Miller, Manning fire as Broncos D stifle Panthers in Super Bowl

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP): A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defence harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement. He wasn’t the star of Super Bowl 50 – game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play – but Manning really hasn’t been the headliner in this injury-shortened season. “This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.” Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to their third NFL title, first since 1999 – when Elway was the quarterback. “I’ll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked if this is the end. “I got a couple of priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.” Denver’s suffocating defence kept Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes before the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn’t finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league’s MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver’s top-ranked defence, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable. “There was a certain point where it was like guys on the sideline were saying, ‘Cam is very stressed,'” Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby said. “For two weeks straight, that’s all we heard was Cam this, Cam that, dab this, dab that. They were dabbing in their team photos. It was very disrespectful. We wanted to come out and prove that we’re the best.” Newton was sacked six times – receiver Ted Ginn Jr went down once on an aborted trick play – and if Miller wasn’t torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, equalling the most by one team in the Super Bowl. Carolina led the league with 500 points, but were held to their fewest of the year and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner. So what, The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises; Indianapolis in 2007 was the other. Gary Kubiak is the first to win a Super Bowl as player and coach for the same team. Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defence that just couldn’t match Miller and company. “I feel very, very grateful,” Manning said. … “Obviously, it’s very special to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”last_img read more

Oregon House Wins DOE Award

first_imgA Passivhaus-certified residence in North Plains, Oregon, has won a 2015 Housing Innovation Award from the Department of Energy.The Pumpkin Ridge Passive House, designed by Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, is one of a number of preliminary winners that are now in the running for top prizes to be announced in October at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Denver.The house was featured in a GBA article last December after it won an award from Green Builder magazine, and also was the focus of a blog on framing and air-sealing by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay.In addition to certification from the Passive House Institute U.S., Pumpkin Ridge is a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home, and is an Earth Advantage Platinum home. Exterior walls have two layers of insulationThe 3,050-square-foot house is insulated mostly with cellulose, a total of 15 inches of dense-packed cellulose in the walls and 24 inches of blown-in cellulose in the roof.There are two layers of cellulose in exterior walls, one in the cavities of a 2×6 service wall to the interior, and another 9 1/2 inches of insulation between I-joists on the outside of a layer of plywood sheathing. A second layer of sheathing on the exterior of the I-joists is vapor-permeable Agepan DWD, followed by a rain screen and vertical wood siding.In all, exterior walls have a whole-wall R-value of 51, according to the builder, Hammer & Hand. The roof has an R-value of 86. The carefully air-sealed building was tested at 0.36 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals, well below the Passivhaus limit of 0.6 ach50.Other construction and mechanical details:Heat recovery ventilator: Zehnder Comfoair 350.Heating and cooling: Mitsubishi ducted minisplit.Domestic hot water: Heat pump water heater.Windows: Zola triple-glazed units with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.50 and a whole-unit U-factor of 0.13.Skylight: Triple-glazed tubular with a U-factor of 0.08Air-sealing: On exterior walls, the air barrier is the plywood sheathing (with taped seams); in the attic, a continuous layer of plywood with all seams and penetrations sealed with SIGA tape. Below the plywood is a service cavity.Foundation: Walls and slab are insulated with 6 inches of expanded polystyrene insulation (R-28.6).Renewables: 10-kW photovoltaic array, which Hammer & Hand hopes will allow net-zero energy operation.Shades: Operable window shades on the lower level of the building exterior block sun during the summer and in the shoulder seasons.last_img read more