L.A. business data is put in its place

first_imgIt tracks the unemployment rate, employment in six employment sectors, ocean container traffic, airport passenger traffic, single family and multifamily construction permits, median home price, revenue per available hotel room, the industrial vacancy rate and film production days. The LAEDC plans to use the feature as a global marketing tool that offers a snapshot of what’s going on in the county. This information is released throughout each month or on a quarterly basis but this is the first time it can be found in the same place. “Rather than being just numbers we will give you a written summary,” said Jack Kyser, the LAEDC’s vice president and chief economist. It will also offer an unfiltered look at the what’s going on industry-wise in the county. The agency that tracks business activity in Los Angeles County on Wednesday introduced a compilation of statistics that will measure the performance of the area’s economy on a regular basis. Called The Los Angeles County Business Scan, it will be updated monthly and consist of 15 indicators that track the world’s 17th-largest economy. It will also be used to chart recent economic trends. “We’re pleased to make this value-added service available to the global business community,” Bill Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said in a statement. “A lot of time people are not that familiar with Los Angeles County and a lot of media reports, especially in the East, are somewhat distorted,” Kyser said. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said this will become a valuable tool, especially since the information is in the same place. “It will be useful for analyzing the future (economic) direction given a little bit of experience with this,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Proceeds from Community Shield match will be donated to Grenfell Tower victims

first_img1 Proceeds from this summer’s Community Shield match at Wembley will be donated to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.The Football Association says it is hoped that the match will raise around £1.25million for the victims of the tragedy and their families. The number of people to have died as a result of the fire, including those classed as missing presumed dead, remains at 79.The FA will also invite the families of the victims, survivors and emergency service personnel to the game between Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday, August 6.FA chairman Greg Clarke said: “Like the rest of the country, we were all deeply saddened by the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower. The suffering and loss for those involved is unimaginable.“Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help. Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city’s most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington. They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community.“Football is for all, and we hope that on August 6 it can in its own way give something back to those who are most in need.” Manchester United won last year’s community shield last_img read more

Price settles with magazine

first_imgEL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso football coach Mike Price felt vindicated after a settlement was reached with Time Inc. over a Sports Illustrated article recounting a night of drinking at a topless bar in Florida. “I’m one happy man right now,” Price said Monday. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciated my wife, Joyce, and my family’s loyalty and love. Without their strength, encouragement and support I don’t know if I would have made it.” Price sued the magazine for $20 million, claiming he was defamed and slandered by a story detailing his actions the night he visited a topless bar in Pensacola, Fla., in April 2003 while still head coach at Alabama. He acknowledged being heavily intoxicated, but denied allegations of sex at his hotel that the magazine reported. Alabama fired Price a few days before the article was published. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in July that Alabama law did not protect Sports Illustrated from having to identify a confidential source whose identity was sought by Price’s attorney, Steven Heninger of Birmingham, Ala. The court said the law specifically protected newspapers and broadcast news reports, but not magazines. McCabe declined comment on whether the magazine or Yaeger had turned over the names of sources used in the story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When asked about that night at the strip club, he paused Monday and said, “I definitely would have made a different decision that one night, no question. That was a bad night.” Price, who made his comments during UTEP’s regularly scheduled weekly news conference, said he couldn’t discuss any details of the settlement, reached late Friday. In a statement, the publisher did not disclose terms but said suit was “amicably resolved.” “Mr. Price asserts that certain events were falsely reported in the story. Sports Illustrated continues to stand behind its story,” the Time Inc. statement said. Time Inc. owns Sports Illustrated. Rick McCabe, a spokesman for Time Inc., said the settlement also resolved Price’s claims against reporter Don Yaeger, who wrote the Sports Illustrated article and still works for the magazine. The lawsuit was closely watched in part because it developed into a fight over the magazine’s right to protect confidential sources it said were used in the report. last_img read more

