Monthly archive for May 2016

White Paper: Cement Fiber Board Installation

“Lap siding is a popular exterior finish for both residential and commercial ICF jobs.  Cement-board siding is particularly popular, due to its durability, ease of installation and fire-resistant qualities. “ Clark Ricks, ICF Builder Magazine(http://www.icfmag.com/how-to/ht_exterior_finishes.html) Installing Cement Fiber Board siding over an ICF is becoming more prevalent. There is little instruction from the siding or backer board manufacturers, due to the variations among ICF blocks. BuildBlock Building Systems offers three different block styles. BuildBlock and BuildLock are similar and will be treated together. GlobalBlock has a much different attachment system and will be described separately. The starting point for any

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BuildBlock ICFs Joins the Council of ICF Industries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Joins the Council of ICF Industries, the North American non-profit trade association for the insulated concrete forms industry. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to announce its new membership to the Council of ICF Industries (CICFI) as of May 1, 2016.  CICFI is the North American non-profit trade association for the insulated concrete forms industry. Founded in 2014, the association is dedicated to improving the quality and acceptance of ICF construction. “The mission of the CICFI is to promote and enhance the social, environmental and economic value of insulating concrete forms in

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Footing to Wall Connections

Footing to Wall Connections The connection between the footing and an ICF wall is very important. Too often, this connection is omitted from the discussion about reinforcing an ICF wall. There are a number of factors that have to be taken into account. These include the wind loads, exposure categories and seismic zones. The typical connections between the footing and the ICF wall are either a keyway or dowels. Keyways are made by setting a 2×4 into the top of the footing when it is being poured, and floating the concrete flush with the top of the board. When this is removed, it leaves

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ICF Points to LEED

ICF Points to LEED Several green building standards have been created over the past several years to focus on reducing the environmental footprint that buildings have on local communities. Fortunately, Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are a clear choice for building designers to maximize points in many of these ratings. A quick review of the 69 possible points available in the US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction identifies energy savings as the most heavily weighted criteria, with up to 10 points achievable for buildings designed for energy savings over requirements set in code standards.

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