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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

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

“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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New Training Course: Pouring an ICF Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to ICF education, BuildBlock is proud to present our newest training course, Pouring an ICF Project. When working with ICFs, it is very important that what you put inside your walls is just as good as the ICFs themselves. Concrete makes ICF walls strong but can be difficult to work with if you’re not prepared. In this course, we’ll cover 5 easy practices that will help your ICF pour to be successful.  Below, we’ve included an abbreviated section from the Pouring an ICF Project Course. This section provides an overview of how to test the slump of

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The Benefits of ICF Bucking

The Benefits of ICF Bucking. If you’ve spent any time researching Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) you probably know a few things. They create walls that are incredibly strong They provide a high R-Value (Check out this story to learn more) They create “tight” structures with low air infiltration They make homes that nearly soundproof As an ICF manufacturer, we tend to focus on all of the benefits. I mean, why not, right? There are so many! And while we believe (and science is proving (https://buildblock.com/performance/) that ICFs are the best way to build, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenging

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