Robertson to Defend Relays Night Dunk Title at the Knapp Center

first_imgAll ticket packages to the 2019 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. Tickets remain for Wednesday’s “Relays Night” as the Bulldogs take on the Illinois State Redbirds.  For tickets to either event, contact the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647 or visit Print Friendly Version Larry Donald is less than a year removed from competing collegiately at Arkansas where he was an NCAA Championship qualifier and advanced to the 2018 USATF Championship at Drake Stadium in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. His versatility in those events should serve him well in the Knapp Center as should his competitive spirit as the son of heavyweight great Larry ‘The Legend’ Donald, a 1992 Olympian in boxing who went on to earn the NABC World Championship belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield. The trio of Ricky Robertson, Wallace Spearmon and Larry Donald guarantee to thrill and amaze fans of all ages at the Knapp Center as they attack the rims. The annual event highlights the upcoming Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and honors its longtime committee members, officials and volunteers that drive America’s Athletic Classic. In 2018, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays, added a high-flying dunk contest between Relays’ athletes to showcase the tremendous athleticism of the world’s top track and field talents. While both certainly possess credentials to walk away with the Relays Night dunk title, they will be pushed by a young upstart with the pedigree of a prizefighter ready for the bright lights and the big stage. Robertson was a 10-time All-American as a collegian and a 2016 Olympian who finished fourth at the USATF Championships last summer inside Drake Stadium. Robertson has cleared 7-7.25 in the high jump and demonstrated last winter that a 10-foot basketball rim poses little challenge to his leaping ability and athleticism. DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, Jan. 30, is set to be another ‘can’t-miss’ night at the Knapp Center. Spearmon is one of the greatest 200-meter runners of all time as his personal best of 19.65 is the eighth fastest time in history and bested only by the likes of Usain Bolt and the incomparable Michael Johnson. Spearmon’s incredible athleticism and longevity as one of the world’s best athletes is not to be missed as he takes his horizontal speed skyward. Ricky Robertson, a high jumper who stands less than six-feet tall, brought the Knapp Center crowd to its feet in 2018 with a series acrobatic dunks to win the competition. Robertson is ready and committed to defending his title in 2019 against an even more talented field, according to Boldon. “When we came up this idea, I never dreamed we’d attract athletes with these exceptional resumes, including one of the world’s greatest sprinters in Wallace Spearmon,” stated Boldon.  In addition to the Drake men’s basketball team hosting Illinois State at 7PM in a critical Missouri Valley Conference contest, the evening will also feature three world-class athletes including the defending champion and an American record holder in a halftime dunk contest as part of ‘Relays Night’ at the Knapp Center. However, Robertson’s plaudits in the event have drawn one of the top American sprinters to the Knapp Center as a challenger. Wallace Spearmon, who held the American record in the indoor 200 meters and a multi-time medalist at the World Championships, guarantees to lay siege to Robertson’s title defense. The Drake Relays champion in the invitational 200 meters in 2012, Spearmon went on to finish fourth in the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London. last_img read more

Will Humpty Darwin Fall in 2019?