Memorial service set for community stalwart Beaton

first_img Beaton had traveled throughout Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. As a young teacher, she taught in the Netherlands for a year and hosted many foreign-exchange teachers in the United States over the years. Beaton is survived by her nephew, Roderick Miller Beaton, his wife, Suzanne Suttles Beaton, and their children, Christopher and Dana, of Vallejo; her niece, Anne Whitney Beaton Jarrell, and her sons, Alexander and Andrew, of Fairfield, Conn. Memorial donations in Beaton’s name can be given to The Audubon Society or one’s charity of choice.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Beaton was born April 1, 1922, to Philip Cuyler Beaton and Wilma Whitney Beaton of Stockton. She graduated from the University of Pacific and UCLA with master’s degrees in biology and education. Most of her career was spent teaching science at junior high schools in Downey, where she lived for more than 50 years. After her retirement, Beaton continued in her love of teaching by volunteering at schools, giving her time once a month to help students. She also was a tour guide for Cerritos College for 12 years. Beaton had a wide range of interests and was involved in many organizations and activities, including the Downey Women’s Club, the Bookies Group, the Literature Travel Group and the Downey Newcomers Club. Underscoring her lifelong love of nature and the environment, she was an avid bird-watcher. In her association with the Whittier Audubon chapter, she headed the bluebird monitoring project at Rose Hills Memorial Park. She was very active at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, where she volunteered more than 3,000 hours, and the Oakhurst Audubon Society and the Yosemite Audubon Society, of which she was a founding member 25 years ago. She received many honors and awards for her service to these organizations, including the Outstanding National Audubon Award and Audubon’s Best Member Award. A memorial service for Jean Claire Beaton, a teacher for 37 years and major figure in the Whittier Chapter of the National Audubon Society, will he held 1 p.m. Monday at the Downey Women’s Club, 9813 S. Paramount Blvd. Beaton died of leukemia Oct. 22 in Downey. She had suffered major injuries in a traffic accident in June, and her medical condition was severely compromised by those injuries, according to friends. Whittier Audubon Vice President Linda Oberholtzer said she was “very sad to learn of Jean’s passing. … She had a joyous spirit and tried to include everyone in the activities (of the Audubon Society). She was a very good friend to many.’ Beaton had been president, co- field trip chair, a planner for the annual Bill Bell Bird Walk and was a recipient of Whittier Audubon’s annual conservation award. last_img read more

