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Hilldale Elementary Builds 11-Classroom Safe Room


  Hilldale Elementary Builds 11-Classroom Safe Room addition, which will be able to protect all of its students, teachers and staff during severe weather or a tornado. These classrooms will be a warm, comfortable learning environment all year, sound proof and energy efficient. Should the need arise, they would also function as a safe room for the entire school. The project is located on NW 16th St. in Oklahoma City. Classes run from August through June, which includes Oklahoma’s worst storm season. After the devastating effects of previous tornadoes, you can see why it is important to have a proper safe


Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases ICF Products & Safe Room Engineering Manual


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases ICF Products & Safe Room Engineering Manual Oklahoma City, OK – The BuildBlock ICF Products & Safe Room Engineering Manual increases the scope of prescriptive engineering for BuildBlock ICF products. This document is intended to be used in conjunction with the PCA 100 Prescriptive Design of Exterior Concrete Walls for One- and Two-Family Dwellings when determining reinforcement for residential walls and as a reference for commercial engineering. Below grade wall include 12ft heights for all products and 14ft in certain applications. Maximum above grade wall heights are engineered to 14ft for all products and 20ft in


BuildBlock IRC-IBC Code Compliance Research Report Updated

BuildBlock's Compliance Codes

BuildBlock IRC-IBC code compliance research report updated from Intertek Research Report (IRR-1003) to the new Code Compliance Research Report CCRR-1003. After Intertek and ATI completed their corporate merger, the IRR and CCRR reports were also merged.  BuildBlock IRC-IBC Code Compliance Research Report updated to reflect compliance with new codes and standards. BuildBlock’s new code compliance research report number is CCRR-1003 and will now be displayed on all products labels. This new verification is one of the most trusted ETL marks in North America. The Code Compliance Research Report ensures that BuildBlock products comply with the 2015 International Residential Code and the International Building Code product standards. Currently BuildBlock has


BuildBlock Exhibits New Products at 2016 International Builders Show & 2016 World of Concrete

BuildBlock ICFs at the 2016 World of Concrete

BuildBlock ICF products were on display during the 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show (IBS) held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in late January and the 2016 World of Concrete held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early February. BuildBlock introduced and demonstrated 5 new products at the show: BuildBlock Hardwall Connector BuildShield ICF Termite Barrier BuildShield ICF Firestop Barrier BuildBuck the longest foam buck on the market BuildRadius Arc Radius Forms “We continually look for problems that need to be solved in our industry and then create the best solutions for them.” states Mike Garrett, BuildBlock CEO. “BuildBlock has been


White Paper- ICFs Offer Shelter From the Storm

News of natural disasters appear almost daily in the media. While some events, such as floods and earthquakes, are restricted within certain geographic regions, wind storms respect no such bounds. Some areas of the country are more prone to tornadoes or hurricanes, but high wind gusts can hit anywhere. The potential for hurricane damage increases as more and more people willingly accept or ignore the associated risk of living in coastal areas. Yet, year after year, houses are demolished, and people lose their lives. The challenge is to rebuild in a way that will best weather the next storm, and


White Paper- ICF Energy Tax Provisions

Energy Tax Provisions While energy savings of 10 – 15% can be achieved by improving appliances, lighting, and HVAC equipment, there is no doubt that more significant savings must start with improvements to the building envelope. Increasing the insulation values and tightening up the thermal envelope is the most effective and durable approach. This has been proven time and again with advanced building systems, such as Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Yet builders are faced with the challenge of meeting homeowner demands for granite counter tops and luxury finishes. The obstacles to adopting new, more energy-efficient building methods are very real and require additional effort on the


Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildRadius ICF Wall & Pool Radius Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildRadius ICF Wall & Pool Radius Forms Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to introduce BuildRadius, a family of radius forms for use in ICF walls and pool construction. The BuildRadius forms create 2’, 4’, 8’, 12’, 16’, and 20’ arcs. Each of these blocks interlocks into any BuildBlock 6” product line and uses the standard BuildBlock webs. Available in 6” widths initially, these forms are designed to ease construction of energy-efficient ICF pools, southwest style homes, bay windows, circular staircases, and provide options when designing unique areas in ICF homes.


BuildBlock Named Best ICF By Builder & Developer Magazine

2015 Penninsula Publishing Brand Survey Winner Logo

Oklahoma City, OK– December 8, 2015 — BuildBlock ICFs, manufactured by BuildBlock Building Systems is the number one ICF brand according to a survey by Peninsula Publishing’s 2015 Brand Survey in the category of Insulating Concrete Forms. The survey is conducted online to the readers of all five of Peninsula’s building industry magazines, including Builder & Developer, 50 Plus Builder, American Infrastructure, GreenHomeBuilder, Options, and Residential Contractor. The annual Peninsula Publishing Brand Preference Study targets residential builders, architects and contractors who make major buying decisions. Independent survey responses ranking the brands they most recognized and preferred were collected from the publisher’s website. In the survey more


Energy-Efficient Bonobo Winery Built with BuildBlock ICFs

Bonobo Winery Outdoors

The Oosterhouse brothers, Todd and Carter are Traverse City natives who decided to satisfy a life-long dream building a winery of their own. The energy-efficient Bonobo Winery built with BuildBlock ICFs combines many systems and technologies to deliver a commercial success. This project is located in Traverse City Michigan, a tourist destination and regional area of commerce. People flock to the area in the spring, summer, and fall to see the lakes, sunsets, cherry trees and vineyards. This winery has a high traffic volume will help educate more people about the advantages of energy efficient construction and BuildBlock ICF technology, especially in


BuildBlock ICFs Showcases Old French Country Style Design

BuildBlock ICFs Showcases French Country Style Design in this lovely home. It is a classic example of the old french country style design from the multiple platform walkway to the arched front entrance. You appreciate the stone and brick work, the turret, the copper finials, as well as the 30+ windows on the house that provide a view of the beautiful nature surrounding the house. Upon entry, you will notice the stairs leading to the turret room, and then further to the piano balcony and upstairs floor which features a mother-in-law suite, a game room, and a small kitchenette and bar leading to