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, …