Barcelona, PSG, Juventus, Bayern all win: What you may have missed

first_imgBarca are now 7 points clear at the top of La Liga (Agency Photos)Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga this past weekend, thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Valladolid on Saturday evening.Ernesto Valverde’s side who had drawn both of their last two games prior to Saturday, had Captain Lionel Messi to thank as he converted from the spot, two minutes to half time.The win now takes them to 54 points, 7 clear of second placed Atletico with 14 games to play.For Atletico, they were also 1-0 winners away to Real Vallecano on the same day. Antoine Griezmann struck the only goal of the game, 16 minutes from time in a game in which the visitors struggled for the better part.Atletico have now won 13 of their 24 games and occupy second spot with 47 points so far.In the Capital, Real Madrid surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to Girona on Sunday afternoon.Santiago Solari’s men who would later see Captain Sergio Ramos sent off in the 90th minute, took the lead inside 25 minutes through Casamiro. Girona who had lost all of their last 5 games coming into this one, would however not lay down and pulled level through Christian Stuani’s penalty on 65 minutes. With 15 minutes to play, Portu won the game for the visitors who now move out of the relegation zone.Elsewhere, struggling Villareal powered passed a hapless Sevilla side 3-0 on Sunday. Alvaro Gonzalez, Toko Ekambi and Alfonso Pedraza were all on target for the Yellow Submarine.There were only two other victories with Real Sociedad defeating Leganes 3-0 at the Anoeta while Levante drubbed Celta Vigo 4-1 away from home.In Italy, Juventus moved 13 points clear of the Serie A table, thanks to a 3-0 home win over lowly Frosinone on Friday night.Juve defeated Frosinone 3-0 on FridayPaulo Dybala opened the scoring with a sublime finish on six minutes. Leandro Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were the others on target for the Old Lady who take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.The victory for Juve takes them to 66 points for the season, 13 of second placed Napoli with 24 rounds played so far.Napoli on the other hand continued their recent struggles with a 0-0 draw at home to Torino on Sunday night.Carlo Anchelotti’s side have now drawn both of their last two games and in process, accumulated 53 points thus far.In Milan, despite being without Captain Mauro Icardi for the third game running, Inter were 2-1 winners at home to Sampdoria.Danilo Dambrossio put the Narazzuri ahead on 73 minutes but two minutes later, Manolo Gambiadini pulled the visitors level with his first goal for his new side. However, Radja Nainggolan won it for the host with a strike on 78 minutes.Inter remain third on the standings with 46 points from 24 games.For 4th placed AC Milan, they were 3-1 winners over inform Atalanta in Bargamo.AC trailed to a Remo Freular strike on 33 minutes but would soon find themselves 3-1 up by the 61st minute with January signing Krzysztof Pitek banging a brace either side of Hakan Calhanoglu beauty.Victory for Milan takes them to 42 points, 4 ahead of Roma who play host to Bologna on Monday night.Elsewhere, Fiorentina, Empoli, Cagliari, Udinese and Genoa were all winners last weekend.In German, Bayern Munich moved to within two points of leaders Dortmund, scrapping to a 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday night.Bayern closed the gap