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: Pre-Pour Inspection

pre-pour inspection

Pre-Pour Inspection   Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Pre-Pour Inspection. 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 video number 13 we cover how to inspect an ICF project for common mistakes that cause problems during the pour, while finishing, or during occupation.   The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Penetrations, Beam Pockets, & Blockouts

penetrations

Penetrations, Beam Pockets, & Blockouts 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 12th video in this series we identify common penetrations in ICF walls that you may need to plan for. We also discuss different methods for creating, bracing, and sealing penetrations. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Continuing Up The Wall

continuing up the wall

Continuing Up The Wall Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Continuing Up The Wall. 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 11th video of this series we discuss best practices for continuing up the wall after the first few courses are stacked and shimmed and trimmed to level. We also cover how to prepare for openings and penetrations as well

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Bracing & Alignment

Bracing & Alignment   Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Bracing and Alignment. 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 10th video of this series we identify the 4 basic components of an ICF Bracing and Alignment system as well as explain its 3 primary functions.  The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation

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Communicating Cuts: Spaces and Bars Method

communicating cuts

Communicating Cuts: Spaces and Bars Method 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 short video we’ll cover an effective way of communicating block cuts on the jobsite. When filling a void space in an ICF wall with a cut block, it is important to keep web spacing in mind. Using the Spaces and Bars Method

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Setting the First Few Courses

setting the first few courses

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

openings

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

footings

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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