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The Lasting Effects of ICFs

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In 2004, BuildBlock Building Systems was founded offering a better way to build with Insulating Concrete Forms and related products, making installation quick and easy. We know that ICFs create a wall system that outperforms any other, but let’s be honest, we’re a little biased. That’s why we love sharing the stories of people who build, live, and work in BuildBlock ICF structures. Life Long Benefits We recently had an opportunity to talk with Fred Scott, an ICF homeowner who has lived in his BuildBlock house for nearly a decade. We were excited to chat with him since he is

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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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Charis Homes Builds First Zero Energy Ready Home in Ohio with BuildBlock ICFs

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Choosing BuildBlock ICFs as their primary construction system for exterior walls, the Wehrs realized they could easily build Ohio’s first Zero Energy Ready home simply, and cost effectively. Going Big AND Going Home When Chris and Lori Wehr moved to Ohio they were excited by the opportunity to build a new custom home. Chris works in the energy efficiency field so he knew that there were several building systems available that could produce exceptional results. The Wehrs approached Charis Homes, a leader in custom energy efficient  homes in Ohio, with a solid idea of how they wanted their house to

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No Air Conditioning? No Problem! Couple Builds ICF Home in Colorado.

After one summer in our ICF house, we decided we didn’t need air conditioning. When Mike and Laura Braunschmidt  started thinking about building a new home, a common theme was agreed upon: extreme energy efficiency. “Originally we were going to downsize. It’s just my wife and I so we don’t need that much space.” said Mike. But when the perfect two and half acres came available in Littleton, Colorado in a neighborhood that required homes to be 6,000 square feet or more, the decision was made to build a beautiful 7,000 square foot ranch style house. After a little research

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Mannan Home achieves a HERS Rating of 39

The Mannan Home was built to be energy efficient with the use of BuildBlock ICFs. The Mannan Home was built using three rating systems:  The local utility’s REMC Touchstone Energy standard, The Energy Star Five Star + standard and the NAHB Gold Standard. The home achieved a HERS rating of 39 and was the most efficient structure built in Indiana under the Touchstone program in 2008. About the Project This project was designed and constructed with the mainstreaming of ICF technology in mind. The realization that the use of ICFs would not interfere with interior or exterior finishes and can be integrated

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Energy Efficient BuildBlock Vineyard House Project

The Energy Efficient BuildBlock Vineyard House in Paw Paw, Michigan has caught the attention of many around the country and has improved the opinion of ICFs in the state. This attention came from the low cost, the design, and the sheer beauty of this sustainable home. All of these features are not the usual factors that someone might think of when considering a home with this extraordinary level of sustainability. You can’t tell by looking at it but this house is made of ICFs, with 4kw of Photovoltaics, geothermal units, concrete flooring, and much more. The design of this home is one that the

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Hilldale Elementary Builds 11-Classroom Safe Room

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  Hilldale Elementary Builds 11-Classroom Safe Room addition, which will be able to protect all of its students, teachers and staff during severe weather or a tornado. These classrooms will be a warm, comfortable learning environment all year, sound proof and energy efficient. Should the need arise, they would also function as a safe room for the entire school. The project is located on NW 16th St. in Oklahoma City. Classes run from August through June, which includes Oklahoma’s worst storm season. After the devastating effects of previous tornadoes, you can see why it is important to have a proper safe

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Energy-Efficient Bonobo Winery Built with BuildBlock ICFs

Bonobo Winery Outdoors

The Oosterhouse brothers, Todd and Carter are Traverse City natives who decided to satisfy a life-long dream building a winery of their own. The energy-efficient Bonobo Winery built with BuildBlock ICFs combines many systems and technologies to deliver a commercial success. This project is located in Traverse City Michigan, a tourist destination and regional area of commerce. People flock to the area in the spring, summer, and fall to see the lakes, sunsets, cherry trees and vineyards. This winery has a high traffic volume will help educate more people about the advantages of energy efficient construction and BuildBlock ICF technology, especially in

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