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. 

BuildBlock South Texas Spring Branch Project

Spring Branch Project, Spring Branch, Texas 5418 sq.ft. Under Roof, 2872 sq.ft. Conditioned January 9th-July 3rd 2012 Designed by Greg Setzer Contractor Custom Homes, Ltd. IFC Installer: BuildBlock of South Central Texas BuildBlock ICF Products The home posed several challenges. Many corners were close together and windows were close to corners. There were 5 different plate heights throughout this home, and ICF walls extended above the roof line without load-bearing walls beneath. Related Pages & Articles Press Release: Musgrave Agencies Wins First Runner… Video: ICF Carrier Footings and Concrete Pour Prep… ICFs are the future of foundations and homes. Upping


Lego House BuildBlock Habitat House

BuildBlock products and Master Distributor Chip Gauthier of VA Gauthier Construction supported local Habitat for Humanity projects during their Blitz Build 2012. The Marquez family at 136 Green Mountain Loop in Grass Valley, California will now live in a home built with BuildBlock ICF’s. Congratulations to Chip and Chad Gauthier for their service.   Blitz 1 Blitz 2


BuildBlock Product Labeling

As we roll out our new marketing image and brand identity resources, we are updating the labeling used on the blocks themselves. The code information is still present and has been updated. The look simplifies the number of colors and makes some changes to the material itself. These changes will carry on the brand redesign and will continue to trickle down into new materials, literature, and displays. You should start seeing the new labels on shipping products in the next few weeks.


Brian Corder joins BuildBlock as Marketing Director

Brian has a solid background in event production, business analysis, and information technology planning. Most recently responsible for leading marketing, communications and business development with NineCollective, a creative, software design, and web services company. NineCollecive transitioned to ERP product development for the oilfield services industry. At Freightliner Specialty Vehicles, SportChassis he created and managed brand identity, design, and advertising. SportChassis partnered with national organizations such as SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association), National Finals Rodeo, NRHA, Sturgis, Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, and Barrett-Jackson to present the products at more than 60 events per year.


Delynn Merrick joins BuildBlock Customer Service

Delynn joined BuildBlock as an administrative assistant and will support the entire BuildBlock team. She is also responsible for lead distribution and is the friendly voice behind the phone. Delynn is married to her husband Steve and just celebrated her one year anniversary. She has a son, Josh, who is married to her wonderful daughter-in-law, Angela and anxiously waiting for grandchildren to come. She grew up in a small town in West Texas but has spent the last 25 years in Oklahoma. She loves to travel, play at the lake/beach, and just be with her family.


BuildBlock Expands into Egypt

BuildBlock Expands into Egypt BuildBlock has completed its latest international expansion into the Egyptian market. Our new facility will be located in Cairo. We are pleased to welcome another distributor and production facility to the team. The region is seeing dramatic increases in building and ICF construction is timely, viable, and highly sought after. Product molds were recently shipped and the manufacturing facility should be operational in the next 30 days. Expansion into international markets is critical for BuildBlock. The financial returns and brand recognition abroad allows BuildBlock to stay strong financially and continue to develop new products and serve


New MIT Research Touts Insulated Concrete Forms For Energy Efficiency

Can residential construction using insulated concrete forms, or ICFs, be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than current building practices? That’s what new industry-sponsored research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology contends. In an effort to “deliver a new level of clarity” about the life-cycle performance of structures that include single-family homes, MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, a research team, on Thursday released an interim report of a year-long investigation into the potential energy savings in homes constructed with ICFs. The Portland Cement Association and the Ready-Mix Concrete Research Foundation are funding the Hub’s research, which it expects to complete by next August. Its goal, according


Oregon DEQ Recommends ICFs and SIPs

Insulating concrete forms and structural insulated panels were found by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to be among the best building practices to reduce greenhouse gasses and waste generation from residential construction. In conjunction with the Oregon Home Builders Association, Quantis and Earth Advantage Institute, the Oregon DEQ recently completed the second phase of a new report, titled “A Life Cycle Assessment Based Approach to Prioritizing Methods of Preventing Waste from Residential Building”. The report rates best ways to reduce greenhouse gas and waste generation from the residential construction sector. The goal of the project was to identify and


Get Noticed on YouTube

Ben Daniel of  Southern Structures takes advantage of an interview he gave at a local Home and Garden Show and posts it on YouTube to get the word out about building with ICFs. He is getting great exposure for his business. What a great way to promote your business at no cost to you… it just takes some time. Try it and send BuildBlock your videos and pictures! Click on the image above to watch Ben’s video Interview


A Satisfied Customer – BuildBlock ICF Shelter

Check out what one of our customers said about his first BuildBlock experience. “I’d like to have my dream home built with ICF’s in a couple years. So, about a year ago I decided I wanted to get a little experience and build an ICF storm shelter myself. I know this was a bit of an ambitious project for someone who works in a completely different industry and who had never seen an ICF block in person until I had the full semi load delivered to my yard a few months ago. I also didn’t want to take any time

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