Rebuilding After Natural Disaster

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It is abundantly clear what we have been doing with our research and testing is critical to not only rebuild what has been lost but to build homes that will be a survivable shelter for years to come. We know that natural disasters are inevitable in many areas of the globe and we have a solution to prevent more loss …

Plant Approved in Trujillo Alto

Plant Approval in in Trujillo Alto

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Our Puerto Rico team is growing and we have many exciting updates from the past week in San Juan, Trujillo Alto and Vieques. We are just under a month away from the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria which made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. It is our goal to be well on our way with construction in …

The Core of Building Right

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t’s called “the core” and it may play a role in international emergency relief situations and more Williston building projects. Rod Russell brought a background in home construction to the new design, which puts bathrooms and laundry facilities in one central part of a housing unit and minimizes the need for pipes beneath floors. A patent is pending, but Russell …

HIPPS Hybrid I-Post and Panel System for Resilient Buildings

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Creates resilient, efficient, affordable housing using existing concrete supply channels. On a trip to Africa Rod Russell invented a new way to build housing using precast concrete posts and panels called “HIPPS”. The design creates a superstructure tied into the foundation that is wind and fire resistant yet can be insulated for use in any climate. It’s a simple system …

Just Water, Complete Bucket System” does good job in Africa

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Emails from South Africa David South, president of Monolithic, recently received two emails from Rod Russell, Project Manager with Smart Homes Africa. According to Rod, two organizations, Sol-Nest and SmartHomes International, have teamed up to provide affordable housing to mine workers in the Copperbelt of Zambia, namely Solwezi Zambia. He wrote, “There is a 70 million housing unit shortage here …

Bayard entrepreneur helps those effected by storm with housing

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) – Last month, many residents in Bayard where effected by the storm where it destroyed homes, barns and even livestock. One local Bayard resident wants to make a difference by providing affordable housing to those affected by the storm. Rod Russell, runs a company in Gering called MR Housing where it helps families find affordable housing options. …

Bayard man has big dreams: building better, disaster-resistant structures

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BAYARD — Rod Russell has been a builder his whole life, but rather than maintaining the status quo of building methods, he challenged himself 28 years ago. His goal is to develop a better, more efficient way to build houses. “The rest of the world looks at the U.S. like we’re crazy,” he said. “We keep building these toothpick homes, …