In Britain, Carving a Low-Cost Path to Zero-Carbon Homes

first_imgArthur Bland, a U.K.-based project manager for ICF manufacturer Logix, says construction costs for homes that meet the zero-carbon-emissions performance standards established by Britain’s Climate Change Act don’t necessarily have to be budget-busting. In fact, such homes don’t have to cost a penny more than conventionally constructed dwellings with comparable features, he says.Bland put his cost-containing theory to the test during the construction of three adjacent homes in a small English village called Chewton Mendip, in Somerset County. Aiming for airtight, thermally resistant building envelopes for each of the dwellings, Bland used Logix’s polystyrene-and-concrete wall system, Unilin SIPs for the roof, and Eco-Slab modular ground-floor slabs – essentially concrete suspended on heavy-duty polystyrene forms.The conditioned space in the three houses totals about 3,000 sq. ft., and all three cost about $495,000 to build, including triple-glazed windows and $9,900 heat recovery ventilators from Genvex.As noted in a recent article in The Guardian, the three houses share a rainwater harvesting system, which is serviced by a big tank in the communal garden to the rear. The rainwater is used for dishwashers, washing machines and toilets. About 75% of the houses’ annual water consumption is provided by the system.Because local conservation laws prohibit installation of renewable-energy systems on houses, the three homes in this project are not quite net-zero-energy, but use about $1,000 of electricity annually. Bland says, however, that the houses meet all Code 6 requirements (the highest rating) set by Britain’s Code for Sustainable Homes, the government-mandated rating system for new homes.last_img read more

How to Better Defend Against Cyber Threats

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage 2019 is half over, and cybercriminals are on the prowl. As internet, mobile, and IoT technologies become more pervasive, the vulnerable points that hackers can target have increased. Companies can’t simply patch these vulnerabilities and relax. Cybercrime is a constantly evolving threat, and your strategy needs to continually adapt to the latest dangers.The first half of the year provided object lessons in how imminent these threats are. Since January, we’ve seen data privacy breaches at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and increasing incidents of ransomware targeting industrial firms. One of the most serious cybersecurity incidents of the year didn’t even require hackers. In May, it was revealed that First American, a real estate and title insurance firm, had 885 million customer financial records publicly available on its website.Aside from violating customers’ trust, these events are costly — customer data has become a commodity in its own right. Although some breaches feel inevitable, best practices can limit the damage significantly. The New York Times reported that handling cybersecurity the right way — including encrypting data properly and employing a well-trained staff — can reduce the costs of a breach by 47%.3 Steps to Fight Cybercrime Into Next YearCybersecurity is just one component of your data and technology mission. Providing an engaging user experience, empowering your employees, and complying with data regulations are also critical. But without robust security, all that is built on a house of cards.If you want to be a cyber-savvy leader, learn from the first half of 2019 as you revamp your cybersecurity efforts.1. Harden remote access.When it comes to business technology, remote access is a blessing and a curse. It allows remote workers and vendors to access the systems they need to do their jobs, but it also opens the door to cybercriminals. In fact, 86% of executives think data is more at risk when employees work remotely. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce that risk. The key is having employees work on your secure network, no matter where they’re physically working.One of your best options is to use virtual private networks (VPNs), which enable employees to stay off public networks. Another approach is to provide more personalized access through a privileged access management (PAM) solution rather than a VPN. A PAM system gives you more detailed or specific control. In comparison, a VPN is essentially all-or-nothing access for your team. For instance, a PAM solution makes it possible to cut off access to terminated employees or set up alerts and session tracking. Decide how many different levels of access you need internally to determine which of these two routes is best.2. Prioritize IoT security.As the IoT explodes, hackers are targeting these devices and their systems. It’s often too late to patch a device after a security vulnerability has been discovered. For that reason, Trend Micro is pitching in to help companies get it right before IoT devices go to market with its Zero Day Initiative, which provides a team of researchers to vet IoT devices submitted from manufacturers. Efforts like this help ensure that the IoT devices you implement aren’t making it easier for hackers to access your systems and data. To further harden IoT offerings, implement two-factor authentications for network access, in which an SMS code or other means to verify the device is used. As Heitor Faroni, director of solutions marketing for the Network Business Division at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, explains, “Many IoT devices are not designed with security in mind and consequently have little to no integrated security capabilities. The best way is to minimize the risks is to take a multi-layer security approach. It starts at the user and device level, making sure that every user and device is recognized, authenticated, and authorized.” Two-factor authentication will help keep hackers off your network. 3. Surpass compliance standards.Data privacy regulations, such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), are a step in the right direction for cybersecurity. Adhering to the letter of these laws — or even surpassing them — can go a long way toward fulfilling your mission. “Going above and beyond what the regulations require ensures that data is protected — and can be a powerful driver of performance,” says David Wagner, president and CEO of Zix, a leader in email security. “The key is to make the compliance part easy so that companies can focus on turning new regulations into opportunities to discover new strengths.”Start by collecting information on your operations, documenting carefully how you process data and any vulnerabilities. Such a record is a requirement of the GDPR, so it’s both a smart idea and a necessary step. And separate your compliance and security teams. Sure, both teams are working toward the same end goal, but they’ll take different actions to work toward that goal. Your compliance team should focus on documentation to show that you’re following compliance regulations. Meanwhile, your security team should focus on any efforts that enhance the security of your company’s systems and private information. To fend off ever-increasing cybersecurity threats, make sure your company applies the latest patches, fortifies its networks, takes IoT concerns seriously, and complies with all privacy regulations. Companies that fail to do so are courting disaster in the form of brand-damaging breaches, fines, lawsuits, and more. Fortunately, with the array of tools and knowledge available, it’s possible to make your operations much more secure. Tags:#business protection#business security#cyber threats#cyberattacks#cybersecurity#hackers#IT#Leadership Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 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Keep Pak. out of picture, Governor tells J&K parties