first_img(Visited 631 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinism has so many failures, can it survive? Don’t underestimate the power of illogical worldviews tenaciously held.Ever since Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, critics have been many and vocal. Many of them have been highly qualified scientists, including those who obtained pre-publication copies in 1859 until now. Nevertheless, the Darwin Empire has always succeeded in protecting Emperor Charlie inside a castle of seemingly impregnable walls. Darwin’s protectors also mastered political methods to ostracize critics and exile them outside those walls, calling them “ignorant” and “pseudo-scientific” people who just “don’t understand evolution.” Wanting to be in the good graces of the powerful, onlookers have generally sided with the Darwin Party, not wanting to be expelled by the Darwin enforcers or labeled Darwinophobes. Emperor Darwin occasionally parades on top of the walls in his new clothes like a dictator at a military parade, showing how solid the walls are.The creationist Visigoths outside (9 May 2006), though, have not taken the bluff. They repeatedly hammer at the walls with their battering rams (before Darwin Army soldiers pour boiling oil on them), pointing out that the bricks are easily dislodged. But citizens inside never hear this. A master of the media, the Emperor and his henchmen ensure that no citizen hears anything but utter and total victory of the Empire in the public schools. Meanwhile, Darwin-approved masons are always at the ready to repair the walls with endless supplies of Darwin Flubber as mortar.Humpty Darwin sits on a wall of foam bricks held together by decayed mortar. Cartoon by Brett Miller commissioned for CEH. All rights reserved.Empires rise and fall. One day, Humpty Darwin may sit on his wall right when it crumbles, and none of the king’s horse series and none of the king’s hominins will be able to put him back together again. The fall of the Darwin Empire could be quick and catastrophic. Will 2019 be the year?The Propaganda StreamHere’s how news articles hide the situation from the public. The following news items exemplify the pro-Darwin Media tactics of Proof by Obfuscation and Demonstration by Assertion. The observations in these articles have nothing to do with Darwin’s theory. They essentially substitute “evolved” for “is designed for a purpose.” An unbiased observer could look at the evidence and see functional adaptation, but is quickly told by the New Teacher (21 Dec 2005) that, no matter how exquisite the design looks, “it evolved”—end of story. Nothing to see here. Move along.Lost ‘Darwinia’ islands could be origin of species in the Galapagos (New Scientist). The famous Galapagos animals that made Darwin famous are too different from the mainland. They need missing links, so scientists invent imaginary ones that must have evolved on underwater islands nearby. With high perhapsimaybecouldness index and vivid imagination, moyboy mason Colin Barras lays on the Darwin Flubber thick: “MILLIONS of years before the Galapagos Islands existed, there was another archipelago in the same stretch of water off the west coast of South America. And it seems those long-vanished lands probably shaped the evolution of some of the unusual Galapagos wildlife that later inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.”First Steps: Scientists launch evolutionary study to explore the origins of fish that walk ( This article shows the busy work of Darwin guild members, looking for evidence they admit they don’t have. “There have not been many models or preserved fossil records available to help us understand how the pelvis evolved and formed in the first tetrapods that developed appendages from fins to walk on land,” one says. But what can one species of blind fish tell them about that? It becomes their divination tool to tell just-so stories in the Darwin Theater.Explaining differences in rates of evolution (Science Daily). This exercise in navel-gazing never questions the paradigm, but just tries to hold the Darwin bricks together with a specially-concocted recipe for Darwin Flubber with more of the Emergence ingredient.How much are we learning about the genome? Natural selection is science’s best critic (Science Daily). When you use Darwin’s theory to analyze genes, what will you find? Darwin’s theory, of course. It’s like the proverbial man with a hammer who sees every problem as a nail. These scientists see the lack of evolution as evidence for evolution! “If natural selection has been a powerful influence on a site in the genome — preserving it for countless generations despite mutation and evolution — this part of the genome should be important for survival.” Darwin can’t lose.Natural selection in the womb can explain health problems in adulthood (Medical Xpress). Babies grow from fertilization to birth. What does that have to do with Darwin’s theory of natural selection? Nothing. But these scientists use Darwin’s phrase “natural