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Press Release: BuildBlock Building Systems Ranks Top ICF Structural System in GreenBuilder Magazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BuildBlock Building Systems Ranks Top ICF Structural System in GreenBuilder Magazine Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms, (ICFs) ranked as top ICF Structural System in the 2015 Readers Choice Survey by GreenBuilder Magazine. This annual brand awareness survey of Green building professionals, chose the greenest structural system products and BuildBlock ICFs are ranked at the top of the ICF list. Other structural systems in the category include engineered wood, SIP (structural insulated panels) and of course ICFs. GreenBuilder Magazine reads, “ICF manufacturers are just as popular as those offering engineered wood. ICF and SIP systems, once


Santa Fe, New Mexico Green Building with BuildBlock ICFs

Green building is extremely popular throughout the southwestern United States and leading the charge is Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Maffie project is another testimony of the growing ICF industry in New Mexico. The homeowner was not familiar with ICFs however after being presented with all of the benefits, they made the decision to proceed. The homeowner was very happy with the end result and is especially pleased by the overall feel that ICFs brought to the home. The exceptional insulation value and quietness of the home are daily reminders of the technology behind the walls.  This project uses ICF construction as traditional Pueblo or


Asked & Answered: What is the Sound Performance of BuildBlock ICFs?


In general, it is important to limit noise and sound transmission through walls. While important in residential structures, this is especially critical in certain commercial structures such as hospitals, movie theaters, concert halls,hotels and airports that require substantial noise reduction. Homes built on noisy streets or near interstate highways will benefit from reduced sound transmission. Lastly, many builders are using BuildBlock ICFs for sound proofing in interior rooms such as a home theaters and media rooms.  Insulating Concrete Forms, (ICFs) can be used to construct nearly any type of building, and offer a wealth of benefits to the builder and the


BuildBlock ICF Above Ground Safe Rooms

Tornado season is upon us, and once again, we in the Midwest and Southeast will see thunderstorms forming and rolling across the plains, and we will look up and wonder if that is just a low hanging cloud, or something more ominous. Safety is of primary concern during a tornado.  It is an immensely powerful, destructive force, which can devastate anything in its path. Historically we in the plains states have been told to move to the middle of your home and either open or close windows depending on who you have listened to.  If you had the luxury of


Florida Homeowners Embrace BuildBlock ICFs Benefits

These Florida homeowners embrace BuildBlock ICFs benefits for hurricane and disaster resistance, construction speed, and energy efficiency. This Mediterranean style Florida home was designed to withstand hurricane force winds in the area. When the homeowner understood the safety and efficiency of the wall system, they chose BuildBlock ICFs. Their architect was able to easily incorporate the home owners visions with the practicality of the ICF system. The wood roof is insulated with Icynene foam and is secured to the wall system with embedded Simpson hurricane straps in the concrete. All doors and windows were designed with hurricane rated, impact resistant glass. The ICF


BuildBlock ICF Home Comfortable in Southern Heat

    This BuildBlock ICF Home Comfortable in Southern Heat with 45% humidity inside on a 100+ degree & 90% humidity South Carolina days. The architecture resembles triple wythe masonry, which is common in Charleston architecture and engineering. The window jambs and door details have the “Classical Architecture” and Old World look. Concrete is fundamental to architecture and engineering. The ICF forms might seem novel to some, but it makes perfect sense once you see them in action. The New Orleans/Charleston style chosen for this project was dictated by the community patterns,  and ICFs made it all the more simple to


Asked & Answered: Applying Stucco on BuildBlock ICF Forms


You can use nearly any finish including applying stucco on BuildBlock ICF Forms Stucco can be applied directly over the ICF, without a membrane above grade; below-grade requires waterproofing). Some contractors will use paper or house wrap behind the stucco, but it’s not necessary. For traditional stucco, a mechanical attachment is required (metal lath screwed to the wall through the plastic webs, or similar attachment). The mechanical attachment is not required when using BuildCrete or other EIFS systems. BuildCrete is a single coat product applied in 3 steps. An initial coat, essentially a scratch coat, is placed on the wall, then a fiberglass mesh is


BuildBlock ICFs create stunning Old Florida Island Style home in Matlacha, FL

Island Style Home

Drs. Shirley and Jim Salvatore wanted an ICF home with an Old Florida Island Style. This was achieved with ICF block construction by adding wide covered porches to the ICF block shell. A metal hip roof, horizontal cement board siding painted in bright island colors, multiple windows with pocketing sliding glass doors all contributed to the island look, letting beautiful views of the surrounding bay in, on both the front and back of the home.   The Salvatore’s  home  in Matlacha, Florida incredibly energy efficient and insurance costs are low using BuildBlock ICFs. The Florida Energy Efficiency calculations score for this


Scottish Style BuildBlock ICF Castle in Connecticut

ICF Castles as unique as they are, have been quite popular lately for BuildBlock Building Systems. This Scottish Castle in New Canaan, Connecticut is now our second ICF castle. This BuildBlock ICF Castle in Connecticut is 6,200 sq ft and is made entirely of ICFs including the obvious castle features like the turret, battlement,  parapet and crow step gables. The architect of this castle was Leigh Overland. This project was featured on local Channel 12 news see that video here:  Castles were created for protection against invaders. ICFs create this same feeling especially in ICF Castles. The castle was recently completed in December 2015 after battling


Slagell’s Building ICF Home in Hydro, Oklahoma

The Slagell’s are Building their ICF home with BuildBlock ICFs in Hydro, Oklahoma. The Slagell’s were drawn to the idea of ICFs because of the energy efficiency and long life construction ICFs provide. Doing all the work themselves, they had to choose very closely what materials to use. They chose to use BuildBlock ICFs for their home. Bethanie says, “Everything has been very user friendly. We like that you can reverse the blocks.” The BuildBlock construction phase is finished currently with the windows and doors installed.  The home is going to be roughly 1600 sq.f  with  a very open floor plan for the

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