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Green Casa Maryland: A Marvel in ICF Construction and Sustainability

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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 Builder

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BuildBlock ICF Training in Abilene, TX April 24th

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Texas Training (April 24) Take your career to the next level with this interactive, in-person training. Join us for a full day of interactive Insulating Concrete Form Training! This class will be led by Duane Holloway, an ICF professional with over 20 years experience as President of Red River BuildBlock and DJ Estes, BuildBlock Sales Executive for Texas. The first half of the day will be a classroom-style discussion of ICFs and their use in all types of construction. The second half of the day will include hands-on training at an active ICF jobsite, just minutes from the classroom.   This

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BuildBlock ICF Training in March

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Michigan Training (March 22 and 23) You are invited to this day-long seminar in Wixom, MI! Lead by Jim Quain of Thermal Wall, this class discusses and presents how to build with BuildBlock ICFs. The class will be held on March 22nd and again on March 23rd. Seminar Topics Footing Preparation Demonstration of ICF Basics Above and Below Grade Applications Installation of Electrical and Plumbing Waterproofing Multi-Story Applications Interior and Exterior Wall Finishes Environment, Energy, Value, and Safety Training Information Time: March 22 or 23, 8:30am-4pmLocation: Out N Out Quality- 28003 Center Oaks Ct. Suite 108 Wixom, MI 48393Meals: Continental

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Strength in the Storm: The Florida Beach House

Florida Beach House

The Florida Beach House Proves How Strong, Efficient, and Beautiful an ICF Home Can Be The ICF industry hangs its hat on a few defining benefits; energy efficiency, ease of construction, and disaster resistance. While we never hope that your home comes in contact with any kind of disaster (natural or otherwise) it is always encouraging to see our structures live up to the benefits we so proudly proclaim. The Florida Beach House is a shining example of just how strong and resilient ICF structures are as it survived a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. The design and strength of

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ICF Training at World of Concrete

ICF Training at World of Concrete

ICFWE – ICF BASICS FOR COMMERCIAL INSTALLERS BuildBlock is a proud member of the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA). The mission of the ICFMA is to promote and enhance the social, environmental, and economic value of insulating concrete forms in the North American marketplace. Each year at the World of Concrete Trade Show, the ICFMA takes the opportunity to educate the public on the many advantages of building with insulating concrete forms. Take a look below to learn more about this year’s exciting training. We would love to have you join us and the rest of the ICFMA. Also, don’t

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2019 World of Concrete and the NAHB International Builders Show

The 2019 Trade Show Season is Here! BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2019 trade shows; World of Concrete and the International Builders Show. Both will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will have samples of our extensive product line on display, as well as informational literature and demonstrations. Members of the BuildBlock team will be available to answer any questions and set you on the path to a successful build that is quicker, cleaner, stronger, and more efficient. Learn more about ICFs and see for yourself why BuildBlock is the premier building material for new construction.

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NRMCA Training Event

NRMCA Training

ICF Contractor Training Course  BuildBlock is a proud member of the Insulated Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA). The ICFMA is partnering with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) to sponsor several training events across the country. These events will give you the training you need to begin building with ICFs. The information for these training events is listed below. You can learn more and register via the links below or by visiting NRMCA.org. If you can’t attend a training in person, you can register for the free BuildBlock ICF Training courses here or watch our series of Basic ICF Training Videos. Locations

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Austin, Texas ICF Training

2017 ICF summit day 3

BuildBlock has an in-person, hands-on training scheduled in Austin Texas on October 1st. Join us for a full day of interactive Insulating Concrete Form Training! A team of BuildBlock ICF experts is coming to your area to teach you what makes BuildBlock the construction industry’s best material for designing and building new construction. If you’re interested in becoming a BuildBlock Distributor or Installer, this is the training for you! This training includes: An in-depth presentation covering design and construction with BuildBlock ICFs Learn tips on how to maintain a successful business with ICFs as a core product offering Hands-on training with ICF blocks and bracing

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The Cassel Cabin

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As Tina and Denny Cassel were planning for their future, they seized upon the unique opportunity to design and build their own vacation home. They had always been drawn to the rustic style of the log cabin but knew that in order to build the home they wanted, they would need an extremely strong base. The need for strength and the desire to learn about a new construction method lead them to BuildBlock ICFs.  The Project 3,000 square foot log cabin on top of an ICF foundation 1,232 square feet of ICF used 5 day of ICF installation time (saving over

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Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future with BuildBlock ICFs

Composite picture of NBC bank ICF building

“The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” – Montgomery Scott What is a Wall For? As architects, home designers, builders, and contractors look to meet increasing energy efficiency standards and more stringent resiliency requirements; the race is on to design more and more complicated solutions to maintain relevance for existing products and applications. Many new wall systems designed to increase energy-efficiency do so at a high labor expense, increased materials, and some serious creativity. Sometimes a wall section detail crosses my desk and I wonder if creating the technology and materials to

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