FEATURES: A massive crowd is expected to attend The Shandon Hotel and Spa Wedding Show this weekend. The dazzling event is expected to attract hundreds from all over Donegal as The Shandon Hotel and Spa plays host to the Perfect Bliss Wedding Show.With an array of local Wedding Suppliers in attendance to cater for all couples Special Day requirements and closing with an on-trend Catwalk from the PB Models from 4:30pm. Organisers are also providing complimentary admission for all patrons who attend the show.Couples will be given the opportunity to speak to the Shandon’s Wedding Team about the first class products/services available for your Special Day, as well as viewing the Suites and Sea views available from the Hotel – both out of this world!With first-hand experience of the highest welcome, accommodation, food and drink that awaits you at The Shandon Hotel & Spa we can undoubtedly recommend this Venue to any engaged couple.. Come along between 2pm & 5pm this Sunday 2nd October 2016 and see for yourself!Bar food is served all day!Review of The Shandon Hotel and Spa – by Perfect Bliss Wedding Show: Our Stay At The Shandon Hotel & Spa:“So before we lose our weekends and all the madness of the shows begin next month we decided to treat ourselves to an overnight stay in the amazing Shandon Hotel and Spa and what a treat it was!!“The hotel is located in such a beautiful location, the stunning views were the first indication of the amazing stay that awaited us. Upon arrival we were greeted in the modern and chic reception by the very friendly staff who checked us in and showed us off to our room were another treat lay beyond the door – the amazing junior suite decorated to perfection and overlooking the stunning Sheephaven Bay. Champagne and an assortment of delicious deserts waited for us inside – the perfect start to a perfect stay! “After relaxing for a while in our beautiful suite we made our way down to the newly refurbished bar with an open turf fire & a view over the bay, where we enjoyed a selection of expertly made cocktails and took in the ambience. With a vast menu of fine wines and craft beers and delicious bar food we were spoilt for choice however we had a table booked in the restaurant so made our way there for dinner. “Again greeted with amazing views, welcoming staff and a fantastic menu we would highly recommend the filet steak which was cooked to perfection and served with seasonal vegetables, potatoes and gravy. The restaurant has a lovely relaxing ambience to it and after dinner we enjoyed a few drinks whilst taking in the stunning views.T”o top off an already amazing stay we spent a very relaxing few hours in the tranquil spa with choice of first class treatments, pool, outdoor hot tub and beautiful views! The Shandon was an all-round 5 star stay and the perfect ending to a wonderful summer break! We cannot wait until our PB Wedding Show there on the 2nd October and we hope you can join us and check out this stunning hotel for yourself!” Massive crowd expected to attend Shandon Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CrowdnewsPerfect BlissShandon Hotel and Spashowwedding fayre
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Little to no fieldwork was completed last week due to the continued extremely wet weather, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 5. There were multiple reports of zero days suitable for fieldwork last week. There had been some additional flooding and soils were extremely saturated, causing more delays in the planting season. Winter wheat condition remained mostly fair and there were concerns of weed pressure due to the wet weather. There was very little opportunity to get any corn or soybean planting done last week. Oat planting and emergence was slowly moving along. Despite wet weather, pastures condition were mostly fair to good.Click here to read the full report
SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: LiechtensteinDecember 5, 2017In “Community”520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5 Some places deserve a second glance. Blink and you might miss Liechtenstein, Europe’s fourth-smallest country. Sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, visitors can enjoy the same alpine terrain as its mountainous neighbors while enjoying winter sports and 5-star hotels. The most Favorited local hotel, however, is not one you can spend the night in. It’s Welcome TB-Hotel Liechtenstein, our Geocache of the Week!Image by purple_teamWhat do all the best hotels have in common? Ample and spacious rooms, a great location with a view, and…a sterling silver clawfoot bathtub? This Traditional Cache includes every feature. Cachers arrive at the posted coordinates and enjoy the scenery with the Appenzell Alps as the backdrop to every photo.Image by bierlordThe large-sized container is separated into four separate sections so that all hotel ‘visitors’ can enjoy their own private suite. One of these even his includes a miniature silver clawfoot bathtub, perfect for pampering Signal at the end of a long journey. Image by HeadbängersThe cache owner, Die schwarze Wittwe, clearly put their heart and soul into this container. The dioramas are filled with miniatures to create a bath scene and beachscape in the penthouse of the hotel. Containers are included for effortless organization of any trackables and SWAG that wish to extend their stay. Image by up3mWhether this journey is another stop along the way, or this cache is in your backyard, this trackable hotel welcomes you to enjoy your stay and everything it has to offer.Image by HeadbängersCheck out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGC6W3JCby Die schwarze Wittwe Location:Ruggell, LiechtensteinN 47° 14.579 E 009° 31.297
