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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: Basic Estimating

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Basic Estimating Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series. 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 the 5th video of the series we take a look at how to estimate the amount of blocks, rebar, and concrete needed for your ICF job. We walk through several basic formulas that will help you plan for a successful build. The videos in this series

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Basic Tools

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Basic Tools Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series. 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. This video explores the basic tools needed to build with BuildBlock ICFs. We also discuss some optional tools that add speed and efficiency to your project. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals available for free download on

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Understanding Labor

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Understanding Labor Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series. 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. This video covers the steps necessary to plan for and lead a successful team. We discuss basic labor calculations, crew leadership, skilled and non-skilled labor usage, and job site efficiency and planning. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Safety

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ICF Safety and Best Practices Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series. This is 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 part 2 of the series we discuss safety on an ICF job site. We take a look at safety  equipment, proper practices, and the importance of keeping a clean and organized job site.  The videos in this series are produced as a companion

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Introduction

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An Introduction to BuildBlock ICFs Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series. 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 this brief introduction we discuss the basic components of ICFs, possible design options, how ICFs are designed and made, and why ICFs are approved as a building material in North American building code.  The videos in this series are produced as a companion to

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildCrete Pool Plaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildCrete Pool Plaster Oklahoma City, OK – Released at the 2016 International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo, BuildCrete Pool Plaster by BuildBlock ICFs is a true one-coat plaster designed to adhere directly to EPS foam, concrete, or other pool building materials. BuildCrete has been used in ICF construction for its durability, strength, and ease of application. It allows pool builders to be green without complexity, saving time and money on the job site, and creating a finish that will outlast any other plasters or finishing materials. “We introduced BuildCrete Plaster & Stucco products more than three years ago

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Charis Homes Builds First Zero Energy Ready Home in Ohio with BuildBlock ICFs

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Choosing BuildBlock ICFs as their primary construction system for exterior walls, the Wehrs realized they could easily build Ohio’s first Zero Energy Ready home simply, and cost effectively. Going Big AND Going Home When Chris and Lori Wehr moved to Ohio they were excited by the opportunity to build a new custom home. Chris works in the energy efficiency field so he knew that there were several building systems available that could produce exceptional results. The Wehrs approached Charis Homes, a leader in custom energy efficient  homes in Ohio, with a solid idea of how they wanted their house to

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No Air Conditioning? No Problem! Couple Builds ICF Home in Colorado.

After one summer in our ICF house, we decided we didn’t need air conditioning. When Mike and Laura Braunschmidt  started thinking about building a new home, a common theme was agreed upon: extreme energy efficiency. “Originally we were going to downsize. It’s just my wife and I so we don’t need that much space.” said Mike. But when the perfect two and half acres came available in Littleton, Colorado in a neighborhood that required homes to be 6,000 square feet or more, the decision was made to build a beautiful 7,000 square foot ranch style house. After a little research

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The BuildBlock Comprehensive Guide Waterproofing

Waterproofing ICF Homes

The BuildBlock Comprehensive Guide to ICF Waterproofing demonstrates the most effective strategies for waterproofing ICF structures.   Waterproofing ICF homes is substantially different from standard concrete construction and is commonly overlooked or installed incorrectly. The BuildBlock Comprehensive Guide to Waterproofing is a 15 page educational manual that is free to download and is intended to be used in conjunction with other BuildBlock Technical Manuals. The strategies, advice, and information apply to any ICF construction below grade, large or small. Waterproofing is the last mile in ICF construction. Even if everything else has been done perfectly, a small mistake in waterproofing can ruin the experience of

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Basic ICF Construction in 22 Steps

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While BuildBlock ICFs are extremely installer friendly, there are always questions when working with new material. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself home builder or a contractor looking branch into ICFs, BuildBlock is here to help. This Basic ICF Construction gallery starts with excavation and ends with the pouring of concrete. Complete with helpful tips and tricks along the way, you’ll be more than ready to plan your next ICF build. For more detailed information on each of these steps, visit the How To Build section of BuildBlock.com.    

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