‘We have a great chance’ – Edwards confident of strong U17 showing

first_imgThree players could make their debut when Jamaica takes on the USA in their opening CONCACAF Under-17 championship game tomorrow in Panama. The final 20-man squad, which left the island for the championship yesterday, included six newcomers in Richard Thompson, Akeem Mullings, Caseam Priestly, Shane Ricketts, Jermaine Lyons and Ricardo McIntosh. Coach Andrew Edwards told The Gleaner that three of those players are likely to be on the starting roster. “Fifteen of the 20 players selected played the first two rounds of the qualification campaign and three of those playing for the first time had been a part of the group that was together from Under-15. “But among the first-timers, we expect that at least two to three of them will make the starting line-up come Sunday (tomorrow),” he said. Edwards admitted that some players showed great promise, but underlined that it was the players who worked well together, showing consistency and application, who got the nod. PLAYERS SELECT THEMSELVES “When you look back at the players in the programme, there are a number of names that jump out at you that you wanted to develop. But coaches don’t select teams. Players select themselves based on what they do on a consistent basis. “We don’t have any players left out because of injury, so we are pretty comfortable as these players have put up their hands and said they are prepared to do the job. They demonstrated more consistently that they can perform at the level required,” Edwards stated. The young Reggae Boyz face USA, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C at the championship, with group winners and runners-up to advance to the second stage, and Edwards believes they have put together the best group possible. “We have every confidence that we have the best combination of players to give us the best chance of qualifying for the World Cup,” said Edwards. “We have named a team that compliments each other. We have dynamic combinations for different situations, offensively and defensively. We just have to trust our judgement and put the boys out there with faith and give them the confidence to go out and execute as best as they can,” he said. The rest of the team reads Nickque Daley, Raewin Senior, Kaheem Parris, Renato Campbell, Nickache Murray, Jamoi Topey, Kimanni Gibbons, Tajay Griffiths, Calwayne Allen. The squad is completed by overseas-based players Kendall Edwards, Blake White, Cobi Atkinson, Jeremy Verley and Damani Osei.last_img read more

Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons

first_imgBucks: Khris Middleton scored 22 points and Bledsoe added 17. … Antetokounmpo actually played 6:03 in the first quarter despite the early fouls. He played 31:11 for the game.Pistons: Andre Drummond had only 10 points to go along with his 14 rebounds and had a dunk attempt blocked by Antetokounmpo late in the first. … Reggie Bullock scored 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 24.INJURIESMilwaukee was without guard Malcolm Brogdon for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.Ersan Ilyasova also missed the game for the Bucks with a nose contusion. The Pistons were without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).IN RESERVED.J. Wilson, a second-year player for Milwaukee who played college basketball at nearby Michigan, came back from a G League assignment and scored a career-high nine points.Sterling Brown also scored nine points off the bench.“They were huge,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “Having that kind of energy from the young fellows and having them come out with that kind of confidence, especially defensively, it’s so big time. It was great that they were ready for that opportunity.”BIG QUARTER “No matter how many fouls I have, I’ve got to be aggressive. If I get the third one, I get the third one,” Antetokounmpo said. “Whenever I stop being aggressive, I don’t make plays.”Antetokounmpo made plenty of plays down the stretch, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGriffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a difficult fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.“We’re not going to win games by 10 turnovers and by making the poor decisions like I did down the stretch,” Griffin said. “I feel bad for these guys because they played so hard and got us back in this game. I wasn’t there for them tonight.” The Pistons rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and took an 89-86 lead in the fourth when Stanley Johnson connected from 3-point range. Milwaukee was up 100-99 when Eric Bledsoe of the Bucks missed three straight free throws — but Antetokounmpo briefly took over after that.Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee up by three with a dunk, then added a three-point play and another dunk to make it 107-100.The Pistons rallied and had the ball with a chance to tie. Griffin missed from beyond the arc, and after Jose Calderon came up with an offensive rebound, Griffin missed again.“I was unbelievably awful tonight,” Griffin said. “I thought we had a chance to tie it tonight despite everything I did.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Johnson finished with 20 points for the Pistons and made four 3-pointers, all in the fourth period.“I thought the second unit came in and played with energy and played hard,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “They got us back into the game.”UP NEXTBucks: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates a basket with Sterling Brown (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench.When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Dawson Creek Senior Canucks to host fun tournament

