Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “When you’re dealing with animals, doping anything is not acceptable. But I do not believe that Dallas did this,” he said. “I’ve known him since he was, like, 8 years old. It’s not in his nature.”Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley acknowledged the race is in its darkest time as it grapples with the fallout from the scandal.“I’m quite confident that at some point we’ll emerge from this storm and move on,” he said. “But for now, we’re dealing with some unpleasantness that needs to be dealt with.”Asked about Seavey’s sabotage claims, Hooley said, “Is it possible? I suppose so. Is it likely? I wouldn’t think so.”Still, he said discussions are underway to increase security at the dog lot in Nome and at various checkpoints.Seavey won the annual Anchorage-to-Nome trek in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has had nine straight top 10 finishes. He finished second this year to his father, Mitch, who collected a first-place prize of $71,250.Dogs are subject to random testing before and during the race, and the first 20 teams to cross the finish line are all automatically tested.“I did not give a drug to my dog. I’ve never used a banned substance in the race,” the 30-year-old Seavey said in an interview.He said tramadol is not used at his kennel, and it is “incredibly unlikely” it was accidentally administered by anyone on his team.Instead, he complained of inadequate security at checkpoints along the route where dog food is dropped off weeks ahead of time and at the dog lot in Nome, where thousands of huskies are kept after the race before they are flown home. 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LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the first time since the race instituted drug testing in 1994 that a test came back positive.Seavey strongly denied giving any banned substances to his dogs, suggesting instead that he may have been the victim of sabotage by another musher or an animal rights activist. He accused the Iditarod of lax security at dog food drop-off points and other spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRace officials said he will not be punished because they were unable to prove he acted intentionally. That means he will keep his titles and his $59,000 in winnings this year.But the finding was another blow to the Iditarod, which has seen the loss of major sponsors, numerous dog deaths, attacks on competitors and pressure from animal rights activists, who say huskies are run to death or left with severe infections and bloody paws. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod winner and reigning champion, is aiming for his fifth Iditarod crown in six years. Seavey took off wearing bib #18 at the start of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska. Four-time Iditarod champion Seavey denies he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year’s race, and has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest. The Iditarod Trail Committee on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, identified Seavey as the musher who had four dogs test positive for a banned opioid pain reliever after finishing the race last March in Nome. AP File PhotoANCHORAGE, Alaska—Cycling. Baseball. Track. Horse racing. Now dogsledding has become the latest professional sport to be engulfed in a doping scandal, this one involving the huskies that dash across the frozen landscape in Alaska’s grueling, 1,000-mile Iditarod.The governing board of the world’s most famous sled dog race disclosed Monday that four dogs belonging to four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey tested positive for a banned substance, the opioid painkiller tramadol, after his second-place finish last March.ADVERTISEMENT Jeanne Olson, an Alaska veterinarian who treats sled dogs, sees no benefit in administering tramadol during a race because it causes drowsiness. Olson, who was the head veterinarian in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in the 1990s, prescribes it mostly for profound pain relief.“But I also caution that the dogs are going to become sedated from it,” she said. “So when I first heard … that it was tramadol as the drug, I thought, ‘Well, that’s surprising. Why would anybody use that?’”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seized on the scandal Tuesday, saying, it’s “further proof that this race needs to end.”Fern Levitt, director of the documentary “Sled Dogs,” an expose on the treatment of the huskies, said, “The race is all about winning and getting to the finish line despite the inhumane treatment towards the dogs.”Frank Teasley, founder and executive director of Wyoming’s Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, said the controversy is a shame but doesn’t believe it will be a permanent stain on the sport. Teasley has participated in eight Iditarods and knows many of the top contenders, including Seavey, saying he believes the musher was sabotaged.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Unfortunately I do think another musher is an option,” he said. He added: “There are also people who are not fans of mushing as a whole. They are numerous videos out that are trying to say mushing is a bad thing. And I can see somebody doing this to promote their agenda.”Seavey said whoever gave the drug to the dogs knew it would cause a positive test, and “that should make me and my people the least likely suspect.”Earlier this year, the Iditarod lost a major corporate backer, Wells Fargo, and race officials accused animal rights organizations of pressuring the bank and other sponsors with “manipulative information” about the treatment of the dogs.Five dogs connected to this year’s race died, bringing total deaths to more than 150 in the Iditarod’s 44-year history, according to PETA’s count. And last year, two mushers were attacked by a drunken man on a snowmobile in separate assaults near a remote village. One dog was killed and others were injured.Seavey said he has withdrawn from next year’s race in protest and expects the Iditarod Trail Committee to ban him anyway for speaking out. Mushers are prohibited from criticizing the race or sponsors.Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said a ban would be up to the committee’s board of directors.The committee decided to release Seavey’s name after scores of competitors demanded it. Race officials initially refused, saying it was unlikely they could prove the competitor acted intentionally.During this year’s race, the rules on doping essentially said that to punish a musher, race officials had to provide proof of intent. The rules have since been changed to hold mushers liable for any positive drug test unless they can show something beyond their control happened.Wade Marrs, president of the Iditarod Official Finishers Club, said he doesn’t believe Seavey intentionally administered the drugs. He said he believes the musher has too much integrity and intelligence to do such a thing.“I don’t really know what to think at the moment,” Marrs said. “It’s a very touchy situation.” /jpv View commentslast_img read more

Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz

first_imgRonaldo moves level with archrival Messi with 5 Ballon d’Ors Jazz: Utah has allowed at least 37 points in a quarter only four times this season. Three of those high scoring quarters have come against Houston. . Gobert is averaging 5.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game since returning from a knee contusion.UP NEXTJazz travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Saturday. It is the start of a six-game, 12-day trip.Rockets travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Saturday, concluding a three-game trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah ripped off an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter. Sefolosha bookended the spurt with a step-back jumper and go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 36-34 lead.Trevor Ariza turned steals into baskets on back-to-back possessions to ignite a 10-0 run that put Houston back in front. The Rockets took a 44-36 lead and carried that momentum into the third quarter.Houston used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Jazz. Clint Capela got it going with a three-point play and finished it off with a dunk to give the Rockets a 74-53 lead with 7:00 left in the third quarter.Houston led by as many as 25 points after Ariza buried a 3-pointer to put the Rockets up 91-66 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Houston has totaled 41 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . The Rockets went 14 of 14 from the free throw line over the final three quarters. . Harden has averaged 35.4 points in his last five games against the Jazz.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden scored 29 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets. Houston (19-4) won its eighth straight game and for the 14th time in 15. The Rockets improved to 8-0 with Paul in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, Alec Burks added 17 and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in 14 to lead the Jazz. Utah (13-13) dropped its second straight game.Utah played from behind throughout much of the first half after struggling with turnovers and erratic shooting. The Jazz turned it over eight times before halftime, leading to several key baskets for the Rockets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseHouston surged in front after Rudy Gobert committed back-to-back turnovers less than 2 minutes into the first quarter. Utah rallied twice to take the lead, but both runs were answered with bigger ones from the Rockets.The Jazz went ahead 16-15 after back-to-back baskets from Joe Ingles and Sefolosha keyed a 6-0 run. Anderson cut to the basket for a dunk to kickstart a 7-0 run the other way and capped it off with a putback layup. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Player of the Week: Paul Zamar proving worth for Blackwater

first_imgPaul Zamar is making a name for himself for Blackwater after being a fourth round draft pick by Barangay Ginebra in 2012 and left unsigned that had him spending the last several years playing outside the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Asian Para Games struggle to attract spectators Zamar, who had stints in the PBA D-League, Thailand Super Basketball League and the Asean Basketball League before making his long-awaited PBA debut in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup five months ago, beat the likes of teammate Allein Maliksi, Alaska’s Simon Enciso, Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel, Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang and NorthPort’s Sean Anthony and Mo Tautuaa for the weekly citation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Zamar is having the best stretch of his PBA career in the 2018 Governors’ Cup and being named Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week is a testament to his impressive play.The 30-year-old guard averaged 12 points and five rebounds the past week to help Blackwater remain as one of the conference’s top squads with a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe came up big late in the Elite’s 94-91 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday where he buried 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning triple.The former University of the East standout then, followed up his clutch performance with a near double-double of 11 points and eight rebounds in Blackwater’s 99-93 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Liberia Discharges Only Confirmed Ebola Case Today

