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 ICFs Exhibiting at 2016 NAHB International Builders Show Booth S2602

BuildBlock Building System will once again exhibit at the 2016 NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas January 19th-21st. BuildBlock is excited once again to contribute to the largest light construction show in the world. Located in the South Hall Booth S2602 BuildBlock will introduce new products for 2016 and have all products available for participants to explore.  “IBS is a great show for us to demonstrate the value and excitement that BuildBlock energy-efficient construction products make possible for our customers both builders and homeowners. says Mike Garrett, BuildBlock Founder & CEO. We show people practical, affordable, and life saving options when it comes to building their dream home.

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Asked & Answered: ICF Myths, Half-Truths, and Misconceptions

Asked-&-Answered

  Separate fact from fiction and dispel ICF Myths, Half-Truths, and Misconceptions. ICFs are too expensive… ICFs cost 3%-7% more on average compared to using traditional wood construction. This difference can be reduced by smaller HVAC requirements, energy-efficiency tax breaks, and lower utility bills. ICFs are too complicated to use… Building with ICFs is like any other technology. Make sure your ICF installer is well trained and is familiar with the product. ICFs in general are simple enough for DIY and even simpler than building with wood. I can get the same efficiency with wood… Wood structures can be built

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Designing Your Dream Home with BuildBlock ICFs

Minor differences and considerations from standard home designs.   How do ICFs work? ICFs are basically a stay in place form for concrete. The structural portion of the wall isn’t the foam, it is the reinforced concrete core inside. ICFs are simply a structural concrete wall, already insulated with furring attachment points in place every 6-inches horizontally. The prescriptive method of design is based on ACI-318 for slender wall concrete. Wall Thickness ICF walls are thicker than wood or metal stud framed walls. If redesigning a plan for ICFs, wall thickness will affect interior and/or exterior dimensions. The preferred strategy

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White Paper: The ICF Effect

Continuous R-Value, reduced air infiltration and thermal mass all make up the ICF Effect New energy codes, higher fuel prices and colder winters have all contributed to an increased awareness of energy efficient construction. For consumers and builders, this means a stronger focus on increased “R-value”of the building envelope. Understanding the history of code prescribed R-value will give perspective of this measurement as it is used today. Prior to the oil crisis in the 1970’s, energy was cheap and little focus was placed on insulation, as evidenced by the lack of any insulation in “midcentury” homes. The skyrocketing fuel prices triggered a need

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases Revised & Expanded Product Installation & Technical Manuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases Revised & Expanded Product Installation & Technical Manuals. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is pleased to announce the release of updated and revised installation and technical manuals for all BuildBlock products. The manual updates include new methods and examples of ICF construction, technical specifications, CAD Details, new product information and more. The BuildBlock Installation & Technical Manual is the most comprehensive resource available to our customers when working with BuildBlock ICFs. BuildBlock includes detailed information for working with BuildBlock ICF products throughout all stages of construction. The manual provides best practices when building

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NBC Bank Utilizes BuildBlocks ICF Disaster Resistance Capabilities

NBC Bank Utilizes BuildBlock ICF’s Disaster Resistance Capabilities for security of important documents and equipment.  As far as banks go, this is one of the most energy-efficient banks in Oklahoma. Banks are high traffic, and considerations for foot traffic must be accounted for in the design. ICFs coupled with the spray foam roof insulation lower the utility costs by more than 40%. This project was designed to blend into the surrounding residential area. The owners chose ICF because this branch was outfitted with a data center housing networking and computing infrastructure utilized by the bank.  This room had to be protected from the

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DIY Plowman Home using BuildBlock ICFs

The DIY Plowman Home using BuildBlock ICFs is a true do-it-yourself project from start to finish. Science Teacher, Phillip Plowman and his father are sharing their BuildBlock ICF project. They have been building an entire home themselves from top to bottom for the last year, using much of summer break and weekends as peak working hours.    Phillip is a science teacher in Virginia and has been working on this home for the past year with his father. Phillip mentions he is fortunate to have weekends and summers off to work on building his own home. Phillip and his father

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Getting to Know Ramona Kinney

In this edition of Getting to Know, we meet Ramona Kinney. Ramona Kinney returned to BuildBlock in January as the Administrative Assistant. We asked Ramona a few questions about her role on the BuildBlock team. BuildBlock: Why did you want to work at BuildBlock? Ramona: I have many  many strengths to contribute to the team. More importantly, I have a love for people, an ability to anticipate the needs of others, and have great organizational skills. BuildBlock: What did you do before you worked at BuildBlock? Ramona: I have 30 years of retail management experience and several years as an administrative assistant for the

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Form-A-Drain (FAD) Accessory Product Changes

The Form-A-Drain (FAD) product is no longer available with fabric attached to the lineals. This change to FAD happened for several reasons. There is a tendency for the fabric to blow off, or otherwise become unattached in shipping, variance of codes around the country and detailing different application scenarios for the fabric. Some jurisdictions prefer to have the fabric attached directly at the FAD, while others prefer to have a layer of stone against the drainage system, with silt cloth laid over the stone. With the variance in codes, and the storage and manufacturing issues with keeping two nearly identical products in stock,

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The Puddingstone Cottage

The Puddingstone Cottage is a 1,200 square foot all ICF earth bermed home. Even the retaining walls utilize ICFs for their toughness. Puddingstone Cottage is an all ICF home that utilizes full height earth berms on three sides of the house to achieve its ultra-high energy performance and added protection from Mother Nature. This hybrid home is an all-electric house built among 50+ year-old cottages near a lake in southwest Michigan and blends in handsomely with its surroundings. Puddingstone Cottage was designed and built by National Award winning designer/builder Adam Bearup of Hybrid Homes, LLC. Using the research gathered from Bearup’s

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