The International Residential Code (IRC) prescribes only a few conventional buildings materials for use in building a home—concrete, dimensional lumber, masonry, and light-gauge steel framing. Any other materials must be approved according to “Alternative Materials and Methods of Construction” (see Can I Build My Home Out Of…?) in IRC Section R104.11. Following the testing provisions may be especially daunting for the first-time builder, but it can be done.There are three ways to test materials: performance-based testing; product evaluation; and analysis by a registered design professional (RDP), such as an architect or engineer.Performance tests are common for natural materials. Performance tests are a common means of accepting natural materials that are not listed in the prescriptive portions of the IRC. Straw bale, adobe, bamboo, cork, etc. can be acceptable for use if they meet the performance-based provisions of the International Code Council (ICC). For instance: You want to build a home out of straw bales, so you would follow the “ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities,” which would validate the efficacy of the material. The steps in this process are understood by an experienced architect or engineer. So, again, start with an RDP.Product evaluation is the approach most often used on products that are designed and manufactured because it paves the way for more rapid acceptance by building officials. Essentially, the manufacturer will have its new product tested and evaluated by an independent laboratory using testing criteria that is unique to the material or its intended use. When the product passes these independent tests, it then is listed by an approved agency according to certain conditions.For example, the International Evaluation Service (IES), a subsidiary of the ICC, is a national leader in evaluating product conformance with code. IES performs technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials to make sure they meet the requirements of the code. A report is then issued and made available to the building official confirming that the material or method of construction meets the intent of the code. It is a common means of approval that is acceptable to most building officials.An independent analysis by an RDP is another alternative that is commonly accepted by building officials. The engineer or architect would follow accepted standards of practice in their field to demonstrate that the material meets the health and safety intent of the code. The RDP would perform the necessary research on the product or material, calculate the required strength for its intended purpose, and demonstrate its efficacy. The RDP would likely do this by performing field tests or at least analyzing the results; then, through engineering analysis and calculations, show the material’s compliance. The RDP would most likely be expected to affix the professional seal to the analysis or design work before it is submitted to the building official for consideration.
Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao carries his momentum from the seventh round to the eighth with Adrien Broner again trying to create separation with that jab.Broner using his counter-punching ability and he manages to hit Pacquiao’s right cheek consistently.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao apparently slows down in the final minute of the round with Broner throwing a couple of hooks to prevent the champion from going in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ROUND 7: Pacquiao unleashes superior offense to pin Broner to the ropes TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers’ James Ennis III (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are finally healthy and it has them on a roll.James Harden had 31 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash 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 While Harden has missed just four games this season, fellow stars Chris Paul and Clint Capela have missed 15 and 19 games, respectively, with injuries.“I think it’s very obvious with Clint, Chris and James playing together and they’re all healthy and in rhythm we’re pretty hard to beat,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tobias Harris had 22 points for the 76ers, who dropped their second straight. Ben Simmons played despite dealing with stomach flu and added 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.Philadelphia shot just 3 of 26 on 3-pointers with JJ Redick going 1 for 9 and Mike Scott missing all of his five attempts.The 76ers opened the third quarter with a 9-6 run to cut the lead to 12 points, but Houston scored the next six points with 3s from Harden and Eric Gordon to push it to 71-53 with about six minutes left in the quarter.Harden left briefly in the second quarter after crashing to the court after a collision with Simmons while attempting a shot. He remained on the court on his back writhing in pain for a couple of minutes before getting to his feet and going to the locker room. He appeared to have injured his right wrist and had it taped when he returned to the court.It didn’t seem to be bothering him much after he returned to the game and he provided a highlight-reel play when he used a crossover to shake Jimmy Butler at the 3-point line and drove into the lane for a layup to leave Houston up 59-44 at halftime.D’Antoni said that Harden was OK, but a team official said that he was getting a precautionary X-ray after the game and wasn’t available to reporters.TIP-INS76ers: Boban Marjanovic sat out for the fifth game in a row with an injured right knee. … Butler added 19 points with nine rebounds.Rockets: Shumpert returned after missing the last three games with a sore right calf. He had three points and three rebounds. Kenneth Faried missed his fourth game with a bruised hip. … Chris Paul had eight assists.THEY SAID IT D’Antoni on Houston’s defense: “They know … to get in the mix of winning a title we have to play great defense.”GORDON’S SHOOTINGGordon had five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points on Friday night, continuing a streak of hot long-range shooting. After missing all five of his attempts on Feb. 27 against Charlotte, Gordon has averaged 5.3 3-pointers a game and shot 61.5 percent from behind the arc in the last three games.UP NEXT76ers: Host Indiana on Sunday in the first of three consecutive home games.Rockets: Visit Dallas on Sunday night. