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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...

2017 Frame Building Expo call for presentations

The National Frame Building Association is seeking presentations for its 2017 Frame Building Expo. The Expo is scheduled to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, March 7-10, 2017. You are invited to share your expertise and experience with your peers by submitting a proposal for an educational...

2015 Buildings of the Year named by NFBA

The announcement of the Buildings of the Year Awards is one of the highlights of the annual Frame Building Expo. A large audience gathered for the National Frame Building Association awards luncheon at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 10, 2016, to honor the winners of these prestigious awards for 2015....

The solid safety program

– By Gary Auman, NFBA Legal Counsel – At the 2016 Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis, the National Frame Building Association recognized 12 member companies that have demonstrated a serious concern for providing their employees with a safe worksite. These companies recognized that a good safety program is the first step to having a...

Scenes from the 2016 Frame Building Expo

The mood at the 2016 Frame Building Expo was electric for vendors and attendees. It was held in Indianapolis March 8-11 with more vendors and attendees reported since the economy went south in 2008. Staff from Rural Builder and Frame Building News magazines were on hand to record the event. Here is a review in pictures. [VIEW MORE PHOTOS...

Brakeman, Brugger and Simon named to 2016 Rural Builder Hall of Fame

Rural Builder magazine inducted three new members to the Rural Builder Hall of Fame at the Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis on March 11. Named to the Hall of Fame for 2016 were David Brakeman, Alpine / ITW Company; Michael Brugger, Ohio State University; and Jim Simon, Tailored Building Systems, Grand Rapids, Michigan. David Brakeman...

List of all NFBA 2015 Building of the Year winners

CLICK ON EACH WINNER TO GO TO MORE INFORMATiON ABOUT THESE PROJECTS 2015 JUDGES’ AWARD Brad Miller, B&B Pole Buildings EXPERTS DIVISION ($0–6 million in annual gross volume) 1st PLACE WINNERS Agricultural Storage/Workshops Tom Greiner, Greiner Buildings, Inc. Commercial Buildings (5,000-10,000 square feet) – TIE Tom Greiner, Greiner Buildings, Inc. Commercial Buildings (5,000-10,000 square feet)...

Post-Frame Crew Foreman of the Month: Roy Palmer II

– By Greg Blosser, NFBA Communications Manager –  Nan Spadacene of Midland, Michigan, calls foreman Roy Palmer II a “superstar.” Spadacene, a retired business development manager who worked at Dow Chemical for 30 years, knows a bit about supervising people and considers herself a good just of character. Palmer, of Wick Buildings, was the...