first_imgLiberia will today discharge the only confirmed Ebola case remaining in the country, according to the Incident Management System (IMS) boss and Assistant Minister for Preventive Service, Tolbert Nyenswah.Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Nyenswah explained that with the current status of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, Liberia is close to reaching zero Ebola case, but “we need to be vigilant in our fight against the virus throughout the country.” “Liberia has clearly passed 12 days without any new confirmed Ebola case. The only patient remaining in an ETU will be discharged from the Chinese ETU as a special event. “We will be waiting for the remaining 30 days to be announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Ebola free nation,” Minister Nyenswah said.“Liberia’s border points remain of great concern to everyone due to the common border crossings at unauthorized points and it is important to caution residents near these places to focus on maintaining safety measures at all points,” he said.      The Minister said, “Cape Mount passes 48 days of no new case, Margibi 16 days Montserrado 12 days and Lofa of over 160 days which indicates that Liberia is reaching zero Ebola case.”Liberia, through the IMS, is currently in search of 201 contacts across the country, including border points, said Nyenswah and called on the public to continue observing preventive measures to avoid further spread of the disease.      Mr. Nyenswah stressed that the IMS is approaching phase three of the fight against the virus and will remain forceful in ensuring that Liberia completes the required 42 days without any new case of Ebola.“Phase three is meant to gain confidence in the health sector of Liberia and gaining the confidence of the international community in Liberia leading to airlines resuming flights to Liberia,” added the Minister.  He said the IMS will be involved in quality surveillance, strengthening cross border elements including air, sea and ground points and expanding the testing of dead bodies and other illnesses related to Ebola. Despite the latest update from Minister Nyenswah on Liberia’s progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and considering the neighboring countries’ Ebola status, many Liberians are wondering if the country could be declared Ebola free in 30 days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt to move Walter Roth Museum, staff by December

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency is planning to remove the Walter Roth Museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year, a source has revealed.The Walter Roth MuseumAccording to the source who is acquainted with the affairs of the museum – which is the oldest museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean – the administration was informed by the “military” that the staff would be relocated to the National Museum by December on an order from President David Granger.“We were told that the President wanted the place,” the source said.When Guyana Times visited the museum on Tuesday, employees also confirmed that they would be relocated. The employees stated that they were told the President thought it was better for all of the museums to be in one place.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr J J Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The museum’s collections also include dug up artefacts from all 10 administrative regions.In an invited comment on the issue, Former Culture Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, also stated that he heard of the museum being moved. “We have to see what this is all about… it is an institution and instead of dismantling it, we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana,” he said.He stated that he does not think that the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts.“They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum I don’t think that is possible,” he said.Anthony added that if it is true that the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to build another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown. It is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.last_img read more

