Top 50 South African brands to be announced

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 29 August 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with Brand Finance will on Thursday 15 September 2016, announce the country’s top 50 South African commercial brands.Announced annually, the Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing ‘brands’ at three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of ‘brand’ commonly used in the market place.  These levels include: branded business value, brand contribution and brand value.South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by both domestic and international audiences.  As such commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.Media is invited as follows:Date: Thursday 15 September 2016Time: 09h00-10h30Venue: Brand South Africa103 Central StreetHoughtonRSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on 076 371 6810Brand South Africa will be pleased to facilitate requests for interviews.Participate in the conversation on #Top50Brands2016 #SANationBrand.last_img read more

Multifamily Green Building Certification Still Has Issues

first_imgMuch of my work these days involves certification of multifamily buildings, and, thanks to a boom in apartment construction, my partner and myself are staying occupied.The one major contrast from single-family residential work, with which I am most familiar from my days as a contractor, is the long lead time. I still find it amusing that I sign a contract, have an initial start-up meeting with the developer and contractor, and often don’t see the project for another year or more, when the builder is ready for our insulation and air-sealing inspections.Due to this lag from start-up to our inspections, we can be suddenly quite busy inspecting buildings — often 3 or 4 in a single week. Just recently we inspected buildings in both Rome and Athens — but, unfortunately we never left the state of Georgia. Insulation is still the biggest challengeDepending on the certification program (we work with LEED for Homes, the National Green Building Standard, EarthCraft, Energy Star, and Enterprise Green Communities), we have to confirm that insulation installation meets either Grade 1 or Grade 2 specifications for these projects to be certified. RELATED ARTICLES Whole lotta firing going onOur enforcement of insulation standards leads to a lot of friction on the job site. When you walk through a job and pull out about 80% of all the insulation for correction, you get some pushback.Insulators complain that they aren’t being paid enough, builders complain that we are delaying their schedule, and we complain because we get all itchy from touching insulation all day. We have caused insulators to quit and get fired, and we have even been fired as consultants from a project because the builder blamed us for their delays.The part about this that bothers us the most is that while we are enforcing green building standards, typically these standards are no more stringent than the energy code and the insulation manufacturer’s instructions. These instructions call for the equivalent of Grade 1 and all necessary air barriers.Unfortunately, the baseline we are compared to is so far below these standards that many builders cannot easily get to where they need to be. It’s the air leakage, stupidBeyond the quality of the installation, we also find missing air barriers throughout the multifamily buildings we inspect.Attic kneewalls (those walls that separate conditioned space from unconditioned attics) require rigid air barriers on the attic side and (in Climate Zone 3) a minimum of R-18 insulation. These details are rarely identified in the plans and specs, so builders don’t budget for this extra work. Elevator shaft, corridor, and stairwell walls need to meet the same installation specifications as exterior walls, and, due to scheduling issues, these are often insulated and covered with drywall before we get to inspect them. I have had contractors remove lots of drywall to have the insulation inspected (and corrected) in order to meet certification requirements.Architects install all sorts of bump-outs that create chases in the exterior walls, many of which do not get the proper air barrier installed. I can’t count the number of times I have pulled out a piece of insulation to check the installation only to find a big hollow cavity behind it, missing all the required air sealing and essentially leaving a gaping hole in the building envelope. There is some hopeGreen consultants who provide certification, are, in most cases, viewed as a necessary evil, often ignored by most of the construction and development team.Raters and green consultants should be welcomed as key members in a project team – on an equal footing with the architect, engineers, builders, and others.While we do see some progress – the occasional call from an architect or developer before their plans are complete – this does not happen as frequently as it should. When the design and development team understands what green professionals have to offer, and bring them in very early in the process, we will start seeing more buildings that are truly high-performance.center_img In our initial meetings, we stress the importance of this, and urge our clients to consider something other than batt insulation due to the challenges of meeting the installation quality requirements. Unfortunately, the budgets rarely allow for these upgrades, so we constantly find ourselves struggling with the installers.We always schedule a meeting before insulation work starts to review our requirements and to confirm that the installer can meet them. This is the point at which we start hearing the falsehoods. The managers always insist they have great crews who are fully trained to meet the Grade 1 standard, but inevitably when they show up on site, no one has discussed installation quality with them and they just start doing their regular old Grade 3 work.I can’t blame the installers (at least most of the time), as many are paid on a piece-work basis and in most cases, they are not only not being paid enough for the quality work we need, chances are they were never told that the job required Grade 1. Be afraid — be very afraid — of “value engineering”One ongoing problem we find is “value engineering” during the estimating or construction process to lower construction costs — a common practice in the building industry.The problem arises when the individual making the decision to make a specification change isn’t aware of the implications on certification. They might be able to save $100,000 or more by swapping out windows in a building, but, if the new windows don’t meet the minimum requirements, the building may not be able to be certified.If there is a contractual agreement to have the building certified, a seemingly small change may end up costing more than it saves. 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An Alternative to Wood Window Bucks

