Worcestershire based developer Maximus has won planning permission for a major development that could provide up to 28 per cent of Stafford borough’s 2031 housing target.The approved plans, approved by Stafford Borough Council, are for 2,000 homes built on 430 acres to the north of Stafford, with two new schools, a health centre, two local centres and a 60 bed care home at the heart of a new rural village.The land, off Junction 14 of the M6 Motorway, is part of the Northern Urban Extension to Stafford.The Housing Plan for Stafford Borough, adopted in 2014, identified the need for 7,200 new homes in the borough by 2031.Maximus Managing Director Jon Hickton said, “We are delighted and relieved that Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee recognised the merits of our scheme. We have been consulting with interested parties and key stakeholders since 2013 to ensure that our proposals were delivered in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. This development of 2,000 homes will go a long way to meeting Stafford Borough’s target of 7,200 homes by 2031.”Maximus Stafford borough’s 2031 housing target Jon Hickton Stafford March 16, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Regeneration in Southampton previous nextLand & New HomesRegeneration in SouthamptonThe Negotiator16th March 20200104 Views
Before the 2011 season, a Pac-10 coaches poll had the Trojans ticketed for a ninth-place finish. Despite preseason expectations, or lack thereof, USC had positioned itself to finish as high as fourth in the conference with a final home series sweep of Washington State.But instead of registering the Trojans’ best Pac-10 finish in 11 years, they finished their 2011 season with a whimper, losing consecutive games to the Cougars after winning the series opener and finished seventh in the conference.Ricky Oropesa swings at last Saturday’s game against Washington State. – George Chearswat | Summer TrojanThe rubber game of the series came on senior day, but the Trojans did not give the home crowd much to appreciate, losing 13-1. Washington State first baseman Taylor Ard, owner of an outlandish .546 slugging percentage entering the series, added his conference-leading 10th home run of the season.Senior Logan Odom was the victim of the Cougars’ well-rounded attack on Sunday, as he coughed up six runs in four and one-third innings. The Trojans’ offense did little to support the right-hander, as the team failed to record an extra-base hit during the game amid six singles.In Saturday afternoon’s contest, junior Austin Wood was unable to put together another quality start, as the Trojans were bludgeoned by the visiting Cougars, 10-2. The right-hander was jettisoned from the game following three and one-third innings in which he surrendered six runs and battled bouts of wildness, walking two batters and hitting an additional two. The Cougars plated seven runs in the fourth inning.The Trojans’ offense managed to carve out 10 hits but was woefully unsuccessful with runners in scoring position, as they left 10 men on base throughout the course of the game. Junior catcher Kevin Roundtree, junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa, freshman shortstop James Roberts and senior second baseman Joe De Pinto each had multi-hit games.On paper, it looked like USC’s toughest matchup would come Friday night against Cougars ace Adam Conley. The Trojans, however, managed to cuff Conley for nine hits and four runs in six innings, as the vaunted left-hander only registered one strikeout.His counterpart, junior right-hander Andrew Triggs, toed the rubber and turned in arguably his best outing of the season, striking out a career-high 13 batters across seven and two-thirds innings of two-run baseball.Oropesa provided much of the offensive punch in this game with a two-run home run, staking USC to a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. Roundtree and junior leftfielder Matt Foat rounded out the offensive attack with two hits apiece. Junior right-hander Ben Mount came on in the ninth inning to strike out the Cougars leadoff hitter, Nate Blackham, to seal the 6-2 victory.Losing two of three to the Cougars brings the Trojans’ season record to 13-14 in conference play, as they finished seventh in the Pac-10, and 25-31 overall.
