Monthly archive for February 2014

Mazzella Construction Builds ICF Playhouse for Charity

Our friends over at Mazzella Construction recently built this awesome BuildBlock ICF Playhouse for a local charity event. Mazzella build the walls out of BuildBlock ICF and then finished the inside with cedar wood and the outside with real stone and stucco. Goes to show any kind of structure can be built out of BuildBlock ICFs! The playhouse in on display in the Bozeman, MT mall for a month and then will be showcased at the Big Mountain Home Expo in March. So if you’re in the area swing by and enter for a chance to win playhouse and support a local


Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Swimming Pools: Getting the Most Splash for Your Cash

ICF swimming pools

Insulating Concrete Forms are frequently used for many structures around homes and commercial buildings. BuildBlock customers have constructed retaining walls, fences and gates, fire pits and more. We’ve had an increase in request for information around ICF swimming pools. ICFs in swimming pools not only speed up construction, but the insulating foam prevents more than 80% of the heat loss of the pool. This means it’s much cheaper to heat your pool, but also extends the length of the pool season. “ICFs have been used from swimming pools since the very beginning of the industry.” ICF Builder Magazine, July 2013 In the


Press Release: BuildBlock Launches All Foam ICF

For Immediate Release GlobalBlock: The All Foam Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) GlobalBlock puts the energy-efficiency and savings of ICFs in your hands for nearly the same cost as wood. Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked to form the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms remain in place providing extreme energy efficiency. The three components of an ICF wall system: concrete thermal mass, low air filtration and high insulation value of the EPS foam perform as an R-50 compared to wood. They are covered with brick,


Show Season 2014

The BuildBlock team had a great time visiting with future customers and partners at World of Concrete and the NAHB International Builders’ Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. At World of Concrete in January BuildBlock CEO, Mike Garrett, was asked to speak during the PCA panel on “Resilient ICF Construction.” Mike shared that ICFs are consumer driven and the most important amenity is home that withstands disasters. The panel noted education and training as critical for installers and contractors as well as the consumer. Mike also explained how growth as an industry is being driven by great quality from ICF manufacturers like