first_imgWilkinson said those returning players give the team a good core on which to build upon last season, which saw the Canucks finish the regular season fourth in the West Division with a record of 10 wins, nine losses and one shootout loss for 21 points. The team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Spirit River Rangers, who went on to win in the finals, but he said that was a positive result given the team was rebuilding and forced to play with a short bench due to players leaving with other commitments.He added they continue to look to build towards the future to ensure the ongoing success of the team.The team is still seeking a new head coach, however, and Wilkinson is encouraging interested applicants to phone him at the number listed above, or Aaron Powell, director of hockey operations, at 250-719-8255. Wilkinson said, so far, the list of potential players on this year’s roster looks promising, though they will need some more players.“The shortlist looks to be a lot better than last year,” he said. “We have about 25 potential players, but we’re definitely looking for more, and anybody is welcome to come and skate with us every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Arena.”He said about they expect to have about 15 returning players, including two local players – forward Jeff Taylor and goalie Lincoln Carriere – who have returned to the team after spending the last season studying abroad.“We’re excited to have them back in town. They are both quality players.”Advertisement “It’s a fun, no-hit recreational tournament. The tournament is open to everybody – if you can play hockey or have ever played hockey in your life you are welcome,” said Sheldon Wilkinson, who coached the Canucks last year, but stepped down to take a position with the team’s executive as a director.  He said participants will be divided up by skill level and then randomly selected to teams of 11 players – a goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards per team – on the Friday night for the four-on-four tournament on Saturday and Sunday evenings.The tournament will be played in a round robin format and with “old-timers rules” – no penalties or physical contact involved. Wilkinson said there will be lots of prizes for players, and door prizes and raffles for spectators.- Advertisement -The tournament is limited to the first 100 skaters and 10 goalies who sign up, and he said spots are already filling out quickly in the few days registration has been open. He said to register, players should email dccanucks@hotmail.com, go to the “Dawson Creek Senior Canucks Ice Breaker No Hit Hockey Tournament” on Facebook, or call him at 250-784-6500.He added they will look to make the tournament an annual event if the response is good this year.The tournament is in part a fundraiser for the Canucks as the team enters another season, which is expected to get underway in early November, though a regular season schedule has yet to be released.Advertisementlast_img read more

Take a bow – devastated Bernie’s neighbours help her clean up!

first_imgThis is what a little bit of community spirit can do.Bernie Kearney’s home in Urris was completely destroyed when a mudslide came down on top of it on Tuesday evening last.Bernie managed to jump out of a bedroom window and escaped any injury. But her home has been left completely ruined by the mudslide which came crashing into her kitchen and bedrooms.Everyone in the local community knew how proud Bernie was of her home which she power-washed three times a year.“You wouldn’t have found a weed on that street she was so proud of keeping it so clean,” said Bernie’s nephew Martin.Now less than a week after her home was destroyed, Bernie’s neighbours have done their bit to make it a little easier every time she walks past it. From shovels and spades to JCBs and dumper trucks, neighbours came together to offer her helping in cleaning up around her home.Bernie is currently staying with relatives in the area before she decides where she will live in future.  Take a bow – devastated Bernie’s neighbours help her clean up! was last modified: August 30th, 2017 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:Bernie KearneydonegalInishowenmudslidelast_img read more

40 YEAR OLD MOUSTACHE AMONG THE CHOP FOR SARAH’S SMILE!

first_imgWhen Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun decided to launch a fund-raising campaign to send their daughter Sarah to the Peto Institite, little did they know it would be such a hair-raising experience.And when we say hair-raising we men just that – backs, moustaches, heads and many other parts we can’t mention.Because that’s exactly what took place in Letterkenny’s Central Bar as the Great Shave-off in aid of Sarah’s Smile left many men wishing they hadn’t ben so brave. Well-known DJ Brian McDaid arrived looking like Grizzly Adams and left looking like Tin Tin.Bronagh’s dad had his 40 year old moustache whipped off in an instant and one Man Utd fan even had a Liverpool crest shaved into his head for €200!One man (we think it was a man!) had so much hair on his back that he had a love-heart shaved onto it but strangely it still did not attract many women on the night.Bronagh and Ray are well on target now to raise the €6,000 needed to bring little Sarah, 3, to Budapest for her treatment later this summer. They still have a host of fundraising ventures lined up thanks to the goodwill and generosity of friends and family including a tattoo day with Extreme Tattoo in Letterkenny which took place yesterday.Bronagh says herself and Ray are very proud of Sarah and her battle against the odds.They can now add their wide circle of family and friends to that list.Keep it going guys! 40 YEAR OLD MOUSTACHE AMONG THE CHOP FOR SARAH’S SMILE! was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 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:Bronagh ColhounRay McFeelySarah’s Smilelast_img read more

