RB February 2014

February 2014 Rural Builder cover

Going green with steel

– By Sharon Thatcher –Rural builders know that a customer wants a building that serves an intended purpose and doesn’t cost a lot to own. Rarely are they asking for a “life cycle analysis” or demanding LEED compliance. But increasingly there is industry and public pressure to use fewer natural resources in the making...

Money Talk: Fast track and tax audits that ain’t

-By Mark E. Battersby – The IRS recently rolled out a streamlined program designed to enable small rural building businesses undergoing audits to more quickly settle their differences with the IRS. The Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program is designed to help small building businesses and self-employed contractors who are being examined by the Small...

Top e-Products of 2013 for Rural Builders

Throughout the year, Rural Builder Product e-Guides have featured quality products from the industry’s top manufacturers. Looking back over the products from 2013, we asked our online readers to help us decide the Best of the Best. The top three results are included here: WindowWrap window flashing from MFM Building Products, PrisMAX SL skylights...

Rural Builder announces Top 10 products of the year for 2013

It is a tradition in the February issue of Rural Builder that we reveal the Top 10 Products of the previous year as determined by our readers. Every issue when readers circle a Reader Service Card number requesting more information about a product or service listed in the magazine, those requests become like votes...

PERC UPDATES PROPANE TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR BUILDERS

A new version of the Propane Technical Pocket Guide, from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), features updated data and guidance for construction professionals on propane installation for residential and commercial building projects. The guide was created to support the use of propane in residential construction and now covers such topics as determining total...