Speed of constructionUnity Homes go up fast. The on-site assembly of the weathertight shell is usually accomplished in one to three days, depending on complexity and garage options.From there, Unity Homes can be finished quickly because of the open layout and packaging of systems, such as pre-assembled HVAC modules — strategies that had their origin in the Open-Built system described last week. While a standard new homes takes 150 days to build (and some take a lot longer — ask me about that sometime), Unity Homes can get the build cycle down to 35 working days currently, and the ultimate goal is 20 days. AffordabilityDriving down cost, as noted last week, is a big priority for Tedd and Unity Homes. The price of new, high-quality, custom homes today is often around $200/square foot, according to the company, while the first Unity Homes are coming in at around $160-$170/sf, including foundation. The company’s long-term goal is to bring that cost down to $130/sf., which would be slightly less than the average cost of a resale home ($140/sf).Tedd is also a big believer in phased homebuilding and/or DIY participation in the process. In his view, insistence by banks and building officials that homes be absolutely complete before moving in has undermined flexibility and homeowner involvement. He calls this the “tyranny of completion,” noting that “you shouldn’t have to finish what you don’t yet need.” Tedd built his own house, starting 35 years ago, in phases: “We finished it as our family requirements grew and as we could afford it.”Tedd argues that since a long-term mortgage can more than double the original building cost, the best way to save money in homebuilding is to borrow less. For this reason, Unity Homes supports DIY involvement and phased building after the erection of the weathertight shell and completion of critical living areas. The Open-Built system supports this idea by creating accessible cavities for wiring and mechanical systems and using demountable finishes. This allows the incomplete areas to have a loft-like appearance — and not look like a construction zone. RELATED ARTICLES Unity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckBensonwood Is Reinventing the HouseA LEED Platinum Modular HomeReinventing the HouseNudging Passive House Concepts into the MainstreamHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayEducation Center Wins 2013 Net-Zero PrizeBensonwood HomesDesign for DisassemblyQ&A: Thoughts on the Bensonwood OBPlusWall? Scoring energy performanceThe Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a standardized metric for reporting the energy efficiency of houses. In the HERS rating system, a score of 100 corresponds to a standard new home that barely meets code requirements. A score of zero would be a net-zero-energy home (one that uses no net energy on an annual basis, beyond what is produced by the house). An average existing home being sold today has a HERS rating of 130.A standard Unity Home should achieve a HERS score of about 40, while the Brattleboro house had a HERS score of 44 (three points were lost because the insulation couldn’t be inspected). Thus, Unity Homes should use only about 40% of the energy of a new home that barely meets code requirements. This energy consumption is low enough that with energy-efficient appliances and lighting and an energy-efficient air-source heat pump, a roof full of solar panels can bring the HERS rating down to zero. Minimizing air leakageThe other major energy feature of Unity homes — perhaps the most important — is airtightness. Through a combination of precise cutting of framing members, the use of Huber Zip sheathing with taped joints, and advanced European gaskets, Unity Homes achieve the very stringent Passivhaus standard for airtightness: 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure difference across the envelope (ach50). When tested by Efficiency Vermont, a recently completed Unity Home in Brattleboro (the company’s first) came in at an impressive 0.51 ach50.Tedd argues — correctly, I believe — that with very tight construction it’s not as important to have a lot more insulation at the roof than in the walls, because there won’t be as much thermal stratification as in conventional houses. In fact, the homes do so well that single point-source heating systems, such as air-source heat pumps, usually suffice as heating systems — at least for smaller homes. The homesWhen I visited Unity Homes a few weeks ago, I was treated to a tour of the company’s OBGrid computer system by Nino Jordan. It’s an impressive system that has evolved over the past 20 years.Unity Homes offers four different platforms: VÃ¤rm, Tradd, Xyla, and ZÃ¼m, ranging from tradition to contemporary. Each of these platforms has 35 to 45 modular elements that can be configured on the OBGrid system, which determines the exact positions and connections as each element, such as a porch or garage, is dragged into place.The client can see what the house will look like. The next evolution of development is CAD software, called OBCad, which will seamlessly compile data about the cost, specifications, production information, and more. The