Women lead this year’s CEO SleepOut

first_imgThis year, the annual CEO SleepOut urges women leaders to take part in its one night in the cold event. Each participant must pledge R100,000 that will go to beneficiaries of the initiative.The SheEO SleepOut, a part of the CEO SleepOut, is hosted this year at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This year the focus is to bring South Africa’s influential women together to grow empathy for vulnerable communities and to celebrate each other’s commitment to change. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s CEO SleepOut initiative this year focuses on female leaders and calls on women in executive committees to spend a night outdoors on 22 June 2017.The CEO SleepOut is part of a global movement for positive social change. Founded in Australia in 2006, it is now a global event, with SleepOuts taking place in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK.This global movement aims to effect positive social change for vulnerable and homeless communities. The initiative asks business leaders to spend a winter’s night on the streets, raising funds and increasing empathy for the homeless.The South African SleepOutThe founding partner of the CEO SleepOut in South Africa is The Philanthropic Collection, and the inaugural event in the country took place in 2015 when 247 chief executive officers and senior company executives spent the night on Gwen Lane, Sandton. More than R26-million for the childcare organisation, Girls & Boys Town, was raised.The following year, 672 current and future business leaders spent the night on the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg City.There was also a national call to action, #SouthAfricaMustRise. Companies, universities and schools were able to host a SleepOut in solidarity on their own Sympathy, Student and School SleepOut events, collecting items for the chosen beneficiary.Donations were given to primary beneficiary partners, namely The Asha Trust, Columba Leadership and The Steve Biko Foundation.In the past two years, more than R35-million has been donated to the beneficiary partners of the South Africa CEO SleepOut, representing 73% of the project’s income revenue.This year’s CEO SleepOut is seen as “a special chapter” and is called the SheEO SleepOut, because of its focus on female leaders. The aim is for 250 female chief executive officers or women on executive committees to participate in the event, taking place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.Those companies who do not have female leaders can nominate another woman, but must also pledge a donation towards fundraising for the beneficiary. To participate in SheEO SleepOut, each registered person or company should pledge R100,000.The funds raised at the SheEO SleepOut will be awarded to this year’s primary beneficiary, Door of Hope. This organisation works in the area of this year’s focus pillar: shelter, especially for abandoned babies and children.The secondary beneficiaries benefit from the affiliated brands and projects. The secondary beneficiaries this year are Homeless Talk, the street newspaper; The Salvation Army; and Gift of the Givers.Funeral donationThe CEO SleepOut initiative had its media launch on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in Rosebank, Johannesburg.Among the guests were Prof Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, former justice at the Constitutional Court; Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng’s MEC for education; entrepreneur and radio host Brent Lindique, who is also known as The Good Things Guy; and Leanne Manas, the SABC anchor.Yusuf Abramjee, social activist and chief ambassador of the CEO SleepOut, said the initiative had donated R50,000 towards the funeral costs of the victims of the taxi accident outside Bronkhorstspruit on 21 April 2017, in which 18 children and two adults died.Speaking at the launch of the School SleepOut 2017 in Johannesburg, Lesufi said the donation would help with funeral costs and “we are grateful”. A moment of silence was observed to remember the dead.People tweeted their thoughts about the SleepOut:As a social enterprise, we want corporate South Africa to do more to help those in need, which is why we do what we do. #CEOSleepOutZA— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 26, 2017In 2017,we highlight women in leadership &encourage men to support them by contributing to their pledge.Details here:https://t.co/ib4nLh1XJb— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 26, 2017MEC @Lesufi is humbled to be part of the School SleepOut in general. He says Future CEOs are today’s students. #CEOSleepOutZA pic.twitter.com/SZThpcRXnT— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 25, 2017#TshepoMotaung “nice to be important but far more important to be nice” message to the youth @SleepOutZA #activecitizen— Katie Mohamed (@KayteeBM) April 25, 2017Take partJune 2017 has also been declared SleepOut month in South Africa. For the satellite solidarity events – the Sympathy, South Africa and School SleepOuts – businesses, groups and schools spend any night during June 2017 outdoors, collecting items for satellite beneficiaries across the nine provinces.For the School SleepOuts, 13 learners have been chosen countrywide to be school ambassadors of the initiative. They share the message of change and encourage schools to take part.Companies can also host a SleepOut at their premises on any day during June 2017. They can register for the Sympathy SleepOut. Last year, 65 schools and 44 companies participated.Thirdly, this year the South Africa SleepOut was introduced. This is for any group of South Africans — such as running clubs, book clubs, family and friends — can spend a night outdoors anywhere.All these events are to collect items for the beneficiaries. The list of items to collect and donate to the beneficiaries is found on the website.Anyone who wants to participate can register on the site.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Do These Walls Need a Poly Vapor Barrier?

