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Rural Builder provides the news, features, products and how-to’s geared towards builders and suppliers of primarily low-rise agricultural and small retail and municipal structures. Published seven times annually, Rural Builder serves a horizontal market targeting all types of low-rise construction in cities of 250,000 or less population.

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Builders: What is Your Construction Outlook for 2017?

If you are a builder in the town and country market, we’d like your outlook for 2017 construction. Do you expect it to be better or worse than 2016? What types of projects are you lined up for? What’s hot? What’s not? Please take our annual survey (it is a short survey and will...

SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

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 efficiency does not...

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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 movement over the...

MBMA Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems Now Available

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released its new Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems. This comprehensive guide is available for online purchase, in print or PDF format, at www.techstreet.com/mbma. Its target audience consists of general contractors and erectors, design professionals, building officials, owner’s representatives, and others who are involved in project delivery....

Mark Battersby

Money Talk: What to do if a client is struggling to pay

What to do if a client is struggling to pay you Because it doesn’t take too many non-paying customers to create trouble, far too often a rural builder must be concerned not only with his or her operation’s financial well-being, but also the financial situation of both customers and suppliers. There are always customers...

Steel Dynamics

Is it really Galvalume?

When Galvalume hit the metal industry, it was a true game changer. The mix of 55 percent aluminum and 45 percent zinc alloy allowed panel to hold its rust-inhitibed beauty longer than any other product on the market. Twenty years of research went into its development by Bethlehem Steel and today its production under...

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Not all metal building panel is created equal

You may be the best builder on the planet, but if you use inferior products your stellar reputation could only last as long as those products. Because the larger percentage of a post-frame and steel-frame building is metal, doesn’t it behoove you to know a lot about it? At Steel Dynamics, Don Switzer, sales...

ABC files suit against DOL’s Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a coalition of business groups today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s costly and burdensome final overtime rule. The legal challenge was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. “The Department of Labor...

Plan ahead for METALCON

If you are planning to attend METALCON on October 26-29, hotel bookings are going fast. Already listed as “Sold Out” are rooms at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor and Hilton Baltimore, all nearest the convention center. If you haven’t decided that you are attending, below is what you will miss....