Margot’s family home snapped up by early buyer

first_imgSarie Kessler and daughter Margot Robbie attend the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards in March in Santa Monica, California. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty ImagesACADEMY Award nominee Margot Robbie’s mum’s home on the Gold Coast will not go to auction this Saturday as planned after the property was put under contract. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: Robbie’s mum takes her Gold Coast home to auction Inside the home. Holl­ywood superstar Margot Robbie’s mother Sarie Kessler’S Gold Coast house has gone under contract.Robbie has made regular visits to the Southport family home in between film projects.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe film star has previously described her mother as “the sweetest person on Earth” and even took her to the 80th Annual Academy Awards. At the time Ms Kessler described the birthday as the “best one ever”.“It was an amazing thing (that Margot did) but I don’t want to say anything more about it,” she said at the time.“However, I was really disappointed it ended up on social media as it was a personal present.”The home boasts hinterland and Surfers skyline views and a pool.“This renovated family home is perfectly positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms all flowing out onto a sheltered alfresco area, surrounded by lush tropical gardens,” the listing had stated.center_img While a Ray White spokesperson confirmed the Southport home owned by her mother Sarie Kessler was under contract, they could not disclose the price until the sale went unconditional. According to CoreLogic data, Ms Kessler purchased the property in 2007 for $488,500 for the four-bedroom home. In 2014, Robbie paid off her mother’s entire mortgage as a gift for her 60th birthday. CoreLogic revealed Mina Place as a tightly held street, with the last sale being 9 Mina Place in 2012 for $490,000.Prior to that there were two sales in 2007, including Ms Kessler’s and 8 Mina Place for $600,000.last_img read more

Gleneagles leads Guineas contenders

first_img Press Association The highly-talented colt won his last five starts only to be demoted after finishing first past the post in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October. His trainer Aidan O’Brien has trimmed down his entry to four with Highland Reel, Ol’ Man River and War Envoy still standing after the defection of the likes of John F Kennedy after he was surprisingly beaten on his seasonal debut. Other Irish possibles are Ger Lyons’ Cappella Sansevero and Endless Drama plus the Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq. British hopes that remain in line for the Classic include Andrew Balding’s Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park, the Richard Hannon-trained foursome of Estidhkaar, Ivawood, Craven scorer Kool Kompany and Moheet. Muhaarar, winner of the Greenham Stakes at Newbury for Charlie Hills, stands his ground as does John Quinn’s Prix Morny victor, The Wow Signal. French trainer Freddy Head, sent out Charm Spirit to finish fifth 12 months ago, and is expecting his second 2000 Guineas runner Ride Like The Wind to do himself justice. “He has done very well since his last race, his work has been good, and I think that he has improved a bit,” said Head. “He is on the same sort of level as Charm Spirit was at this time last year. They are similar horses in that they tend to be a bit keen and if Ride Like The Wind settles better than Charm Spirit did last year, I think that he has a good chance.” “That is why I have given him two runs already this season, to get the freshness out of him before the Guineas.” “I was very happy with his Prix Djebel victory. He settled then quickened well and it was to his credit that he won despite being held up at the back of the field when the pace was slow.” “The undulations at Newmarket won’t be a problem for him and although seven furlongs is a good trip for him at the moment, I think that he will stay a mile as long as he relaxes and gets a good run. He needs good or good to firm ground.” One who could be added to the field is Godolphin’s Territories, who has pleased Andre Fabre since winning a Group Three at Longchamp recently. “Territories has come out of his trial very well and has come on for the run,” Fabre told www.godolphin.com. “At this stage, a supplementary entry in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket is under serious consideration and we are 90% certain to take that route, subject to the horse continuing to please me. “We will monitor the weather forecast and going conditions closely as he is a horse who prefers genuinely good ground. He is more likely to get his favoured ground conditions at Newmarket than at Longchamp a week later.” Ante-post favourite Gleneagles tops 34 possibles for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2 following the latest scratching stage.last_img read more