system will even pull in Google Earth and Bing to see how the house will sit on the building site — with actual topography and orientation. Once a final plan is selected after a series of meetings, a detailed materials list is transmitted to the manufacturing side, which includes the company’s German Hundegger CNC machine that cranks out precision-cut framing members.The design software seemed to make the design process so easy — and you can see the cost impacts of that bump-out addition immediately. Honestly, I was blown away. The more houses that are built, the more the system capabilities expand. “Anything we’ve designed and built can be used again, whether it’s a dormer, bathroom, porch, stairway, bathroom, or closet,” Tedd told me. In my blog last week, I provided a little background on Tedd Benson and his evolution that led him to found Unity Homes. This week, I’ll describe some of the features that set Unity Homes apart from both standard home construction and other panelized and manufactured home production. Door manufacturers could be doing betterLike me, the folks at Unity Homes (and Bensonwood) are frustrated with what’s available in the way of energy-efficient doors. They have made a lot of headway by pre-building entire entry modules in the factory (with pre-hung doors and all the air sealing needed in the surround), but the doors themselves continue to be a weak point.Tedd let me know that indeed his team has been working on developing a better insulated door, and they expect to have a prototype soon. I’ll keep an eye on that. Green materialsThe life-cycle assessment of materials has also guided decisions by Unity Homes. For example, the company has largely eliminated the use of foam-plastic insulation, due in part of concerns about flame retardants and the high global warming potential of certain products. Instead, cellulose insulation — made from recycled newspaper with borate flame retardants — is used in the walls and roof.The foam that is used on the foundation walls is extruded polystyrene salvaged from commercial or industrial projects. And timber elements used in the houses — there are a few to serve specific load requirements and add aesthetic appeal — are typically glulam beams, but substitutes are possible, including salvaged timber from old buildings.Vinyl (PVC) has been largely avoided in Unity Homes, except for wiring and drainage piping. Siding is typically cedar shingles. And zero- or low-VOC materials are used throughout.All right, some of those air-sealing materials coming from Europe take a lot of energy to ship here, but Tedd told me that there is interest from the supplier to set up U.S. production here if demand increases sufficiently. An emphasis on energy performanceA top priority for Unity Homes is energy performance. The homes have R-35 walls and roofs that vary from R-38 to R-48 — depending on the roof spans. (Longer spans require deeper rafters (made from engineered I-joists) with room for more insulation.)Unity’s R-35 wall does better than some R-35 walls, because thermal bridging through the framing is minimized. The wall system uses 9.5-inch-deep I-studs, so there isn’t a lot of higher-conductivity wood.Unity uses triple-glazed, low-e, argon-filled Loewen windows throughout to control heat loss. With every house, designers consider window orientation and area and usually specify different glazings for different walls — installing windows with a higher solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) on the south side. I was surprised that the highest SHGC for Loewen triple-glazed, low-e windows is 0.44, while some other manufacturers offer triple-glazed, low-e windows with SHGC ratings up to 0.60. It’s not only about energyPerformance is also about durability, and Unity Homes’ meticulous attention to building science and quality control during production should ensure far greater durability than standard homes. In fact, Tedd talks about a 250- to 500-year life for his homes. (With the home my wife and I are building in Dummerston, our goal is a 300-year design life, but such longevity goals are almost unheard of today.)I’ve visited Tedd’s Walpole, New Hampshire, factory twice now, and continue to be impressed with his use of state-of-the art materials and technology from around the world — especially Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. I’ve seen materials in standard use by Unity Homes that I’ve never seen before — like dual-bead gasketing that fits into precisely cut eighth-inch spaces between framing members. Continuous improvementTedd is pretty clear about his aims with Unity Homes. “We think building a house should be fun, and more people should be willing to engage in the building of their own home,” he told me. “Unfortunately, people tend to be deathly afraid of it because it takes so long and is traditionally such a complex and stressful process.” He reminded me of the oft-heard expression, ‘build a house, lose a spouse.’ “What if it only took 30 working days, all costs were known, the build quality was above anything experienced, and it could have a net-zero-energy impact forever?” Unity Homes may not quite be there yet, but I believe they are further down that path than anyone else in home building today. The company, along with parent company Bensonwood, employs 80 people in Walpole, New Hampshire. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. 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