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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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Let’s dig a big hole … and plant a post-frame building in it!

By Mike Momb – I’ve now surprisingly (especially to me) spent my entire adult life in the post-frame building industry. I’ve been blessed to be a manufacturer (prefabricated light gauge steel plated wood trusses), a supplier of post frame building kit packages as well as a post-frame building contractor. The general...

Self-Insurance 101: Is it the right choice for your business?

-By Mark Battersby-  As the economy slowly improves, it should come as no surprise to a rural builder that insurers have begun raising business insurance premiums while reducing available insurance coverage. One increasingly popular option for many businesses is a “self-insurance” program or insuring its own risks. Self-insurance allows a building...

APA publishes Texas Tornado Damage Assessment Report

On Dec. 26, 2015, the first EF4 or stronger tornado ever recorded in December in Texas made landfall in Garland and Rowlett, suburban towns near Dallas. APA sent a damage assessment team to the area immediately following the storm. The damage assessment team found numerous examples of severe damage, not just...

Eron beef barns

Building the modern beef barn

Rural Builder staff had the opportunity of watching the building of a modern beef barn step-by-step from the ground up last summer, in fact two barns in the span of one year. It’s uncommon because our offices are located in Central Wisconsin dairy country. “I’ve been planning this for a lot of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...