Monthly archive for October 2015

Asked & Answered: How Do I Design Door & Window Openings in an ICF Home?

Asked-&-Answered

Door & Window Openings in an ICF Home Generally, there is little difference in door and window placement in an ICF home when compared to standard wood-framed construction. The biggest thing to keep in mind are openings really close together or really close to corners. Since the supporting structure to the wall is the concrete inside the walls, you need to make sure there is enough in the right places to carry the weight of the rest of the structure. Door & window openings in an ICF home have two structural elements: post and lintel. The post is the support on either side

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The Lloyd House: An ICF Project

Lloyd ICF Home Construction

We are going to step inside the Lloyd House: An ICF project showcasing the resiliency and versatility of BuildBlock ICFs. This project was a flagship project for Lloyd Concrete Services and BuildBlock of Central Virginia. The natural beauty of this lot inspired the homeowner to make as little impact on the environment as possible.The efficiency of the ICF wall system in addition to the geothermal heat pump are expected to drastically reduce the carbon emissions over the life of the home.  Utilizing online CAD details and the Prescriptive Method, the home owners easily designed this home to the highest standards of efficiency and

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Asked & Answered: EPS Foam and Fire Retardants

Asked-&-Answered

There are some misconceptions about EPS foam in the building industry. In this Asked & Answered we discuss how fire retardants used in EPS foam as used in building products.  EPS foam when used in building products contains a fire retardant added to the bead before it is expanded and molded. Additionally EPS foam with this fire retardant is not a fuel source. Also when exposed to high heat EPS foam doesn’t burn, it melts since it is expanded with steam and only contains air. The EPS foam used in packaging and shipping is not the same as EPS foam used in construction products.

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Asked & Answered: Why don’t walls with corners layout in even foot dimensions?

Asked-&-Answered

Why don’t walls with corners layout in even foot dimensions? This is an interesting question we receive occasionally from designers, engineers, and builders. It is possible to create a building that will have even foot dimensions. This is typically achieved by shortening blocks at some other point in the wall away from the corners since corners are one of the greatest challenges in any type of construction. A number of factors, from a product design perspective come into play when creating modular products that will be used in multiple ways and scale. A few challenges include: molding constraints (limitations on

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BuildBlock ICFs Exhibiting at 2016 World of Concrete Booth N2104

BuildBlock will be exhibiting at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 2-5, 2016. The trade show is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and BuildBlock will be presenting in Booth N2104.  The World of Concrete (www.WorldofConcrete.com) trade show is an annual event focusing on the concrete and masonry industry. “WOC features innovative tools, construction machinery, construction equipment, safety training courses and training, technologies and unlimited networking opportunities to give you new ways to sustain and grow your business.” (www.worldofconcrete.com) BuildBlock is exhibiting in booth #N2104 and you can get your tickets by registering online at www.worldofconcrete.com/Attendee/Register.      

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BuildBlock ICFs Exhibiting at 2016 NAHB International Builders Show Booth S2602

BuildBlock Building System will once again exhibit at the 2016 NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas January 19th-21st. BuildBlock is excited once again to contribute to the largest light construction show in the world. Located in the South Hall Booth S2602 BuildBlock will introduce new products for 2016 and have all products available for participants to explore.  “IBS is a great show for us to demonstrate the value and excitement that BuildBlock energy-efficient construction products make possible for our customers both builders and homeowners. says Mike Garrett, BuildBlock Founder & CEO. We show people practical, affordable, and life saving options when it comes to building their dream home.

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Asked & Answered: ICF Myths, Half-Truths, and Misconceptions

Asked-&-Answered

  Separate fact from fiction and dispel ICF Myths, Half-Truths, and Misconceptions. 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 use… Building with ICFs is like any other technology. Make sure your ICF installer is well trained and is familiar with the product. ICFs in general are simple enough for DIY and even simpler than building with wood. I can get the same efficiency with wood… Wood structures can be built

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Designing Your Dream Home with BuildBlock ICFs

Minor differences and considerations from standard home designs.   How do ICFs work? ICFs are basically a stay in place form for concrete. The structural portion of the wall isn’t the foam, it is the reinforced concrete core inside. ICFs are simply a structural concrete wall, already insulated with furring attachment points in place every 6-inches horizontally. The prescriptive method of design is based on ACI-318 for slender wall concrete. Wall Thickness ICF walls are thicker than wood or metal stud framed walls. If redesigning a plan for ICFs, wall thickness will affect interior and/or exterior dimensions. The preferred strategy

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White Paper: The ICF Effect

Continuous R-Value, reduced air infiltration and thermal mass all make up the ICF Effect New energy codes, higher fuel prices and colder winters have all contributed to an increased awareness of energy efficient construction. For consumers and builders, this means a stronger focus on increased “R-value”of the building envelope. Understanding the history of code prescribed R-value will give perspective of this measurement as it is used today. Prior to the oil crisis in the 1970’s, energy was cheap and little focus was placed on insulation, as evidenced by the lack of any insulation in “midcentury” homes. The skyrocketing fuel prices triggered a need

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases Revised & Expanded Product Installation & Technical Manuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases Revised & Expanded Product Installation & Technical Manuals. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is pleased to announce the release of updated and revised installation and technical manuals for all BuildBlock products. The manual updates include new methods and examples of ICF construction, technical specifications, CAD Details, new product information and more. The BuildBlock Installation & Technical Manual is the most comprehensive resource available to our customers when working with BuildBlock ICFs. BuildBlock includes detailed information for working with BuildBlock ICF products throughout all stages of construction. The manual provides best practices when building

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