on leaders Dortmund to only two pointsThe Bavarians twice trailed in the game before eventually winning it. A Leon Goretzka own goal put Augsburg ahead inside the first minute before Kingsley Coman leveled the scores on 17 minutes. Bayern were once again behind on 23 minutes thanks to Dong Won’s strike on 23 minutes but ensured they went into halftime level with Coman scoring his second on the night. Bayern would eventually seal all three point 8 minutes into the second half, off a David Alaba well taken strike.Victory sees Bayern move to 48 points, two behind leaders Dortmund who are away to Nuremberg on Monday.For third placed Monchengladbach, they shared spoils in a 1-1 affair with Frankfurt on Sunday. Danny Da Costa put the hosts in front at the stroke of halftime but Gladbach pulled level with 8 minutes to play thanks to Danie Zakaria’s goal.Fourth placed RB Leipzig were also victorious this past weekend as they brushed aside Stuttgart 3-1 at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Youssuf Poulsen scored a brace either side of Marcelo Sabitzer’s strike despite the home side temporarily pulling level through Steven Zuber’s penalty on 16 minutes.Elsewhere, there were victories for Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim. Leverkusen defeated Dusseldorf 2-0, Wolfsburg were 3-0 winners over Mainz while Hoffenheim comfortably beat Hannover 3-0.In France, PSG scrapped to yet another victory, overcoming St. Etienne 1-0 away from home.Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe was the hero once again, scoring the only goal of the game with 17 minutes to play.Mbappe scored the only goal against St. EtienneThe win sees Tomas Tuchel’s men move 12 points clear (62) of second placed Lille (5034) who were held to a goalless draw at home to Montpellier on the same day.Third placed Lyon returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over rock-bottom Guingamp on Friday. Martin Terrier opened the scoring for Bruno Genesio’s side before Guingamp equalized on 21 minutes. The winner came 10 minutes to the end of halftime, scored by Lyon Captain Nabil Fekir.Elsewhere, Marseille made it three wins on the trot, defeating Amiens 2-0 at home. Florien Thauvin and Mario Balloteli struck for the goals for Rudi Garcia’s side who maintained fourth spot on the log.There were also victories for Nimes, Reims, Angers, Bordeaux and Monaco this past weekend.All Results from La Liga:-Eibar 2-2 Getafe-Celta Vigo 1-4 levante-Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atletico Madrid-Real Sociedad 3-0 Leganes-Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid-Real Madrid 1-2 Girona-Valencia 0-0 Espanyol-Villareal 3-0 Sevilla-Real Betis 1-1 Deportivo Alaves-Huesca vs Athletic BilbaoAll Results from Serie A:-Juventus 3-0 Frosinone-Cagliari 2-1 Parma-Atalanta 1-3 AC Milan-SPAL 1-4 Fiorentina-Udinese 1-0 Chievo-Genoa 2-1 Lazio-Empoli 3-0 Sassoulo-Inter Milan 2-1 Samdopria-Napoli 0-0 Torino-Roma vs BolognaAll Results from Bundesliga:-Augsburg 2-3 Bayern Munich-Schalke 0-0 Freiburg-Hoffenheim 3-0 Hannover-Stuttgart 1-3 Leipzig-Wolfsburg 3-0 Mainz-Hearth 1-1 Bremen-Frankfurt 1-1 Monchengladbach-Leverkusen 2-0 Dusseldorf-Nuremberg vs DortmundAll Results from Ligue One:-Nimes 2-0 Dijon-Lyon 2-1 Guingamp-Marseille 2-0 Aimens-Angers 3-0 Nice-Monaco 1-0 Nantes-Bordeaux 2-1 Toulouse-Caen 0-0 Strasbourg-Lille 0-0 Montpellier-Reims 2-0 Rennes-St. Etienne 0-1 PSGComments Tags: topWhat you may have missed over the weekendlast_img read more