Johannesburg, Wednesday 28 September 2016 – Brand South Africa today welcomed South Africa’s rise of two places in the annual World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index. South Africa now stands at 47 of 138 – up from 49 in 2015 – countries measured on 12 pillars.According to the 2016 study, South Africa has demonstrated sustained improvements in its performance from 2015. The Nation Brand has improved in 10 of the 12 pillars:1. Goods & Market Efficiency – 10 positions (28/138 countries)2. Labour Market Efficiency – 10 positions (97/138 countries)3. Higher Education & Training – 6 positions (77/138 countries)4. Macroeconomic environment – 6 positions (79/138 countries)5. Innovation – 3 positions (35/138 countries)6. Infrastructure – 4 positions (64 of 138 countries)7. Health & Primary Education – 3 positions (126 of 138 countries)8. Business Sophistication – 3 positions (30 of 138 countries)9. Financial Market Development – 1 position (11 of 138 countries)10. Technological Readiness – 1 position (49 of 138 countries)South Africa declined in the area of market size, down to 30 from 29 in 2015 and institutions down to 40 from 38 in 2015.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says that South Africa’s improved performance in the Global Competitive Index is positively correlated with the policies and programmes being implemented by the Nation Brand to strengthen the economy and the way in which it is able to respond to contemporary social issues.“The results in the 2016 WEF Global Competitiveness Index indicates that South Africa is indeed resilient in the face of global headwinds and a range of other challenges. More importantly, these results confirm that we are on the right path as a nation in terms of the solutions we are implementing to strengthen our economy. The strides we are making in collectively executing the National Development Plan and 9 point plan for economic development are yielding positive results for the country and our people.”“Brand South Africa expresses its appreciation to all citizens of the country for your steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Nation Brand strengthens its value proposition for citizens in particular and the international community in general,” concluded Dr Makhubela.According to the World Economic Forum, “South Africa slightly improves both its score and ranking (47th, up two). It has been relatively less affected by commodity price falls than other economies in the region, and has registered marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. Most significant areas of progress include enhanced competition, both locally (up 13 places) and internationally (up 16 places); better use of talent in terms of how pay reflects productivity (98th, up 29 places); and a small but important upgrade in the quality of education (up five places), with primary school enrolment also now passing 97 percent.”This is the latest in a series of international instruments which highlight the strengthening of the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. The Institute of Management Development’s Competitive Index and the World Bank’s Logistics Index are amongst the indices where South Africa has improved in its performance.
DOEDepartment of Energy APHNAmerican Passive House Network NAPHNNorth American Passive House Network (a.k.a. APHN) KISSkeep it simple, stupid PDWpre-drywall wrtwith respect to ACCAAir Conditioning Contractors of America ACH50air changes per hour at 50 Pascals BOPBuilder Option Package ACIAffordable Comfort Inc. HDDheating degree days ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act CAZcombustion appliance zone AFUEannualized fuel utilization efficiency ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute TESPtotal external static pressure ERVenergy (or enthalpy) recovery ventilator SMACNASheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association SPFASpray Polyurethane Foam Association SIPAStructural Insulated Panel Association HPhome performance EqLAequivalent leakage area CCFhundred cubic feet CHPcombined heat & power BASbuilding airflow standard RTFMread the friendly manual LCAlife cycle analysis FHAU.S. Federal Housing Authority FLAfour letter acronym or five letter acronym Get the full listIf you’d like the list of what is currently 153 acronyms and initials in both pdf and MS Excel formats, go here: Get the List!.I hope you find it useful. If you’re relatively new to the field, this list can be quite handy. If you’ve been in the field for a while, you probably know all or most of what’s here, but maybe you have some others that you think I should add. Let me know. Acronyms and initials (let’s call that AI,â€ for short, not to be confused with the other AI, which stands for artificial intelligence, or AIA, which stands for American Institute of Architects) are part of the jargon of every field. Our field, whether you call it building science, green building, home performance, or something else, is no exception. So, a few years ago I started putting together a list that I now include in the manuals that we give out in our training classes.I’m up to 153 total lines in my list, which our students find helpful in sorting out all the jargon that’s new to them. When you first come into this field and start getting the barrage of ACH50, HVAC, COP, HDD, WRB, and more thrown at you, it’s good to have somewhere you can look these things up.Also, if two AI have the same definition, I included them on the same line. For example, SHR and SHF both refer to the same quantity, even though one uses the word fraction and the other ratio. LBLLawrence