selection” (i.e., the Stuff Happens Law) as a divining rod to give him glory for something he did not explain: the astonishingly accurate development of an adult from a pinhead-size zygote.A Coming Revolution?Examples like the above could be multiplied indefinitely, but you get the point. No alternatives are ever allowed in print by Big Media, who along with Big Science, has sworn allegiance to Emperor Charlie. The Darwinist censors guarantee it.The situation seems hopeless for the Visigoths at the gates, but their are signs the Empire is not as solid as claimed. At Evolution News, Brian Miller writes about “The Intelligent Design Underground” as a hopeful sign against a backdrop of despair:I joined Discovery Institute two years ago, but I had been reading the works of ID scientists since Michael Denton wrote Evolution: A Theory in Crisis in the mid Eighties. In the following decades, I spent countless hours reading intelligent design literature, and then the critiques of that literature, and then the responses to those critiques. I felt untold angst in seeing how the writings of design theorists were consistently misrepresented to the public and how design critics ignored the responses to their critiques’ errors. I longed for the day when I could help present the truth to the public.In his work as Research Coordinator for the Discovery Institute, Miller has seen a growing “underground” of Darwin dissidents making inroads against the Empire. He also describes several tottering pillars of Darwinism in recent years, including the rarity of functional proteins in sequence space, patterns in taxonomy that contradict Darwin’s tree, and genetic discoveries that show degradation, not innovation. He also has witnessed scientists using the design intuition in their work – an intuition that is Undeniable as the title of Douglas Axe’s book insists.The Discovery Institute will also be publishing new books by Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer in 2019. Creation ministries around the world are still strong and influential. Illustra Media has made more of its videos available for free on the web (see their YouTube channel), with more foreign language translations coming. In ways that Darwin skeptics of the 19th century could never dream of, the internet and social media have enabled creationists to reach a worldwide audience with scientific and philosophical evidences undermining the Empire.Read this book and get very angry at the totalitarian Darwin enforcers.Despite Miller’s hope, we at CEH have seen the Darwin Empire just as intractable to change as when we started reporting almost 19 years ago. So successful is the Empire at Censoring the Darwin Skeptics, as Jerry Bergman’s book relates in detail, we cannot raise hopes that anything will change soon. The DODOs still run Big Media, Big Education, Big Law, and Big Science with an iron fist, and push their DOPE on students unaware of its toxic and addictive effects. Those not intoxicated yet need clear heads to keep battering the walls faster than the Darwin masons can repair them. When Humpty Darwin falls, there will be no way to hide the fact that his supporters have egg on their faces.A word to the wise Darwin skeptics: this is a team effort. We need to work together. Some creationists spend their energy fighting each other, making mountains out of irrelevant molehills. Just as a nation’s armed forces require ambassadors as well as infantrymen, and a navy as well as an air force, the revolution against evolution needs many players of different talents and priorities, all united in a common cause. Avoid the temptation to publicly attack others in the same battle when they don’t agree on everything. This does not mean compromise or violating conscience; and it’s OK to state your own positions and support them. But prudence dictates knowing when to say something, and when to remain silent. Take counsel from Proverbs 10:19 – “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” Note: We deeply appreciate Brett Miller’s talent as an illustrator and thank him for his support of CEH with numerous thought-provoking and humorous illustrations, including the new “Humpty Darwin” cartoon presented today. Thanks also to J. Beverly Greene whose unique style has graced these pages and greatly enhanced our biography series.last_img read more

Touring Texas with the Bloggers Part 1: Cloud Factories

