BuildBlock Blog: News, Projects & Information

BuildBlock Blog: News, Projects & Information. Discover the latest tips, answers to technical questions, educational videos, BuildBlock ICF projects, and more. 

BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series Released

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The BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series BuildBlock recently released the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series, a 20 part video series that documents and explains the ICF building process from start to finish. Whether you have experience building with ICFs, have done some research, but don’t know where to start, or are still unsure about the benefits of ICFs and process of constructing with Insulating Concrete Forms, this is the series for you! What’s Inside? BuildBlock prides itself on quality education. Making the move to ICF is a smart decision and we want anyone who installs our products to be equipped

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BuildBlock Expands Product Manufacturing

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BuildBlock is excited to announce the expansion of product manufacturing for BuildBlock, BuildBuck, and BuildDeck.  BuildBuck, introduced in 2016 has taken off dramatically. BuildBuck is designed to eliminate the use of wood bucking around door and window openings. This product maintains the thermal break between the outside and ensures insulation is continuous to the opening itself.   “We made BuildBuck for our 6″ and 8″ BuildBlock/BuildLock and GlobalBlock products first and we have now expanded it for 4″ products as well.” says Mike Garret, BuildBlock CEO & Founder. “The demand for our four-inch products continues to grow enough to sustain other accessory products in

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Press Release: ICFs Outperform Wood in Independent Scientific Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLEB LABORATORIES THERMAL STUDY PROVES INSULATING CONCRETE FORM WALLS CAN ACHIEVE UP TO 60% ENERGY SAVINGS AND 58% GREATER R-VALUE FOR HOME AND BUILDING OWNERS Oklahoma City, OK –  According to a recent scientific study, commissioned by the ICF Manufacturers Association, an ICF wall produces a 58% better overall R-value/RSI than an insulated wood frame cavity wall. This is the first time a SCC and ISO accredited and internationally recognized testing facility has been commissioned to evaluate a realistic side-by-side comparison of these two types of wall assemblies within a single study.  How the Study Was Performed This is the first test

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Asked & Answered: How Does Rebar Interact With BuildBlock Webs?

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Reinforcing ICF Walls The plastic ties (or webs) in BuildBlock ICFs hold the two foam panels together and are embedded into the foam. This provides furring strips as well as options to place rebar in the proper position in the wall. Steel rebar reinforcement is required and the plastic webs help to hold it in place. This rebar gives concrete the additional strength needed to resist different types of pressures. It’s the combination of reinforcement and concrete that makes a BuildBlock wall so strong.  Since rebar can’t be made to be continuous for every project, lengths of rebar are cut and

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Trades and Finishes

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Trades and Finishes Welcome to the final video in the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series, Trades and Finishes . This video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 19 we discuss block attachment points as well as the different needs during the rest of the construction process. We also identify different types of exterior and interior finishes. The videos in this series are

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation

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ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build. In video number 18 we explain how to locate ICF attachment points even after they are covered. We also take a look at how to create chases for mechanical, plumbing, and electrical installation. The videos in this

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Waterproofing and Backfilling

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Waterproofing and Backfilling Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Waterproofing and Backfilling. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build. In video number 17 we help you understand the importance or proper waterproofing as well as the challenges associated with backfilling against an ICF wall. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Post Pour Concrete Inspection

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Post Pour Concrete Inspection Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Post Pour Concrete Inspection. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 16 we explain how concrete cures and provide helpful tips as you prepare for the next steps of your project. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Concrete Consolidation

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Concrete Consolidation Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Concrete Consolidation. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 15 we review the importance of consolidating concrete and the dangers of over vibration. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals available for free download on the Publications Page or for

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Pouring an ICF Project

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Pouring an ICF Project Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Pouring an ICF Project. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.     In video number 14 we explain the basics of pouring or pumping concrete into an ICF structure. We also discuss proper concrete mix, options for pumping and pouring, how to properly flow concrete, and how to pour corners

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