Chicago Executive Airport Holds Hearing For Soundproofing Project

The process for the approval of the soundproofing project by the Chicago Executive Airport has already started. The proposal aims to soundproof homes that are experiencing noise pollution due to jet noise. The money to be used for the project is a grant provided by the federal government. This will benefit homeowners because they will not be forced to spend money for best soundproof windows to muffle jet noise inside their homes.

Many people attended the hearing which was led by the airport consultants together with the officials from the Federal Aviation Administration. The audience was also allowed to write and leave comments. The public meeting lasted for more than two hours and was held at the Ramada Plaza Chicago North Store hotel located in Prospect Heights which is close to the facility.

Aside from the discussion, noise exposure maps were also displayed during the hearing. The maps show the houses that will be included in the soundproofing program which is federally funded. The public comments were only accepted until the 8th of December.

Tony Molinaro, the spokesman of FAA, the agency is expecting a report from the Chicago Executive which will contain details of the soundproofing project. As of the moment, there is no timeline to be followed and the agency is still deliberating the project which is sponsored by a federal grant.

He added that they have to determine the type of noise mitigation necessary not just for the current situation but the state in five years time. This way, they know which project needs the taxpayer’s money the most considering that schools and residential homes are also asking for funding.

Last month, the board members of the Chicago Executive made a vote against allotting $80,000 to be spent on a study that will test how effective the procedure of the 310 departure. This procedure is a trial program that will last for six months. During this time, the airplanes’ route will be diverted from the homes and instead it will pass over industrial district.

The soundproofing is still under deliberation and homeowners near the airport need not decided installing best soundproof windows until details have been finalized.


Bali Wedding Worth $70 K For Sydney Couple Did Not Come True

It was a year ago when Simran Grewal along with Anmol Sahota, her fiancé, began their wedding preparations for their special dream day. The couple came from Indian families but they are both residing in Sydney. They plan to have a traditional Indian wedding that lasts for four days – day one will be the pre-wedding, Henna party on day two, day three is the ceremony and the reception is on the fourth day. Couples who have wed before knows the cost of wedding caterer in Sydney thus this is a day that they cannot afford to cancel. Instead of tying the knot in Sydney, they decided to choose Bali with financial help from their respective families.

In the end, the Bali wedding did not happen because of the volcano eruption at Mount Agung. Flights going to their chosen venue have been cancelled and the couple was stranded in an airport in Kuala Lumpur. All of their wedding guests are also stranded somewhere since some are coming from Canada and America. They were forced to arrange a last minute simple wedding celebration in Sydney.

Grewal said that she belongs in a middle class family and most of their funds have already been spent in Bali. The couple paid over $70,000 to vendors based in Bali for their wedding and they might not be able to get a refund.

In the end, the couple tied the knot in a ceremony held in the north western part of Sydney with a reception held the following day.

The couple did not avail of insurance before the volcano warning so it will be impossible for them to gain back what they spent.

The volcano in Bali emitted ash cloud the week before the wedding thus flights from various carrier including Virgin, Jetstar and Qantas going to Bali have been cancelled.

In the end, they hired a wedding caterer in Sydney and got a two day ceremony for those who were able to fly in and attend. The same thing happened to a couple in Melbourne since their guests were not able to land in Denpasar.


Choosing Between Tiles And Tin For Your Roofing

Every aspect of a home is important thus, it is important to decide carefully when roofing in Sydney because you have many options but the most common one is whether to choose tin or tiles. According to Chris Edgar, a member of the Master Builders Association of South Australia, there are advantages and disadvantages to the two materials.

When it comes to versatility, the steel is leading but looking at the lifespan of the material, tile is the clear winner aside from the fact that it is better in insulating sound and it has heritage appeal.

Mr. Edgar said that lightweight steels are ideal for architectural buildings because it can be formed into curves while the recommended pitch of tile is only from 18 to 22 degrees. Variance can be achieved when steel is used.

