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Texas In-Depth ICF Building Class | Denton, TX

These new classes will discuss the advantages of ICF pool design and the construction of ICF safe rooms in your conventionally built homes. We’ll also discuss ICF “shell” construction; where our installers support your construction by quickly and efficiently installing the ICF shell for your project. Some classes will have a representative from Helix Steel to present Helix Micro Rebar as a rebar replacement. Topic: Class will tour houses and pool in various stages of construction with guest Helix Steel rebar replacement presentation. Denton, TX | Monster Constructors | Mark Womack | 972-533-8678 | [email protected] Tuition: $100.00 for the first person,

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Texas In-Depth ICF Building Class | Seguin, TX

These new classes will discuss the advantages of ICF pool design and the construction of ICF safe rooms in your conventionally built homes. We’ll also discuss ICF “shell” construction; where our installers support your construction by quickly and efficiently installing the ICF shell for your project. Some classes will have a representative from Helix Steel to present Helix Micro Rebar as a rebar replacement. Topic: Class will tour ICF house in mid-construction with guest Helix Steel rebar replacement presentation. Seguin, TX | Lone Star BuildBlock | Jason Christensen | 210-912-6311 | [email protected] Tuition: $100.00 for the first person, $75.00 for each

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Texas In-Depth ICF Building Class | Houston, TX

These new classes will discuss the advantages of ICF pool design and the construction of ICF safe rooms in your conventionally built homes. We’ll also discuss ICF “shell” construction; where our installers support your construction by quickly and efficiently installing the ICF shell for your project. Some classes will have a representative from Helix Steel to present Helix Micro Rebar as a rebar replacement. Topic: Class to be held in ICF built church and will experience ICF advantages first hand. Houston, TX | Green Mountain Structural | Randy Blanchard | 281-259-0668 | [email protected] Tuition: $100.00 for the first person, $75.00

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Video: Restoring Old Buildings With ICFs

Hear longtime BuildBlock ICF Installer, Jay Ladwig, discuss the incredible possibilities of restoring old buildings with Insulating Concrete Forms. We also met with Richard Simunek, who chose BuildBlock ICFs to restore an old gas station, turning it into a beautiful Airbnb. Video Transcript: “We’re in Hennessey, Oklahoma and the project we’re on is the Hike project. The project is a 4,200 square feet processing facility that we’re building. Total ICF enclosure for processing beef cattle, generally considered to be a farm-how farmers market their own beef direct. Tradition, as we always knew, is the enemy in construction. You know when I

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Video: ICFs and Habitat for Humanity

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We talked to Rob Lochner, Construction Director with Habitat For Humanity Santa Fe, about his experience using Insulating Concrete Forms on two recent Habitat builds. These builds are part of a national program spearheaded by the NRMCA in association with Habitat for Humanity International, the ICFMA, and the ACPA. To read more about this initiative, click here: https://buildblock.com/buildblock-to-partner-with-build-with-strength/ For a brief overview of this project, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74H03QsDQ1o For more testimonials, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIXi7hit91A To learn more about BuildBlock, click here: https://buildblock.com/ To learn more about the ICFMA, click here: https://icf-ma.org/ Video Transcript:      So I’ve been with Santa

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ICF Review: First Time ICF Builders Give Their Honest Impressions

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About This Video BuildBlock visited Santa Fe New Mexico in November of 2021 to assist in the build of 2 Habitat for Humanity Homes. Watch this video to hear from several volunteers on what it was like building with BuildBlock ICFs for the first time! These builds are part of a national program spearheaded by the NRMCA in association with Habitat for Humanity International, the ICFMA, and the ACPA. To read more about this initiative, click here. For a brief overview of this project, click here. To learn more about BuildBlock, click here. To learn more about the ICFMA, click

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Green Casa Maryland Wins the ICF Builder Award for Best Large Residential

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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

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Video: Project Overview: Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity Builds With ICFs

In November 2021, BuildBlock traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to assist on two ICF builds in partnership with the ICFMA, NRMCA, and Habitat For Humanity International. Over the next 5 years, the NRMCA hopes to build an ICF home in each US state and BuildBlock is proud to be a part of several of these builds. Thanks to all of the volunteers and congratulations to the member families on your new home! Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more stories from this project! ICFMA: https://icf-ma.org/ NRMCA: https://www.nrmca.org/ Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity: https://santafehabitat.org/ Build With Strength: https://buildwithstrength.com/ American Concrete

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Video: How To Build ICF Gables

Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover how to construct gables out of ICF block. In our example, we’re going to construct cathedral roof style cables on a 6/12 pitch, meaning every foot our gables will raise 6 inches. For a cathedral roof, the gable is constructed to align with the interior wall, but other styles will have different design requirements. You can construct your gables either as one complete piece, or in two halves. However, if a common seam is already present, then we recommend constructing your gables in two separate halves, and continuing your common seam

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Video: How To Build Pitched ICF Roofs

Video Transcript My name is Steve Carroll, I’m here in Lexington, Kentucky. This is my own house, give you a little quick background, so here we have a picture of our 3/12 pitch concrete roof. So the span is about 20 feet and then you’ve got two foot overhang everywhere. The different color of foam you see up there, which is about 12 inches wide by probably 12 inches deep, is in essence our our ridge beam, it’s just made out of concrete. And then what we did is we took the BuildDeck straight up to it on a 3/12

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