Heisler: Kawhi Leonard is available, just maybe not to the Lakers

first_imgWhy would the Spurs trade the 26-year-old Leonard to their ancient rivals, the Lakers?It says here they won’t.• With a year left on his contract, the Spurs must sign off on anything Kawhi does this summer.With less to offer in trade than other teams, the Lakers need him to force a deal, which he might well try, and for the Spurs to accede, which is less likely.Playing one more season for the Spurs would give Leonard all the leverage – but he and the Spurs might be past that after Kawhi trashed his “selfless” image and bailed on the team.Waiting a year won’t work for the Lakers, who need a second star to persuade LeBron to come. If they can’t get Kawhi this summer, they might go back to their original dream package with Paul George and LeBron.• It’s one of Popovich’s cardinal rules not to help Western Conference rivals, much less one with the tradition and resources of the Lakers.Popovich almost never says a bad word about another team, but he went bonkers in 2008 when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers, setting them up for three consecutive Finals runs and two titles.“What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” Popovich said at the time. “… I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”• We’ll never know if Popovich might deal with the Lakers if all things are equal. All things aren’t.Several contenders – such as the Celtics, 76ers and Cavaliers – have more young players and/or high first-round picks to offer the Spurs.The Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma – all promising young players but none yet a star Popovich could build around. They don’t have their own first-round pick – now an unprotected No. 10 – which finally goes to Phladelphia (a pick the 76ers could, of course, offer the Spurs.) The Lakers’ No. 25 pick would mean little to San Antonio.And, of course, the Celtics, 76ers and Cavaliers are in the Eastern Conference, Popovich’s preferred destination for Leonard, if not Kawhi’s.The Clippers must be just as interested as the Lakers, but all they have is an aging roster and the No. 12 and 13 picks. (Drawing a top-three pick in the lottery could change things, but there’s just a 4.7 percent chance of that happening.)Of course, for Popovich, this is the nightmare scenario that he never imagined after the extraordinary run that saw a tiny market team win as many titles as the Lakers (five) from the Spurs’ first in 1999 to their last in 2014. Other teams expressed their admiration by hiring half the people who once sat next to Pop on the bench or worked in their front office.As opposed to the zany Lakers, who saw the Shaq-Kobe champions break themselves up, the Spurs ran on auto-pilot with Tim Duncan providing in-group leadership until his 2016 retirement.The summer before Duncan called it quits, the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge, a gifted player but, as far as greatness, a flawed one, known for telling friends on other teams to get him over there as the weight of responsibility presses on his shoulders … as it did by his second season in San Antonio when he asked to be traded.“I was very candid with him,” Popovich said later. “I told him I would be happy to trade him. ‘You get me a talent like Kevin Durant and I will drive you to the airport. … Short of that, I’m your best buddy and you are here for another year and you ain’t going nowhere because for you talent-wise, we are not going to get what we want (in a trade) so let’s figure this thing out.’“And we did.”Related Articles It’s a sad day in San Antonio – and an exciting one for other teams, starting with the Lakers – with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs looking like they’re past the point of no return.The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in their first-round mismatch, one loss from the offseason with Kawhi nowhere in sight.Rather than sitting on the bench to lend his teammates support, he’s in New York with his new medical team … which has been no more successful in getting him over the mysterious thigh injury that kept him out for all but nine games this season.That cheering you hear is the parade cranking up in Lakerdom. Byron Scott, who is close to Magic Johnson, actually announced on ESPN, “I’m going to tell you something right now. LeBron (James) is coming to the Lakers along with Kawhi. We’re back in the Finals!” Unfortunately, as it turned out, Aldridge wasn’t the biggest problem they had.Indignity piles atop indignity. The Washington Post just ran a piece headlined, “Insulted pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president.”“I often curse Pop for doing what he did (criticizing Trump),” Bob Mulherin, a longtime fan told the Post. “He insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base and no sign whatsoever of an apology.”Of course, this is sports and all about winning … or what you have done for anyone recently … as opposed to politics. Popovich first criticized President Trump in the fall of 2016. It didn’t become an issue last season when the Spurs were still elite.Nothing is forever, not even the Spurs, the Spurs just learned.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly during the NBA season with the Southern California News Group. Reports dovetailing with that one swept the league:Kawhi, a Los Angeles guy who grew up in the Inland Empire, wants to come home.Kawhi, who has one year left on his contract, will force a trade to the Lakers.Of course, the teams can’t discuss it – especially the Lakers after incurring two tampering penalties this season, an NBA record, which could get them barred from bidding if they breathe wrong.That makes this the kind of story everyone loves best, with lots of star players on the move that can be molded to fit any need with no one dealing with the sticking point: Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Messi on bench but Barcelona advance to last 16

