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Video: BuildBuck Product Overview and Installation

  Here’s a quick video on our BuildBuck ICF bucking product! Video Transcript Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock building systems. In this video, we’ll cover how to cut, install, and brace BuildBuck. BuildBuck is an EPS foam bucking system that creates openings for doors and windows. Designed to cap and finish an ICF wall, it provides added insulation, better seals openings, and provides insulated attachments for installing doors and windows. BuildBuck is 52 inches in length and 48 inches nominally. It has embedded concrete anchors to secure it in place and is molded for four inch, and six inch,

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BuildBlock Webinar Schedule

BuildBlock Webinar Schedule BuildBlock Building Systems is the industry leader in ICF education. Our goal is to provide comprehensive training on a variety of ICF topics so that you’re ready to build when the time comes. We are happy to offer several educational tools for you to use. BuildBlock offers free online ICF training courses that teach proper installation of ICF walls, pools, finishing trades, and more. For quick instructional videos, check out the BuildBlock YouTube Channel! Additionally, this year BuildBlock will be hosting ICF training webinars each month that will cover a variety of topics– all for free! Check

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Video: How To Construct T-Walls Using The “No T-Wall Method”

Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover the no T-wall method, which divides the T-wall into two separate walls, saving time and labor, but requiring two separate pours. First, construct your straight wall the exact same way you would usually construct a straight wall, except where your T-wall is going to go, place your L-bar each course. We recommend leaving it at this diagonal angle at this point to allow more of the bar to be covered in the initial pour, as well as stay out of the way when working around it. Rasp it into place just

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Video: How To Construct T-Walls For Multi-Story Structures

  Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for multi-story structures. This method will follow the single story method almost to a T (nice), except for one key difference in the way we brace the wall. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar

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Video: How To Build T-Walls For Single-Story Construction

  Here is a quick video covering T-walls for single-story construction! Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for single-story construction. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar can still be placed. Next, shim off the last two and a half inches of

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Video: How to Pour BuildDeck ICF Decking

Join us at the Hilltop Project for a quick overview of how to install, brace, and pour BuildDeck ICF decking. Video Transcript Welcome back to the Hilltop Project. In this installment, the family has placed their BuildDeck forms, and are now ready to pour the BuildDeck floor system. BuildDeck is a stay in place form to create an insulated concrete floor, or pitched roof. This project has more than 3,500 square feet of BuildDeck, and most of it will be poured today. Let’s review the process for building with BuildDeck. The family created temporary shoring to support the BuildDeck forms,

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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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