RB March 2012

Rural Builder – March 2012 CoverThe March 2012 Issue of Rural Builder explains the benefits of working with architects.

This issue also includes an introduction to the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.

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Getting real with green: affordable, eco-friendly options for rural builders

By Oliver Witte – Down here in the trenches, far removed from national catastrophes like Solyndra and Ener1, Inc., rural builders are wondering how to respond to today’s very legitimate energy concerns such as conservation, renewable energy, alternative sources, greenhouse … Read more »

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After the storm: post frame builder helps shop owner return to business post-tornado

At 6:25 p.m. on April 10, 2011, the lights went off at the home of contractor Willie Kimmons. He didn’t know it then, but an F-3 tornado, with peak winds of 130 to 140 miles an hour had just blown … Read more »

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Farming opportunities: new barn a boost to California high school ag program

The hot, dry days of summer and the cool, rainy days of winter make the San Joaquin Valley in California one of the richest areas agriculturally in the nation. The importance of that status has not gone unnoticed by the … Read more »

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Rural Builder Hall of Fame inducts three new members

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Three more inductees were welcomed into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame at the National Frame Building Expo in St. Louis on March 1. They were nominated and elected by their Hall of Fame peers and now join an elite … Read more »

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Post frame with panache: Working with architects

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An architect isn’t generally one of those positions every post-frame builder has tucked away in their arsenal of professional consultants but there are arguments for why they should be. One contractor who uses architects on a regular basis is Bob … Read more »

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Enabling windows to work as solar panels

A major obstacle with solar power is an inability to be cost-competitive with traditional mainstream energy sources. Now a Chicago company says it has taken a major step forward with the development of a new semiconductor material that would affordably … Read more »

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