Pretty Good House 2.0

first_imgYou may already know about the Pretty Good House concept, the result of a question that moderator Dan Kolbert asked back in 2011, partly as a joke, at the long-running building science discussion group at Performance Building Supply in Portland, Maine. Fed up with other building standards, from the wimpy and under-enforced building code to the nit-picky Passivhaus, Dan asked, essentially, what you should include in a house that does right for its inhabitants and the planet, but that does not go beyond reasonable environmental or financial payback. We developed a list, which I shared in a blog post on Green Building Advisor, and since then the idea has taken on a life of its own. (A list of GBA articles discussing the “pretty good house” concept can be found on the “Pretty Good House” category page.) A lot has changed since 2011, and — unfortunately, perhaps — the time has come to revisit the Pretty Good House, also known as PGH. Reducing embodied carbon in buildings — especially in Pretty Good Houses — was the topic at the last two building science discussion groups in Portland, then at one of the BS + Beer events I moderate in Liberty, Maine. (“BS” for Building Science, of course.) Right now is the worst time in the history of our species to dump a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, but that’s exactly the result of many construction practices. Even builders concerned with energy efficiency often front-load enormous amounts of carbon-intensive materials with the expectation of saving over the life of the building. But if we only have one or two decades to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, what should we do instead? The following ideas are a summary of our discussions.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoBuilding a Foam-Free House Like everything PGH, the 2.0/Low Carbon Edition is meant for thought, discussion, and action, not for check boxes, awards, or membership dues. As always, however, if you feel that you deserve a plaque, feel free to buy yourself one. Include these features In no particular order, a PGH 2.0/Low Carbon Home should: • Be as small as possible. Ideally with multi-family or multi-generational occupants. • Be PV-ready or include photovoltaic panels. PV-ready means designed, built, and sited in such a way that a reasonably sized photovoltaic array can handle all of the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. (PV panels pay their carbon debt in 2 to 4 years.) • Be simple and durable. Simple shapes are easier to air seal and insulate, perform better in harsh weather, and require fewer materials and less maintenance than more complicated buildings. If you need to bring in a structural engineer, your design might be too complicated. Invest in the parts that are hard to change later. • Use wood and wood-derived products as construction materials. Just make sure that the wood is sustainably harvested, locally if possible. Otherwise the trees are better left to remove CO2 through photosynthesis. The more materials are processed, in general, the higher their carbon footprint. • Use air-source heat pumps. Minisplits can be efficient to -15°F or below, affordable (especially for the sizes needed in a PGH), and relatively simple to install. For those who can’t stand the look of an appliance on the wall, there are slim-duct, ceiling cassette, and floor-mounted versions. But the wall-mounted units are the most efficient, so learn to love them. Heat-pump water heaters are a no-brainer for most homes. • Invest in the envelope. Insulation and air-sealing should be good enough that heating and cooling systems can be minimal, with indoor air quality and comfort levels that are very high. • Be affordable, healthy, responsible, and resilient. • KISS: Keep It Simple + Safe — easy to operate and understand. Use owner-proof systems to get around operator influence. • Consider traditional, non-flashy approaches: deciduous trees shading south and west walls; cooling via fans and natural convection instead of air conditioners; use biomass secondary water heating (i.e., let your wood stove heat your water); air-dry your clothes. • Be part of a sustainable community: have access to community solar, jobs, and services nearby that minimize driving and provide shared infrastructure costs, to name a few advantages. A one-hit wonder in the middle of the woods often comes with a bigger carbon footprint than a community-based home. Minimize or avoid these features A PGH 2.0/Low Carbon Home should minimize or avoid: • Concrete, which contributes 10% of man-made global warming emissions, partly through fuel to heat and move minerals, but 60% from release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from limestone (CaCO3) to