Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer:
With the winter chill upon many of us in North America, there is a lesson in this story of how an experienced Australian sailor with a good understanding of safety standards within the boating industry was still able to make a fatal mistake.
Naval architect Nicholas Banfield, 23, had picked up his girlfriend in Sydney and sailed to Middle Harbour for a romantic meal moored off Balmoral Beach on July 1, 2016.
After a feed of nachos and one alcoholic drink, the couple retired into the cabin of his 8.4-metre timber vessel Aquarius. And with a winter chill in the air, they sealed the hatches and turned on the LPG stove to keep the cabin warm. The decision would cost Banfi…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer, Editor
If you can dream it, you can do it:
For the most part, technological advancement is the result of careful and slow evolution. But every once in a while someone seeks to leap the limits and change the landscape. Vlad Murnikov tells the story of such a case which could raise the level of high performance cruising catamarans.
Origins of Design.
It all started with a phone call from Australia:
“Hello, my name is Adam Kaplan and I am interested in a custom-designed fast cruising catamaran. A sailboat with a twist.
“My background is in racing cars and flying aerobatic aircraft. I also have experience over many years as a user of power boats. Therefore I have no particular int…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – If you can dream it, you can do it, Editor
It’s finally been endorsed by UK government. Home-working is officially the future! In order to benefit the environment as well as our pockets we need to weigh up our energy costs and probably invest a little to make the biggest success with garden rooms.
After my calls to action and series of informative articles last year, a distinct shift can now be felt in the greater acceptance of working from home and understanding the clear benefits it provides. Having experienced the stigma of the misunderstood and under invested market, things have rapidly turned around. Recently, on Radio 4’s Cost The Earth the cultural change of breaking out of the traditional workplace, in favour of home-working was discussed at length and likened to a cottage industry regression.
Guest speaker, Alex Johnston, explained the benefits he experienced from working in an insulated timber office in his garden. Not least of which was a compulsion to become more involved in his local community. Spending all his time at home, he could not fail but become aware of the neighbourhood patterns around him and the growing desire to be part of that responsible community life. As a unexpected benefit, home-working may contribute to community cohesion and healthier, happier neighbourhoods in our towns, cities and villages.
Community spirit may be a by-product of this particular lifestyle but is not the reason for government support. No-one will be surprised when I reveal that the drive for rolling out home-working across government is cost cuts, both private and departmental. With more staff choosing more home-working days, there is an obvious reprieve for the country’s travel infrastructures.
We are told that the present Westminster Government wishes to, “utilize the technologies of video conferencing and broadband to increase the number of home days”. However, according to a recent study, home-workers do not save money or energy so are no more carbon friendly than the commuter.
This study revealed the winter /summer patterns of employees working from a room inside their home, instead of working from a central city office. Instead of heating just the one room, they tended to heat and light the whole house, which increased their winter energy use by a remarkable and expensive 40%. Balanced by the summer warmth, the end of year results brought these home-workers right in line with their centralized colleagues, despite reduced travel needs.
The missing piece here, the solution which makes home-working save massively on costs, time and carbon output is the well insulated, detached garden room. Most energy waste is due to a poorly insulated building with no natural light. The Kyoto Protocol relates that 45% of all carbon emissions are from our buildings but most of that figure – a staggering 40.5% ALL carbon emissions traced – are produced in the process of heating our homes and offices in winter, cooling them down in summer, lighting them and running our various appliances within them.
So investing in a detached garden room that has been certified as energy efficient and thermally efficient (BBA certificated), is the recession solution for the government’s big society and the green pledge. Adding PV solar panels is also a positive way of investing in the future, but that’s another article entirely.
Even if the garden office is used for 2 or 3 days a week, there is enough value in that stability to validate an investment in our future and a proud environmental policy for each individual, business and department involved.
Jewel attained a medical degree with Honours in 2003. She is passionate about
environmental issues and the benefits of home-working, including the health and environmental advantages of flexible working practices – among others. She currently works from home as a company Director and tends to her growing family.
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