Breaking: Gardai keep open mind on overnight supermarket raid

first_imgKernan’s Spar supermarket in Ramelton was burgled overnight and a quantity of cash was taken.The raid occurred around 3am.Garda Superintendent David Kelly told Donegal Daily that he is keeping an ‘open mind’ on whether the latest raid is connected to a series of previous raids across the county in recent weeks. He has appealed to anybody in the area who may have CCTV on their homes or premises to check for them for suspicious activity.“We are keeping an open mind on the robbery but we are appealing to anybody with CCTV or any information on this crime to contact Milford Garda station,” he said.A Garda forensics team are at the scene of the robbery this morning as a full investigation is launched.This is the second raid on Kernan’s stores in recent weeks. The chain’s Tullygay outlet, owned by popular businessman Anthony Kernan, was raided recently also.Breaking: Gardai keep open mind on overnight supermarket raid was last modified: December 2nd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalKERNANSRameltonrobberylast_img read more

Killybegs Ulster Bank to host Spinathon for Special Olympics

first_imgUlster Bank in Killybegs are holding their annual fundraiser event tomorrow Thursday 31st May from 10am to 3pm.Staff will take part in a Spinathon outside the branch and welcome customers and the public to join them.All proceeds raised go towards the Special Olympics Ireland Games 2018. Killybegs Ulster Bank to host Spinathon for Special Olympics was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Boy, 14 banned from contacting girl after pulling her hair

first_imgA 14-year-old boy has been ordered not to contact a young girl again after he appeared in court charged with pulling her hair.The boy, who has just completed his Junior Certificate, appeared at Letterkenny District Court along with his mother today. The court heard that the boy, then aged 13 years, went to the then 12-year-old girl’s house in Letterkenny on August 27th, 2017 and they had a disagreement.She claimed that he pulled her hair and then kicked her.However, solicitor for the boy Mr Michael Shiel said his client denied he had kicked the girl.He said there had been a boyfriend and girlfriend situation going on between the youngsters and added to Judge Paul Kelly that it would not have happened in their day.The judge had previously adjourned the case to hear a victim impact statement from the girl as well as a probation report on the boy.Judge Kelly had asked the boy if he had apologised to the girl and was told he had after he met the girl again at a teenage disco.The court heard how the boy’s family had now moved to another part of Donegal to live.Having viewed the report Judge Kelly said it didn’t appear like the pair were the best of friends.The victim impact statement from the girl was handed into court along with the probation report.Judge Kelly told the boy that it was clear from the victim’s statement that she did not want to have any contact with him.He said he agreed with the proposals of the probation Report in the case.He told the boy “You let her get on with her life and you get on with yours. You are not to communicate with her,” said Judge Kelly.He added that this included social media and that he was not to post anything about the girl.He asked the boy how he had done in his Junior Certificate and the boy replied “good.”Judge Kelly added, “Good luck with your results and I don’t want to see you here again.”Boy, 14 banned from contacting girl after pulling her hair was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:bannedcontactcourthairletterkennypulledlast_img read more