get calcium oxide (CaO) for Portland cement. One concrete-reducing technology that is gaining ground is the use of helical metal piers, which are screwed into the soil to support decks, houses, and more. Some engineers and builders have doubts, but with many thousands of installations, they have a proven track record. • Foam, especially HFC (hydrofluorocarbon)-blown closed-cell spray foam and XPS (extruded polystyrene) rigid insulation. When building a new house, there should be no need to use foam above grade. (For more information on this topic, see “Building a Foam-Free House.”) • Combustion appliances, especially those that burn fossil fuels. You can have a wood stove in a PGH, but make sure it’s EPA-certified and includes dedicated makeup air. • Unhealthy materials. Worth considering Some bigger ideas to consider: Straw bale construction. Although straw bale construction is dismissed by many as low-tech, low-R, and prone to moisture damage, experienced straw bale builders have developed effective ways to use this carbon-sequestering approach to building. Phenolic rigid foam. Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, extremely high R-value — what’s not to love? The fact that it’s impossible to get. Mycelium insulation. (Cue “fungus among us” jokes.) But seriously — it sequesters carbon and traps air, so why not use it to insulate homes? “Smart” materials. Variable-permeance membranes have made many of us more confident about simple but theoretically risky assemblies like double stud walls and building without foam. Glazing has come a long way in the last 10-20 years, but we could benefit from more glazing and other materials that respond passively to changes in conditions. Offsite fabrication. There is a lot of carbon burned getting workers and materials to job sites, and a lot of efficiency and quality control possible in a factory setting. Prescriptive guidelines The original PGH had simple rules for insulation and airtightness, borrowed from Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation as his recommendations for efficient homes in a cold climate. For PGH 2.0, we need to update the rules a bit to account for easy access to better windows and a better understanding of embodied carbon. In a cold climate, DOE climate zone 5 or 6, use: R-5 to R-8 windows (U-0.20 to U-0.13); the higher the glazing-to-wall-area ratio, the more important it is for the windows to have a low U-factor. Even the best windows make lousy walls, so don’t over-glaze. R-10 sub-slab insulation (either EPS — that is, expanded polystyrene — or mineral wool or recycled XPS). R-20 foundation wall, frost wall or slab perimeter insulation (or build on piers). R-40 above-grade walls. R-60 roof. The wall and roof values should be lower if you’re using foam, due to its long carbon payback, but in a PGH 2.0 there is no reason to use foam above grade. Airtightness: 1.0 ACH50 (air changes per hour at ±50 Pascals pressure) is the maximum air leakage target many of us are using, but others say 1.5 or 2.0 ACH50 is tight enough. Definitely stay well below code-minimum requirement of 3.0 ACH50. Going tighter than 1.0 ACH50 gets you cool-kid points but may not add significantly to your home’s performance. Performance-based approach (optional) Use energy modeling to optimize designs, especially for fine-tuning window performance values. (BeOpt is a good, simple, free program for this.) Should there be a standard PGH energy-use target, such as xx% better than code-minimum, xx% of Passive House levels, xx Btu/ft² or xx BTU/occupant? Additional thoughts Our generation is the only one who can fix the climate change problem. We can’t opt out; this is our only chance. Aim for the biggest targets; don’t get lost in the weeds. If you’re a designer or builder, sell the comfort aspect of a PGH; many clients do not understand or want to hear about technical details or climate change. We need a carrot-and-stick approach: improve building codes and enforce them. We need affordable and effective PGH 2.0 retrofits. Read the Project Drawdown website or book for 100 more ways to reach carbon-neutral emissions. Read Bruce King’s The New Carbon Architecture to learn more about reducing embodied carbon in buildings. What would you include (or avoid) in a Pretty Good House 2.0/Low Carbon Home?   Michael Maines designs Pretty Good (and better) homes and renovations throughout New England, and also builds them in central- and midcoast-Maine. He writes the “Building Matters” column for Fine Homebuilding magazine, and the “Building Science 101” column for Green and Healthy Maine Homes. Email him through to join the BS + Beer discussion group mailing list, or join To join the mailing list for the Portland discussion group, send an email to read more