first_imgFour sizes are availableThermalBucks come in 8-foot lengths and in four versions, corresponding to insulation or rainscreen thicknesses of 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 2 inches, and 2 1/2 inches.The tongue (the part of the buck that wraps around the inside of the rough opening) is 1/2 inch thick and extends into the opening 2 1/2 inches, no matter which ThermalBuck you buy. The other part of the “L” differs depending on the thickness of the exterior insulation. The bucks are pitched slightly toward the outside of the wall, and they are treated with an insecticide to prevent termite infestation.Brooks rolled out ThermalBuck at the GreenBuild conference in Washington, D.C. last fall, where it won a “Greenest of the Green” award. ThermalBucks cost between $2.50 and $3.20 per foot. For ordering information, contact the company through its website. A Pennsylvania company has developed an alternative to wood window bucks, claiming the coated polystyrene bucks offer better thermal insulation, a more effective water and air seal, and better long-term performance.Window and door bucks are used when exterior insulation, such as rigid foam, or a rainscreen is installed over sheathing on exterior walls. A buck (more properly called a Rough Opening Extension Support Element, or ROESE) ensures the window or door will be aligned correctly with the insulation or rainscreen.Carpenters typically make bucks out of wood. But wood bucks have some drawbacks, says John Brooks of BRINC Building Products, including a tendency to warp and shrink. In addition, wood has a relatively low R-value, so wood bucks represent a thermal bridge in the building envelope.So Brooks invented the ThermalBuck, an L-shaped component made from high-density expanded polystyrene encased in a blend of polyurethane and polyurea. ThermalBuck has a compressive strength of 52 psi and, according to the company, can handle hurricane force winds with “minimal permanent compression.”Mitered pieces of ThermalBuck are nailed into a rough opening for a window or door in a bed of adhesive. (Brooks specifically recommends Dow Corning 758 adhesive.) Then the window or door is installed with the flanges caulked and nailed to the outside face of the buck.last_img read more

Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot

first_imgUichico is raving about Ravena’s ability to read game situations and make quick decisions.“I have to be smart because I am not as athletic as the other (point) guards in the team, or in theleague,” Ravena said. “I use that to offset some of my deficiencies, like being slower than the other guards.”While in college, the so called experts have declared that Ravena would be a “project” when he makes the jump to the PBA – being smaller and less athletic than the other swingmen who are dominating the league at the moment.If the 6-footer from Iloilo wasn’t as hot a prospect before, his performances for Gilas here has certainlychanged all that.And turning pro – which everyone knew to be inevitable – is like coming home for Kiefer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Kiefer Ravena has gone back to his roots and has gotten the chance to prepare for his pro career in the process.Playing point guard for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup Invitational here, Ravena has easily handled the transition back to his boyhood spot, which he abandoned when he tore the opposition while leading Ateneo to glory in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Well, fate had it that he wouldn’t do well in that game.“My stat line was consistent – zero points and most of everything else was the same,” he said with a smile.Then came the genius that is Black.“The following practice, and in our next games, coach Norman turned me into No. 2 (off guard) and had me playing alongside Eman,” Ravena said. “That was it. I was able to help the team more.”Jong Uichico, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants at Gilas, has become a Ravena fan ever since this team was assembled. And the veteran internationalist believes that there is no better spot for Ravena to play, especially when he turns pro.“He’s got instincts and IQ that you don’t see everyday,” Uichico said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m very comfortable playing the point,” Ravena said after his fourth game. “It’s a spot I used to play in high school. I even came to college as a point guard.”Though his glorious collegiate career happened just a couple of years back, Ravena talked about it as if it were a lifetime ago because circumstances surrounding his conversion into a shooting guard has made him the hottest amateur of his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he has Norman Black to thank for it.“I remember my first game, it was against Adamson,” Ravena recounted. “I was excited, all pumped up and I was a point guard. I was Eman Monfort’s chief reliever and I knew I was going to play a lot even if I was a rookie.” Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

SMB’s Ross makes mental health a personal advocacy

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Dela Cruz, on the other hand, had himself as an example.“We’re men and we’re taught to be strong and to hold your feelings in and not to let your emotions out. Don’t get checked up for this, don’t get checked up for that, but life is tough for some people and you go through things. It is not easy for everyone,” he said.“I made some really bad choices. I lost my wife, I lost my kids, I’m trying to keep up my life again. But I wished somebody would have talked to me early on as a player to say that if you’re hurting or if you’re going through something, you need to talk to somebody, we put some phone numbers up here,” Dela Cruz shared.“I’m just one guy that has a voice. All it takes is one to reach out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re spending that training with basketball for maybe five to six hours,” Ross said of a basketball player’s life.“But the other 18 hours? You’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard. It’s more than just basketball,” Ross said during the recent Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player Orientation program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old playmaker is currently using his voice to push for mental health awareness—a topic that many players have eluded talking about.Ross was joined by former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz in the event. The pair walked PBA players through the delicate matter and suggested ways on how to approach it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Professional basketball players, like ordinary persons, also grapple with the same problems many deem reserved for non-athletes.San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross hopes to blot out the notion that they are immune from everyday issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tabuena eyeing third PH Open jewel Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:42PH 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players, well a lot of people have families, a lot of people have businesses,” the playmaker said.“I had two really close friends in the US … And then when I came back here, I had another close friend that actually took her life,” Ross revealed to reporters.“So when you’re growing up, you kind of think that those kind of things will never affect you, that they’re never going to get close to you. But the longer you live and the more people you’re around, things like that do get to you,” he added.Ross slowly stepped into the role of a poster boy for his advocacy when he sought for the PBA fans to “just go check on people”  in a heart-felt post-game interview televised across the nation earlier this month.Ross’ motivation comes from two friends who struggled in coping, and another who actually took his life.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more