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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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Boral doubling manufacturing capacity to keep up with demand

Boral is doubling the manufacturing capacity for its TruExterior® Siding & Trim to help fulfill rapidly increasing demand for these exterior product lines. The poly-ash siding and trim are manufactured in Salisbury, N.C., where Boral recently added a 120,000-square-foot finishing facility. The expansion will ensure the company can keep up with the current pace of...

36 Mass Timber Conference videos available on YouTube

If you missed the Mass Timber Conference in March and want to discover more about current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber construction in North America, there are now 36 videos from conference workshops posted on YouTube. Topics range from fire safety challenges...

Researchers create see-through wood

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, has discovered a way to make wood transparent. Materials scientist Liangbing Hu and his team removed the molecule, lignin, in a block of linden that makes it rigid and dark in color. Left with a colorless cellulose cell structure, it was filled with...

New APA guide offers advantages of raised-heel trusses

A new guide published by APA – The Engineered Wood Association describes how builders can increase the structural and energy performance of a home with a raised-heel truss construction system. Building with raised-heel trusses results in both savings for the builder and an energy-efficient, structurally superior residence for the homeowner. Click here to instantly...

Free guide on sound isolation and noise control for steel buildings

In designing and constructing modern buildings, sound control is vital in ensuring acoustical comfort and productivity for occupants. A new resource, “Facts for Steel Buildings #4: Sound Isolation and Noise Control,” available as a free download from AISC, provides building owners and designers with a basic understanding of these issues and useful tools for...

This project used foam for backfill

How to cost-effectively nestle a building into a hillside was a problem facing Peter Sherrer, owner of PSG, a Wisconsin based firm specializing in real estate and construction. The building in question was a new 55,000 square foot office and distribution center for Wisconsin Vision Associates of Burlington. Early design investigations into different structural...

Money Talk: New rules to impact the lease/buy decision

– By Mark Battersby- Even as credit becomes more readily available, whether to buy or lease is a question facing many builders and contractors. While there is no one correct answer that fits every situation, nor every rural building business, compared to the simplicity of buying, leasing is far more complicated and may be...

Starting at the top: Trusses – A case for T-bracing

Building failures often start at the top. A strong truss ensures for a stronger building, adaptable to the rigorous winds and rumblings of nature. One method worth considering as today’s buildings grow bigger and more complex is T-bracing (or T-reinforcement). An advocate for T-bracing is David Brakeman, engineering director and vice president for Alpine,...

A technical explanation of T-reinforcement for trusses

– [Article provided by the Structural Building Components Association] – The truss industry maintains that the design of truss roof and floor system permanent restraint/bracing is the responsibility of the building designer. System permanent bracing covers the entire structure and all reinforcing/bracing element interactions. An exception to this is identifying the locations of compression...

National Framers Council rolls out FrameSafe Version 2 Safety Program

The National Framers Council (NFC) continues its work to develop and implement best practices to help ensure framers leave the job site each day in the same health as they arrived. Organized in June of 2013 as a council of the Structural Building Components Association, the NFC just released its second edition FrameSAFE Safety...