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … This week I attended HP ISS Tech Day at Hewlett-Packard‘s Houston facility along with several other bloggers. We were given a tour and demonstrations of HP’s Industry Standard Servers (ISS) technology. We didn’t see new, unreleased products and we didn’t talk about potential tech breakthroughs of the future. We focused entirely on technologies HP offers today and how those technologies can benefit IT workers.HP assumes clouds will be ubiquitous – either private or public – and the the ISS Tech Day was all about technologies making it easier and faster to deploy private clouds.What is a Private Cloud?Definitions of cloud computing are always hard to pin down, and it seems cloudwash is everywhere. We’ve been skeptical about the terms “private cloud” and “cloud in a box” before, but in many ways it comes down to a fundamental question: what is a cloud?HP decided to get that question out of the way early in the day. The common characteristics of a cloud, according to HP’s Daniel Bowers:A pool of resources that can be allocated and modified elastically.A means for requesting and granting access to resources.Optionally, a means to measure and bill for those resources.It doesn’t matter if those resources are in a public data center or a private data center. So for our purposes a private cloud is any means of delivering elastic resources to users from within the firewall. That means you lose one advantage of using a public cloud – paying for only what you use. But you do retain one important advantage: you don’t have to over-invest in every single server if each server has a pool of resources to draw from.Via Wikipedia:Douglas Parkhill first described the concept of a “Private Computer Utility” in his 1966 book The Challenge of the Computer Utility. The idea was based upon direct comparison with other industries (e.g. the electricity industry) and the extensive use of hybrid supply models to balance and mitigate risks.Private cloud and internal cloud have been described as neologisms, however the concepts themselves pre-date the term cloud by 40 years. Even within modern utility industries, hybrid models still exist despite the formation of reasonably well-functioning markets and the ability to combine multiple providers.POD-Works, an Assembly Line for Data CentersAn HP POD. Photos by Klint FinleyHP’s POD-Works facility custom builds modular data centers that can be delivered to a customer’s site. POD stands for Performance Optimized Data Center. Shipping container-esque modular data centers have been around for a few years, but HP offers a new twist: it’s taking advantage of assembly line productivity to produce these data centers faster and cheaper.HP claims that not only can it do all the work of setting up racks, wiring, optimizing power consumption and building out the full data center for you – it claims it can do so at the fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. HP takes advantage of assembly line productivity to industrialize the process of creating data centers. Left: A completely wired rack from the above POD. Right: The assembly line floor. Photos by Klint FinleyAccording to The Register, the PODs can cost about $1.5 million – not including servers, storage and switches. However, that can still be significantly cheaper than building a brick and mortar data center.Here’s a video from HP explaining a bit more: klint finley This video is a bit longer and more detailed:center_img We can very much see this becoming part of how data centers are built in the future. HP is trying to make it easier not just to virtualize and manage infrastructure, but it make it easier to implement actual physical infrastructure as well. It brings a whole new meaning to the term “cloud in a box.”HP’s POD-Works competes with other modular data center vendors, such as Oracle‘s Sun Modular Data Center.Next: Power management, I/O virtualization and a bit of cloud history.Disclosure: HP is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, and paid for Klint Finley’s travel and accommodations to attend HP ISS Tech day. Tags:#cloud#Data Centers Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Urban Rustic: Exterior Insulation and a Rainscreen

first_imgEditor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut. Continuous insulation and double-stud walls both are options for high-performance walls, but we decided continuous insulation (CI, for short) made the most sense to us. Continuous insulation has its own challenges, especially in terms of air and water sealing details around windows and doors. Still, it intuitively seemed the way to go. For anyone interested in the performance of various wall assemblies, this paper from the Building Science Corp. is an excellent place to start. Or you can check out Hammer and Hand’s evolving wall assembly strategies. And here’s a mock-up wall assembly by Hammer and Hand showing many of the details we incorporated into our own house:RELATED ARTICLESAll About RainscreensHow to Vent a RainscreenExterior Insulation Is Like A Sweater For Your HouseHow to Attach a Thick Layer of Exterior InsulationThe Case for Continuous Insulation While many believe a double stud wall simplifies much of the framing, we decided that a continuous insulation approach, which in theory should better manage seasonal moisture changes inside the walls, was worth the extra effort. Two continuous layers of mineral wool Based on the drawings from our original builder, Evolutionary Home Builders, which recommended 3 3/4 inches of rigid foam, and the recommendations of both PHIUS and Green Building Advisor for our Climate Zone 5 location, we decided