first_imgValverde: “Leaving Messi out was difficult but he has played a lot this season and today we saw a long and tough contest so we thought a rest would do him good”Turin, Italy | AFP | Lionel Messi started on the bench but Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and clinched top spot in Group D after drawing 0-0 with Juventus in Turin.Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group following the stalemate, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5.? Enjoy the best photos from #JuveBarça https://t.co/cWK7Jolvzi ? #UCL ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/eGfc1POfvl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017Five-time European champions Barca came into the clash needing just a point to finish first in Group D, while Juventus needed to avoid defeat and Sporting to fail to beat Olympiakos in Lisbon in order to qualify.But the Portuguese beat their Greek rivals 3-1 in Lisbon, leaving Juve needing three points in Athens to be sure of a last-16 place.Barcelona star Messi surprisingly started on the bench, with Ernesto Valverde electing to rest the Argentinian ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table La Liga clash at Valencia.“There are times when despite his great quality Leo has to rest,” said Valverde.Messi came on after 56 minutes but could not follow up the brace he scored in the 3-0 beating Barca inflicted on Juve at the Camp Nou in September.“Leo has played a lot since the beginning of the season. Like everyone he’s a bit tired,” continued the Barcelona coach. “We thought that it could open up more in the second half and that it would be useful to give him a bit of rest with a view towards the championship.“There’s always a risk of not playing him but it was a considered decision.”Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri admitted it had changed the dynamics not seeing Messi starting.“It’s the first time in 13 matches that I’ve played Barcelona that Messi hasn’t played, but when he came on the players controlled him well.“For us it’s an important point.”– Buffon returns –Allegri recalled veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli after they were left out for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.In a first half lacking the quality expected of such a high-profile fixture, Brazilian Douglas Costa demonstrated early pace, forcing a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen after two minutes at the Allianz Stadium.Juventus’ livewire forward Paulo Dybala took a chance after 18 minutes following an Andres Iniesta blunder with the wily Argentine running into Ter Stegen.Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic went closest for Barca after 22 minutes, when his free-kick struck the post after making its way through a crowded box.Dybala looked like he was set to break through just before half-time when he picked up an Alex Sandro cross to go on a mazy run, but his shot from a tight angle flew over the bar.After the break, a Luis Suarez free-kick was deflected over the bar before Messi came on in place of Gerard Deulofeu, and the Argentina forward also fired a free-kick high over Juventus stopper Buffon.Barcelona’s Lucas Digne made the mistake of wanting to centre a ball instead of shooting directly at goal, letting a 68th-minute chance slip by.But Dybala thought he had won it in stoppage time from a corner, only for Ter Stegen to push the shot away and guarantee his side a place in the knockout stage.“We came to a difficult stadium against an opponent who are very strong at home, who normally create a lot of chances for themselves,” said Valverde.“We could have had a few more chances but it’s not easy to finish top of such a tough group. We’re satisfied with our solidity.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

South Sound YMCA Teaches Madison Elementary Students To Swim

first_imgSubmitted by the South Sound YMCAWhen the third grade students from Madison got off the bus at the Downtown Y on September 24 it was hard to tell who was more excited; the Madison students or the Y staff greeting them.  The Y planned and prepared for this week for months and we wanted to make sure their experience was awesome and that they learned important swimming skills.  This week of free swim lessons counted towards their PE grade and we wanted all 40 of them to do well!The results more than exceeded our expectations.  With drowning as the second leading cause of death for youth (ages 2 to 14), it i important that kids know what to do in an emergency.  We are thrilled that 92 percent of the participants can now return to the edge of the water or pool if they accidentally fall in and 80 percent now have the skills to swim out of a strong, open-water current.  In addition, 68 percent of the kids increased their swimming ability by one full level and 15 percent increased by two levels!  (A full article about the Y’s swimming program can be found here.)The teachers were thrilled by the impact the lessons were having on the kids back in the classroom.  They told us that the kids were more excited to come to school, their self-confidence increased, and that the lessons gave the students something to look forward to.  On swim days, third grade attendance was near perfect.Changes were also evident to the parents of the kids.  One mom told us that her daughter came home excited and full of pride on the days she went to the Y.  The girl insisted that her mom take her to the Y to show off her newly learned swimming ability!We are grateful to our donors and the Olympia School District for their generosity in helping this program succeed.At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth in our community are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.For more information, visit the Y’s website. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Leafs get top marks halfway through KIJHL regular season

