that the curtain-wall be installed by an individual certified to do so, or the windows lose warranty coverage.Chris was advised that Hancock has no certified installers, nor do they have access to anyone that is certified. I find it puzzling for a supplier to sell a premium product without being able to deliver the full ranges of services for that product. There appears to be another previously unknown option according to the Hancock team – “direct glazing,” which similarly eliminates some sash members. While confirming that this might be an option, no performance specifications were provided. Ugh!2 – The Hancock team has failed to answer the few simple questions I have personally asked directly to them when I met them at Unilux window job site in early August. For example, I have yet to receive an answer as to what the cost difference is between double- pane and triple-pane windows for the three-season room.3 – Absent the use of a curtain-wall along the south facade, the Ultratherm 3 windows as currently specified fail to achieve the Passive House standard without additional substantial increases in insulation. The results of Marc Rosenbaum, our energy consultant, were shocking, given the UltraTherm 3 product literature. The reason is that the sash and frame members of the Ultratherm windows are thicker and have a lower SHGC than the SchÃ¼co. The Passive House heat load ceiling is 4.75 KBTU/sf/yr. The SchÃ¼co windows comfortably met the goal at 4.40 KBTU.sf/yr. Without any other building envelope changes, the UltraTherm 3 came in at 6.35 KBTU/sf/yr. The German Unilux rep did offer to substitute non-standard, higher SHGC glazing, but that strikes me as both more expensive and ill-advised to go outside the manufacturer’s comfort zone for our tiny EdgewaterHaus.4 – At a price approaching nearly $70,000, the UltraTherm 3 windows cost $134 per square foot, a princely sum. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the seventh article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]Woe are we with windows!We started seriously exploring window options in June. Two months later, we are STILL hung-up on windows.Most people who build new homes go look at window samples in few building supply stores, check the features, open and close the display units, get a price, and quickly decide, “Let’s go with this one.”Not so with us. Window features, colors, grilles and other options are irrelevant; it’s all about the performance specifications of the window, specifically: glazing U-factor; sash and frame U-factors and dimensions; glazing Solar Heat Gain Coefficient; and glazing Visible Transmission. These are the critical elements in meeting the Passive House standard.The south-facing windows have to let more heat into the house during the day than is allowed to escape at night. As we are finding, there are few windows on the market that can measure up to this daunting task. Focusing on UniluxAfter we rejected Pella (inadequate performance) and SchÃ¼co (quality and reliability concerns), we began to look at Unilux UltraTherm 3 and Thermotech 322 series windows. I will discuss the Unilux windows in this blog.We went to see installed Unilux Ultratherm 3 windows in early August. The windows are locally marketed by Hancock Lumber, a sixth-generation family-owned building supply and land company in Maine.We were very impressed with the Unilux windows. We thought these German-built, wood-core, aluminum-clad tilt-turn windows were very well built, had a solid heft when opened or closed, and would meet our performance needs. After all, the manufacturer’s literature proudly boasts that this window “exceeds the Passive House standard with a U-value of 0.12 BTU/hr-ft2-F degrees.”This is a triple-pane, gas-filled window, low-e coating on two sides, and a sash and frame core composed of a “homogeneous combination of wood and highly insulating basic materials, sometimes harder than wood, molded by applying 20,000 volts” (of electricity). This composite core provides a critical thermal break within the frame and sash members. RELATED ARTICLES Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7 The rep is still learningIn fairness, I suspect there are extenuating circumstances at Hancock Lumber. Chris has admittedly cycled the Hancock team a number of times for pricing, sizing, and performance factors as the EdgewaterHaus design has evolved, driven not by floor plan changes, but attempts to get the right amounts of south glazing in the right architecturally pleasing form to meet the Passive House standard.Unilux is a recent addition to the Hancock line of windows, and when asked for installed examples, only two locations were provided. We can only ponder whether the Unilux ordering system is overly cumbersome. The Hancock staff has yet mastered all aspects of this line of windows.Hancock lumber has a sterling reputation in the area. We hope we can quickly overcome these hurdles. In the meantime, we are delaying the start of construction, because the building envelop is not finalized, because we have not yet come to closure on window selection.Stay tuned for a blog on the Thermotech windows.Ordering windows should not be this hard, nor take this long. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.