to go with 4 inches of Rockwool Comfortboard 80 on top of our Zip System sheathing. In the Chicagoland area it’s still a struggle to find builders or subcontractors who are knowledgeable about, or even interested in, “green building.” Even though PHIUS has dozens of certified builders and consultants listed for Illinois and the larger Midwest region, it’s unclear just how many of them have worked directly on an actual Passive House project. Until there’s more demand from consumers, or the building codes change significantly, it’s difficult to imagine the situation improving much in the near future. This is unfortunate since particularly here in the Chicago area, or the Midwest more broadly, homes could really benefit from the Passive House model (or something close to it, e.g. The Pretty Good House concept) to cope with our weather extremes. Many lookers, few takers In our own case, when I think of all the individual trades we had to hire, a siding contractor was far and away the most difficult to secure. Because of the level of detail involved before the siding itself could be installed, it was a real challenge even to get quotes. As things turned out, we had nearly 20 contractors (a mix of dedicated siding contractors and carpenters) visit the job site before we received an actual estimate. Many of those who visited the job site expressed genuine interest, most going so far as to acknowledge that this kind of wall assembly made sense and would probably be mandated by the residential code at some point in the future. But almost without exception they would disappear after leaving the job site—no bid forthcoming, and no response to my follow-up phone calls or emails. Clearly they were terrified, not without justification, to tackle something so new, viewing our project through a lens of risk rather than as an opportunity to learn something new. From their point of view, why not stick with the type of jobs they’ve successfully completed hundreds of times in the past? It also didn’t help that I was a first-time homeowner/GC, rather than a GC with a long track record of previously built homes in the area. In addition, not only is continuous insulation over sheathing a novel concept in the Chicago area, especially in residential builds, including a ventilated rainscreen gap behind siding is almost unheard of. Typically, fiber cement lap siding is installed directly over housewrap (this can be observed directly on hundreds of job sites across the city and suburbs). While there are any number of certified LEED projects in our area, and even some Passive House projects (both residential and commercial), for the most part consumers are still largely unaware of Passive House or other “green” building standards like Living Building Challenge. Clearly “green” building, let alone Passive House, has its work cut out for it here in the Midwest if it ever hopes to have a meaningful impact on the construction industry. Installing the Rockwool insulation Mike Conners, from Kenwood Passivhaus, was nice enough to recommend Siding and Window Group, which definitely got us out of a jam. Thankfully, Greg, the owner, was up for the challenge and was nice enough to let us work with two of his best guys, Wojtek and Mark. Wojtek and Mark dropped off some of their equipment at the site the day before they were to start work on the house. This gave me a chance to go through many of the details with them directly. Although a little apprehensive, they were also curious, asking a lot of questions as they tried to picture how all the elements of the assembly would come together. In addition to the construction drawings, the series of videos from Hammer and Hand on its Madrona Passive House were incredibly helpful. Also, this video from Pro Trade Craft helped to answer some of the “How do you…?” questions that came up during the design and build phases: As sophisticated and intricate as some architectural drawings may be, in my experience nothing beats a good job site demonstration video that shows how some newfangled product or process should be properly installed or executed. On the first day, while Wojtek and Mark installed the Z-flashing between the Zip sheathing and the foundation, along with head flashings above the windows and doors, I started putting up the first pieces of Rockwool over the Zip sheathing. We found it easier to embed the metal flashings in a bead of Prosoco’s Fast Flash. Once in position, an additional bead of Fast Flash went over the face of the flashing, ensuring a water tight connection between the metal and the Zip sheathing. We installed the first layer of Rockwool horizontally. The second would be oriented vertically. This alternating pattern helps ensure that seams are overlapped. An outside corner shows the Z-flashing covering the face of the Rockwool that had been applied on the foundation wall. This shows the first layer of Rockwool on above-grade walls. We didn’t worry too much about the orange plastic cap nails missing studs since they were sized to mostly end up