first_imgZane Bridgers is building a single-story house in northern New Mexico and has nearly completed the framed exterior walls. As his mind turns to air sealing, he’s considering whether to install an interior vapor barrier — and whether his uncle, a builder of 40 years, is giving him good advice on how to proceed. Walls on the slab-on-grade structure will include R-19 fiberglass cavity insulation, 5/8-inch OSB sheathing, a 2-inch layer of polyiso rigid insulation, a drainage layer and, finally, three-coat stucco. In the roof, Bridgers plans 6-mil poly under the drywall, followed by 2 inches of polyiso, R-38 fiberglass batts, a 2-inch ventilation channel, OSB sheathing and metal roofing. “This is a predominately cold and dry heating climate with big temperature swings,” Bridgers writes in a Q&A post of the Climate Zone 5 locale. “I was talking with my uncle who has been a builder here for 40 years. He was explaining the importance of dry heat for optimal performance of fiberglass insulation, hence his recommendation to put the 6 mil plastic on the ceiling … I was planning to tape the foil faced polyiso for this effect, but he thinks it’s a waste of time and effort vs. the 6 mil poly.”RELATED ARTICLESWorries About Trapping MoistureSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsCalculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingOne Air Barrier or Two?Vapor Retarders and Vapor Barriers Bridgers is equally concerned about another bit of advice he’s been given: Add a layer of poly to the walls. “This caused a bit more concern as it seems it could potentially trap moisture in the wall cavity, especially since I had planned foil-faced polyiso under the stucco, also taped,” Bridgers adds. “He suggested leaving somewhere for the moisture to go.” Bridgers has two other questions. First, is it a waste of time to seal the OSB and framing when the exterior foam and drywall seem like much easier ways of controlling air leaks? And second, with a continuous layer of rigid foam over the wall sheathing, where is the point in the assembly where condensation is likely to occur? Those concerns will get us started on this Q&A Spotlight. Water doesn’t need to escape GBA editor Martin Holladay, referring Bridgers to an article he had written on the topic previously, notes that interior moisture doesn’t really need to go anywhere. “Water doesn’t need to escape from your house,” Holladay writes. “Although it’s true that indoor air is warm and humid during the winter, while outdoor air is cold and dry, that doesn’t mean that indoor moisture needs to ‘escape’ from your house. It’s perfectly OK if the indoor moisture stays where it is without ‘escaping.’ ” Holladay explains that walls with exterior rigid foam should never have interior polyethylene, since foam-sheathed walls need to be able to dry to the interior. Either polyiso or expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation would make a good choice, and taping the seams would be time well spent. “Air sealing efforts are almost never a waste of time,” he says. “Whether or not you need redundancy (basically, multiple air barriers) depends on your airtightness target and your budget.” What about Bridgers’ concerns about condensation inside the walls? “The idea is to specify enough rigid foam on the exterior of your wall sheathing so that condensation does not occur,” Holladay says. “In your climate zone, your rigid foam needs a minimum R-value of R-7.5 if your walls are framed with 2x6s. “Skip the interior polyethylene,” he adds, “pay attention to airtightness, and everything will be fine.” What about venting the roof? If the walls are better off without the poly, should it still be used in the ceiling? Bridgers asks. There’s no code requirement for including a vapor barrier on the interior side of a vented roof assembly, Holladay replies. The most important thing is airtightness, not preventing vapor diffusion. Drywall can be an air barrier, providing Bridgers pays close attention to sealing any penetrations, particularly the electrical boxes. Bridgers sees a problem with adding foam or plastic ventilation baffles above the fiberglass in the roof because either would prevent moisture from being wicked out of the insulation. “The purpose of the vent channel is to help keep the roof sheathing dry,” Holladay says. “You are not trying to wick moisture out of the fiberglass … You aren’t trying to help indoor moisture escape. It’s OK if indoor moisture stays where it is, all winter long.” One air barrier is enough Peter Engle writes that Bridgers has three potential air barriers in the ceiling: the foil facing on the foam insulation, the poly, and the drywall. “You only need one, well detailed and airtight,” Engle says. “If you can make the drywall airtight, you can skip the poly and use any polyiso foam you want, or EPS foam. If you are worried about the drywall being airtight, you can tape the seams in the foil polyiso.” Jon R, however, suggests there’s nothing wrong with multiple air barriers. “More air barriers will generally outperform one,” he says. “If you can only have one, the best (for your climate) is the interior side.” Addressing the risk of condensation Jon R adds that the choice of exterior foam may make a difference to how well the wall performs: “With external foam, a wall that can dry a little to the exterior (say EPS) will outperform a similar wall that can’t (say same R-value of foil-faced foam).” He takes issue with the idea that a wall must be designed so that there is a zero chance of condensation taking place. “The idea is to reduce the amount of condensation to the point where it sometimes occurs but isn’t enough to cause a problem,” he writes. “Going beyond that, all the way to ‘no condensation’ is unnecessary expense. Some in-wall condensation *will occur* at the minimum recommended foam R values.” Holladay replies: “When sheathing is cold in the winter, and in contact with warm humid air, what happens isn’t really condensation. It’s sorption. The moisture content of the cold OSB or plywood sheathing increases when the warm humid air is in contact with it.” That said, the building science in this case is clear. When the exterior foam is thick enough, the sheathing stays dry. If the foam is too thin, the siding may get damp, which is risky. With