first_imgOhio has turned out to be a busy place for projects aspiring to exemplary energy efficiency, including Passivhaus performance. A three-bedroom, 1,800-sq.-ft. home near Dayton was completed in 2010 and since has been Passivhaus-certified. And a 2,500-sq.-ft. home is being built to the standard on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, which will display the house as part of “Climate Change,” a nationally touring exhibit scheduled for display at the museum from July 23 through December 31.Another project focused on energy efficiency – a straw-bale house under construction in Tiffin, Ohio – should be completed in the coming months. It is a 1,500-sq.-ft. two-bedroom house being built by the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, whose mission includes elder care, health care, education, and ministries in Mexico. The overall aim of the project is to spread the word that an energy-efficient home can be comfortable, affordable (despite the cost of straw-bale construction), and easy on the planet. Little Portion Green, as the house is called, is intended to inspire construction of energy-efficient homes in Seneca County and serve as model for straw-bale construction done well.“We want this facility to be attractive,” Mike Conner, chief of the Earth Literacy Center, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, told the Toledo Blade after the project got underway last fall. “We want people when they see it to go, ‘Wow. How’d they do that? I want to do something like that.’ ”Salvaged materials, local strawThe project is being financed through Sisters of St. Francis fund-raising initiatives, whose success largely determines the pace of construction. As of November, the cost estimate for the project was about $100,000, and the hope is the house will be completed in time for the Ohio Solar Tour, a statewide open-house presentation scheduled for October 2 and 3.Conner told GBA that fundraising has gone well, and that the $100,000 estimate for the construction of the house is holding up. Separate funding that had been lined up for a photovoltaic system and wind turbine has fallen through, however, and so the project team has set its fundraising goals beyond the original $100,000 budget.As the Blade story notes, Little Portion Green’s construction is being managed by Sister Jane Omlor, whose past credits include the construction of a straw-bale chapel in West Virginia. She is expected to be Little Portion Green’s first tenant.Ferut Architects, based in Elyria, and Passivhaus-design specialist HarvestBuild Associates, in Columbia Station, are providing the technical guidance for the building, which resembles a small Ohio farmhouse. The metal roof is made from recycled steel, and salvaged items are used for interior fixtures, including doors, hardware, railings, and other fittings. The underside of the concrete slab is insulated with Millcell, a foam-like material made in Germany from recycled glass.HarvestBuild principal Mark Hoberecht told GBA that the approximate R-values will be 30 for the foundation, 50 for the walls, and 70 for the roof. The house will be equipped with Loewen triple-pane windows and an UltimateAir RecoupAerator energy-recovery ventilator. Hoberecht also noted that the original ambition for the project was to build it to the Passivhaus standard, “but the floor plan doesn’t lend itself very well to maximizing the Treated Floor Area (thereby minimizing the heating loads per square foot), and with their funding uncertainty, the higher cost of better windows just didn’t fit into their budget.”He also explained that because the project relies fairly heavily on volunteer labor, properly addressing all of the necessary Passivhaus details would have been cost-prohibitive. “They’re about half-way through construction,” he added, “and looking back, we made the right decision to not pursue Passive House certification.”last_img read more


first_imgWriting UtensilsPenGrease pencil/China markerSharpies (Multiple Colors)Dry erase marker (multiple colors) Allen Wrench Set / Hex KeysImperial and metric Don’t find yourself without the tools you need when you need them the most. Here are the must-have tools for video production.Top image via Shawn Corrigan.A go-bag for your essential tools is a great way to keep your production running. It’s the best and easiest way to handle any hiccups that may happen on set. If you aren’t a grip or an AC, you should definitely make sure you’re carrying your own tool kit to set.Now, obviously, you need a camera and some lights, but other than the essentials, these are the tools you need on set.Video Production Tool BagsImage via CineBags.Before you build a camera gear tool kit, you will need a bag to carry everything. The best bag is big enough to comfortably carry everything you need. Avoid roller bags if you will be in remote locations. The best options have shoulder- or  backpack straps.Here are a few worth checking out:CineBags — durable, removable pouches great for cameras and lenses — expensive.Klein Tools — standard for craftsmen and trade workers — fair price but sometimes expensive.Filmtools — standard for grips and AC, durable, customizable belt and pouches — fair price but sometimes expensive.Generic All-Purpose (Husky, Dewalt, AWP, etc) — available at every hardware store, gets the job done — cheap.General Tools to Have on SetThese are the tools that you should already have at home. They are helpful for just about any scenario you can imagine. These should all fit in a bag, so large items like ladders are not listed. (Most important tools in bold.)ScrewdriversPhillips and flatheadMultiple sizes HammerWrenchPliersTape measureZip TiesVelcroGaff tapeWork glovesScissorsFlashlight/headlampCarabinersRopePower extension cordsMultitool (Leatherman, Gerber)Pocket knifeClampsSpring clampC-clampWooden clothespin (C-47s)center_img Assorted Batteries (AA, AAA, 9V)Assorted 1/4 20 screws, nuts, and boltsAspirinAssorted Screws, Nuts, and BoltsHaving some 1/4″-20 nuts and bolts at your disposal can be a huge help on set. The 1/4″-20 size is standard for most film equipment, from tripod mounts to camera cages and accessories.A backup box of various length bolts and nuts can save you when you’re in bind. Use a fishing tackle box, craft store divided bins, or toolbox separators for easy access and organization. Check out this video from The Slanted Lens on building a bolt kit.Bonus Assistant Camera ToolsA few things to help keep the camera up and running.Compressed air/blowerLens cleanerLens clothSensor swabsCard readerAssorted cablesExternal hard drivesColor chartSlateLight meterFor an example of a fully stocked AC camera bag, check out this kit that Evan Luzi carries with him on set. What do you keep in your go bag? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more