Normal anatomyThe fingers and toes are supplied by vessels and nerves which run up the lateral aspects of each digit.IndicationsThe surgery is recommended in a case of amputated fingers or toes, with salvaged digits in a condition that would enable replantation. This usually requires a clean cut across the digit, with minimal damage to the digital vessels and nerve. Amputated digits should be brought to the hospital with the patient, wrapped in moist paper towels, in a plastic bag, and on ice. Ice should be placed in a second plastic bag, into which the first plastic bag containing the severed digit is placed, to prevent direct contact between the ice and the severed digit.Procedure, part 1While the patient is sleepy (sedated) or deep asleep and pain-free (regional anesthesia or general anesthesia),the bone ends are shortened to eliminate tension on the repaired vessels. The bone is stabilized with wires. Tendon repairs are done next.Procedure, part 2Digital nerves and vessels are repaired with microsurgical instruments. This part of the surgery is most critical to its success. The skin is then closed. A bulky dressing is applied. Young children may have a cast applied to protect the area from injury.AftercareThe function of the replanted digit varies depending on the type of injury, the quality of the repair, and the post-operative healing course. Physical therapy after surgery is required to optimize function.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisement read more
0 Now playing: Watch this: Mobile World Congress 2019 Tags But last year was the first time since 2014 that Zuckerberg didn’t make hold his Monday night keynote speech at the conference. Instead, he left junior executives to host private meetings tucked away in hidden corners of the convention center. You can expect more of the latter this time around. Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise cameo at a Samsung launch event in 2016. Those were simpler times. CNET It’s easy to see why Facebook would want to walk on eggshells. Just weeks after last year’s MWC, the social network found itself caught up in the worst scandal in its 10-year history after the revelation that Cambridge Analytica had exploited the data of 87 million users. The company’s presence at the European show comes as it faces a new antitrust battle in Germany, along with continued concerns about privacy and company culture. Facebook faces the challenge of trying to get its message of connectivity heard above the noise of the troubles that continue to dog the company. Facebook’s connectivity push In August, Facebook collected its various initiatives to bring more people online under a new banner, Facebook Connectivity, and hired Dan Rabinovitsj as vice president to lead this part of the company. In accordance with the trend that’s established over past MWC shows, we’re expecting to hear more about this mission. But even Facebook’s attempts to improve internet connectivity around the world have come under fire, seen as dressing up self interest as philanthropy. Helping more people get online is in the company’s interests, as it expands the number of people who can potentially use its services. Programs such as its Free Basics initiative, which brought people with basic phones a cheaper, pared-down version of the internet, raised net neutrality concerns. At MWC 2016, Zuckerberg attempted to move the company past the Free Basics controversy and announced an initiative to enhance the web’s underlying infrastructure — the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). This is effectively an engineering project that involves network companies such as Nokia and Ericsson, as well global telecoms providers including Orange and Telefonica collaborating on solutions for major connectivity challenges. In the past its announcements at the show “have generally focused on its efforts to grow its audience in less mature mobile first markets,” said IHS Markets analyst Jack Kent over email. “These type of deals involved partnerships with network operators, but also required Facebook to attempt a fine balance between promoting its own services and broader internet access.” Getting into 5G The past two MWCs have given us updates on this project, and we can expect more of the same year, even if Facebook takes more of a backseat than in the past. “As more partners have become involved in TIP, Facebook has somewhat scaled back its presence but it is still a key player here,” said Kent. “In terms of what to expect for MWC, 5G — as with everything else — will likely be a focus for TIP and expect to see work on the more advanced mmWave technologies.” Facebook did not respond to request for comment about its MWC activities, but an events page on the TIP website gives us some clues. Most TIP panels and demos are scheduled to take place in Facebook’s own private event space at the show, with topics including its high-speed millimeter wave project and “developing the Wi-Fi ecosystem,” as well as a new, unnamed project that will be announced at the show, “which will focus on an exciting aspect of future 5G networks.” Beyond connectivity, a number of other notable Facebook employees will also be repping the company at MWC. They include Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of the European business, who is due to address startups at the 4YFN side conference on Tuesday, and Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, who will speak on a panel on Monday. It’s easy to get lost in the scrum when there are so many top tech companies competing to be heard at MWC, but it pays to look closely at those who are trying to build and underpin the backbone of the entire internet. Facebook is one of those companies, so keep your eyes peeled this week, as we’ll be bringing you all the latest news about its announcements straight from the show floor. Mobile World Congress 2019 Post a comment MWC 2019 phone trends we’ll see Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 2:52 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Stephen Shankland/CNET At the biggest mobile show in the world, it’s easy to be blinded by the vast array of shiny new phones. They have a tendency to hog the spotlight. But look a little closer and you’ll see Facebook at MWC 2019. No, it’s not launching a phone — HTC tried that with the Facebook button-rocking ChaCha back at MWC 2011 with little success. Instead, it will likely continue to press an issue that’s long been a priority for the company: improving internet access and getting more people on its social network. Go back a few years, and you’ll see when Facebook really made its presence felt at the show. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted in running shoes pounding the streets of Barcelona ahead of his packed keynote, and making a surprise appearance at Samsung’s press conference. May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Mobile Internet reading • Facebook aims to quell controversy with connectivity vision at MWC 2019 • Share your voice See All Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Facebook LG Samsung read more
Get ready for British Council’s new season of Contemporary Dance Program titled ‘Impulse’. Impulse is a dance program in India that brings the best of Contemporary dance companies from The UK to perform in India. Impulse-Season 2 will be held over three months (September, October and November) 2014 across the country. The season 2 of Impulse will be launched with the performance of ‘Political Mother’ by Hofesh Shectar Company, a contemporary Dance company from the UK that will perform in Delhi on 9 September where they will regale the audience with their pulsating live music and extraordinary dance performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Political has been declared an ‘audio visual marvel’ by critics. It brims with Shectar’s emotional and gritty complexity with pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing. It is performed by 10 dancers and accompanied by Shectar’s cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists. Political Mother is suitable for all lovers of dance, theatre and music.Impulse 2 is a dance program that aims to foster creative exchanges between established and emerging dancers and choreographers, showcasing new work in India and establishing networks between India and the UK. In 2012, Impulse included successful showings and a gamut of educational outreach projects with Akram Khan Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra Company, Protein and Champloo in seven cities over eight months.Hofesh Shecktar is recognized as one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, with his eponymous Company touring worldwide to audience and critical acclaim. A former drummer in a rock band, Shecktar is renowned for creating the musical scores for each of his dance.WHERE: Kamani AuditoriumWHEN: 9 September, 7 pm read more