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. 

Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildBlock Hardwall Connector

BuildBlock Hardwall Connector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildBlock HardWall Connector Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems has released an improvement to the BuildBlock Hardwall System used to create an insulated ICF wall on one side with a bare concrete face on the other. This system is used in commercial applications where no flammable material may be present such as emergency stairwells and elevator shafts as well as warehouses and industrial buildings where utility and impact resistance is required. The initial BuildBlock Hardwall solved this challenge by using BuildLock ICF panels combined with web bridges and the webs normally molded into

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite Protection

BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite Protection Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is introducing BuildShield, a revolutionary solution for termite protection in an ICF wall. BuildShield combines an extruded vinyl membrane with an adhesive stainless steel material to form an impenetrable barrier to termites. When integrated into an ICF wall BuildShield solves a challenge to ICFs in termite prone areas. This product will be available in early January 2016. BuildShield combines an extruded PVC plastic track with an adhesive stainless steel material applied together between an above grade course when constructing an ICF wall. The track

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildBuck ICF Door & Window Bucking

BuildBuck ICF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildBuck ICF Door & Window Bucking Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is excited to announce the release of BuildBuck ICF Door & Window Bucking. BuildBuck is the ideal insulating bucking solution for door and window openings in a BuildBlock ICF project. BuildBuck is the longest EPS ICF buck on the market at 52-inches (132mm) and is designed to create a 4040 (4-ft x 4-ft) rough opening without any cutting. This product is available in 11-inch and 13-inch widths for 6-inch and 8-inch BuildBlock, BuildLock, and 6-inch GlobalBlock products and will be available

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection

BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is pleased to announce the release of BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection. BuildShield combines an extruded vinyl membrane with an adhesive stainless steel material to form an impenetrable barrier to termites and a terminal cap that prevents flames from reaching beyond the top of an ICF wall. One product using the same materials applied slightly differently in different areas of an ICF wall. “We initially created a cost effective solution for termites in an ICF wall.” says Mike Garrett, BuildBlock

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Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Fire Stop Protection

BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Fire Stop Protection Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is introducing BuildShield, a barrier for firestop protection in an ICF wall. BuildShield is a combination of two materials when combined offer fire stop protection providing additional protection in fire prone areas. This product will be available in early January 2016. BuildBlock built an ASTM 814E Fire Stop. BuildShield combines an extruded PVC plastic track with an adhesive stainless steel material applied together between near the top of the wall in an above grade course when constructing an ICF wall. The track supports

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Nestledown B&B Uses BuildBlock ICFs To Create Energy-efficient Lodging

Discover how Nestledown B&B uses BuildBlock ICFs to create energy-efficient lodging as a leader in energy conservation & providing comfort for their guests on the shores of Lake Superior. The Schauland’s, Ken and Sue, set out to create their dream job, owning a bed and breakfast even though neither of them had ever worked in hospitality or specialized in construction. Ken is a drywall contractor and his wife Sue is a pediatric nurse at St. Vincent’s hospital in Wisconsin. Nestledown B&B uses BuildBlock ICFs to create efficient lodging for themselves and their guests. When deciding to build this project they chose BuildBlock ICFs because of their comfort level with

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Table in the Wilderness Ministry Camp chose BuildBlock ICFs

Table in the Wilderness Ministry Camp chose BuildBlock ICFs

The Table in the Wilderness Ministry above Centennial, Wyoming is nestled at the base of the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains in southeast Wyoming was built using BuildBlock ICFs. Table in the Wilderness Ministries (twmcamp.net) is a year-round camping, conference and retreat ministry center. The Table in the Wilderness Ministry Camp chose BuildBlock ICFs for their energy-efficient project, the main lodge building, and their first ICF project. The Table in the Wilderness Ministry Camp needed a highly-insulated structure that could withstand the rapid temperature changes associated with high elevation. The ministry camp also needed to meet budget restraints, be a

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Texas Tripe Company Puts BuildBlock ICFs to the Test

Texas Tripe Freezer Project

Texas Tripe Company Chooses BuildBlock ICFs for in Freezer Project in Detroit, Texas. The Texas Tripe project is a unique use of ICF products with sustainability at the heart of the design and purpose. Texas Tripe is a company that produces raw frozen pet food. Running tight on the freezer space shared with a sister company that processes meat and smoked sausage, the decision was made to build a new warehouse and freezer space with three critical requirements: The building needed to be energy efficient while maintaining a temperature below 0 degrees.  The building needed to be strong, disaster resistant,

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Asked & Answered: How Do I Design Door & Window Openings in an ICF Home?

Asked-&-Answered

Door & Window Openings in an ICF Home Generally, there is little difference in door and window placement in an ICF home when compared to standard wood-framed construction. The biggest thing to keep in mind are openings really close together or really close to corners. Since the supporting structure to the wall is the concrete inside the walls, you need to make sure there is enough in the right places to carry the weight of the rest of the structure. Door & window openings in an ICF home have two structural elements: post and lintel. The post is the support on either side

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The Lloyd House: An ICF Project

Lloyd ICF Home Construction

We are going to step inside the Lloyd House: An ICF project showcasing the resiliency and versatility of BuildBlock ICFs. This project was a flagship project for Lloyd Concrete Services and BuildBlock of Central Virginia. The natural beauty of this lot inspired the homeowner to make as little impact on the environment as possible.The efficiency of the ICF wall system in addition to the geothermal heat pump are expected to drastically reduce the carbon emissions over the life of the home.  Utilizing online CAD details and the Prescriptive Method, the home owners easily designed this home to the highest standards of efficiency and

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