₹97 cr. in banned currency seized, 16 arrested in Kanpur

first_imgAs many as 16 people, including a noted builder, were arrested by police and demonetised currency worth ₹97 crore seized from his ancestral house at Swaroop Nagar in Kanpur.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Akhilesh Kumar Meena said on Wednesday that ₹95 crore belonged to builder Anand Khatri and the remaining amount to over a dozen others.This is the biggest seizure of banned currency since notes in the denominations of ₹500 and ₹1,000 were demonetised in November, 2016.Mr. Akhilesh Kumar Meena said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had gathered inputs about some companies and individuals involved in converting illegal currency into legal money and shared the information with Inspector General (IG) of Police, Kanpur, Alok Singh.The IG collected more information about those running the racket and briefed the SSP, directing him to carry out raids discreetly. Following a tip-off, the SSP formed teams headed by SP (East) Anurag Arya and SP (West) Gaurav Grover. They nabbed four men from the Swaroop Nagar area.Stored in gunny bagsInitially they tried to mislead the police but later, during intensive interrogation, broke down and confessed their crime, the SSP said. They divulged information about the builder. It was revealed that huge amount of demonetised currency was stored in gunny bags in the builder’s ancestral house near Gole Chauraha in Swaroop Nagar. Police later nabbed the builder, who led the team to the site where the currency was stashed, Mr. Arya told PTI.Police also raided three hotels from where 11 people, including professor Santosh Yadav, were arrested, he said. Preliminary probe indicated that the cash was hidden with the intention of converting them into legal currency, the SP said, but discounted the possibility of any terror angle.The arrested were identified Khatri, Santosh Yadav, key liasioner Mohit Dhingra, Sanjay Agarwal, Manish Agarwal – all residents of Kanpur, Koteshwar Rao from Andhra Pardesh, Sanjay Kumar from Varanasi, Anil Yadav from Saharanpur. Santosh Pathak and Sanjay Rai — both from Mirzapur, Ram Asrey, Dhirendra, Sanjeev Agarwal, Omkar Yadav, Ali Husain, and a woman from Andhar Pardesh whose identity was not immediately known.last_img read more

Bengal schools use contaminated water

first_imgStudents in some primary schools in West Bengal may be drinking water with high levels of arsenic, almost 60 times more than the permissible limit of 10 mcg/L (microgrammes per litre) prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).Between September 2016 and September 2017, researchers from the School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University, sent several letters to headmasters and teachers in charge of five primary schools in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, warning them about high arsenic contamination in the water being used by them.In the letters, Tarit Roychowdhury, director, School of Environmental Studies, asked the authorities to switch to alternative water sources. “Supplement of arsenic-free water is highly recommended. Installation of a deep tubewell/alternate source as well as an arsenic remedial plant on the school premises is recommended for the purpose,” said the letter written to the headmistress of the Medudandi Suiecegate Sishu Sikhsha Kendra (MSSSK) in the Basirhat I Block.The letter, dated September 15, 2017, puts the arsenic content in the school tubewell at almost 60 times the WHO limit.Researchers also recorded a high concentration of arsenic in the urine samples of children. A mean value of arsenic content in the urine of 45 children in the MSSSK is about 213 mcg/L, whereas the WHO’s permissible limit is between 3-26 mcg/L.“There is little that I can do but allow children to drink this arsenic-laced water. We have raised this issue a number of times but nothing has been done,” Suchitra Sarkar, headmistress of a primary school, told The Hindu. The headmistress said 76 students from pre-primary to Class IV are provided a mid-day meal in the school.“What is alarming is that in many schools, a mid-day meal is cooked using the same water source. So the children are not only drinking water highly contaminated with arsenic, but arsenic is getting into their system through food also,” Prof. Roychowdhury said.Problem at home tooThe high concentration of arsenic in the urine samples, finger nails and hair of the children is an indication that they might be drinking water with high arsenic content even at home, he added.“Children will only show manifestation like pigmentation of skin or keratosis when they grow older, at about 12 years of age,” said Dr. Kunal Kanti Majumdar, a public health expert. He added that long exposure to arsenic could be carcinogenic.Arsenic in groundwater has been reported from 83 of the 241 blocks in the State. Districts like North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda have recorded a high concentration in groundwater. “We have inspected schools in Gaighata block and we will be soon issuing letters,” Professor Roychowdhury said.last_img read more