Berkeley Laboratory (old name, still used by some) EPSexpanded polystyrene BSCBuilding Science Corporation ECMelectronically commutated motor IEQindoor environmental quality ACHnatair changes per hour natural LEED APLEED Accredited Professional cfm50cubic feet per minute at 50 Pascals PVpresent value ELREnvelope/Enclosure Leakage Ratio ELAenvelope/enclosure leakage area AHRIAir Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute COPcoefficient of performance NISTNational Institute of Standards and Technology HVACHeating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning EIMEnergy Improvement Mortgage COcertificate of occupancy AHJauthority having jurisdiction ICFinsulated concrete form VOCvolatile organic compound IRECInterstate Renewable Energy Council PMproject manager IAQindoor air quality DIYdo it yourself ZEBzero energy building (should be ‘net’ zero) HPwESHome Performance with Energy Star EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency IECCInternational Energy Conservation Code CO2carbon dioxide ASHPair-source heat pump ES / ESTAREnergy Star NCINational Comfort Institute (not to be confused with Comfort Institute) EIAEnergy Information Administration SIPstructural insulated panel SWAGscientific wild-ass guess BTUBritish Thermal Unit When a single AI has two different definitions, however, I put them on separate lines. The only one I have like that right now is CO, which could stand for carbon monoxide or certificate of occupancy.Anyway, I’m sure you’re dying to find out what RTFM stands for, so let’s get on with it. Below is a table of my 153 acronyms and initials. If you want to download the list, see the link below the table. EFenergy factor cfmcubic feet per minute Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. OSBoriented strand board EEMenergy efficient mortgage XPSextruded polystyrene HUDU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development IRinfrared AHUair handler unit HSPFheating season performance factor CYAcover your ass USGBCU.S. Green Building Council NRELNational Renewable Energy Laboratory CDDcooling degree days HEPAhigh efficiency particulate air GWPglobal warming potential VRVvariable refrigerant volume LEDlight emitting diode ICCInternational Code Council iwginches of water gauge (pressure unit, same as iwc) GSHPground-source heat pump RELATED WEBPAGE GBA Glossary iwcinches of water column (pressure unit) NAHBNational Association of Home Builders OCEANOnline Code Environment and Advocacy Network EFLEnvironments for Living Footnoteâ€ AI isn’t an acronym because if you tried to say it, someone might dial 911. To be an acronym, it’d have to make a nice word-like sound. Something like IMP (Insulation Manufacturers and Partners) or LUST (leaking underground storage tank), for example. (Only one of those is something I made up, btw.) AI isn’t an abbreviation either, which is usually a shortened version of a single word. And don’t get me started on contractions! No, AI is a set of initials, which is usually the word people should use when they call something an acronym. PVphotovoltaic CZclimate zone OEMoriginal equipment manufacturer ASTMAmerican Society for Testing and Materials MECModel Energy Code SHF or SHRsensible heat fraction (or ratio) QADQuality Assurance Designee IRCInternational Residential Code NZENet Zero Energy NASEONational Association of State Energy Offices COcarbon monoxide LBNLLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ASHRAEAmer. Soc. of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers NPVnet present value HERSHome Energy Rating System WRBwater-resistive barrier (not weather-resistant barrier) HOT2000A type of Canadian energy modeling software EERenergy efficiency ratio ORNLOak Ridge National Laboratory AGWabove-grade wall RESNETResidential Energy Services Network SFBEsquare footage of building enclosure PHAUSPassive House Alliance U.S. PTACpackaged terminal air conditioner BABuilding America LEEDLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design IEAInternational Energy Agency PPEpersonal protective equipment GCgeneral contractor CFAconditioned floor area BPIBuilding Performance Institute QAquality assurance RECSResidential Energy Consumption Survey SPFspray polyurethane foam TLAthree letter acronym NATENorth American Technician Excellence AACautoclaved aerated concrete PTHPpackaged terminal heat pump SEERseasonal energy efficiency ratio AcronymWhat it stands for RHrelative humidity BSbuilding science SHGCsolar heat gain coefficient ADCAir Distribution Council CFLcompact fluorescent lamp HRVheat recovery ventilator VRFvariable refrigerant flow ABAAAir Barrier Association of America MERVMinimum Efficiency Reporting Value FROGfinished room over garage GBAGreen Building Advisor BCAPBuilding Codes Assistance Project ZPDzone pressure diagnostics TXV or TEVthermal expansion valve NPPneutral pressure plane PHIUSPassive House Institute U.S. BTLbuilding tightness limit SIRsavings investment ratio PSCpermanent split capacitor ES V3Energy Star version 3 WUFIWÃ¤rme-und Feuchtetransport instationÃ¤r ICATinsulation contact, air tight (designation for recessed can lights) Sorry. No definitions for the AI above. The purpose of this list is just to help people decode the letters when they hear or read them. Some of these terms are defined in the GBA glossary. SDOStandards Development Organization (ANSI designation) ADAanother damn acronym (although this would really be initials) OVEOptimal Value Engineering (includes advanced framing)