Georgetown experiencing low water pressure

first_img…GWI says repair works ongoingFor the past three days, residents of Georgetown have been experiencing low water pressure as a result of a damaged Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) main at Cemetery Road, Georgetown.A damaged section of the water main (GWI photo)Several persons reached out to this publication on Friday complaining about the low water pressure and the length of time the situation is taking to rectify.A fuming resident complained to Guyana Times that he lives not far away from where the damages occurred. He noted that he has been experiencing the full brunt of effects. The man said the water pressure has been so low that it does not reach the pipes in his house. As a consequence, he argued that he is forced to fetch buckets of water into his home so his wife can cook and carry out her daily routine.Further, another woman, who gave her name only as Sarah, explained that the situation is very frustrating, given that she will have to still pay a hefty bill at the end of the month. The inconvenienced woman said she hopes her water supply can be restored shortly.According to the water company, the disruption of service was necessary to facilitate repairs to a damaged 14-inch main.“Technicians have been working tirelessly throughout the night and continue to work to rectify the problem within the swiftest possible time,” the agency said on its Facebook page.In another post, GWI said residents in Bell Vue, Canal Number Two and Westminister, West Bank Demerara are also experiencing a disruption, owing to the fluctuation of power supply by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).The company noted, “Guyana Water Incorporated is working with the power company to resolve this issue within the soonest possible time and apologises for any inconvenience this is causing our valued customers. Customers from Parfaite Harmonie and L’Oratoire who were affected, we do apologise for the disruption earlier and thank you for your patience”.Just last week, Guyana Times reported that a large section of West Coast Demerara has been without potable water for at least one week.This publication was told that the water pressure was low for over two weeks, forcing residents to spend lengthy periods using small containers to “catch” water.However, as of the past week, the water has completely stopped and residents are unaware as to the cause.The Public Relations Officer of GWI said that the matter was investigated and no issue was found at the well station in sourcing the affected areas with water.last_img read more


first_imgWe’ve done it! A wet but delighted Glencar Hammers team celebrate after they overcame Letterkenny Crusaders in the Letterkenny and District Under 12 Reserve Cup Final at Leckview Park tonight. Two goals by Sean McGinley topped off what was a great team display by the Hammers who managed to hang on as League Champions Crusaders came strong in the end. Congrats to coaches Martin Hunter and John McGinley who trained the lads all season.GLENCAR HAMMERS LIFT LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT UNDER 12 RESERVE CUP was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:donegalGlencar HammersLetterkenny Crusaderslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has stated that government policy is making the richer even richer and the poor even poorer.Deputy Doherty was speaking in response to the findings of an ERSI report which provides an analysis of Budget 2015 on households.Speaking from Leinster House today, the Donegal TD said that the Government should be ashamed of themselves for devising and implementing budgetary policies that disproportionately impact low-income earners. He said: “The ERSI clearly shows that under this government, the poorer you are the more you suffer and the richer you are the more you prosper.“According to this report, Budget 2015 benefits the top 40% of earners to the detriment of the bottom 60%. That is outrageous.“The Government spin about this budget protecting the vulnerable and low/middle income earners have been badly exposed in this report.“Fine Gael and the Labour Party have nowhere to hide in relation to the poverty-fostering nature of Budget 2015. “The cold, clear reality is here in the details of the ERSI report.Deputy Doherty continued: “This government is no friend to the poor and the vulnerable in our society.“The fact that the Labour Party is prepared to stand over such policy is further evidence of just how detached they have become from the interests & concerns of ordinary working people.“We have to again ask the question – what is the point of the Labour Party in Government?“Not even a change in party leader has halted Labour’s transformation into nothing more than a mud-guard for the cruelest of ring-wing measures. “The poor and those struggling to make ends meet are not safe as long as this government remains in power.”RICH GET RICHER AND POOR GETTING POORER – DOHERTY was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:budget 2015ESRI reportPearse Doherty TDSinn Feinlast_img read more

The Raiders’ off-field drama now extends to the field — literally

first_img(John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)The Raiders, as you well know, have been trying to avoid … Somehow, someway, the Raiders found a way to play a home game on a field that’s worse than the Coliseum’s.That’s no small feat.In fact, the field in Winnipeg on Thursday night might be smaller.It’s all just another miscue and bit of drama in a Raiders’ preseason that seems to be defined by them. And from my vantage point, Antonio Brown’s helmet saga has nothing on a hole in the field.last_img read more

