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BuildBlock ICFs Joins the Council of ICF Industries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Joins the Council of ICF Industries, the North American non-profit trade association for the insulated concrete forms industry. Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to announce its new membership to the Council of ICF Industries (CICFI) as of May 1, 2016.  CICFI is the North American non-profit trade association for the insulated concrete forms industry. Founded in 2014, the association is dedicated to improving the quality and acceptance of ICF construction. “The mission of the CICFI is to promote and enhance the social, environmental and economic value of insulating concrete forms in

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Footing to Wall Connections

Footing to Wall Connections The connection between the footing and an ICF wall is very important. Too often, this connection is omitted from the discussion about reinforcing an ICF wall. There are a number of factors that have to be taken into account. These include the wind loads, exposure categories and seismic zones. The typical connections between the footing and the ICF wall are either a keyway or dowels. Keyways are made by setting a 2×4 into the top of the footing when it is being poured, and floating the concrete flush with the top of the board. When this is removed, it leaves

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ICF Points to LEED

ICF Points to LEED Several green building standards have been created over the past several years to focus on reducing the environmental footprint that buildings have on local communities. Fortunately, Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are a clear choice for building designers to maximize points in many of these ratings. A quick review of the 69 possible points available in the US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction identifies energy savings as the most heavily weighted criteria, with up to 10 points achievable for buildings designed for energy savings over requirements set in code standards.

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Hilldale Elementary Builds 11-Classroom Safe Room

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  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

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

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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

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BuildBlock IRC-IBC Code Compliance Research Report Updated

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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