in the Zip sheathing. In the end, only a couple of them made it completely through the Zip without hitting a stud. Before installing the bottom row of Rockwool we used shims to create a slight gap between the Rockwool and the metal Z-flashing on the foundation insulation. This will give any water that ever reaches the Zip sheathing a clear pathway out. In a pattern that would repeat itself with each layer of the remaining wall assembly, Wojtek and Mark would carefully think through the details as they progressed slowly at first, asking questions as issues arose, before getting the feel for what they were doing and eventually picking up speed as they progressed around each side of the house. Dealing with door and window openings Working through the many details with Wojtek and Mark — the majority of which occur at junctions like windows and doors, the top and bottom of the walls, along with mainly outside corners — was both collaborative and deeply gratifying. They demonstrated curiosity and an ability to problem-solve on the fly, and they clearly wanted to do things right, both for me as a customer and for the house as a completed structure (it felt like both aesthetically and in building science terms). The first layer of mineral wool where it intersects a window buck. They never hurried over specific problem areas, arrogantly suggesting they knew better, instead they patiently considered unanticipated consequences, potential long-term issues, and actively questioned my assumptions in a positive way that improved the overall quality of the installation. This mixture of curiosity, intelligence, and craftsmanship was a real pleasure to observe and work with. If a GC built this level of rapport with each subcontractor, I can certainly understand a refusal to work with anyone outside of their core team—it just makes life so much easier, and it makes being on the job site a real pleasure. A second layer of mineral wool goes on around the mechanical systems. Weaving the seams at outside corners helps reduce energy losses. For the second layer of Rockwool, Wojtek and Mark tried to hit only studs with the 3-inch Trufast MP-3000 screws. Screwing into the studs with these fasteners, in effect, became a guide for accurately hitting studs with the first layer of strapping. Here’s the west side of the house with two layers of mineral wool installed. If our lot had been larger, we would’ve gone with a completely detached garage, but unfortunately it just wasn’t an option. We left a gap between the garage and the house so both layers of mineral wool could slip between the two, keeping the thermal layer on the house unbroken. Both layers of mineral wool fit in a gap between the garage and the house. Installing battens to create a rainscreen Initially we were going to use two layers of 1×4 furring strips (also referred to as strapping or battens). The first layer would be installed vertically, attaching directly over the 2×6 framing members through the two layers of Rockwool and the Zip sheathing. The second layer would be installed horizontally, anticipating that the charred cedar siding would be oriented vertically on the house. But as the second layer of Rockwool went up, Wojtek and Mark pointed out that putting the siding in the same plane as the Rockwool/metal flashing on the basement foundation would be needlessly tricky. Maintaining a 1/8-inch horizontal gap between the bottom edge of the vertical siding and the metal flashing on the foundation around the house would be nearly impossible, and any variation might prove unsightly. As a solution, we decided to use 2×4s for the first layer of strapping. This allowed the siding to be pushed slightly out and farther away from the Z-flashing covering the face of the Rockwool on the foundation. The bottom edge of the siding could be lowered. Wojtek and Mark also found that the 2×4s were easier to install than the 1×4 furring strips so that they didn’t overly compress the insulation (an easy thing to do). Unfortunately, increasing the overall wall thickness with 2×4s meant having to use longer Fastenmaster Headlok screws (it would also cost us later when it came to the siding on the north side of the house—more on this later). Apart from this change, the additional overall wall thickness mostly just increased the air gap in our rainscreen, which arguably just increased potential air flow while also expanding the drainage plane behind the eventual siding. In one of the Hammer and Hand videos Sam Hagerman mentions that at least 1 1/2 inch of screw should be embedded into the framing (excluding the thickness of the sheathing). But when I asked a Fastenmaster engineer about this directly he recommended a full 2 inches of the screw should be embedded into the framing in order to avoid any significant deflection over time. As a result, we ended up using 8 1/2-inch screws. The screws work incredibly well, requiring no pre-drilling. They’re fun to use with an impact driver (keep your battery charger nearby). Along with the plastic cap nails and