The Future as Platform: Mark Hendrickson’s Vision for Plancast

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Mark Hedrickson is 24 years old. He grew up in Menlo Park, California, down the street from Stanford, raised by a high-tech marketer Dad and a Mom in banking. Then he went to college and studied Nietzsche. He has now set out to build The Future – specifically your future, your intentions, your plans as a platform for analysis and software development.The story became particularly interesting today: Hendrickson’s new company Plancast is submitting its much-anticipated iPhone app to Apple days before SXSW and announced on Hendrickson’s alma matter tech blog TechCrunch that it has raised just short of $1m from a list of industry stars. We offer below some perspective on what Plancast aims to do: nothing less than “to be the platform for all ‘intent’ data,” Mark Hendrickson says.Plancast is a website where people post their plans. Plans to attend a conference, plans to go to a party, perhaps plans to get a haircut. “We have the same ‘who wants to share that?’ issue as Twitter,” Hendrickson told us today, “the standard ‘I dont use Twitter because i don’t care you’re eating a sandwich.’ What we’ve learned though is that semi-mundane stuff is actually interesting. So, perhaps we wont have a lot of the ‘getting a haircut’ stuff because that’s indeed quite mundane, but we will get ‘getting drinks tonight downtown’ or ‘heading to Palo Alto for the day’ type stuff. Which actually leads to very cool serendipity.”Now that Twitter is such an unqualified success in all but monetization, it’s cool to say you’ve got the same problems Twitter had. Mash up all those plans from friends and you get an interesting stream of forthcoming events. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img The site is simple, if smart, today. The little company has big plans for the future, though. “We want to host and distribute all content that pertains to what individuals, organizations and businesses have planned for the future,” Hendrickson says. “If you break the idea of an ‘event’ down into its basic units (what’s going to happen, when, and where), there’s a ton of relevant social content through the long tail. We’re designed to host a superset of all this event data.”Leveraging the FutureIf the web first enabled people to publish diaries of their past actions, then moved on to status updates and check-ins about current thoughts and locations, then Plancast aims to be focused on the Future. “I think [the future has] been a neglected area in geo-location discussions,” Hendrickson says. “Check-ins have dominated the conversation over the past year, and check-ins are great for what they are – but they have a certain limited value. If someone checks in somewhere across town, what are the chances you’re going to get up and hustle over there to join? You also have limited data — often you dont know why they’re there. From an advertiser’s point of view, you have to grab their attention immediately. Whereas if you have intent, you have more time to give them an offer and have them consider that offer and act on it. The scope of planning data is larger than check-in data in other ways too. Check-ins are really specific to particular venues — bars, retaurants, parks etc. so the scope of content/ads you can serve up is quite local.”This conversation about the future needed to move on to something other than advertising.“It’s absolutely a platform,” Hendrickson told us. “It’s not just a consumer destination. We’re building our API early [expect to see it launch very soon] because we want to be the plumbing for future intent data. We want to power third party website calendar systems, third party apps, mash ups, etc. We want to do analysis on big data sets that compile intent data from all over. Once we start pulling from lots of sources — Facebook, Meetup, Linkedin, Twitter, Dopplr, Tripit, etc etc — we can then match intents and figure out really cool stuff. 50% more people are planning to see Avatar this weekend vs Hurt Locker. And we can pump this data back out to other companies that have special needs for it.“Let’s say one day you can search ‘movies’ on Plancast and it knows A) your location, B) your past behavior, C) your friends’ activity, and D) aggregate activity. The top result could be a movie showing that 2 of your friends have already planned to see and which is very popular in aggregate in your city.”Hendrickson says he’s hard at work building out privacy settings that will help more people feel more comfortable sharing more plans. That’s easier said than done, of course. This young, philosophically-trained startup co-founder from Palo Alto would be well-served by reaching out and bringing close to the company some advisors who specialize in understanding the privacy concerns of everyday people online, if he’s going to build a platform for the future of our communication around intent. Location based social networks in general face a big challenge in making people comfortable using them and demonstrating their utility before they can become mainstream phenomena.For now Plancast is hiring engineers with its new money, which was just announced today. Investors include SoftTech VC, True Ventures, Founders Fund Angel, and Zelkova Ventures. Angels Aydin Senkut, Saul Klein, David Cohen, Joshua Schachter, Dave McClure, Dan Martell, Ron Bouganim and Paige Craig put in money as well, bringing the total to $800,000.Things have come along quickly since Hendrickson was writing blog posts at TechCrunch, he left the staff there one year ago this Wednesday, and bought the domain Plancast.com for $500 last summer. (“I thought about buying Plancaster,” he says, “but some guy named Paul Lancaster had it.”) marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#Location#NYT#Product Reviews#web Can this young man and his team build “the platform for all ‘intent’ data?” Marketing analyst Jeremiah Owyang has been bullish on Plancast for months. He described it as a leading example of the forthcoming “intention web” in December.Expect the real-time web to quickly evolve into the intention web. People will work together to share their information about what they plan to do, and improve how they work or organize. Expect Social CRM systems (Salesforce, SAP), Brand Monitoring vendors (Radian6, Visible Technologies), and Search Engines (Bing and Google) to quickly try to make predictive models on what could happen, and what are the chances. Businesses that have a physical location like retail, events, or packaged goods can use this data to anticipate consumer demand. They may offer contextualized marketing, or increase or decrease inventory or store hours to accommodate. Don’t be surprised in the future and you walk into a store with your preferred items, meal, or drink already nicely packaged for you.Plancast may or may not play a big role in transforming visions like that into reality, but it’s definitely a startup worth watching either way. Look for the company’s iPhone app later this week (built by high-profile developer Leah Culver) and check out the many listings of SXSW events on the site already, including our very own ReadWriteWeb event on Saturday night. We’d like to know if you plan on joining us.last_img read more

