Monthly archive for November 2014

New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs

Choosing Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) for one of the most important investments in your life brings peace of mind, safety, and security for you and your family. ICFs allow you to build whatever design you require without compromising energy efficiency, life safety, and comfort. The Mastropolo home in New City, New York home demonstrates BuildBlock ICFs are perfect for special needs. The Mastropolo home is a 3,500 square foot ranch style residential home featuring 12-foot ceilings on the main level and 10-foot 4-inch ceilings in the basement. It features a 3 car garage with a bonus room.The most striking component of the design of


ICF Builder Award First Runner up for Light Commercial 2014 – Musgrave Agencies Building

Musgraves Agencies Chose BuildBlock ICFs for their sustainable energy building, winning first runner up in light commercial at the 2014 ICF Builder awards. ICFs Chosen for sustainable Musgrave Agencies Building. Musgrave Agencies is a family owned and managed real estate and land development company in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada and built a new sustainable corporate office for their staff. Musgrave Agencies specializes primarily in residential land development. They develop more than 250 residential lots each year as well as industrial and commercial development. The building was designed for both aesthetics and comfort for its occupants. Musgrave Agencies is the leading land



  Ker Thomson Home Awarded Best Large Residential, Built Using BuildBlock ICFs. This Houston, TX home is the only TRIPLE CERTIFIED (IBHS, USGBC, DOE) house in the country.  BuildBlock ICFs play an important role in achieving this incredible certification. First, ICFs are perfect for the US Gulf Coast. The coast suffers from termites, humidity, rodents, mold, mildew, heat, cold, rain, bugs, roaches, and of course, the occasional tropical storm and/or full blown hurricane. All of these are mortal enemies of wood framing and stick built houses are essentially obsolete before they are occupied. This region calls for building with a


BuildBlock ICF Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build House in Nevada County 2012

This project was part of the annual Habitat for Humanity National Blitz-Build Program. Throughout the US during the week of June 3rd thru June 10th, 2012, approximately 200 homes were to be built and hopefully completed that week. This home in Nevada County however, was built using BuildBlock ICFs    When the Nevada County Habitat for Humanity was obtaining permission from the City of Grass Valley for its 16 home Heritage Oaks Subdivision, design criteria for the aesthetic features of the homes and landscaping were imposed. The homes are designed to fit in with the historical and traditional architecture of


BuildBlock ICFs used to rebuild Water Filtration Plant in White Sulfur Springs, Montana

BuildBlock ICF chosen to replace tornado leveled White Sulfur Springs, MT water filtration plant. Summer wind storms are common in Montana,  this particular windstorm in 2012 turned into a powerful tornado and destroyed White Sulfur Spring’s fairly new water filtration plant. With the possibility of this happening again, it was time to re-think the stability and durability of the new water filtration plant. Concrete walls became the logical choice, and the advantages of BuildBlock ICFs were soon realized and applied to the overall reconstruction of the building. The architect, David Seabury with Seabury Design Associates, was able to design a completely new ICF


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