ERIN’S DEATH: EXPERT OFFERS GUIDE TO LEAVING ASK.FM WEBSITE

first_imgA BALLYBOFEY computer expert who gives lectures to schools on how to deal with cyber bullying has set up an easy-to-use guide for children who want to leave the ask.fm website – the social media used by bullies to torment tragic Erin Gallagher.Erin, 13, was laid to rest yesterday after Requiem Mass in Stranorlar.She was found dead at her home in Ballybofey on Saturday, 24 hours after responding to anonymous bullies on ask.fm. At her funeral mass Father John Joe Duffy urged young people in the congregation to return home and leave the site.Niall Mulrine, a local computer expert, has uploaded a simple guide in how to leave the site.You can see it by clicking the link below:http://www.pcclean.ie/how-to-deactivate-ask-fm-account-to-prevent-cyberbullying/  ERIN’S DEATH: EXPERT OFFERS GUIDE TO LEAVING ASK.FM WEBSITE was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ask.fmErin GallagherERIN’S DEATH: EXPERT OFFERS GUIDE TO LEAVING ASK.FM WEBSITElast_img read more

IRELAND U-21s: BRAVE DISPLAY BY McDERMOTT FAILS TO STOP PORTUGAL

first_imgTHE Ireland U21 side suffered an unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Portugal in a game played in wintery conditions at Oriel Park tonight.With the intermittent snowy breeze whistling around the Dundalk venue it was a testing night for both sides but the two teams produced some decent football.The Portuguese went ahead on 14 minutes after Francisco Junior smashed home from 12 yards with a brilliant strike after the Irish defence failed to clear a cross from the right. Home keeper and Mountcharles man Sean McDermott made an impressive stop to deny Luis Silva in the 36th minute after the midfielder volleyed goalwards from close range.Sean Murray was in lively form for the Irish and he had a shot saved by Luis Ribeiro in the 41st minute after a free-kick had been half-cleared by the visitors.The elements played their part in the 58th minute second goal for Portugal. A corner by Aldair skimmed the head of Aiden O’Brien and ended up in the Irish net for an unfortunate own goal.Ireland pulled one back when Matt Doherty headed home from a 71st minute Murray corner but despite plenty of effort neither side carve out any further goals. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: McDermott, Doherty, McGinty, O’Connor, Duffy, Ferdinand, Carruthers, Reilly, O’Brien, Murray, Sutherland. Subs: McCarey, Shaughnessy, McHugh, Forrester, O’Sullivan & Forde for McDermott, Duffy, McGinty, Ferdinand and Carruthers 46 mins, Bolger and Burke for Doherty and Murray 72.PORTUGAL: Luís Ribeiro, João Amorim, Josué, Miguel Lourenço, Luís Martins, Luís Gustavo, Sérgio Oliveira, Luís Silva, João Carvalho, Francisco Júnior, Aldair. Subs: Joao Pinto and Pipo for Luis Ribeiro and Carvalho 46; Amorim for Oliveira 52; Vitor Goncalves and Rui Coentao for Francisco Junior and Aldair 65; Frederico Venanco and Vitinha for Joao Amorim and Luis Silva 89.Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales) IRELAND U-21s: BRAVE DISPLAY BY McDERMOTT FAILS TO STOP PORTUGAL was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:IRELAND U-21s: BRAVE DISPLAY BY McDERMOTT FAILS TO STOP PORTUGALlast_img read more

Giants’ Buster Posey drills walk-off single to beat Dodgers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It was exactly the type of outing the Giants needed from ace Madison Bumgarner. It was exactly the type of ending Buster Posey desired, too.With the Giants and Dodgers tied in the bottom of the ninth, Posey blooped a single into left field to plate Steven Duggar and send his club to a 2-1 walk-off victory on a night Bumgarner delivered a stellar performance.“We always play those guys tough but that’s a big series win for us,” Bumgarner said. “They’ve got a really good team …last_img

Norway invests in clean energy for Africa

first_img7 November 2014More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy, according to Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende. “Norway will therefore contribute 300-million krone [about R500-million or $45-million] to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.Green Africa Power was set up to stimulate private investment in renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund’s capital will be equivalent to about 1.3-billion Norwegian krone, of which Norway is to provide 300-million krone. Green Africa Power will offer long-term loans for private investments in the lowest-income groups of countries in Africa.“The UK has already made a substantial contribution to the fund. With the additional funding from Norway, our two countries will be joining forces to fund renewable energy projects, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve access to clean energy for millions of people in Africa,” Brende said.Green Africa Power is run by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which Norway has joined. The group mobilises private sector investment to help developing countries in providing infrastructure vital to boosting their economic growth, and combating poverty. PIDG has established seven other companies in addition to Green Africa Power, all of which customise solutions to ensure that planned infrastructure projects are carried out.“Access to energy is essential for economic and social development. It is also vital to a country’s ability to generate income, provide jobs and stimulate trade and development.”Brende announced Norway’s support during his address at the fourth Norwegian-African Business Summit in Oslo on 31 October. It is the largest Nordic business conference on Africa.Source: APOlast_img read more

