BuildBlock Blog: News, Projects & Information

BuildBlock Blog: News, Projects & Information. Discover the latest tips, answers to technical questions, educational videos, BuildBlock ICF projects, and more. 

NRMCA Training Event

NRMCA Training

ICF Contractor Training Course  BuildBlock is a proud member of the Insulated Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA). The ICFMA is partnering with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) to sponsor several training events across the country. These events will give you the training you need to begin building with ICFs. The information for these training events is listed below. You can learn more and register via the links below or by visiting NRMCA.org. If you can’t attend a training in person, you can register for the free BuildBlock ICF Training courses here or watch our series of Basic ICF Training Videos. Locations

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Austin, Texas ICF Training

BuildBlock has an in-person, hands-on training scheduled in Austin Texas on October 1st. Join us for a full day of interactive Insulating Concrete Form Training! A team of BuildBlock ICF experts is coming to your area to teach you what makes BuildBlock the construction industry’s best material for designing and building new construction. If you’re interested in becoming a BuildBlock Distributor or Installer, this is the training for you! This training includes: An in-depth presentation covering design and construction with BuildBlock ICFs Learn tips on how to maintain a successful business with ICFs as a core product offering Hands-on training with ICF blocks and bracing

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The Cassel Cabin

icf log cabin

As Tina and Denny Cassel were planning for their future, they seized upon the unique opportunity to design and build their own vacation home. They had always been drawn to the rustic style of the log cabin but knew that in order to build the home they wanted, they would need an extremely strong base. The need for strength and the desire to learn about a new construction method lead them to BuildBlock ICFs.  The Project 3,000 square foot log cabin on top of an ICF foundation 1,232 square feet of ICF used 5 day of ICF installation time (saving over

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Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future with BuildBlock ICFs

“The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” – Montgomery Scott What is a Wall For? As architects, home designers, builders, and contractors look to meet increasing energy efficiency standards and more stringent resiliency requirements; the race is on to design more and more complicated solutions to maintain relevance for existing products and applications. Many new wall systems designed to increase energy-efficiency do so at a high labor expense, increased materials, and some serious creativity. Sometimes a wall section detail crosses my desk and I wonder if creating the technology and materials to

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New Training Course: Pouring an ICF Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to ICF education, BuildBlock is proud to present our newest training course, Pouring an ICF Project. When working with ICFs, it is very important that what you put inside your walls is just as good as the ICFs themselves. Concrete makes ICF walls strong but can be difficult to work with if you’re not prepared. In this course, we’ll cover 5 easy practices that will help your ICF pour to be successful.  Below, we’ve included an abbreviated section from the Pouring an ICF Project Course. This section provides an overview of how to test the slump of

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The Benefits of ICF Bucking

The Benefits of ICF Bucking. If you’ve spent any time researching Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) you probably know a few things. They create walls that are incredibly strong They provide a high R-Value (Check out this story to learn more) They create “tight” structures with low air infiltration They make homes that nearly soundproof As an ICF manufacturer, we tend to focus on all of the benefits. I mean, why not, right? There are so many! And while we believe (and science is proving (https://buildblock.com/performance/) that ICFs are the best way to build, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenging

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The Wrinkler Residence

A Small Space Yields Big Results in Idaho  The Wrinkler Residence in Boise, Idaho is described as a high-performance piece of art. Constructed with BuildBlock ICFs and coupled with passive solar capturing devices, this is one of the most energy efficient, comfortable, healthy homes in Boise!  The Project 3,800 square foot home in Idaho 4,500 square footage of ICF used 30 days of ICF installation time Total construction time was 20 weeks Designed by Flynner Homes in Boise, Idaho Project utilizes Reachcraft bracing, vinal bucking, Tufcoat and Mira drain waterproofing, TJI’s floor joists, and Stucco and Hardboard exterior finishes Preparing for Challenges

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BuildBlock Projects Recognized at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards

Each year, dozens of ICF projects from all over the country are submitted to the ICF Builder Awards. This year was extremely competitive and BuildBlock is proud to have 3 projects recognized at the 2018 ceremony. These homes go above and beyond the already high standards of ICF construction. They are complicated builds that maximize the benefits of ICFs and are constructed with precision and great attention to detail.  The Drew Castle – 1st Runner-Up – Unlimited Residential The Drew Castle is a project that we’ve actively followed for several years. Located in eastern Michigan, this massive home is over 10,000 square

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The River House

A BuildBlock Home on the Mississippi River is Recognized as One of the Best Projects of the Year The River House in Scott City, Missouri has a very fitting name. It sits directly on the banks of the Mississippi River and offers tranquil views year round. The location is far from the most impressive aspect of this project. The River House, built by owner and general contractor Ivan Griffin, is a spectacle in and of itself. Constructed using BuildBlock ICFs, this home performs to the highest standards and offers strength and functionality that will last for generations. To top it

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The Dong – Rule Project

Oakland couple Nick Dong and Jeff Rule have successfully built one of the most beautiful and functional ICF homes ever. The house serves four distinct purposes; home, working artist studio, greenhouse, and art gallery. Each of these areas is built in a way that is unique but also cohesive and elegant. ICFs play a critical role in making this house everything that the homeowners needed it to be.  The Project 5,200 square foot home in Oakland, California 6,742 square feet of ICF used 15 days of ICF installation (saving several weeks on total construction time) Total construction time was 76 weeks

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