that in mind, Bridgers asks, would a 2-inch layer of polyiso with an R-value of 13 be a better bet than a 2-inch layer of EPS, with an R-value of 8? “That’s exactly the right type of question,” Jon R replies. “WUFI might provide a useful answer. Forced to weigh various factors and guess in your case (never a good way to do design), I’d say the R-13. Better than either if it were unfaced/higher perms.” Agreed, says Holladay: R-13 is preferable to R-8. Our expert’s opinion GBA technical director Peter Yost made the following points: Cavity or interstitial condensation: There are two primary drivers of this phenomenon: the difference in temperature between the interior and exterior, and the interior relative humidity. Yes, it’s plenty dry in New Mexico during the winter, but occupants can generate quite a bit of moisture (for more, see this). So, make sure you manage interior sources of moisture and have humidity-sensing devices so that occupants know what the interior relative humidity is. Location and nature of air control layer/barrier: If I only get to choose one location for an air barrier, I choose the exterior, for two reasons. One, it’s much easier to get continuity on the exterior (no intersecting interior partitions or floor assemblies to worry about). Two, exterior air barriers deal better with wind-washing at the corners of buildings. Continuity is key. It’s easy to designate elements of the air control layer, but more difficult to get them all connected. Pick one plane for the air barrier, and then make it continuous. If you can get more than one air barrier, great. But one continuous barrier is way more beneficial than two or more discontinuous ones. Building assembly drying potential: It’s ideal to select every individual layer of an assembly (based on vapor permeance) so that there is drying in both directions, but our assemblies are complex enough these days that settling for drying potential in one direction is reasonable. Avoid selecting Class I — and if you can, Class II — vapor retarding materials on one side of your assembly or the other to get that single-direction drying potential. Bottom line: There’s absolutely no need for polyethylene. Don’t put in a Class I vapor retarder/barrier unless you have to.last_img read more

The Spin Masters

first_imgThis World Cup is for the batsmen. A par score for the top teams is going to be 300 runs in 50 overs, and even that is going to be tough to defend when two quality sides meet. The Netherlands did well to score 292 against England, but, as far as I am concerned, it will take more than just a good total for any of the bottom four teams to cause an upset in this Cup.S SreesanthThe India vs Bangladesh game was a great start to the World Cup. It had an atmosphere of a “big game” to it. India were under pressure, having been knocked out of the last World Cup by Bangladesh, but Virender Sehwag was able to alleviate that pressure by hitting the first ball of the innings for a boundary, and from then on, he and India never looked back. Sehwag made a huge statement with his 175, which made this World Cup come alive for me. Virat Kohli at No. 4 scored a century and made it look easy. He will be a high-class player for India in the future. The Indian batting looks long and strong to me, but I couldn’t understand some of the bowling decisions. India’s bowling strength lies in its spinners and I would rather see R. Ashwin or Piyush Chawla play than a third seamer. Even though I like S. Sreesanth very much as he is a character, one-day cricket is about keeping calm and being thoughtful. Sreesanth needs to mature more as a person and as a cricketer. I would pick Ashwin or Chawla instead, especially for the clash against England on February 27.The fielding in this World Cup so far hasn’t been top class and both India and England will need to improve on this score. England seemed to have lost the plot in the last 15 overs of the Netherlands innings with dropped catches and wrong field placements. They need to plan better for their biggest group clash in this tournament when they meet India at Bangalore.advertisementOne doesn’t know how the Bangalore pitch will behave but England will no doubt prefer the conditions in Bangalore over Kolkata. I like the fact that England have opted for the Kevin Pietersen-Andrew Strauss opening combination. That’s a message to Pietersen that England looks up to him as a great player and need him to fire for the team to have a chance at lifting the Cup. The right-left-handed opening combination can be a huge asset as the fielding side will always be under pressure if the duo build a long partnership. England’s batting order looks strong, but it’s their bowling combination that they need to work on. They would probably want Mike Yardy at the cost of a pacer.Sri Lanka looked every bit as solid at home in their one-sided clash with Canada. With their opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who are dashing one-day openers, followed by the class and experience of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and the finishing abilities of Angelo Mathews in the middle order, theirs is a very strong batting line-up. Canada really didn’t have a chance.Australia look strong and though they beat Zimbabwe comfortably, they look like one batsman short without Michael Hussey who is injured. Mitchell Johnson bowled well and is a match-winning all-rounder in one-day cricket, and along with Shane Watson, Australia have two leading all-rounders in this World Cup. Zimbabwe have recently been a more consistent performer at the international level. They have had quality players in the past and also have a good production line for the future. Their combination of captain Elton Chigumbura and coach Allan Butcher is working well. I will not be surprised if they cause an upset in this tournament.The format of the World Cup is much too long to funnel out the bottom teams and I welcome the plan to have eight top teams and two “minnows” in the next edition, though it might not go down well with those teams that don’t make it. But that will make cricket more exciting for fans and sponsors.I am looking forward to the match at Bangalore. May the best team win, as long as it’s England.- Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellencelast_img read more