BuildingGreen Names Top 10 Products

first_imgTwo kinds of office chairs, a clothes dryer, bicycle storage equipment, and high-performance panelized homes all found a place on BuildingGreen’s Top Ten product list for 2016.The publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec annually recognizes products that it believes “transform the design and construction industry” by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and water. This is the 14th year that BuildingGreen has made the awards.Here’s this year’s list: Heat pump water heaterBuildingGreen says that the Sanden heat-pump water heater solves two problems that standard heat pumps have — refrigerants with a high global warming potential, and an inability to make water that’s hot enough for hydronic heating systems. (For a GBA report on the Sanden water heater, see Split-System Heat-Pump Water Heaters.)The Sanden uses carbon dioxide, with a global warming potential of 1, as the refrigerant, and it can produce water at 149°F with an outdoor temperature of -15°F. That’s good enough for hydronic heat in an energy-efficient home.The Sanden C02 heat pump has been available in Japan for several years and will hit U.S. markets next year. The split-system design, which locates the compressor outside, doesn’t lower air temperatures in the mechanical room or garage where it’s located, a characteristic of other heat pump water heaters.The system’s outdoor unit can be paired with storage tanks of different sizes, including an 80-gallon stainless steel tank. The 4.5-kilowatt model delivers 16,000 Btu per hour; an 11-kW version better suited for space heating is in the works, BuildingGreen said.CO2 refrigerants operate at higher pressures that HFC refrigerants, BuildingGreen added, so the piping and connections for the Sanden water heater must be more robust than those used on conventional equipment. Walls are insulated with cellulose to R-35, and roofs insulated to between R-38 and R-44. The houses come with triple-pane windows, custom insulated doors, minisplit heat pumps, heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilation ventilation systems, and heat pump water heaters. They can achieve net-zero energy performance with the addition of renewable energy systems, according to BuildingGreen.Unity Homes are made with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and come with low-VOC finishes and adhesives. Components are milled with the help of computer-controlled equipment in a shop environment that minimizes waste and operating energy. Despite the upgrades in materials and workmanship over standard site-built houses, Unity Homes were said to be less expensive. Friendlier spray foam insulationHoneywell’s Solstice liquid blowing agent is a replacement for hydrofluorocarbons with a high global warming potential. The hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology has a 100-year global warming potential of 1, the same as carbon dioxide and many times lower than HFC industry standards.The switch to a blowing agent with a low global warming potential would erase one of the key disadvantages of spray polyurethane foam insulation, which otherwise offers high insulating value and air-sealing characteristics.BuildingGreen said that Solstice has been on the market for several years, and is now showing up in some U.S. products, including Whirlpool appliances and Lapolla’s Foam-Lok 2000 4G SPF wall insulation and roof insulation manufactured by Herny-West Development Group. Solstice also has broad potential for extruded polystyrene rigid insulation now made with an HFC blowing agent.In addition to a lower environmental impact, Solstice also has a higher yield, better compressive strength, and better thermal performance than HFC-blown products, BuildingGreen said. Duo-Gard’s Arlington bike shelterSafe bike storageHigh-quality, convenient bicycle storage racks encourage employees to skip motorized transport and use their bikes to commute, BuildingGreen says, explaining why the LEED rating system awards bike racks points toward certification.Duo-Gard offers a variety of bike storage options, including standard bike racks as well as partially and fully enclosed models. The company also makes custom storage units. Roofs and walls can be made from a number of different materials, including safety glass, metal mesh, and polycarbonate. Photovoltaic panels and LED lighting can be incorporated into some models. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2014: BuildingGreen Names Top ProductsNov. 2013: BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten ProductsNov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products Low-voltage LED lightingUnlike conventional LED lighting in commercial buildings, NuLEDs Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting system uses low-voltage Cat 5 or Cat 6 ethernet cables to carry both power and data to lighting fixtures. Because AC line current does not have to be converted to DC, as is normally the case, efficiency and connectivity are better, and flicker and other performance problems eliminated.According to BuildingGreen, DC power from a standard PoE network is connected to a SPICEbox control module, which becomes the host for LED lights, controls, wall switches and sensors. The plug-and-play system for up to 60 watts of lighting and data is safe, simple, and inexpensive to install and can be modified without the help of an electrician.NuLEDs monitors