Monthly archive for October 2014

Asked&Answered: GlobalBlock Frequently Asked Questions


In our latest Asked&Answered we routinely get questions about building with one of our newest products, GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. Let’s answer common questions about ICF construction using GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. GlobalBlock Benefits GlobalBlock reduces ICF cost by more than 40%. GlobalBlock uses 1/3 less concrete. Increased EPS foam increases insulation value of wall. GlobalBlock is a fully reversible block as are all modern ICFs. GlobalBlock offers 30% savings up front, uses 30% less concrete and offers about R-30 insulation (6” form). It fits integrally with BuildBlock and BuildLock forms allowing or seamless integration as infill in


ICF Half-Truths, Myths, Misconceptions and Lies

Fear, uncertainty and doubt rule the marketing campaigns of traditional builders. Fear of change, uncertainty about new products and doubt about the future. When your customers start seeing new ICF homes in the area and are interested in considering the technology as an option for their home they will often end up with half-truths and myths about the reality of insulating concrete forms. ICFs are too expensive… ICFs cost 3%-7% more on average compared to using traditional wood construction. This difference can be reduced by smaller HVAC requirements, energy-efficiency tax breaks and lower utility bills. ICFs are too complicated to


Upping the R-value in ICF Construction

ThermalSert ICF Insulation Insert Panels

BuildBlock ICFs have an R value over R-22 and a performance value between R-45 and R-55, but sometimes customers demand something greater. BuildBlock created ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD to service that need. The ThermalSert product is added to each course of block to the inside of the outside wall. This foam insert adds an additional 4.2 R’s per inch of foam used, creating even greater insulation. Using the BuildLock Knockdown product creates the same thickness concrete wall with more than 40% greater insulation at the same time. Learn more about ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD at


ICFs are the future of foundations and homes.

There is an unmistakable trend: Buyers are demanding homes that use less energy. Builders and developers are starting to take notice. Green energy efficient construction is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy not only in North America, but worldwide. The adoption of the 2012 Energy Codes and even more stringent codes in 2015 along with extreme temperatures mean more consumers are needing greater energy efficiency. Green building products cannot be in name only. They must deliver benefits to the end user and be cost effective for the homebuilder or contractor. They need reduced construction time, waste and


Asked & Answered: Is there an advantage to using wood bucks for window/door openings versus V-buck?


The majority of heat loss in an ICF home comes through wall openings such as windows and doors. You want to ensure that you have maintained as much insulation as possible around your openings. We have recommended V-buck for a number of years, but sadly they are no longer in business. Disadvantages of wood window and door bucking Wood is an organic food source for mold, mildew, and other hazards. Wood is a potential food source for infestations such as termites. Wood will also decay over time and there is a potential for wood to react to the chemicals in concrete causing damage. During


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