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R-Value Part 4: Is More Insulation Better?

Part Four: Is More Insulation Better? In the previous sections of our deep dive into insulation, we’ve covered the basic types of insulation, discussed the properties of ICFs, and talked about the difference between actual and performance R-value. Now let’s take a look at the wizard behind the curtain, the secret sauce, the ICF MVP… concrete.  Concrete doesn’t really add any R-Value, but what it does is resist changing temperature. It requires a lot of energy to change the temperature of concrete. Think about a concrete sidewalk after a hot summer day. That concrete will radiate heat and is still warm

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R-Value Part 3: Fun with Foam

Part Three: Fun with Foam In the last article, we mentioned that BuildBlock ICFs and most others use about 2.5” of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam on each side of a concrete core. The concrete core provides the strength and is designed to generally match the construction of standard reinforced concrete wall thicknesses (ACI 318 to be exact). So that explains the concrete, but why 2.5” foam panels? Honestly, there are two reasons. First ICF forms must be able to withstand the pressures created when rebar is added and concrete is first poured into the forms. Most ICFs are 16” tall and

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R-Value Part 2: The Science of Performance

Part Two: The Science of Performance   In the first part of this article, we learned that ICFs are a superior form of construction (click for part 1) through simplicity of construction, fewer materials, disaster resilience, and insulation performance. So let’s talk a bit more about actual R-value versus performance R-value. All types of building insulation have two levels of performance: material performance and in-use performance. It’s no different than “estimated” miles per gallon when you buy a car; real-world performance is always different. In the case of ICFs, the real world, in-use performance is actually higher than the R-value performance

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Natural Disasters, Construction, and the Importance of Predictability

An honest comparison of major construction materials and their ability to protect during natural disasters. A Growing Threat  In the wake of the dramatic destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, it’s important to have a frank conversation about disaster resilience in home construction. No matter your opinion on climate change, it is proven that ice caps are melting and sea levels have risen. And while these events do not specifically cause hurricanes, they do in fact exacerbate the situation. The recent historic flooding in Houston is a glaring example of this. The dilemma of “more water” isn’t just going

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R-Value Part 1: What R You Doing?

What R You Doing? A four part series looking at insulation, R-value, and value. What is the value of good? No, this isn’t a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance moment, but we all want to know how much is really worth it. So you’re building a new home or updating your existing home and you have the same questions we all do. When it comes to insulation, how much is enough? What are my options? And at what point, as the phrase goes, “are we putting lipstick on a pig?” There are a lot of companies out there to

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Habitat for Humanity & BuildBlock Prove that Anyone Can Build With ICFs

Volunteers in South Dakota are building amazing homes alongside deserving families by utilizing the strength, efficiency, and simple installation of BuildBlock ICFs.  Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. As of today they’ve helped build, renovate, repair, and increase access to improved shelter for over 5 million people worldwide. This is all accomplished through a dedicated network of volunteers and supporters from all

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BuildBlock Launches Online ICF Training Portal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19­, 2017 Contact: Brian Corder Phone: (405) 212-3131 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 buildblock.com BuildBlock Launches Online ICF Training Portal The BuildBlock Online Training Portal will deliver world class ICF construction training to anyone at their own pace, from any device, anywhere. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to announce the BuildBlock ICF Training Portal (http://training.buildblock.com). This training portal delivers training to anyone who wants to learn how to build with ICFs. This portal is launching initially with the BuildBlock Basic ICF Installer Course. This course will take

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ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide Released

BuildBlock releases ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide for In-ground and Above-ground ICF Swimming Pools, cisterns, and water vessels. BuildBlock is excited to release the BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide. We have been working for more than a year to design, develop, and produce a series of interlocking and easy to use radius blocks for use in both homes and swimming pools, while also creating engineering for above and below ground pool walls in a variety of soil conditions. ICF pools can use standard BuildBlock ICF forms with or without the new radius forms. Each will deliver extreme energy performance and ease of

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series Released

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The BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series BuildBlock recently released the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series, a 20 part video series that documents and explains the ICF building process from start to finish. Whether you have experience building with ICFs, have done some research, but don’t know where to start, or are still unsure about the benefits of ICFs and process of constructing with Insulating Concrete Forms, this is the series for you! What’s Inside? BuildBlock prides itself on quality education. Making the move to ICF is a smart decision and we want anyone who installs our products to be equipped

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Press Release: ICFs Outperform Wood in Independent Scientific Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLEB LABORATORIES THERMAL STUDY PROVES INSULATING CONCRETE FORM WALLS CAN ACHIEVE UP TO 60% ENERGY SAVINGS AND 58% GREATER R-VALUE FOR HOME AND BUILDING OWNERS Oklahoma City, OK –  According to a recent scientific study, commissioned by the ICF Manufacturers Association, an ICF wall produces a 58% better overall R-value/RSI than an insulated wood frame cavity wall. This is the first time an SCC and ISO accredited and internationally recognized testing facility has been commissioned to evaluate a realistic side-by-side comparison of these two types of wall assemblies within a single study.  How the Study Was Performed This is the first test

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