Asked & Answered: What is the Prescriptive Method and why do we talk about it?

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What is the Prescriptive Method? The Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction is the accepted method for installation, general engineering, and standard for ICF home design. The Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction is a document, originally drafted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which has been incorporated into the International Residential Code (IRC, Section R611) and which gives a general engineering design for use with ICF, within the most common home sizes. The Prescriptive Method provides engineering tables showing reinforcement specifications for common wall heights and openings, as well as

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Asked & Answered: Do ICFs Need a Weather Barrier?

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One of the questions we are frequently asked is the need for an additional weather barrier or house wrap in ICF construction. The short answer to the question is no. ICFs are a more effective and higher class vapor and water barrier than any house wrap product. ICFs must only be protected from sunlight and impacts through coverings such as brick, stone, stucco, EIFS, siding, etc. Building wraps such as DuPont™ Tyvek® and other house wrap products are designed to shed bulk water such as heavy, wind-blown rain. They also allow the moisture that occurs in cavity walls to escape. Cavity (stud)

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Asked & Answered: Unfinished Basement Fire Barrier

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What’s required for my unfinished ICF basement? The BuildBlock Intertek IRR1003, requires a 15 minute fire barrier for all EPS that is exposed to the interior of the building. This can be drywall, which is typically the most cost effective method, stucco, plaster, EIFS, wood paneling, or any other finish product with a 15 minute fire rating. A stem wall or any other ICF wall below grade would not require anything as it is below a slab, however any area that is used for living space, storage, as an air transfer with the home, or is planned to be anything more than utility

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BuildBlock Field Notes – 005 Transporting ICF Blocks

Manufacturing BuildBlock ICFs is the first part of the process. Today we will talk about how to make sure they arrive safely and ready for your project. When manufactured, the ICF blocks are closely inspected to ensure they meet strict quality standards. They are then interlocked together, stacked in bundles, and packaged for storage and transport. These ICF blocks are now ready for use in your project. All BuildBlock ICFs are sold in bundles. This makes it convenient to package and safely transport. Most all BuildBlock ICF bundles are packaged in 4-foot cubes. BuildBlock prefers to ship all products in

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BuildBlock’s Alfonso Nieves named to Governor’s International Team

Alfonso Nieves

BuildBlock is proud to announce Alfonso Nieves, our Latin American Sales Executive, has been named to the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. The Governor’s International Team, or GIT, is a select group of citizens with representation from private industry, government, education and non-profit organizations. Their mission is to create a stronger Oklahoma in the global economy through business development supported by a climate of international focus by the general public. Their activities are done in partnership with the Oklahoma Secretary of State and Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “I am very excited and fortunate to be working with such an important group of experienced

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Creating Bare ICF Concrete Walls for Stairwells, Elevator Shafts, Warehouses

BuildBlock’s Hardwall is used for creating Bare ICF Concrete Walls for Stairwells, Elevator Shafts, Warehouses. In commercial applications such as elevator shafts, warehouses, and stairwells a bare concrete wall may be required to meet fire codes. This can easily be accomplished using an ICF wall system and maintain insulation value. Even more insulation value can be retained by integrating the BuildBlock ThermalSert insulation insert into the wall. BuildBlock Knockdown ICF forms have multiple uses aside from the traditional ICF form. They have been used to build footing forms, pilasters and other custom structural and architectural pieces. One innovative way to use these forms,

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Video: How BuildBlock ICFs are Made

How BuildBlock ICFs are Made Insulating Concrete Forms, or ICFs are they are known, have become one of the most efficient building materials available today for both homes and commercial buildings. ICFs come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the project. Today we will take a look at how ICFs are made. But first, what exactly are ICFs? Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks that are stacked and lock together in the shape of the outside walls of a home or building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms stay in place

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Getting to Know: Nicole Zoellner

In this edition of get-to-know we meet Nicole Zoellner. Nicole joined the BuildBlock team in October of 2006 originally as our Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2008. As her title implies Nicole has her hands in all parts of BuildBlock’s operations. As per usual, we asked Nicole a few questions about her role on the BuildBlock team. Here are her answers: BuildBlock: Why do you want to work at BuildBlock? Nicole: I wanted to work at BuildBlock because I was intrigued by the product and its’ potential. Also, living in a tornado prone area, I had never heard of it which

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Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK

Perkins Safe Room Stacked Ready for Pour

Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK Educare child care is using BuildBlock ICFs to build EF5 multi-purpose safe room tornado shelter for children and staff at First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK. (Oklahoma City, OK, June 12, 2014) Educare child care and after school program located at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK is building an EF5 FEMA compliant safe room and multi-purpose media room for their 75 students and 18 staff members using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The Educare Board decided build this

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Video: Perkins Educare Safe Room Part 2

Perkins Educare Safe Room Construction continues on the Educare safe room in Perkins. While the kids had a blast helping stack the first two courses of block  Educare Director Betty Weems and James Ladwig, Ladwig Construction discuss the challenges of the project and their hopes for the future. Look for more updates as progress continues.  

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