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The Wrinkler Residence

A Small Space Yields Big Results in Idaho  The Wrinkler Residence in Boise, Idaho is described as a high-performance piece of art. Constructed with BuildBlock ICFs and coupled with passive solar capturing devices, this is one of the most energy efficient, comfortable, healthy homes in Boise!  The Project 3,800 square foot home in Idaho 4,500 square footage of ICF used 30 days of ICF installation time Total construction time was 20 weeks Designed by Flynner Homes in Boise, Idaho Project utilizes Reachcraft bracing, vinal bucking, Tufcoat and Mira drain waterproofing, TJI’s floor joists, and Stucco and Hardboard exterior finishes Preparing for Challenges


BuildBlock Projects Recognized at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards

Each year, dozens of ICF projects from all over the country are submitted to the ICF Builder Awards. This year was extremely competitive and BuildBlock is proud to have 3 projects recognized at the 2018 ceremony. These homes go above and beyond the already high standards of ICF construction. They are complicated builds that maximize the benefits of ICFs and are constructed with precision and great attention to detail.  The Drew Castle – 1st Runner-Up – Unlimited Residential The Drew Castle is a project that we’ve actively followed for several years. Located in eastern Michigan, this massive home is over 10,000 square


The BuildBlock Corporate Office Has Moved

The BuildBlock Corporate Office, located in Oklahoma City, has relocated to a new office space. Just a mile north of our previous location, BuildBlock is now located in the Boldt Builds Building at 101 West Hefner Road. We are excited to share space with Boldt, an industry leader in construction. 2017 was the most successful year to date for BuildBlock and as we grow, our needs will grow with us. This new office space meets many of the needs our growing company has and will provide us with a beautiful and functional workspace for the coming years, allowing us to


ICF Pool Construction in 25 Steps

ICF Pool Construction Made Easy As part of our ongoing to commitment to ICF education, BuildBlock is proud to present this abbreviated walkthrough of the ICF pool building process. Many of the principles and techniques of traditional ICF construction apply to pool construction. Think of an ICF pool in the same way that you would an ICF basement, except you are going to keep water on the inside instead of the outside. The steps below are meant to offer a very simple, very broad overview of the building process. For a slightly expanded version, you can take our ICF Pool


2018 Trade Shows

The 2018 Trade Show Season is Here! BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2018 trade shows; the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, and World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will have samples of our extensive product line on display, as well as informational literature and demonstrations. Members of the BuildBlock team will be available to answer any questions and set you on the path to a successful build that is quicker, cleaner, stronger, and more efficient. Learn more about ICFs and see for yourself why BuildBlock is the premier building material for new construction. NAHB


The 2018 ICF Summit

Join BuildBlock and the ICFMA at the 2018 ICF Summit! BuildBlock is a proud member of the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) and is excited to participate in the upcoming ICF Summit.  The ICF Summit spans 3 days with engaging seminars conducted by industry-leading  ICF professionals. Whether you currently operate an ICF business or are someone looking to break into the growing ICF industry, you’ll find these presentations to be enlightening, fun, and incredibly useful.  The 2018 ICF Summit is presented at The World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Information on how to register is below and don’t forget to visit the BuildBlock booth in the North Hall at Booth #N2053.


New ICF Training Course: ICF Construction in 25 Steps

Revolutionary Online Training You may be aware that earlier this year, BuildBlock launched the first ever online training site for ICF construction. If you didn’t know that, now you do! Welcome to the party! takes a revolutionary approach to ICF education. Users receive an in-depth level of training through interactive lessons, videos, and quizzes all from the comfort of your internet connected device. We launched this site with our inaugural course, The Basic ICF Installer Training Course. New Course BuildBlock is now excited to offer our second course, ICF Construction in 25 Steps. The name of this course does an excellent job of explaining its contents; a simple, straightforward overview of


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


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


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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