Asked&Answered: GlobalBlock Frequently Asked Questions

Asked-&-Answered

In our latest Asked&Answered we routinely get questions about building with one of our newest products, GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. Let’s answer common questions about ICF construction using GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. GlobalBlock Benefits GlobalBlock reduces ICF cost by more than 40%. GlobalBlock uses 1/3 less concrete. Increased EPS foam increases insulation value of wall. GlobalBlock is a fully reversible block as are all modern ICFs. GlobalBlock offers 30% savings up front, uses 30% less concrete and offers about R-30 insulation (6” form). It fits integrally with BuildBlock and BuildLock forms allowing or seamless integration as infill in

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ICF Half-Truths, Myths, Misconceptions and Lies

Fear, uncertainty and doubt rule the marketing campaigns of traditional builders. Fear of change, uncertainty about new products and doubt about the future. When your customers start seeing new ICF homes in the area and are interested in considering the technology as an option for their home they will often end up with half-truths and myths about the reality of insulating concrete forms. ICFs are too expensive… ICFs cost 3%-7% more on average compared to using traditional wood construction. This difference can be reduced by smaller HVAC requirements, energy-efficiency tax breaks and lower utility bills. ICFs are too complicated to

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Upping the R-value in ICF Construction

ThermalSert ICF Insulation Insert Panels

BuildBlock ICFs have an R value over R-22 and a performance value between R-45 and R-55, but sometimes customers demand something greater. BuildBlock created ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD to service that need. The ThermalSert product is added to each course of block to the inside of the outside wall. This foam insert adds an additional 4.2 R’s per inch of foam used, creating even greater insulation. Using the BuildLock Knockdown product creates the same thickness concrete wall with more than 40% greater insulation at the same time. Learn more about ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD at https://buildblock.com/products/thermalsert/

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ICFs are the future of foundations and homes.

There is an unmistakable trend: Buyers are demanding homes that use less energy. Builders and developers are starting to take notice. Green energy efficient construction is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy not only in North America, but worldwide. The adoption of the 2012 Energy Codes and even more stringent codes in 2015 along with extreme temperatures mean more consumers are needing greater energy efficiency. Green building products cannot be in name only. They must deliver benefits to the end user and be cost effective for the homebuilder or contractor. They need reduced construction time, waste and

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Asked & Answered: Is there an advantage to using wood bucks for window/door openings versus BuildBuck?

Asked-&-Answered

The majority of heat loss in an ICF home comes through wall openings such as windows and doors. You want to ensure that you have maintained as much insulation as possible around your openings. We have recommended V-buck for a number of years, but sadly they are no longer in business. Disadvantages of wood window and door bucking Wood is an organic food source for mold, mildew, and other hazards. Wood is a potential food source for infestations such as termites. Wood will also decay over time and there is a potential for wood to react to the chemicals in concrete causing damage. During

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BuildBlock Supports YouthBuild Boston Construction Workers of Tomorrow

2014 Construction Workers of Tomorrow, Energy Efficient Building Envelope Class 1

BuildBlock trains “Construction Workers of Tomorrow” Energy Efficient Building Envelope Class 1 using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) technology during five day hands-on workshop. See photos from the event below. BuildBlock Building Systems joins with YouthBuild Boston (YBB), Madison Park Vocational Technical High School (MPVTHS) Carpentry Program, Roxbury Community College (RCC), and the New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF) in supporting their five day workshop on building Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The goal of the course is to prepare students to construct the foundation walls of ICFs properly and safely under the supervision of a qualified ICF contractor. Marty Baron, BuildBlock Regional Manager

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Project: St. Mary’s Church, Carmel, IN

St. Mary's Church, Carmel, IN ICF Construction

St. Mary’s Church, Carmel, IN is using ICF for their new sanctuary. This is another great ICF project demonstrating the versatility of insulating concrete forms. This project contains tall walls, multiple curved walls, and large window openings.  

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Project: ICF La Pan Home in Idaho

La Pan Home , Idaho, ICF of Idaho

Rob Stout of ICF of Idaho brings us a few shots of their latest project the ICF La Pan Home in Idaho. This home also features Watkins joist hangers, engineering specifically for this project. For more information about Watkins Hangers visit http://watkinshanger.com/ It’s always great to see another clean and professional ICF installation by our distributors. For contact information for ICF of  Idaho visit our Idaho distributor listing. https://buildblock.com/maps/idaho

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Asked & Answered: Recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam

Asked-&-Answered

Recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are made up to two different types of materials EPS foam and polypropylene plastic webs. One of the questions we frequently get is whether Styrofoam™ or EPS foam can be recycled. All ICFs use some recycled material. Recycled material is mixed with new virgin material and manufactured into ICFs and other goods. One of the reasons EPS is such a great insulation is that it is 95% air. This makes EPS foam very light and easy to transport, but it takes lot of space in both distribution and in landfills. Recycling removes it from landfills

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BuildBlock FieldNotes – 006 ICF Safe Rooms

FieldNotes 006 ICF Safe Rooms

We’ve all seen what happens on the news when disaster strikes: shattered homes and lives after the tornado or hurricane, smoking ash after the wildfire, and collapsed rubble after the earthquake. Disasters happen when we least expect them,but are something we need to be prepared for. We wear seat belts and have airbags because we have car accidents.  Our buildings have smoke alarms and sprinkler systems because we have fire.  We keep weather radios and have radar to keep us aware of severe weather. The majority of residential homes in the US are built out of wood.  There is a better way

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