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How to Create Stirrups for Lintels in an ICF Project

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Creating the right type of stirrups to use in lintels above doors, windows, and other large openings is an essential step for success in your project. Join Chris, a DIY ICF owner/builder as he explains how to measure, cut, and bend rebar C stirrups. Video Transcription So today we’re making C stirrups for the lentils over the doors and windows. Now, I didn’t have a chance to get all my engineering done before I ordered them; I ordered all the C stirrups pre-bent for my decking on the floor but for all the windows and doors, it’s gonna vary a

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The Hilltop Project – Intro and Excavation

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Over the next year, we’ll be following the construction of the Hilltop Project. This is the first in a series of dozens of videos for this project. In this video, we follow some DIY home-builders as they clear and mark the area for their future ICF home. Video Transcription: Over the next few months, BuildBlock will be following the Morse family as they construct their ICF home, The Hilltop Project. We’re going to start where every story should, at the beginning. The Morses are a typical, suburban family that wanted to trade shopping malls for barnyard stalls and move out

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How to Install Electrical Wiring Into ICF Walls

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Join BuildBlock CTO Micah Garrett as he shows you a few quick and easy strategies for installing electrical wiring into ICF walls. Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems and today we’re going to show you how to mount electrical boxes. We’re going to go over some of the tools and show you some of the tips and tricks to make this a fast and easy install. First, you’re going to need some electrical boxes. You might want to use plastic boxes, one of the best styles to use is one with a flange on the side.

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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

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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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