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. 

Top 5 Ways to Ensure a Successful ICF Pour

For many, the concrete pour day is the most exciting day on an ICF jobsite. You’ve stacked your walls, everything is straight and plumb, and now it’s time for that sweet concrete. And that’s exactly how pump day should feel; fun and exciting, from beginning to end. Your wall is about to reach its full potential! But with great power comes great responsibility. Mistakes on pump day could cost you and your crew a lot of time and money. We at BuildBlock want your concrete pour to go as smooth as mud (pun!) so we’ve compiled a list of five

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Habitat for Humanity & BuildBlock Prove that Anyone Can Build With ICFs

Volunteers in South Dakota are building amazing homes alongside deserving families by utilizing the strength, efficiency, and simple installation of BuildBlock ICFs.  Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. As of today they’ve helped build, renovate, repair, and increase access to improved shelter for over 5 million people worldwide. This is all accomplished through a dedicated network of volunteers and supporters from all

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The Lasting Effects of ICFs

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In 2004, BuildBlock Building Systems was founded offering a better way to build with Insulating Concrete Forms and related products, making installation quick and easy. We know that ICFs create a wall system that outperforms any other, but let’s be honest, we’re a little biased. That’s why we love sharing the stories of people who build, live, and work in BuildBlock ICF structures. Life Long Benefits We recently had an opportunity to talk with Fred Scott, an ICF homeowner who has lived in his BuildBlock house for nearly a decade. We were excited to chat with him since he is

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BuildBlock Launches Online ICF Training Portal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19­, 2017 Contact: Brian Corder Phone: (405) 212-3131 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 buildblock.com BuildBlock Launches Online ICF Training Portal The BuildBlock Online Training Portal will deliver world class ICF construction training to anyone at their own pace, from any device, anywhere. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to announce the BuildBlock ICF Training Portal (http://training.buildblock.com). This training portal delivers training to anyone who wants to learn how to build with ICFs. This portal is launching initially with the BuildBlock Basic ICF Installer Course. This course will take

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ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide Released

BuildBlock releases ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide for In-ground and Above-ground ICF Swimming Pools, cisterns, and water vessels. BuildBlock is excited to release the BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide. We have been working for more than a year to design, develop, and produce a series of interlocking and easy to use radius blocks for use in both homes and swimming pools, while also creating engineering for above and below ground pool walls in a variety of soil conditions. ICF pools can use standard BuildBlock ICF forms with or without the new radius forms. Each will deliver extreme energy performance and ease of

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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

BuildBlock Manufacturing Map

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 an 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 produced

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