The only issue is that there is a big difference in the weight. Roof made of terracotta can be very heavy. The tiles can be as heavy as 60 kilograms for every square meter while steel only weighs five kilograms for every square meter.

Mr. Edgar said that flat roofs cost less to install but there might be problems in the future it the plumbing, wiring or the air conditioning system has to be changed. Flat roof is beautiful and it is possible but it has to be maintained more than the pitched roof because blockage can occur.

It is recommended to have at least two degrees of pitch because the curl on the edge can help in preventing the rain from coming back if it does not have enough run-off speed to begin with. On the other hand, roofs with higher pitch are more flexible.

Both tin and tiles can incorporate solar panels but the radiant heat can have an impact the panels. Tiles made of terracotta or concrete has the ability to absorb heat and as soon as the temperature drops, it sends it back out. Steel, on the other hand, lets heat pass through which is why the ceiling space can heat up a lot faster but dissipation is also quite fast.

For homeowners planning to do roofing in Sydney, make sure that you choose steel if your house is located in an area where bushfire is common.


Sumitomo Chemical Acquires Botanical Resources

Botanical Resources, an Australian firm that specializes in growing insecticidal compounds for pest control in Sydney and anywhere else in Australia,recently managed to close a deal that granted majority stockholder status to the Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical.

The Japanese company recently acquired 82.9% of Botanical Resources’ shares, in addition to also acquiring affiliated companies belonging to the BRA group from the company’s shareholders. Following this transaction, Botanical Resources, as well as the BRA Group will then operate as a consolidated subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical.

Botanical Resources is an Ulverstone-based company founded in 1996 by Ian Folder, which he established when he spearheaded a management buyout of CIG’s pyrethrum assets. From there, the BRA Group began.

The BRA Group’s primary specialization is in the production of the insecticidal compound pyrethrin.Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide that is found in the extract of pyrethrum daisies. They function as insecticides by attacking the nervous systems of pests, whilst remaining safe to use due to being harmless to people or animals. Pyrethrin also breaks down in sunlight, making it fairly environmentally friendly as well. The BRA both processes the pyrethrum daisies and grows them in farms, located in Tasmania.

Sumitomo Chemical has recently been reported to be expanding into environmentally friendly agricultural chemicals, and this acquisition seems to part of that. The Japanese company sells its products across 80 countries, with most of its products aimed at protecting people from mosquitoes, known for carrying diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Reports from Japan suggest that the buyout will lead to Sumitomo Chemical full control of the BRA Group’s  production chain that stretches from the pyrethrum daisy farming all the way up to the finished product.  Other reports state that Sumitomo will be seeking ways on how to improve pyrethrum cultivation techniques, as well as seeking out more uses for pyrethrins.

This new collaboration will be focused on developing mixtures with existing chemicals, and creating new mixtures, whilst utilizing Sumitomo’s product line. As part of an extended deal, the two companies will continue their cooperative development programmes.

Tasmania is noted as the world’s largest producer of pryrethrins, which makes the state a key location for pest control in Sydney and the world. The state accounts for one-third of the global market at around 60%-70%. During the last harvest season, there were at least 100 growers across 1500 hectares across the state.


How To Obtain The Right Quote For Solar Panels On The Gold Coast?

Many customers residing on the Gold Coast admit they find it difficult to obtain a solar quote. It may seem uncommon for these customers to google some companies offering solar panels on the Gold Coast and get quotes over the phone. These companies found online may not be even from Queensland and will utilize subcontractors for the installation.

For those working in the area, they can actually do a free onsite quote, design and install the jobs quickly by themselves. They make it practically different from the rest of the competitors in the area.

So here are some questions you may want to ask about solar panels on the Gold Coast, specifically on installation.

  • What’s the Best Position on the Roof for Solar Panels?

For optimum performance, the best position is facing North on the roof. You can also put the solar system on the NE, NW or E + W. You can actually split the solar system for best results such as facing the Eastto absorb the morning sun and the West for the afternoon sun. Every property is designed differently and for this reason, you need to go out and get a quote.

  • What’s the best inverter?