Solving a Roof Dilemma

first_imgJoe B is building what he hopes will be a Passivhaus-certified home in Port Washington, New York, a town on the north shore of Long Island in Climate Zone 4. The house is well underway, but Joe worries about the potential for trouble in a very complex roof design. In a post at GBA’s Q&A forum, Joe runs down the basics of his architect’s plans. Roughly 70% of the roof is pitched at 5-in-12, with the remaining roof area all but flat — with just enough of a slope to drain water. Three pitched sections form a U-shaped perimeter to the low-slope section, with with water draining toward the eave where it will run past a chimney (see Image #2, below).Pitched roof sections are being framed with 11 7/8-inch laminated veneer lumber (LVL) rafters and covered with Zip sheathing.“We are planning to spray 3 inches of closed-cell foam between the rafters and under the Zip sheathing and the balance (about 9 inches) of the rafter cavity will be filled with open-cell foam (to save on cost),” Joe writes. As required by the manufacturer, he adds, the sheathing will get a band of peel-and-stick waterproofing membrane at the perimeter of the roof, in the valleys, and at the overhangs. That will be followed with a vapor-permeable roof underlayment called Delta-Foxx, and, finally, Vermont slate shingles.The 1,000-square-foot low-slope area consists of 3/4-inch AdvanTech sheathing over 9 1/2-inch LVLs. Beneath the roof deck will be 3 inches of closed-cell spray foam and another 6 inches of open-cell foam. The entire surface will be covered with Grace Ice & Water Shield. That will be followed by a 4-inch layer of rigid foam insulation, and another layer of tapered foam insulation that will maintain the roof pitch at 1/4 inch per foot for drainage.The low-slope roof will be treated with a liquid-applied waterproofing membrane made by Kemper. Joe’s greatest worry? A risk that condensation will lead to sheathing rot in this unvented roof assembly. That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. There’s a better wayRather than sandwiching the roof sheathing between an impermeable barrier above and below, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay would design the roof so it could dry in at least one direction.“A better approach to this low-slope roof (in my opinion) would be rigid insulation above the roof sheathing, combined with fluffy insulation (cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass) below the roof sheathing,” Holladay writes. “In your climate zone (Zone 4), you would need a minimum of R-15 insulation above the roof sheathing to make this approach work.”With vapor-permeable insulation instead of spray foam below the sheathing, the roof could dry to the inside. (For more information on this approach, see the first two entries in the “Related Articles” sidebar, above left).When it comes to the pitched roof sections and Joe’s choice of slate, Holladay (who describes his approach to slate roofing specs as “old school”) says that the pitch is probably too shallow, but in any event the slate should be applied over skip sheathing, not a solid layer of Zip sheathing.“Slate is expensive roofing, so why cut costs where it counts?” Holladay says. “Install skip sheathing (1x4s or 2x4s, spaced according to the courses of slate) above the Zip — you won’t regret it. (The skip sheathing allows the slate to dry quickly, which will extend the lifespan of the slate.)” RELATED ARTICLES Combining Exterior Rigid Foam With Fluffy InsulationHow to Install Rigid Foam On top of Roof SheathingMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingAir Leakage Through Spray Polyurethane Foam Closed-cell foam isn’t necessaryJoe plans a layer of closed-cell foam throughout the house to ensure airtightness, but Dana Dorsett says this won’t be necessary. Open-cell foam will do as good a job, he says, at a much lower environmental cost.“Open-cell foam at 3 inches or more on plywood or OSB sheathing is every bit as airtight as closed-cell foam,” Dorsett says. (For more information on this topic, see Air Leakage Through Spray Polyurethane Foam.)“When the thermal bridging of the framing is factored in, the performance gain of the higher R per inch is almost vanishingly small,” Dorsett continues. “That 3 inches of closed-cell foam buys you at best another R-1.5 of ‘whole-wall R-value’ in an advanced-framing/low-thermal-bridging wall. You could get the same thermal benefit by adding 1/2 inch of continuous EPS over the sheathing. Closed-cell foam uses four times the polymer of half-pound open-cell foam, and the global warming footprint of the HFC245fa blowing agent is about 1,000 times that of CO2, compared to the effectively zero impact of the water used to blow half-pound foam.”Three inches of polyiso insulation, or 4 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS), over the roof deck and 10 inches of open-cell spray foam between the rafters would get Joe to code minimums for his climate zone. That 10-inch