power consumption, color temperature, and dimming, and can be directly connected to renewable DC power supplies. Whirlpool’s HybridCareVentless clothes dryerThe HybridCare clothes dryer from Whirlpool uses heat-pump technology for improved energy performance over conventional dryers, BuildingGreen said, with a built-in refrigeration loop that condenses moisture from the drying drum and returns excess heat energy to the dryer.HybridCare does not require a vent, giving it better efficiency than a conventional dryer while eliminating the risk of fire from lint that accumulates in the exhaust ducts of conventional dryers. It’s also gentle on clothes, and easier to install than a conventional machine. Condensate is drained away with the same drain line as the washer.The 7.3 cubic-foot HybridCare has a 1,300-watt booster heater than can be operated in one of three modes for drying times as low as 50-60 minutes. In “Eco” mode, the dryer uses 40% less energy than a conventional dryer, according to the manufacturer.U.S. consumers now spend $9 billion a year for electricity to operate conventional clothes dryers. They account for some 6% of residential energy consumption, more than a refrigerator or clothes washer. The Whirlpool design also won the EPA’s Emerging Technology Award as well as an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.Sloan Hybrid UrinalSloan’s Hybrid Urinal is designed to overcome two drawbacks of other waterless urinals — a reputation for odor and maintenance problems — which have limited their adoption, BuildingGreen said. The urinal uses a water-free cartridge and has an automatic rinsing process that prevents mineral buildup.Minerals accumulating in standard waterless urinals clog cartridges and plumbing and must be cleaned regularly. The “Velocity” cartridge in the Sloan urinal lowers the risk of mineral buildup by speeding up the passage of liquid through the device. It also uses 20% less plastic and doesn’t have voids where bacteria and odor can form. The cartridge should last for 7,000 uses.The Sloan Hybrid also has a feature called “Jetrinse Solution Technology” that uses a one-gallon rinse of water every 72 hours to prevent the formation of solids in the housing and drain line, BuildingGreen said. The Hybrid comes in three models and is about same price as a mid-tier electronic “flushometer” model, the manufacturer says. High-performance panelized homesUnity Homes are an alternative to conventional site-built houses, designed to be less wasteful, better insulated and better air-sealed. The Walpole, New Hapshire, company builds panelized wall systems and small, prefabricated modules for bathrooms, mechanical rooms and kitchens, which it calls “pods,” that can be assembled rapidly on site. The HyperchairTwo office chairsThere were two chairs on this year’s list: Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair and the Hyperchair from Personal Comfort Systems.The Hyperchair is designed to save energy by keeping office employees comfortable without constant cycling of the building’s heating and ventilating system. The chair can heat or cool its occupant with a built-in heating element as well as a fan. The heater draws 16 watts of electricity, the fan 4.8 watts. They are powered by a lithium ion phosphate battery and controlled by an arm-mounted panel. The battery charges at night when electricity costs often are lower.According to BuildingGreen, by expanding the temperature range in which the HVAC system doesn’t have to run, the Hyperchair can produce between 7% and 15% in energy savings for every degree centigrade above or below the normal HVAC setting.What distinguishes Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair is its use of an engineered wood made from mushroom mycelium (similar to roots) rather than plywood or particleboard. Unlike those products, Evocative’s “MycoBoard” is grown with mycelium and agricultural waste and contains no other adhesives or binders. The board is dried and molded under heat and pressure, which kills the mycelium and makes the material strong and stable.MycoBoard is Cradle-to-Cradle Gold-certified and Living Building Challenge Red List-free, according to Building Green. It won’t split, is naturally flame resistant, can be produced with very little production waste and no emission hazards, BuildingGreen said, and it can be composted at the end of its service life.Gunlocks is the first commercial furniture company to use Ecovative’s mycelium-based products. Tesla’s Powerwall batteryTesla PowerwallThe lithium-ion Powerwall and Powerpack batteries from Tesla can store electricity generated by grid-tied renewable energy systems for use as a backup source of power or to even out demands for grid power.Tesla announced the Powerwall earlier this year, saying that the battery had several potential uses, including the storage of electricity purchased when rates are low for consumption when rates for grid power are high, which is called “load shifting.” The battery can also can be used as a source of electricity when the grid is down.Powerwall, the residential version of the battery, comes in two sizes, 10 kWh and 7 kWh, and can be combined for total storage of up to 90 kWh. Powerpack is the commercial-utility-industrial model and can be used in systems ranging from 100 kWh to 100 MWhs.The batteries can be controlled remotely, allowing utilities to manage loads on the grid at times of peak demand.last_img read more