The heart of the solar system is the inverter and for this purpose, there are two types that work well – the German manufacturer SMA as well as the Italian manufacturer Aurora.

  • What kind of warranties are there on the products and on service?

Manufacturers provide full product warranties for all the solar panels on the Gold Coast, which actually assuresowners of solar systems that it will work for severalyears.

  • Who does the paperwork?

For some solar system providers, they do all the paperwork, from the initial request through the STC form to obtain a small rebate, which is actually the discount for the installation.

  • How else can you save for your power bills?

When you request for a quote for solar panels on the Gold Coast, some can provide recommendation on how to lower your energy bills,like using energy efficient lighting, or transforming your pool to off peak or through installation of hot water using the solar panels. Thisshould however not compromise your comfort.


A Fresh Look For Your Old Bathroom

You have a lot of rooms inside the house but the most essential and intimate is said to be the bathroom. It creates a strong impression on your guests and it is important as it is where you clean and refresh yourself every day. It can be quite disgusting if not taken care of since buildup of mold, dirt and clutter is inevitable. Not to mention you need to have cloakroom basin vanity units to replace your old ones.

A little love for your bathroom can go a long way. You don’t have to decide on a major renovation because it takes up time and money. HomeAdvisor published that the average budget for bathroom renovations nowadays can be between $5,911 and $13,384 while the high-end ones can reach over $22,000.

Adding a fresh touch to your bathroom does not have to be that expensive. All you need is a few hundred dollars at the most. It will make you feel better using your bathroom and it can add value to the property, at the same time. Here are a few ways to freshen up the bathroom according to experts.

  • Lauren Tolles, an interior designer and business owner, said that the bathroom in a home covers 10 per cent of the entire property value. Fresh pain can on the cabinets and walls can give the room an updated look. It is recommended to choose neutral color schemes while colors can be added from accessories and linens. When painting outdated cabinets, sanding and priming should be done properly. Don’t forget about the ceiling.
  • Organizing and decluttering. Annie Draddy, an organizer from New York said that everyday items should be taken out of the box and placed inside clear containers. Time to let go of loose items and unnecessary products inside the bathroom. When choosing storage solutions, go for the functional and pretty ones.
  • Choose modern hardware. If you have pretty cloakroom basin vanity units then you just need to replace the hardware in order to give them new look. The same style is recommended but a different finish or latest model can give a new touch.

Effective Ways In Reducing Monthly Water Heating Bill

There are several ways on how you can help in reducing monthly water heating bill and most of these methods are practical and effective. Aside from saving money in the process, you will also help the environment with your less energy and resources consumption. Here are some ways.

  • Instead of taking long baths or extensive shower, have a quick shower to freshen up and clean yourself. Although there is nothing wrong with pampering yourself in luxurious baths, doing it every day would be time consuming and impractical.
  • Turn off the shower when soaping up, shampooing, shaving or brushing your teeth. This will not only help in reducing monthly water heating bill, you will also lower down your water consumption.
  • There are those who keep the shower on just to keep themselves warm while taking a shower during winter. However, this would mean wasting a lot of water and consuming more energy for the heater. To keep the bathroom warm as you take a shower, keep the bathroom door tightly shut but make sure to turn the fan on. It would also help if you have rich and fluffy towels or bathrobe nearby.
  • Use cold or regular water when doing the laundry instead of warm water. Although in some cases you might need warm or hot water on washing your clothes, most of the time, you would only need regular temperature to wash your laundry loads.
  • Fix the leaks and other boiler issues. A constantly dripping faucet or pipe could mean losing several gallons of water in a day and that means a lot to your consumption. To keep you water and heating facilities in tiptop condition, have a regular maintenance check by a qualified technician at least once in a year.
  • Utilize your dishwasher efficiently. Only wash your dishes when they would amount to full load. Set the washer to shorter cycles and if your dishwasher has a booster heater, use it.
  • Install a heat trap on your water heater tank as this would help in reducing monthly water heating bill effectively. Call a technician to install the heat trap.