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. 

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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The Graber Home

Perfect Location, Perfect Product, Perfect Home The Graber family loved their home and community but felt like it was time for a change. They had lived for years in a beautiful neighborhood that surrounds a lake in Oklahoma City. Their house was wood framed with an ICF addition and they felt like it was time to reap the benefits of a full ICF home. So what did they do? They found the perfect lot in the same neighborhood on the other side of the lake and built this 5,000 square foot dream home.  The Project:  5,000 SF house in Oklahoma

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The BuildBlock Corporate Office Has Moved

The BuildBlock Corporate Office, located in Oklahoma City, has relocated to a new office space. Just a mile north of our previous location, BuildBlock is now located in the Boldt Builds Building at 101 West Hefner Road. We are excited to share space with Boldt, an industry leader in construction. 2017 was the most successful year to date for BuildBlock and as we grow, our needs will grow with us. This new office space meets many of the needs our growing company has and will provide us with a beautiful and functional workspace for the coming years, allowing us to

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ICF Pool Construction in 25 Steps

ICF Pool Construction Made Easy As part of our ongoing to commitment to ICF education, BuildBlock is proud to present this abbreviated walkthrough of the ICF pool building process. Many of the principles and techniques of traditional ICF construction apply to pool construction. Think of an ICF pool in the same way that you would an ICF basement, except you are going to keep water on the inside instead of the outside. The steps below are meant to offer a very simple, very broad overview of the building process. For a slightly expanded version, you can take our ICF Pool

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