first_imgThe Nelson Daily: Is this team back on track after its recent three-game slide?Frank Maida: I don’t think we were really in a slide. We really only lost in those three games, once in regulation. I don’t really call  that a slide.TND: Your last game you had only 14 skaters against Grand Forks. Are you concerned about injuries playing with a short bench?F.M. We are getting our numbers back to where we need to be (defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Bryce Nielsen are day to day while sniper Travis Wellman is scheduled to be back in the lineup after missing both games against Spokane and Grand Forks). We’ve been playing short staffed for the last 15 games and now were getting healthier and that’s helping.TND: Are you at all worried about players playing too much and getting hurt?F.M: I’m always worried about injuries and when rest is needed the boys get some time off. After the weekend, we take Sunday and Monday off, and Tuesday we’re right back at it.TND: This team has proven it’s never out of games. As evident last weekend needing to rally past Grand ForksF.M: Going back to the beginning of the season, we’ve proven this team is never out of it. We all understand it’s a 60-minute game and you have to play 60 minutes in order to win and that’s our focus going into every game and if we do fall behind we stick to the game plan.TND: Nice to be back home for two games this weekend?F.M: These are two really good teams coming to town in Kelowna (18-6-0-2) and North Okanagan (12-11-0-1). The boys are excited to play at home after a stint away so we’re expecting two real good games. . . .Two very strong teams that play their systems very well so we’ll have to bring our A-game. Half way through the Kootenay International season, the Nelson Leafs own the best record in the league at 20-1-1-3.Ironically, the Green and White suffered through a three-game losing streak earlier in November before reeling off five straight wins to take a 10-point lead over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Much of the success for Nelson has been in the offensive zone as Nelson has racked up 130 goals en route to the best goal differential in the league.The Leafs also sport the top goal scorer in the entire KIJHL in Travis Wellman, tied with Nick Josephs of Kelowna Chiefs with 31 markers.And the Leafs are also getting it done at the defensive end with a league low 73 goals against.Nelson, host club for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in April, is back on home ice after playing five of six the previous games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The Nelson Daily talked with head coach Frank Maida on the team’s recent success.last_img read more

‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011

first_imgRay Maota The panel of students included RaymondNtlozi and Osmond Mloni from PretoriaUniversity as well as Comfort Ndala fromthe Tshwane University of Technology. Mloni described Mandela as a servant andleader whose life shows a character fullof courage and conviction, and said thatthere was no better way to celebrate suchan icon than being of service to othersrather than seeking service.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sello HatangNelson Mandela Fund spokesperson+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela: a remarkable 92 years• Mandela leaves hospital• Mandela meets final Bafana squad• New Mandela book released• Bloggers to fight hunger in AfricaInternational Nelson Mandela Day 2011 was recently launched in Johannesburg, with a panel of tertiary students at the event expressing their views on what the celebration means to them.The UN-recognised day was launched at the premises of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 23 May.Mandela Day was first introduced on 18 July 2009, the former president’s birthday, to encourage people to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to make the world a better place.The date was internationally recognised by the UN in November of the same year.The slogan for this year’s day is Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day.‘See you in July’The launch kicked off with rapper JR’s new song dedicated to Mandela Day, ‘See you in July’. The number is a remake of the song of the same title made famous by Paul Hardcastle and the Jazzmasters.Sello Hatang, the foundation’s spokesperson, initiated a discussion with the panel of eight tertiary students. He asked them to speak about Mandela, express their thoughts on the day and how it should be celebrated.The panel included Raymond Ntlozi and Osmond Mloni from Pretoria University; Comfort Ndala from the Tshwane University of Technology and Morris Mchachi from the University of Johannesburg.Mandela’s grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, said: “As a family we have always celebrated the birthday at our hometown of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, by making food parcels so we can distribute to those less fortunate.”Offering service, not seeking itNtlozi said: “Mandela has been a pillar of strength for the youth of South Africa and I celebrate Mandela Day daily through my various community activities.”Ntlozi volunteers at a children’s home in Zuurbekom, southwest Johannesburg, and helps raise funds for the institution.Mloni added: “I hope everyone can make every day a Mandela Day by just learning to say please and thank you as a sign of appreciation to their fellow human beings.”He described Mandela as a servant and leader whose life narration shows a character full of courage and conviction. He said there was no better way to celebrate such an iconic character than being of service to others – as opposed to seeking service.Mandela Mondays Starting in June, various events will take place as part of the Mandela Day celebrations.From 6 June, people will be encouraged to mark Mandela Mondays by doing something worthy for the next individual, the community or the environment in which they live. People could take as little as five minutes out of their lives for this activity.On 20 June, a panel of public figures will announce how they plan to celebrate Mandela Day.Breadline Africa, a South African-based NGO, has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the NYK Helping Hand Scheme to provide a mobile library to a primary school in each of the nine provinces of South Africa as part of this year’s Mandela Day celebrations.Breadline Africa supplies disadvantaged communities with shipping containers, which are then converted into mini feeding stations, clinics or libraries.NYK is the international shipping company which provides the containers. Through the scheme, it identifies a charity of its choice to support each year.This year, NYK contributed R500 000 (US$71 000) to the project for Mandela Day. Each library container costs nearly R90 000 ($12 000) to convert and renovate.Tim Smith, director of Breadline Africa, said: “We buy sturdy, water-tight containers at a low cost and transform them into mobile structures, which we can use to feed, educate or use as a clinic. Our projects try to establish a level of self-sustainability within the community.”last_img read more