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments The Rockets had a big lead for most of the night after a 37-point first quarter and were up by 22 entering the fourth. Philadelphia had trouble containing Capela with Joel Embiid out for the eighth straight game with a sore left knee, and Houston’s big man had 18 points and nine rebounds.“They did an excellent job at defending us,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “I just think that first period sort of set the table and we found it difficult to respond after that.”The victory came after Philadelphia won the first meeting this season 121-93 behind 32 points from Embiid.Gerald Green and Iman Shumpert each made a 3-pointer to power a 6-2 run in the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 96-72 with nine minutes left. Philadelphia scored the next five points before Harden wowed the crowd with a between-the-legs bounce pass to Capela, but he was fouled on the shot and missed both free throws.Houston led by 16 with about five minutes left when Harden had a dunk to make it 99-81 and give him at least 30 points in his NBA-leading 30th game this season. 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John McGinn: Aston Villa punished for lack of experienceby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn McGinn says Aston Villa were punished for a lack of experience in Saturday’s draw with Burnley.The hosts blew their one-goal lead twice in the 2-2 result at Villa Park.McGinn said: “We didn’t manage the game properly and we got punished.”I know we are inexperienced at this level a lot of us but we are learning the hard way.”It is painful, you want to win. It doesn’t matter the level whether it is League Two or anywhere, you want to win games.If you have just scored it is so important, everyone knows you are vulnerable.”But we concede and it is a kick in the teeth because it is a game we deserve to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show (March 11, 2016) was recorded in front of a live audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Neil Paine donned his Stat Man cape once again to lead a lesson about whether box score statistics in the NBA are outdated. Shane Battier, former NBA player and Duke legend, stopped by to talk about March Madness, how he picks a bracket, and why Duke players weren’t obsessed over what seed the team was assigned in the tournament when he was in school. Then we talked to Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, about whether the Rockets’ struggles this season have pushed him to re-evaluate his team-building strategy. Plus, a significant digit on 17-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is emerging as a star for the U.S. Women’s National Team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.
Defensive end Se’Von Pittman is no longer part of the Ohio State football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that Pittman, a rising sophomore, was granted a release from the program. Pittman was absent from OSU’s first spring practice Tuesday. Emig said he wasn’t sure why the Canton, Ohio, native made the decision, though. Before becoming OSU coach Urban Meyer’s second commit in 2012, Pittman was a two-time first-team Associated Press Division I All-State selection at Canton McKinley High School. Because of a knee injury suffered last spring, Pittman did not play in the Buckeyes’ undefeated campaign last season. OSU finished 12-0 and No. 3 in the final AP poll.
OSU PA announcer Bob Kennedy sits at the announcers’ table before a men’s basketball game against American Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 63-52.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhile the more than 100,000 people who attend Ohio State’s football games are focused on the field during game time, there’s one voice that reaches out to all of them.That’s the voice of Bob Kennedy, the OSU public address announcer.“This is my 11th year doing football at Ohio State,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honor and a privilege — it really is.”Kennedy’s passion for radio and broadcasting started back in his early childhood, Kennedy’s first cousin Shelly Pfaub said. “He just wanted to do it since he was little.”As a child, Kennedy would try to talk like a radio announcer using pencils or Lincoln Logs as a make-believe microphone, she said, laughing.“I’m proud of him,” Pfaub added. “He has this booming voice.”Kennedy said his career in broadcasting “in one form or another” has been going on for more than three decades. He was born in Sunbury, Ohio, where the early beginnings of his career started.“I did some Little League games for a youth athletic association in Sunbury,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes you really have to yell at the top of your lungs ‘cause the PA system didn’t always work the way it should.”Kennedy graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a concentration on broadcasting from Otterbein College, where he also started working as a professional PA announcer for the school’s basketball games 24 years ago. It wasn’t long before he was doing the PA announcing for Otterbein’s marching band.Then 14 years ago, Kennedy expanded his services to OSU as a backup PA announcer.