No panchayat polls for now, says J&K

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir Government has expressed unwillingness to hold the much-delayed panchayat polls before August 2018. It is also pushing for holding by-polls to the solitary Anantnag Lok Sabha seat only next year due to the “prevailing security scenario”.An official at Raj Bhavan said Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met on April 17 in Srinagar and held “an elaborate discussion over the long-pending elections to urban local bodies and Panchayats”.Ms. Mufti, according to official sources in the Chief Minister’s office, has termed the current situation “unfavourable for panchayat polls”. She suggested they could be held after the Amarnath Yatra, which will end on August 26 this year. “Tourism remains a priority for the government. We want a healthy tourist season before we decide on holding panchayat polls,” said a senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader.Sources said the yatra will allow the State government to mobilise more paramilitary troops to J&K and “will be followed up by additional deployments from outside the State for the panchayat polls”.Volatile timesMs. Mufti shelved the panchayat polls scheduled in February, a decision forced by a worsening law and order situation and increasing encounters between militants and security forces in south Kashmir, which also resulted in civilian casualties.J&K held its first panchayat polls in 2011 after a gap of four decades and witnessed 80% turnout to fill seats in 4,378 Panchayats.last_img read more

Firm supplied old ACs and dodgy fittings for Commonwealth Games

first_imgAn air-conditioner and a poor quality pedestal fan reveal the Games’ underbelly.Headlines Today has dug out damning proof of the CWG Organising Committee’s (OC) oversight in approving overlays for the Games venues.Highly confidential internal emails accessed by Headlines Today and copied to Swiss-based company M/s Nussli and the Organising Committee detail a litany of problems with the overlays.In the emails also marked to A.K. Saxena, joint director, overlays and venue operations, exasperated venue employees have expressed disgust at the substandard items being installed at the venues allotted to Nussli.The venues included the Major Dhyan Chand National hockey stadium, the Indira Gandhi stadium, the SP Mukherjee stadium and the Talkatora stadium.While the OC and Nussli maintained they were providing top-class equipment, India cut a sorry figure before the world.According to the contract signed between the OC and Nussli, the work was supposed to have been finished by September 10.But in an email dated September 15 an angry venue manager writes: “M/s Nussli has diluted the standards much lower than Indian, forget international M/s Nussli has delayed work to force us into a situation where we have no option but to accept poor standard of workmanshi as intimated through earlier emails, M/s Nussli has installed very old window-type air-conditioners.” In another email, the complaints gets worse.A venue managers writes: “I inspected each machine (air-conditioner) by removing the front grill and found they were very old. The two defective machines were lying outside the cabins and close inspection showed they were old locally assembled machines. Do you still maintain that you were providing world class international quality work?”advertisementAir-conditioners were not the only items found faulty and substandard. Take the case of pedestal fans. According to the contract, the fans were rented at Rs 4,500. They, too, turned out to be substandard.A branded pedestal fan would cost between  Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,500. Why then was the OC ready to rent them for double the price? Why were switches and plugs allowed to be rented between Rs 396 and Rs 2,700?The proof of this is contained in an email which states: “The pedestal fans are of Chinese make which are poor in quality. We are not aware how much long they will last during the Games. The base of these fans is so poor they are not able to withstand little more than normal winds.”The CWG organising committee divided the 17 venues into 7 clusters. Nussli got the contract for Cluster 2 and 4. HEADLINES TODAY has also accessed the price list offered by different contractors for the very same items.While one contractor quoted Rs 396 as the rate for ONE-PHASE plug point, another charged ` 2,700 for the same plug. Similarly, the rent on a 1 KVA diesel generator set varied between Rs 53,738 and Rs 2,01,067.When HEADLINES TODAY sought a reaction from M/s Nussli, the head of marketing and communications Karin Ruhland stated: “I regret to tell you that due to our contract we are not allowed to handle media requests in a direct way and without the prior approval of our client. Consequently, I am not able to answer your questions.”The income tax authorities have already started raiding overlay companies and the contracts awarded by the OC will no doubt come under the scanner.last_img

