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. 

The Dong – Rule Project

Oakland couple Nick Dong and Jeff Rule have successfully built one of the most beautiful and functional ICF homes ever. The house serves four distinct purposes; home, working artist studio, greenhouse, and art gallery. Each of these areas is built in a way that is unique but also cohesive and elegant. ICFs play a critical role in making this house everything that the homeowners needed it to be.  The Project 5,200 square foot home in Oakland, California 6,742 square feet of ICF used 15 days of ICF installation (saving several weeks on total construction time) Total construction time was 76 weeks

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The Graber Home

Perfect Location, Perfect Product, Perfect Home The Graber family loved their home and community but felt like it was time for a change. They had lived for years in a beautiful neighborhood that surrounds a lake in Oklahoma City. Their house was wood framed with an ICF addition and they felt like it was time to reap the benefits of a full ICF home. So what did they do? They found the perfect lot in the same neighborhood on the other side of the lake and built this 5,000 square foot dream home.  The Project:  5,000 SF house in Oklahoma

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The BuildBlock Corporate Office Has Moved

The BuildBlock Corporate Office, located in Oklahoma City, has relocated to a new office space. Just a mile north of our previous location, BuildBlock is now located in the Boldt Builds Building at 101 West Hefner Road. We are excited to share space with Boldt, an industry leader in construction. 2017 was the most successful year to date for BuildBlock and as we grow, our needs will grow with us. This new office space meets many of the needs our growing company has and will provide us with a beautiful and functional workspace for the coming years, allowing us to

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ICF Pool Construction in 25 Steps

ICF Pool Construction Made Easy As part of our ongoing to commitment to ICF education, BuildBlock is proud to present this abbreviated walkthrough of the ICF pool building process. Many of the principles and techniques of traditional ICF construction apply to pool construction. Think of an ICF pool in the same way that you would an ICF basement, except you are going to keep water on the inside instead of the outside. The steps below are meant to offer a very simple, very broad overview of the building process. For a slightly expanded version, you can take our ICF Pool

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The Daughtrey Residence

The first ICF home in Duncan, Oklahoma is recognized as a top project at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards Max Daughtrey wanted to build a home for himself that performed exceptionally well but looked like “a normal house”. To accomplish this goal, he chose to build with ICFs. Daughtry was familiar with the many benefits of building with ICFs and after extensive research, he felt that BuildBlock was the best block to meet his needs. Let’s take a look at his house. The Project: The Daughtry Residence 2,864 SF house in Duncan, Oklahoma 2,431 SF of ICF used 100% of exterior walls

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BuildBlock Expands Product Manufacturing to South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2017 Contact: Brian Corder Phone: (405) 212-3131 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 buildblock.com BuildBlock is proud to be expanding product manufacturing to South Dakota.  BuildBlock ICFs will soon be manufactured at Benchmark Foam in Watertown, South Dakota. With the loss of Plymouth Foam as an EPS molder, BuildBlock is excited for the opportunity to partner with Benchmark Foam, a company with over 40 years of EPS experience and proven success. A presence in South Dakota will allow us to better serve our customers with quality products in a convenient location. Located just 100 miles north of Sioux

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2018 Trade Shows

The 2018 Trade Show Season is Here! BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2018 trade shows; the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, and World of Concrete 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. NAHB

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Air Quality in ICF Structures

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Controlling Indoor Air Quality BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are used in all types of residential and commercial structures. BuildBlock walls provide unparalleled energy efficiency, safety, durability, comfort, and air quality. The Importance of Good Air Quality Indoor air quality is often something that people don’t think about until it goes bad. Maintaining a healthy environment is essential in any indoor space and ICFs provide a wall system that greatly assists in this effort. BuildBlock ICF walls provide a tight exterior building envelope. Walls that are “tight” (meaning they have low air infiltration) is the first step in controlling the

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The 2018 ICF Summit

Join BuildBlock and the ICFMA at the 2018 ICF Summit! BuildBlock is a proud member of the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) and is excited to participate in the upcoming ICF Summit.  The ICF Summit spans 3 days with engaging seminars conducted by industry-leading  ICF professionals. Whether you currently operate an ICF business or are someone looking to break into the growing ICF industry, you’ll find these presentations to be enlightening, fun, and incredibly useful.  The 2018 ICF Summit is presented at The World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Information on how to register is below and don’t forget to visit the BuildBlock booth in the North Hall at Booth #N2053.

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New ICF Training Course: ICF Construction in 25 Steps

Revolutionary Online Training You may be aware that earlier this year, BuildBlock launched the first ever online training site for ICF construction. If you didn’t know that, now you do! Welcome to the party! BuildBlock.com/Training takes a revolutionary approach to ICF education. Users receive an in-depth level of training through interactive lessons, videos, and quizzes all from the comfort of your internet connected device. We launched this site with our inaugural course, The Basic ICF Installer Training Course. New Course BuildBlock is now excited to offer our second course, ICF Construction in 25 Steps. The name of this course does an excellent job of explaining its contents; a simple, straightforward overview of

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