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: Setting the First Few Courses

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Setting the First Few Courses Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Setting the First Few Courses. 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 9th video of the series we cover the basic procedure for setting the first 4 courses of ICF blocks, as well as identify necessary materials and preparation.  The videos in this series are produced as a companion

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Concrete Reinforcement

concrete reinforcement

Concrete Reinforcement  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 8th video of the series we will cover the basic forces involved in construction; compression, tension, and torsion. We will also help you understand why concrete is reinforced and how placement of reinforcement changes the strength of the wall.  The videos in this series are

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Door and Window Openings

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Door and Window Openings 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 7th video of the series we will help you understand how to measure and prepare bucking for door and window rough openings. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals available for free download

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Footings, Foundations, and Slabs

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Footings, Foundations, and Slabs 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 6th video of the series we will identify and understand the types of foundations that ICFs are built on and discuss the advantages of each. We will also explain the basic practices of squaring an ICF project.  The videos in this series are produced

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BuildBlock Projects Recognized at the 2017 ICF Builder Awards

About the 2017 ICF Builder Awards The ICF Builder Awards are held annually to recognize the best in insulated concrete construction. This construction method uses rigid polystyrene foam and reinforced concrete to create structures that are beautiful, yet disaster-proof, energy-efficient, and remarkably affordable. Begun in 2005, the annual project-of-the-year competition showcases the innovation, quality, and craftsmanship possible with this construction method. It is the most prestigious award offered to ICF professionals. This year’s contest attracted more than 50 top-notch entries, including a mid-rise hotels, municipal buildings, schools, offices, churches, and residential projects of every shape, size and style. “The variety

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BuildBlock Project “Atlantic Beach House” Wins ICF Builder Award

The ICF Builder Awards are held annually to recognize the best in insulated concrete construction. This year, “Atlantic Beach House” was one of the BuildBlock projects receiving recognition at this prestigious event. The Atlantic Beach House in Atlantic Beach, Florida won first runner up in the Unlimited Residential category, which includes homes that are larger than 6,000 square feet. This ultra-modern, 3 story home, built by Joel Johns and his team at Green Built, is constructed with BuildBlock ICF walls and CIP concrete beams. This 6,850 square foot homes innovative design, outstanding performance, and scenic location made it one of the top

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BuildBlock Project “Stone Creek” Wins ICF Builder Award

The ICF Builder Awards are held annually to recognize the best in insulated concrete construction. This year, “Stone Creek” was one of two BuildBlock projects receiving recognition at this prestigious event. Stone Creek, in Canton Ohio earned first runner up in the small residential category, which includes houses that are 3,000 square feet or less. The home was selected by the ICF Builder Award Committee based on it’s success despite weather challenges during construction, its added industry exposure, and the exceptional results when completed. Built by one of the leaders in energy efficient homes in Ohio, Charis Homes, this 2,570 square

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Basic Estimating

basic estimating

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

basic tools

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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