first_imgJ&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday ticked off major regional parties — National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — and the separatist Hurriyat Conference, criticising their frequent reference to Pakistan’s role in resolving the Kashmir issue. At a function in Srinagar, Mr. Malik said there could be no talks with the Hurriyat “until they keep Pakistan out of the discussion”.“I recently met representatives Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and M.Y. Tarigami. As far as the Hurriyat is concerned, they don’t even go to the toilet without asking Pakistan. Till the time they don’t keep Pakistan separate, no talks will be held with them,” Mr. Malik said.‘Not acceptable’In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Malik, referring to the NC and the PDP, said, “These [political parties] have no right to talk about India-Pakistan peace talks. It is between governments of the two nations, as being neighbours makes it obvious that talks will happen for sure. But political parties bringing up the issue of Pakistan into dialogue process was neither acceptable to us then, nor will it be now.”It is for the first time in J&K that a Governor has drawn a red line for both the mainstream and separatist parties on the issue of Pakistan.Mehbooba rebuttalReacting to the Governor’s statement, former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that her party would continue to pitch for India-Pakistan dialogue. “Kashmir has both internal and external dimensions. Relations with Pakistan have a direct bearing on the situation here. Time has proved the fact that whenever relations between India and Pakistan were good, there was an era of peace, development and dialogue in J&K. Good governance surely restores peoples’ confidence but gets wasted in absence of dialogue and engagement, internally and externally,” Ms. Mufti said.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq described Mr. Malik’s remarks as “illiteracy” on Kashmir.“Pakistan is party to the Kashmir dispute; the fact is acknowledged by the international community, the United Nations and India itself. History bears witness to numerous India-Pak. dialogue on Kashmir in the past. In fact, the peaceful future of South Asia also lies in resumption of India and Pakistan dialogue and addressing the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of people of J&K,” the Mirwaiz said.BJP praiseBJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday met Governor Malik at the Raj Bhavan.“Mr. Madhav congratulated the Governor for ensuring peaceful polls to the urban local bodies and hoped that the upcoming panchayat elections in the State will witness massive participation of people,” a party spokesperson said.last_img read more

Batangas, Navotas unbeaten

first_imgBatangas and Navotas pulled off contrasting wins on Saturday night to stay on top in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup.Former University of the East star Val Acuña joined forces with big man Jhaymo Eguilos in a big second half show to help the Batangas Athletics beat the Bataan Defenders, 88-73, for their second straight win in the tournament bankrolled by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 1998 PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes as commissioner.ADVERTISEMENT Batangas’ win negated the 32-point performance of many-time PBA scoring champion Gary David.Acuña tallied 13 points while Eguilos finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds as Batangas followed up its 73-65 win over Valenzuela last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot to be outdone were the Navotas Clutch, who nipped the Bulacan Kuyas, 77-76, in overtime.Gino Jumao-as, a former University of the East player, had 16 points to lead the Clutch who also improved to 2-0. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief PLAY LIST 02:39Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief01:21Albayalde relieves 3 Navotas cops for lack of action on drug dens05:03Scientists, fishermen ask gov’t to expand protection of Verde Island Passage01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES The Super Bowl and Fil-Am football heroes Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Ashok Gehlot, Joshi lock horns over Rajasthan cricket bodies

first_imgChief Minister Ashok Gehlot backed Sports Council of Rajasthan is targeting Rajasthan Cricket Association , which is headed by his rival CP Joshi – Union Minister for Surface Transport.The sports council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali, who is considered very close to Gehlot. He was appointed as its head on Joshi’s suggestion as a bargain for withdrawing from the race for election to RCA president in favour of Joshi.The Council has declined to give RCA stadium for Irani Trophy matches due in fourth week of September on the grounds that the memorandum of understanding between the two has expired on July 21.RCA moved court of metropolitan magistrate in Jaipur demanding that it be allowed to use the stadium as government has given permission to go ahead with the MoU. But the court dismissed it. Now, RCA plans to appeal against this order.The Council has in the past tried to create hurdles in functioning of RCA on petty issues by locking the gates of the stadium or refusing to let repair works done before crucial matches. It is because Mali’s first love was to head cash-rich RCA.Joshi is known for his erratic handling of the RCA. At times he takes full control of the RCA and at other times, he leaves it entirely to the RCA secretary KK Sharma, who is also his man.RCA has been facing problems in its financial matter of late. The Public Accounts Committee of Rajasthan assembly has ordered it to pay Rs 4 crore dues to police and home department in lieu of security provided for the matches. Recently, RCA’s accounts were frozen by Income Tax department to claim its dues.advertisementlast_img read more