Author Archives: Sharon Thatcher

Going commercial: best practices and tips for post-frame builders making the transition

As the popularity of post frame spreads beyond its humble roots as the simple pole barn, the possibilities and complexities increase. Whether you’re trying to advance your business into building expansive commercial barns, retail buildings or churches, the path is … Read more »

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Money Talk: Lease or Buy? New rules to impact decision

- By Mark Battersby – Whether to buy or lease is a question facing many rural builders even as credit becomes more readily available. While there is no one correct answer that fits every situation nor every building business, compared … Read more »

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ABC Supply Opens Additional Branches

BELOIT, Wis. – In recent weeks, building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. has opened branches in Omaha, Neb.; Nampa, Idaho; N. Clarendon, Vt., and Charleston, W. Va. The Nampa store serves the Treasure Valley-Boise area. The Omaha branch, on … Read more »

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Major insulation manufacturers collaborate to train contractors

Top insulation manufacturers CertainTeed, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation and Owens Corning are working together to create a unified training credential for insulation contractors. The High Performance Insulation Contractor credentials offered through High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP) are now available through … Read more »

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AWC statement on recent Biogenic Carbon Review

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the “Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in U.S. Bioenergy Policy” article recently published in the Journal of Forestry. The article is a review of … Read more »

Posted in Construction Industry News, Energy Efficiency, Frame Building News, Green Building, Green Products, Industry Experts, Low Rise Construction, Post Frame, Post Frame News, Post Frame Products, Post-Frame Technique, Products, Recyclable, Renewable, Rural Builder Magazine, SIPs/ICFs, Sustainability | Tagged American Wood Council, AWC, bioenergy policy, forest carbon | Leave a comment

RICOWI Celebrates 25 years in Research and Education

The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI) announced it will commemorate its 25th Anniversary at the fall meeting October 9 – 10, 2014 in Norman Okla. RICOWI would like to invite all past and present colleagues to join … Read more »

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5th Annual Heartland NFBA Conference set for Oct. 15-16 in Tulsa

Post-frame builders: mark your calendar and participate in the 5th Annual Heartland NFBA Conference. The event, featuring educational seminars, fun events and industry trade show, will be held Oct. 15-16 at the Tulsa Hard Rock Casino. The Heartland Chapter represents … Read more »

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Mid-year 2014 U.S. construction machinery exports decline 17.3 percent

U.S. construction machinery exports dropped 17.3 percent during the first half of 2014 compared with midyear 2013: $8.93 billion in exports were shipped to global markets compared to $10.8 billion for first-half 2013, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers … Read more »

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Nonresidential construction employment retains momentum in August

“Today’s headline number of 142,000 jobs for the overall U.S. economy was disappointing but the nonresidential construction numbers continue to show a steady recovery.”—ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. The U.S. construction industry added 20,000 jobs in August, according to the … Read more »

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Butler Mfg. debuts RetroLite daylighting system for retrofit

Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 3, 2014 — Building owners can now incorporate daylighting into existing buildings to minimize lighting-related electricity costs, with the introduction of the RetroLite™ daylighting system from Butler Manufacturing™. Implementing daylighting technology can provide significant savings, as … Read more »

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