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BESS Lab

Tests reveal efficiency stalls for some 60-inch ag fans

When it comes to big fans and their benefits for agricultural ventilation, the old logic that bigger is better has hit a snag. Researchers at BESS Lab operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested a number of 60-inch fans only to discover that, at a certain point, energy...

tunnel ventilation

Trends in tunnel ventilation

By Sharon Thatcher – As farm buildings grow in size, and livestock herds grow in numbers, so too are the concerns for proper ventilation. While natural ventilation is still common—especially in the beef industry—the poultry and swine industries use a lot of tunnel ventilation which uses large fans to generate air...

Metal Building Industry Pioneers Inducted into Metal Construction Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) inducted three industry pioneers into the 2016 Metal Construction Hall of Fame. As noteworthy contributors to the metal building industry’s early development, Wilbur Larkin, Jack Hatcher and Johnie Schulte became inaugural members of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame new “Founders” category....

Registration for 2017 Frame Building Expo Now Open

Registration for the 50th Frame Building Expo is now open.  The Frame Building Expo is the nation’s largest annual trade event for post-frame builders, suppliers, manufacturers, structural engineers and code and design professionals. This year’s Expo consolidates the latest training, workshops and product information under one roof at the Gaylord Opryland...

Post-Frame Sales 101: Tips for Success

-By Kathy Jonas – Achieving success in post-frame sales is a lot like achieving success in life: it involves the critical skills of being prepared, listening, and adapting to the needs of others. One other relevant skill is working harder than the competitor. Although technology has certainly had an impact on...

Market Sizing Report

“2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study” Released

-By Jeff Henry, NFBA- The “2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study”—now available to all Post-Frame Market Initiative supporters—forecasts continued steady growth for the post-frame industry. Through 2020, post-frame construction spending is expected to grow at a rate of 4.3 percent annually. The growth extends to all five building segments examined in the...

Design of Post-Frame Gyms and Multipurpose Buildings

By Timothy Royer, PE, and Amanda Stauffer- Post-frame construction is ideal for non-code-exempt buildings of many shapes and sizes. One category of such structures that is often overlooked by post-frame builders is gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings. Gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings are a perfect fit for post-frame construction for several...

OSB prices upward bound

The National Association of Home Builders reports that OSB prices climbed 2.5% in September, continuing a 7-month trend that has the commodity at its highest price since June 2013. Since February, monthly increases have averaged 3.2%, pushing prices up by a cumulative 25%. The report is based on the Latest Producer Price...

New Construction Starts Expected to Increase 5% in 2017

Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicting a 5 percent increase in new construction starts. In delivering the report Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics said that slower-than-expected growth earlier this year raised some concerns that the industry might be in the early...