Trufast screws, I think we ended up with less than a dozen fasteners that missed the mark for the entire house—a testament to Wojtek and Mark’s skill. I was able to seal around these errant fasteners from the inside with a dab of HF Sealant. During the design stage, using these longer screws prompted concerns regarding deflection, but based on this GBA article, data provided by Fastenmaster, along with some fun on-site testing, the lattice network of strapping (whether all 1×4s or our mix of 2×4s and 1×4s) proved to be incredibly strong, especially when the siding material is going to be relatively light tongue and groove cedar. The lattice work that will support vertical cedar siding consists of one layer of 2x4s and a second, horizontal layer of 1x4s. Once the 2×4s were all installed vertically through the structural 2×6s as our first layer of strapping, Wojtek and Mark could install the components of the rainscreen, including the Cor-A-Vent strips at the top and bottom of the walls, as well as above and below windows and doors. In combination with the 2×4s and the 1×4s, this system creates a drainage plane for any water that makes its way behind the siding, while also providing a space for significant air flow, speeding up the drying time for the siding when it does get wet. In addition to the Cor-A-Vent strips, we also added window screening at the bottom of the walls just as added insurance against insects. We noticed that on the garage, even without any insulation, the Cor-A-Vent didn’t sit perfectly flat in some areas on the sheathing. Since the Rockwool on the foundation, now covered by the metal flashing, was unlikely to be perfectly level, or otherwise true, along any stretch of wall, it made sense to us to double up our protection in this way against insects getting into the bottom of our walls at this juncture. Wojtek and Mark also did a nice job of taking their time to shim the 1×4 layer of furring strips, thus ensuring a flat installation of the charred cedar. This really paid off, not only making their lives easier when installing the tongue and groove cedar, but also providing aesthetic benefits in the overall look of the siding. This was especially true on the north side of the house, which has the largest area of charred siding with almost no interruptions, apart from a single window. It’s also the tallest part of the house, so without proper shimming the outcome could’ve been really ugly. Instead, once the cedar siding was installed it was impossible to tell there was 4 inches of Rockwool and two layers of strapping between it and the Zip sheathing. Detailing around windows and doors Things got somewhat complicated around windows and doors, but once we worked through all the details for one window it made the remaining windows and doors relatively straightforward. In the photo below you can see all the elements coming together: the window itself, the window buck covered with tapes for air and water sealing, the over-insulation for the window frame, the Cor-A-Vent strip to establish air flow below the window and behind the cedar siding, along with the strapping that both establishes the air gap for the rainscreen while also providing a nailing surface for the siding. Once most of the siding was complete around each window, but before the 1×6 returns to the window frames went in, we installed a metal sill pan at each window. The pan slid underneath the bottom edge of the aluminum clad window frame and then extended out just past the edge of the siding (I’ll post photos of this detail in the next blog post about installing the charred cedar). Here’s an article from the Journal of Light Construction discussing a couple of options for trim details. And here’s a detailed slide presentation by Bronwyn Barry regarding details like these for a Passive House wall assembly: Sills and Thresholds – Installation Details. Details coming together around a window.   Head flashing at the top of a window with doubled up Cor-A-Vent strips above it. A 1×4 nailed across the Cor-A-Vent will create a nailing surface for the siding. Many of the same details were repeated at the top and bottom of our two doorways. Once a dedicated metal sill pan was installed (after most of the siding was installed), it felt like we did everything we could to keep water out. In the next blog post I’ll go through the details for the top of the ventilated rainscreen when discussing how the charred cedar siding was installed. Other posts by Eric Whetzel The Blower Door Test Choosing and Installing a Ductless Minisplit Installing an ERV Choosing Windows Attic Insulation Installing an Airtight Attic Hatch Air Sealing the Exterior Sheathing Installing a Solar Electric System Prepping for a Basement Slab Building a Service Core Air Sealing the Attic Floor Ventilation Baffles Up on the Roof A Light Down Below Kneewalls, Subfloor and Exterior Walls Let the Framing Begin Details for an Insulated Foundation The Cedar Siding is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Projectlast_img read more