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The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual

The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual BuildBlock is proud to release the ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual. Paired with our Swimming Pool Engineering Manual, this new document covers the ICF pool building process from start to finish. ICFs swimming pools are not only faster to build, 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 increases the length of the pool season.  What’s Inside BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms are an excellent product to use to build a swimming pool. The simplicity of the

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Video: Installing Garage Doors on an ICF Wall

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  Video Transcript Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems. One of the common questions we often get is how to finish a garage door. Today, we’re gonna take some time to walk you through a couple of different approaches for how you might finish and install a garage door. When installing a garage door, there are really four considerations you need to take into account. First, you need to think about your rough opening size and how you’re going to support and give attach points for your garage door and finishes. Second, it’s important to think about how

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Video: ICF Waterproofing with PolyWall Building Solutions

Video Transcript I’m Dan Thomas, the Business Development Manager for PolyWall Building Solutions. We’re a division of PolyGuard products, an employee-owned, Texas-based manufacturer of a number of different air and water barrier systems. The particular system we’ve got on this project is our PolyWall Homestretch membrane. This is designed specifically for ICF construction however it can also be used as waterproofing for traditional poured concrete and CMU block walls. The first step in preparation to install the waterproofing is to create a clean and dry working surface for yourself. So if the ICFs have been exposed for any length of

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ICFs and the Net Zero Design Push

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The Building Science community continues to push for more stringent energy codes. Increases in insulation requirements and airtightness have become the primary mechanism to achieve higher performance. Buildings are required to use less overall energy, and where they require energy are asked to supply it themselves.  Net-zero compliance is a hot topic in many North American markets. British Columbia has developed some of the strictest building code standards in the world and is leading the push towards net zero with the BC step code. The Canadian National Code is not far behind and is seeking to accomplish many of the

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Webinar: How to Build an ICF Swimming Pool

Webinar: How to Build an ICF Swimming Pool Join us for this special class covering the fastest growing trend in ICF construction! Join BuildBlock Founder Mike Garrett for an overview of how to build ICF Pools. ICF pools are a fast and effective way to build a quality pool at a competitive rate. We’ll cover many technical do’s and don’ts of building an ICF pool and be available to answer your questions. This webinar will be held Thursday, July 9th from 10 AM – 11 AM. This will be a GoToMeeting webinar. Attendees will be sent log-in information prior to

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The Rising Demand for Structures

2018 Residential Code Adoption by State

The Rising Demand for Structures Every code cycle seems to demand more from our structures. Increases in regulations often mean increased cost, which to many builders is perceived as a net negative. Yet, is this the correct way to perceive stricter rules? Or is there a better way to think about new demands? At BuildBlock we like to pose an alternative viewpoint. Building codes often represent the lowest common denominator of building standards that anyone is required to construct to. If code compliance means building to the lowest common denominator, then shouldn’t we be considering how to build better structures?  Now does

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How to Build an ICF Pool (30 steps)

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We’ve recently updated our 25 Steps to Building an ICF Pool training course to include extra steps and considerations. Visit our training site to take the full course which is easily completed in one sitting. This abbreviated course will give you an overview of the basic steps to building a simple BuildBlock ICF Pool. This course is an excellent place to start for beginners with an interest in concrete construction and efficient swimming pools. This course is provided for free but does require registration. As always, the BuildBlock team is working diligently to provide the tools and resources you need

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The Daughtrey Residence

The first ICF home in Duncan, Oklahoma is recognized as a top project at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards Max Daughtrey wanted to build a home for himself that performed exceptionally well but looked like “a normal house”. To accomplish this goal, he chose to build with ICFs. Daughtrey was familiar with the many benefits of building with ICFs and after extensive research, he felt that BuildBlock was the best block to meet his needs. Let’s take a look at his house. The Project: The Daughtrey Residence 2,864 SF house in Duncan, Oklahoma 2,431 SF of ICF used 100% of exterior walls

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BuildBuck Accepted by Miami Dade

BuildBuck Design & Components

  BuildBuck Accepted as Part of Full ICF Wall System for Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), has had its product, “BuildBuck” accepted in Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes as part of the BuildBlock ICF wall system. This action grants BuildBuck code approval in areas adhering to both Miami Dade and Florida state building codes and continues the general acceptance throughout Florida and in other coastal construction regions. Reliance on ICF building materials continues to grow nationwide through proven performance in high-velocity wind zones, wildfire-prone areas, and

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BuildBlock to hold ICF training on Earth Day in New Braunfels, TX!

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BuildBlock is looking forward to celebrating the most energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, and sustainable construction method available (ICFs) on Earth Day!  Join us for a full day of ICF training in New Braunfels, Texas! This class includes an informational classroom-style discussion on the use of ICFs in construction as well as a hands-on portion with ICFs, bracing, and accessories. We are pleased to welcome guest speaker Hollie Scott Sanchez, owner of Studio S Architekts, who is an architect with ICF experience. Training is on April 22, 2020, from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. Paying students will also

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