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The Secret of Andrew Mazzella’s Success – Build With Strength

This story is brought to you by Build With Strength. ICFs are a great option for those who are looking to start their own construction company! This article tells the story of how ICFs helped Andrew Mazzella start and grow his business in Bozeman, Montana.  Andrew taught himself how to install ICFs through training videos, technical articles, and assembly details, and in 2007, he decided to build his own home. Since then, his ICF experience has acted as a catalyst for his business, with his ICF construction setting him apart from competing companies. Today, his company is well-established and reputable,

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Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Builds Two Net Zero Ready and Disaster-Resilient Concrete Homes with BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms

BuildBlock is proud to expand awareness of the benefits of cost-effective concrete construction through building energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, and sustainable housing with the NRMCA, Build With Strength and Habitat for Humanity. Build with Strength, a program of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to construct decent, energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, affordable, and sustainable housing across the U.S. This initiative will help to provide incredibly strong and sustainable homes for dozens of Habitat Partner Families over the course of the next several years. Santa Fe Habitat received a grant allowing them to build two homes with cutting-edge

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Video: Restoring Old Buildings With ICFs

Hear longtime BuildBlock ICF Installer, Jay Ladwig, discuss the incredible possibilities of restoring old buildings with Insulating Concrete Forms. We also met with Richard Simunek, who chose BuildBlock ICFs to restore an old gas station, turning it into a beautiful Airbnb. Video Transcript: “We’re in Hennessey, Oklahoma and the project we’re on is the Hike project. The project is a 4,200 square feet processing facility that we’re building. Total ICF enclosure for processing beef cattle, generally considered to be a farm-how farmers market their own beef direct. Tradition, as we always knew, is the enemy in construction. You know when I

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Video: ICFs and Habitat for Humanity

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We talked to Rob Lochner, Construction Director with Habitat For Humanity Santa Fe, about his experience using Insulating Concrete Forms on two recent Habitat builds. These builds are part of a national program spearheaded by the NRMCA in association with Habitat for Humanity International, the ICFMA, and the ACPA. To read more about this initiative, click here: https://buildblock.com/buildblock-to-partner-with-build-with-strength/ For a brief overview of this project, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74H03QsDQ1o For more testimonials, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIXi7hit91A To learn more about BuildBlock, click here: https://buildblock.com/ To learn more about the ICFMA, click here: https://icf-ma.org/ Video Transcript:      So I’ve been with Santa

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ICF Review: First Time ICF Builders Give Their Honest Impressions

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About This Video BuildBlock visited Santa Fe New Mexico in November of 2021 to assist in the build of 2 Habitat for Humanity Homes. Watch this video to hear from several volunteers on what it was like building with BuildBlock ICFs for the first time! These builds are part of a national program spearheaded by the NRMCA in association with Habitat for Humanity International, the ICFMA, and the ACPA. To read more about this initiative, click here. For a brief overview of this project, click here. To learn more about BuildBlock, click here. To learn more about the ICFMA, click

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Green Casa Maryland Wins the ICF Builder Award for Best Large Residential

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  Green Casa Maryland is a nonprofit committed to showcasing sustainability in construction. To do this, they built a beautiful 5,200 square foot, LEED certified, net zero model home. The team at Green Casa Maryland came to the conclusion that the only way to accomplish this goal is to pair many of the most efficient materials available, starting with Insulating Concrete Forms. Pairing ICFs with triple pane windows and R52 insulation in the ceiling was key to completing this feat of efficiency and sustainability. The house is so impressive that it is recognized as a finalist at the 2019 ICF

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Video: Project Overview: Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity Builds With ICFs

In November 2021, BuildBlock traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to assist on two ICF builds in partnership with the ICFMA, NRMCA, and Habitat For Humanity International. Over the next 5 years, the NRMCA hopes to build an ICF home in each US state and BuildBlock is proud to be a part of several of these builds. Thanks to all of the volunteers and congratulations to the member families on your new home! Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more stories from this project! ICFMA: https://icf-ma.org/ NRMCA: https://www.nrmca.org/ Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity: https://santafehabitat.org/ Build With Strength: https://buildwithstrength.com/ American Concrete

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Video: How To Build ICF Gables

Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover how to construct gables out of ICF block. In our example, we’re going to construct cathedral roof style cables on a 6/12 pitch, meaning every foot our gables will raise 6 inches. For a cathedral roof, the gable is constructed to align with the interior wall, but other styles will have different design requirements. You can construct your gables either as one complete piece, or in two halves. However, if a common seam is already present, then we recommend constructing your gables in two separate halves, and continuing your common seam

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Video: How To Build Pitched ICF Roofs

Video Transcript My name is Steve Carroll, I’m here in Lexington, Kentucky. This is my own house, give you a little quick background, so here we have a picture of our 3/12 pitch concrete roof. So the span is about 20 feet and then you’ve got two foot overhang everywhere. The different color of foam you see up there, which is about 12 inches wide by probably 12 inches deep, is in essence our our ridge beam, it’s just made out of concrete. And then what we did is we took the BuildDeck straight up to it on a 3/12

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Hands on Training and Education: Build With Strength 2.0, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hands-on Training and Education: Build With Strength 2.0, Santa Fe, New Mexico Event Description: Build with Strength is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International and the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association to fortify decent, affordable and sustainable housing across the U.S. This initiative will help to provide incredibly strong and sustainable homes for dozens of Habitat Partner Families over the course of several years. This build in Santa Fe, NM includes two houses being built side by side. Alongside construction, the NRMCA and partner ICF supplier BuildBlock will be hosting on-site training events and hard hat tours for anyone interested

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