“I was just looking to fill in periodically. I wasn’t looking to do any sports on a regular basis per se,” Kennedy said. “I wound up doing three sports on a regular basis my first year.”Kennedy was the regular PA announcer for women’s ice hockey and soccer, as well as baseball during the 2000-01 academic year.The following year, after becoming the regular announcer for the men’s soccer team, Kennedy got his first taste as the announcer for OSU’s football games. The announcer at the time had to miss the game against Kent State, which conflicted with a religious holiday, Kennedy said.“They liked how I announced and everything,” he added. “They kind of liked my approach to how I did (it).”David Brown, the associate athletic director at the time, agreed.“He has the voice for (PA announcing), no question,” Brown said. “It wasn’t monotone … He was able to get excited about plays.”That was when the wheels started turning for Kennedy. In the spring of 2003, Kennedy received a call from Brown.“Dave says, ‘I know you’ve worked games at Otterbein. What I want you to do is check their football schedule, check our football schedule. See if there are any conflicts,’” Kennedy said. “So right now, I know something’s up … The next day I get another call and he says, ‘OK, the jig’s up — here’s what we want. We want you to take over doing announcing for Ohio State football on one condition: you do all the games or you do none at all.’”This posed a complication for Kennedy, who knew Otterbein might want the same privilege. He then called Dick Reynolds, the athletic director and men’s basketball coach for Otterbein at the time, who was out of town in New Orleans for the national coaches convention at the time.“He said, ‘You’d be a fool not to take this,’” Kennedy said, adding that there was one condition. “He says, ‘When you need to be at Ohio State and we have a football game here at Otterbein, you make sure that you have … our butt covered by having somebody in that press box doing the PA for our football games’ … and that’s the agreement we’ve had ever since.”During the 11 years as the regular PA announcer for Ohio State football, Kennedy said two moments especially stand out to him.The most memorable was his first game as a regular PA announcer where OSU was facing off against Washington.“The team was coming out of the tunnel right before the national anthem, and there was a sunset over the ‘Shoe that is just breathtaking,” Kennedy said. “I got cold chills. I literally got cold chills.”However, the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when both teams held the top two spots in the BCS rankings, came in as a close second, he added.“If that game had gone overtime, I don’t think I would have any of my voice left,” Kennedy said. “I was losing my voice in the fourth quarter. I was carrying cough drops with me to keep my voice moist and loose, and I was out of cough drops by the end of the third quarter, so I was really hurt.”Since his time with OSU, Kennedy said he has done PA announcing for 20 of the 37 sports offered at the university as a regular or fill-in. In addition to PA announcing for Otterbein and OSU games, Kennedy works as a morning news anchor for 98.9 “The Answer” radio station and has been the PA announcer for the Columbus Clippers for almost 11 years.“Bob’s a great guy,” said Rich Hanchette, the former PA announcer for the Clippers and a motion graphic artist for the Cleveland Browns. “There’s only one person I knew I wanted to be my successor, and that’s Bob Kennedy.”Though he continues to work in the broadcasting field, Kennedy said there’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of his future.“As unstable and insecure as my line of work has become over the years, it is really difficult to say what you will be doing in five minutes, much less five years because things can change that quickly,” he said. “You’re pretty much forced to make your crystal ball look only one day in advance.”
Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber admitted he was not yet fully healthy, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he originally suffered early in fall camp.“I wasn’t 100 percent,” Weber said. “The goal was to come in here and help the team the best way I can and it didn’t work, but I did what I could.”On his third carry during the second quarter, the running back tweaked his hamstring again and did not return until the final drive of the fourth quarter.Hamstring injuries tend to linger, and Weber said he was told by team doctors that he should continue to expect tweaks throughout the season. Weber didn’t play in Ohio State’s 49-21 season opening win against Indiana due to the injury. After the game, coach Urban Meyer said the redshirt sophomore was “80 percent” healthy, could’ve played if necessary and would play against Oklahoma.The head coach restated that Weber would play throughout the week leading up to the matchup against the Sooners. But in Saturday night’s loss to Oklahoma, Weber didn’t reach the field until the second quarter and only tallied three carries, picking up 29 yards. He also caught two passes for 10 yards. Luckily for the Buckeyes, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has filled in aptly and, once again, led his team in rushing with 72 yards. Weber said that once he is healthy, the duo will impress.“It’s going to look scary, actually,” Weber said. “I get healthy and he gets better each game. I help him each game and he helps me.”