Former Olympic Champion Li Xue Rui Quits International Badminton

first_img badmintoncarolina marinGoldgold medal First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:44 AM IST New Delhi: Former Olympic champion Li Xue Rui has announced her retirement from international badminton, the BWF announced on Thursday.The 28-year-old Chinese, who won gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, was among the most dominant players of her time before an injury at the Rio Olympics disrupted her career. Li had announced her arrival when she had beaten Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and compatriot Liu Xin as a 19-year-old on way to her first major title at the Badminton Asia Championships in 2010.She soon emerged as one of the most difficult players to beat as she dominated the top-tier events.She won the 2012 All England Championship before going to claim the coveted gold medal at the Olympics.Li went on to win silver medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions of the World Championships, beaten in the finals by Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon and Spain’s Carolina Marin respectively.She had entered the Rio Olympics as a favourite but suffered an injury, which was later diagnosed as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture, at the semifinal against Marin. She lost the match and was out of action for over a year.On comeback, Li won the Lingshui China Masters in April, before completing a hat-trick of titles — winning the US Open and the Canada Open.The Chinese, however, couldn’t reclaim the form at top-tier events. She last played the Korea Open last month when she retired from her first-round match against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi.In her illustrious international career, Li has won 14 Superseries titles and was named the BWF Female Player of the Year in 2013. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

All new Jaguar F-Pace SUV prices announced for India, Hyundai Elantra receives 1100 bookings in 6 weeks of launch and more

first_imgJaguar F-PACE SUV coming to India on October 20Jaguar Land Rover India today announced the price of Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the all-new F-PACE starting from Rs 68.40 Lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Customers can now book it online or through any of the 23 authorised Jaguar Retailers located near them.Hyundai Elantra receives 1100 bookings in 6 weeks of launchHyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has achieved yet another milestone for the All New Elantra. Marking the Premier of the 6th Generation of Elantra in India on August 23, 2016, the car has received bookings of more than 1100 units and 18000 enquiries within 6 weeks of its launch.Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO SportDatsun honoured Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu for her achievement at the summer games recently held in Rio de Janeiro by presenting her with a Datsun redi-GO SPORT.What to expect from the all new Toyota FortunerToyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) has announced that the all new Toyota Fortuner will come to Indian on November 7. The all new Toyota Fortuner was unveiled first at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show a few months ago, and now will be coming to India next month.last_img read more

Leigh Griffiths says Astana tie is ‘make or break’ for Celtic’s season

first_img The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football “But the European games we had last year helped us gain a resilience. It was interesting watching last season’s qualifiers back and in terms of how we played the game, what our idea of football was, it was nowhere near what it is now.“So what we have built up since then is that mental resilience. We’re missing some key players but it’s not a computer game. It’s not Football Manager where, if you lose one, you can just pick one straight off the computer and put him straight in.“It’s much more difficult than that – but I have always put trust in the players I have.”Griffiths grabbed goals in both legs last year before Dembele’s late penalty edged out Astana 3-2 on aggregate.With the Frenchman out injured, the responsibility for firing Celtic through now falls squarely on Griffiths’ shoulders.He has shaken off a calf injury to declare himself “fully fit and raring to go” but Rodgers has already admitted the uncertainty over his top two marksmen could see him bring in a third poacher.But the Scotland striker reckons there is enough firepower in the Parkhead dressing room to make that unnecessary.“You have got Moussa and me but when we’re both injured it’s obviously difficult at times,” he said. “But when we’re fully fit I wouldn’t have any other two strikes in the league to be honest.“I don’t think there’s any added pressure on me right now [being the only fit striker]. I showed last year even when Moussa was fit I was still the main man to go to and get the goals to fire us into the Champions League.“Yeah if Moussa was fit it would be a massive help to us but with the quality we have got in the dressing room we’re more than capable of getting through the two ties.”. Read more Read more Share on Messenger news Champions League Leigh Griffiths says the success of Celtic’s entire campaign could hinge on Wednesday tonight’s Champions League play-off first leg with Astana.After sweeping all domestic rivals aside last season Brendan Rodgers’ side again have aspirations of making their mark in Europe. They take on the Kazakhstan champions in the opening leg of their final qualifier, with a ticket for the group stages and a potential £30m windfall on the line.But Griffiths admits that, with the season barely a month old, they are already facing a match that could define their year. He said: “It makes or breaks our season if we get to the Champions League. Share on Pinterest Leigh Griffiths double breaks Hearts as Celtic begin title defence in style Celtic Share on Twitter Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “Last year it set us up on a great platform. We knew it was a difficult group but having Champions League football back at Celtic Park after two disappointing years previously was massive for everybody involved.If we can get back into the group it will put everyone on a real high. The fans will be shouting from the rooftops and it will make the start we’ve made to the season worthwhile.”Victory over Rosenborg in the previous round guaranteed that Rodgers’ treble winners would be playing in European fixtures until December at worst.All that remains to be settled against Astana is whether that is in the continent’s premier competition or its poor relation, the Europa League.However, Griffiths was defiant when it was put to him by a local reporter that defeat by their opponents from Central Asia would be “catastrophic”.“I don’t think about losing,” he said. “We as a club don’t think about losing. I only think about the Champions League group stages. I don’t think about the Europa League.”Celtic head into the first leg boosted by having faced Astana in the third qualifying round last year. “We played them last year and had two tough games which thankfully we got through,” said Rodgers, who will still be without the defenders Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata and the striker Moussa Dembélé.“The style hasn’t changed so much. It’s the same coach, a lot of the same players and the game in which they play is quite direct. They play up to the big striker who has good technique and has good mobility for a big striker. They then play off the wide player Patrick Twumasi who is very fast on the counter attack. So that actual style of the game is pretty much the same. Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