How to Insulate a Low-Slope Roof

first_imgAnother option is spray foamYet another possibility is spray polyurethane roofing, an option that Kevin Dickson especially likes for retrofits.Dickson writes that Dymond probably will be able to avoid tearing off the old roof. In addition, he says, roof penetrations are “flashed for free;” polyiso sheets can be added as needed under the spray foam top layer; the roof is white, not black, which will reduce cooling loads; and the job should cost about half as much as any of the other options Dymond is considering.The caveats are that the roof will need an inspection once a year (“true for ALL low-slope roofs, but mandatory for foam”), it will need recoating every five years, and it’s not the best approach in areas where there’s a threat of hail greater than 3/8 in. in diameter. Membrane RoofingDymond’s request for feedback and suggestions on other options is the topic for this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Eric Dymond lives in a 1920s Baltimore row house that needs a new roof. He plans on replacing the low-slope, built-up roof with an EPDM membrane, and the question is how to insulate it correctly.Currently, the built-up asphalt roof is installed over Homasote (or something similar) and a roof deck made of wood planks. Although there’s some “sparsely distributed” insulation in the space between the ceilings and the roof deck, it won’t meet current recommendations for Dymond’s Climate Zone 4 house.A roofing contractor has recommended that the EPDM membrane be installed over 2 in. of rigid polyisocyanurate insulation. “Does EPDM over foam board make sense?” Dymond asks in this Q&A post. “It doesn’t make sense to me to have 7 in. of foam board to meet R-38, and I’d be concerned about walking on the roof with that setup.”In addition, Dymond is concerned that 2 in. of insulation is woefully inadequate. Would it make more sense, he asks, to eliminate the foam board recommended by the roofer and insulate beneath the roof deck with fiberglass batts or open-cell foam? RELATED ARTICLES EPDM over foam will workDespite Dymond’s trepidation, a roof consisting of an EPDM membrane over a thick layer of polyiso foam is common, Jesse Thompson replies.He adds a link for Firestone roofing products, which include a number of the synthetic rubber products made from ethylene propylene diene mononer (EPDM). The company’s web site includes a number of drawings showing how the roofing should be installed.Insulation can be installed in the attic or on top of the roof deck, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. The key is making sure the R-value of the insulation meets minimum code requirements. (Maryland has adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, whose requirements for insulation can be found here).Holladay adds that it’s important for Dymond to find a way to deal with energy losses through the attic’s masonry walls. Green Basics: InsulationGreen Basics: Rigid Foam InsulationGreen Basics: Blown In or Loose Fill Insulation Getting Insulation Out of Your Walls and Ceilings Q&A: Low slope EPDM or TPO? What about adding a rooftop deck?One other potential complication: a rooftop deck. “Since rooftop decks are reasonably popular in our neighborhood, would using exterior foam (either board or spray) preclude putting up a deck that bears on the roof surface?” Dymond asks. “To be clear, I’m not actually installing a deck, but could conceivably do so in the future. Floating deck on sleepers is pretty popular around here. The ability to handle foot traffic without a deck would also be useful.If you’re planning on adding a deck, Dickson says, the question is what’s going to hold it down? “Now you need an engineer,” he says.But if that’s what Dymond is planning, the spray polyurethane roofing makes the most sense, because it is “the only easy way to flash in the short columns needed to support a deck.”A deck is not a problem, Gustafson adds. “There are numerous solutions to putting a deck on an EPDM roof,” he writes. “An EPDM roof can handle some foot traffic, and they make walking pads for anticipated traffic.” GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE But the added complexity is a drawbackTo Dymond, the idea of adding 7 in. of insulation above the roof deck is “probably a non-starter” because it makes adding gutters and other details more complicated. For that reason, he leans toward blowing in cellulose above the interior ceiling.“I have 5 in. of rigid foam under EPDM and it is easy,” says Keith Gustafson. He calls it “by far the simplest solution” to Dymond’s insulation problem.“They make tapered foam for just the kind of edge issues you are speaking of,” Gustafson adds. “Worst case, do you think redoing gutters and drip edge is going to be more complex than trying to insulate above the ceiling? I don’t.“A new roof needs all new flashing, drip-edge, etc.” he writes. “Look at it this way: you are either getting a cheap roof to go with your insulation or cheap insulation to go with your roof… Make sure they are doing a ‘fully adhered’ installation, and that they stagger the foam seams in both directions.”(Tapered polyiso insulation is available from ModulR TS .)“Well, there’s ‘cheap’ as in inexpensive and then there’s cheap as in shoddy,” Dymond replies. “One doesn’t necessarily mean the other. The very big benefit to batts or blown-in cellulose is that I can DIY it, which I’m less comfortable with doing for an EPDM roof.” Our expert’s opinionWe asked GBA advisor Mike Guertin for his take:In general, we just remove the existing roof, apply layers of fiberglass faced polyiso (tapered for flat roofs or uniform thickness for sloped roofs) with long screws and screw-plates, then install new roofing on top of that. On commercial jobs there usually isn’t insulation below in the roof framing but if cavities exist that make sense to insulate. They can be filled with spray foam or netted cellulose.last_img read more