1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has praised the club for the way they handled him during his two-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid.The Belgium international stopped has pipped Petr Cech to the No1 spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season after impressing in La Liga over two campaigns.After the Champions League draw with Schalke on Wednesday night, Mourinho refused to answer any more questions about how he will manage to keep both goalkeepers happy – but he repeated his claim that the pair are among the best three in the world.It was widely believed Courtois would have demanded a permanent move away from Chelsea if he wasn’t given a first-team chance this season – like his international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Everton.But he has just signed a new five-year-deal and thanked the club for the close attention they paid to him while he was away from west London honing his skills in Spain.“It is really nice when one of the best teams in the world goes and gets you,” Courtois said about his move from Genk in 2011.“They put a lot of trust in you and they give you the chance to develop in the best way you can.“Christophe Lollichon [Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach] followed me when I was abroad and the club kept in contact, watched my games and analysed my performances. That was really nice.“You feel important because, even when you are not in Chelsea colours, they know you are developing well and also they are supporting you.” Thibaut Courtois
Nedum Onuoha, available again after suspension, is among QPR’s substitutes for the game against Ipswich at Loftus Road.It means Joel Lynch continues at centre-back – and as captain. Irish youngster Ryan Manning, who made his senior debut in the win at Wolves, also keeps his place.Rangers make two changes, with Jordan Cousins and Ariel Borysiuk starting in place of Sandro and Yeni Ngbakoto.Massimo Luongo is still out, while Tjaronn Chery and Sebastian Polter are absent again.Ipswich make one change, with Josh Emmanuel replacing Grant Ward.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Hall, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Borysiuk, Cousins, Manning, Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Onuoha, Washington, El Khayati, Ngbakoto, Shodipo, Sandro.Ipswich: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Chambers, Webster, Berra, Kenlock. Skuse, Bru, Lawrence, McGoldrick, Pitman.Subs: Gerken, Varney, Knudsen, Douglas, Dozzell, Ward, Sears. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
First, a little historyThe competition is heating up in the world of green-building certification. Things moved slowly and steadily, starting way back when Austin, Texas put together its local program. With a limited amount of green-home certification available in the late 1990s, the NAHB Research Center set up a project to assist local home builders’ associations in creating their own green building programs. EarthCraft House, based in Atlanta, was one of the first programs developed with the Research Center, and now it has a presence in six Southern states. Since that time, somewhere around 100 local and regional green building programs have come into being.At the same time, the Energy Star program began making strong inroads in some states of the country, particularly in Texas and Colorado. Other national programs, such as the American Lung Association’s Health House and Masco’s Environments for Living, also appeared, carving out their own shares of the market.USGBC stakes out its territoryThe real fight broke out with the release of LEED for Homes. Backed by the marketing juggernaut of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED for Homes, after a slow start, rolled out as a pilot program in 2005. It was developed with the assistance of several local programs with the promise that LEED would not compete in their local markets. Well, things did not quite turn out that way. LEED is available everywhere and is in fact competing with almost all local programs with varying success.As LEED began to command a strong public presence, the NAHB, an enormous power in the residential construction industry, developed its own green-building guidelines to provide a framework for local builders’ associations’ green programs.NAHB enters the ringNAHB’s stated policy was to support voluntary programs and, specifically, not create its own national program. Then suddenly NAHB looked in the rearview mirror and saw LEED coming up strong behind it, flashing its brights and trying to pass. NAHB, in an abrupt turnaround, created a national program through the Research Center based on its guidelines and began the process of creating the new National Green Building Standard, approved by ANSI this year. NAHB’s national program now has options for builders to certify projects under the new standard as well as the older guidelines, although the latter will ultimately be phased out.Who will end up as roadkill?To date there have been approximately 1,400 homes certified under the LEED program and about 150 under NAHB, and both programs are growing steadily. Although these numbers are dwarfed by the tens of thousands that have been certified under local programs and the almost 1 million Energy Star homes, the real fight to watch is between LEED and NAHB, and the effects that they’ll have on all those local programs that literally created the industry while the big guys sat on the sidelines waiting to swoop in and take over.I will not comment on the relative merits of any one program over another—that is for another post or two, but it will be interesting to watch and also to see which programs are left as roadkill in the process.