Ohioans to see multitude of colors from spring wildflowers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.last_img read more

CES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the Data

first_imgTags:#CES 2011#conferences#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Everywhere you look at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show there’s another company or device focused on streaming content to the ever-expanding sea of mobile users. There are cars with Pandora-enabled stereo systems, Netflix-streaming smartphones and Yahoo-connected tablets. With each new device we add more and more burden to the infrastructure that handles delivering all of this content, but Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg assured the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning that Verizon is working to handle that burden.“We are more than capable of handling the huge growth in video traffic that we anticipate seeing in the years ahead,” Seidenberg said during his opening keynote, explaining that Verizon’s recently launched 4G LTE network could satiate our hunger for mobile data. Ten years ago, said Seidenberg, only 1 in 3 people had a cell phone. Today, 9 in 10 do and wireless data conusumption has more than doubled every year. This generation of increasingly-connected individuals, he explained, “imagine access to everything at their fingertips and they want it now. They see everything as being connected – their homes, their cars, their streets.” While we all entered the keynote hall this morning hoping against hope to hear about the much awaited Verizon iPhone, we instead heard some bragging from Verizon about its ability to handle mobile data. Put another way, however, what we heard today may well have been Verizon’s way of saying, “We know, the iPhone came in and squished AT&T’s network, but we’re prepared.” Disclosure: Verizon, through the Federated Media ad network, is one of ReadWriteWeb’s sponsors.last_img read more

Lab Hopes to Develop Paint-On Window Coating

first_imgProgram aids entrepreneurial researchersThe technology is based on a type of material called a bottlebrush polymer, which Weitekamp studied as a graduate student at Caltech. He went to the Berkeley Lab last year as part of a program for entrepreneurial researchers called Cyclotron Road with the goal of commercializing the polymers.The Berkeley project is getting part of a $3.95 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).The team’s goal is to develop a low-solar-gain coating that costs consumers $1.50 per square foot, which the lab says is 10% of the cost for commercially installed retrofit window coatings.“ARPA-E invests in high-risk, high-reward projects,” said Arman Shehabi, a member of the research team. “The high reward in this project isn’t in the performance improvement. It’s transformative in how windows could be retrofitted — it’s something you can do yourself. The market need is very large, and there’s nothing low-cost out there that meets that need.”The lab didn’t offer any estimates of when the coating might actually be ready for the commercial market. One remaining challenge is to make a coating that reflects infrared light but doesn’t make the visible light passing through the glass appear hazy. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing a paint-on low-solar-gain window coating that would offer the same energy benefits as a window replacement or commercially applied film at a small fraction of the cost.The coating is designed to reflect infrared light but allow visible light to pass through, according to an article posted at the lab’s website.New windows offer a variety of coatings designed to control both the amount of visible light and solar heat gain passing through window glass, but replacing old windows in order to get those energy-efficiency benefits is expensive. Retrofit window films also are available, but they require professional installation, the lab said.“Instead of hiring expensive contractors, a homeowner could go to the local hardware store, buy the coating, and paint it on as a DIY retrofit — that’s the vision,” said Berkeley Lab scientist Raymond Weitekamp. “The coating will selectively reflect the infrared solar energy back to the sky while allowing visible light to pass through, which will drastically improve the energy efficiency of windows, particularly in warm climates and southern climates, where a significant fraction of energy usage goes to air conditioning.”A low-cost option for improving window performance has the potential to save 35 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year, according to the lab, reducing carbon emissions by 24 billion kilograms a year. That’s the same impact as taking 5 million cars off the road.last_img read more