A Major CFB Program Just Followed Jalen Hurts On Twitter

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The college football transfer market has become flush with talent over the past few days – specifically at the quarterback position. Arguably the top quarterback in the transfer portal is Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts – who officially put his name in the portal earlier this week.Now, Hurts placing his name in the portal doesn’t guarantee he’s transferring from the program, but it is likely. This has been the expected move since Tua Tagovailoa took over as the starting quarterback.Earlier this week, he followed one head coach on Twitter: Miami’s Manny Diaz.Now, a top program has followed him. Washington State football’s official Twitter account followed Hurts on Thursday night.?— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 11, 2019Mike Leach and company “stole” Gardner Minshew from Alabama before the 2018 college football season and he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Hurts doesn’t exactly fit the mold of an air raid quarterback, but Leach tends to play to the strengths of his quarterbacks.Stay tuned.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RR

first_imgIPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RRSunrisers Hyderabad remained on the fourth spot of IPL 2019 points table despite their 7-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Having sealed 10 points from 11 matches, Kane Williamson’s men need to win at least two of their last three matches to stay in contention for a playoffs berthadvertisement Akshay Ramesh JaipurApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 09:24 IST IPL 2019: Sunrisers need to win at least two of their last three matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSunrisers Hyderabad were handed a 7-wicket thrashing by Rajasthan Royals on SaturdaySRH remain on the 4th spot of IPL 2019 points table with 10 points from 11 gamesSunrisers next face Kings XI Punjab at home on MondaySunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson called for improvement after Saturday’s crushing defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 meeting in Jaipur. RR vs SRH – Report | HighlightsHowever, Williamson said he is hopeful Sunrisers would come up with better performances in their last three league matches of IPL 2019 and make a strong bid to reach the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their second straight defeat on Saturday but have managed to retain the fourth spot on the IPL 2019 points table. With 10 points from 11 matches, Sunrisers need to win at least two of their next three matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs.Sunrisers are tied on 10 points with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals but have a better Net Run Rate than their nearest rivals.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point in time,” Williamson told the media in Jaipur after SRH’s 7-wicket defeat.He added: “For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.”Sunrisers have three more matches to play in IPL 2019. Williamson’s men will host Kings XI Punjab on Monday before playing Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the road next week.advertisementWeren’t able to build momentum: WilliamsonOn Saturday, Sunrisers suffered a middle-order collapse after a solid start given to the team by David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36). Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda and Wriddhiman Saha all failed to get into double figures as Sunrisers went from 103 for 1 in 12 overs to 160 for 8 in 20 overs.In reply, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start, thanks to some big-hitting display from Liam Livingston who was ably supported by Ajinkya Rahane. Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 48 (32 balls) as the Royals went past the finish line with five balls and seven wickets to spare.Conceding that Sunrisers weren’t able to stitch partnerships on a sluggish wicket, Williamson added: “In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to get back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point of time. For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.Also Read | Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Manish PandeyFollow David WarnerFollow IPL 2019last_img read more