Gilas experience gives Abu Tratter edge in PBA Draft Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “And I told the management that we can’t keep changing the roster because we have to retain this core since the players already had the chemistry.”Meneses added that the team has a legitimate chance at the title in “two years” and the bronze medal in this conference was just part of their title chase in the future.Patty Orendain finished with 16 points for the Lifesavers to lead all scorers while Angeli Araneta and Ceballos had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Royse Tubino led the HD Spikers with 15 points while Rachel Ann Daquis had 10.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Generika-Ayala subdued Cignal in straight sets, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, to claim the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.This is the best finish of the Lifesavers in four years or since they won the title in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference when they joined forces with Philippine Army.ADVERTISEMENT The Lifesavers held a slim 12-10 lead in the third but was able to quickly gain momentum going on an 8-2 run to take a 20-12 lead.Fiola Ceballos then, scored on back-to-back aces to finish off the HD Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefGenerika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses said his team has slowly turned itself around and gradually built a chemistry that could help them compete for the championship in the near future.“The first conference was okay because we had an import but the players didn’t know each other very well,” said Meneses in Filipino. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Germany against Argentina With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title.Statistical Highlights | Top Honours Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference.Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta’s four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands.For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010.advertisement”It’s incredible. The team did it beautifully,” said Manuel Neuer, who was voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper. “At some point we’ll stop celebrating but we’ll still wake up with a smile.”It is Germany’s first World Cup title as a unified nation, having won as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990. It was also the third World Cup final between these countries and had been billed as a matchup between the perfect team and the perfect individual, pitting Germany’s machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time world player of the year.But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short.He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide of the far post. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often converts for Barcelona.Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively neutralized for long stretches. When he did try to break forward with one of his quick dribbles, he was surrounded by the German defense.His free kick in the 120th minute went well high.When the final whistle blew, Germany players collapsed in a pile in the middle of the pitch, while Messi walked with his hands on his hips toward the center circle.Messi, who scored four goals in the group stage but none in the knockout rounds, then had to trudge alone up the stairs of the Maracana Stadium to accept the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player, shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel along the way.Shortly afterward, the German team made its way up the stairs for captain Philipp Lahm to raise the hallowed 18-carat gold trophy as confetti rained down and fireworks exploded in the sky.”It’s incredible how hard we worked and what a performance we produced,” Lahm said. “It’s an incredible feeling.”Up until Goetze’s winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances.The first half had just about everything but a goal.Gonzalo Higuain was gifted a free chance when Toni Kroos’ back header landed at his feet and left him all alone with Neuer. However, he sent his shot woefully wide.Higuain thought he had scored in the 30th after Messi picked out Ezequiel Lavezzi with a great ball and he sent a cross in toward the Napoli striker. Higuain slotted his finish inside the far post and ran to the corner flag in celebration before realizing he had been called for offside.Shortly afterward, Germany was forced to use a substitution as Christoph Kramer had to go off with a suspected concussion after colliding with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder earlier in the game. Kramer had continued playing but looked visibly dizzy as he was led off the field. Kramer, who was a late inclusion in the lineup after Sami Khedira was injured during the warmup, was replaced by Schuerrle.advertisementGermany’s best chance came just before the break when Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post with a header from a corner.In extra time, both teams had chances to score early. Schuerrle controlled a ball in the area just after the restart and fired a hard shot that Romero had to react quickly to push out.In the 97th, Palacacio controlled a cross on his chest and tried to lob Neuer, but the ball drifted wide of the post.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schurrle, 31st), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120th); Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose (Mario Gotze, 88th).Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86th); Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78th), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46th)