layer of open-cell foam would be a Class III vapor retarder, he says, and no additional treatment would be needed on the interior to lower the vapor permeance and protect the OSB sheathing. Potential leaks are a big concernLong Island will get plenty of wet and snowy weather, Dorsett points out, and the roof design lends itself to problems. “The sloped roof pitches and valleys dumping onto a flat roof and blocked on the drain end by an exterior chimney are mistakes,” Dorsett says.There have been six snowstorms in the last 20 years that dumped 18 inches of snow in New York City, he says, adding, “As configured, that flat roof section is guaranteed to collect deep snow drifts no matter which direction the wind blows during those storms.”His concerns are echoed by Kevin Zorski. “I know that you are in the middle of this project and basic things cannot be changed,” Zorski says, “but the choice of this architect was not the best, I’m afraid. The first thing I saw were the things Dana pointed out: three roofs draining into a wide, flat roof that slopes toward a chimney. I hope this architect knows more about energy efficiency than water management.”If there is any way to increase the pitch of the flat roof section, Joe should take advantage of it, says Zorski. As it is, the risk of leaks is a much bigger threat than the condensation that Joe originally asked about.“You have a three-sided swimming pool that is slowly draining water,” he says. “You may want to run the design by an experienced architect or engineer as a precaution before going too much further ahead. I apologize for my negativity, but this design looks to me to be a problem waiting to happen.” Make a waterproof panHolladay, a one-time roofer, suggests Joe could solve the potential leak problem on the low-slope portion of the roof with a soldered copper roof.“When I worked as a roofer, we were occasionally called in to solve problems like this — steep roofs that dumped snow, water, and ice onto a low-slope roof,” he says. “The only dependable long-term solution is to install a soldered copper roof. The soldered copper roof should extend up the slopes of all the adjacent slate roofs, creating a 4-foot-wide band of copper at the eaves of the sloped roofs that dump onto the flat roof, and every single seam should be soldered.”In addition, flashing for the chimney should be soldered copper, ideally installed as “through-chimney” flashing, a more reliable solution than inserting flashing into kerfs in the mortar.A soldered copper roof won’t leak and is tailor made for a situation such as that faced by Joe B. [Photo credit: Dennis Crookshanks,]Joe notes that the color of copper isn’t really what he had in mind for the roof, but Holladay tells him this will be a fleeting problem. The metal will quickly turn a dull brown in color. And even if it didn’t, that shouldn’t be a cause for worry. “The only people who will ever see this low-slope roof are people in helicopters and roofers trying to address the leaks,” he says, “so you shouldn’t worry about the color.”And as to Dorsett’s suggestion for adding insulation on top of the roof deck, that’s not going to happen.“Due to design of the house, we want to keep size of fascia about +/- 10 inches total, and if we add some rigid EPS insulation at this stage on top of pitched roof, my roof fascia will grow in height,” Joe says. “Rafters are cut already and the 9 1/2-inch LVL fascia is installed… By adding height, we will have to extend the eave.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say:The saying goes that when given lemons, make lemonade. But the followup to that should be that some solutions are just not potable. (Sorry, I just could not resist the double-entendre on solutions and lemonade).I am going completely with Martin on this one: Redesign the low-slope roof with topside rigid insulation and air-permeable cavity insulation, because if there was ever a roof design that begged for drying potential, it’s this one. Get the architect who was clever enough to give you this roof design to modify or detail your fascia and overhang on the low-slope roof to accommodate this roof redesign.Can you spec and construct a no-drying-potential roof assembly to not leak? Yes, but it will have to be done pretty near perfectly. If you stick with this roof assembly I would strongly consider building in leak detection (Detec, for example) along with an inspection-maintenance schedule. A roof is such an out-of-sight, out-of-mind feature that these are more than just good ideas.I am also more than just a little curious how such a chimney made it into and survived Passive House muster. And if this chimney will be completely outside the air and thermal barrier — which it appears to be in the image — the draw on this flue will be sorry at best.I hope this does not feel like piling on at this point, but anyone who is aspiring to meet one of the toughest performance programs on the planet can’t start with a “lemony” design.last_img read more