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Press Release: BuildBlock Launches All Foam ICF

For Immediate Release GlobalBlock: The All Foam Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) GlobalBlock puts the energy-efficiency and savings of ICFs in your hands for nearly the same cost as wood. Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked to form the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms remain in place providing extreme energy efficiency. The three components of an ICF wall system: concrete thermal mass, low air filtration and high insulation value of the EPS foam perform as an R-50 compared to wood. They are covered with brick,


Show Season 2014

The BuildBlock team had a great time visiting with future customers and partners at World of Concrete and the NAHB International Builders’ Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. At World of Concrete in January BuildBlock CEO, Mike Garrett, was asked to speak during the PCA panel on “Resilient ICF Construction.” Mike shared that ICFs are consumer driven and the most important amenity is home that withstands disasters. The panel noted education and training as critical for installers and contractors as well as the consumer. Mike also explained how growth as an industry is being driven by great quality from ICF manufacturers like


Getting To Know: Alfonso Nieves

Alfonso Nieves

Today in our get-to-know we meet Alfonso Nieves, BuildBlock’s Latin American Sales Executive. Alfonso joined the BuildBlock team in October of 2013 and has been an integral part of our Latin American and GlobalBlock projects. We finally cornered him for a sit down and asked Alfonso a few questions. BuildBlock: Why do you want to work at BuildBlock? Alfonso: I believe that ICF is the quickest, most efficient and cost effective way to build. Building with concrete has so many benefits and I did not think twice about taking the opportunity to educate and share this knowledge with the community and especially


BuildBlock Field Notes: Protect Your Block

Protect your block at all times. Doing things the right way will save yourself both time and money. BuildBlock’s Technical Director Dennis Micoff has advice on one of the critical steps when using ICFs for your footings and stem walls. Protect your block! Make sure the nubs are covered and cover the block cavity to keep debris and contamination out before you start stacking the next course. Additionally you can build your block up a additional course to keep everything higher off the ground and prevent damage to the interlocking nubs. What happens when things are damaged? In damaged sections,


Video: ICF Carrier Footings and Concrete Pour Preparation

BuildBlock Field Notes are technical updates for professionals and homeowners about building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). These short videos address a variety of topics. If there is something specific you’d like to know more about please contact us 866-222-2575 or


BuildBlock ICF Pocket Installation Guide


The BuildBlock ICF Pocket Installation Guide is your quick installation reference in the field. This guide gives puts all the basic installation information at your fingertips: Footings, Course Placement, Door & Windows Openings, Rebar, Bracing & Alignment, and Concrete Pouring. This handy guide is no replacement BuildBlock Installation & Technical Manual, but it is a great quick reference in the field. Order copies today for installers and customers. BuildBlock ICF Pocket Installation Guide Step 1: Footing or Slab Footing or slab must be level for best results (within 1/4” in all directions). Establish wall locations on footing or slab with chalk line. Place packaged


ICF Home Building Design & Myths

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When looking at building a new home there are lots of different types of technology to consider. Insulting Concrete Forms (ICFs) are one of the fastest growing segments of the building market. BuildBlock has created the brochure below to explain how this technology integrates with standard home construction and to dispel  some of the myths about ICFs. This brochure describes Good, Better, and Best options for ICF construction and shows you options for building and ICF safe room. Image of the brochure are below. You can download a full size PDF here. ICF Home Design and ICF Myths Brochure


BuildBlock Adopts Intertek for all Product Testing

BuildBlock Building Systems is proud to announce that it has chosen Intertek for all product code evaluation reports. This change will allow all BuildBlock products to display the Warnock Hersey (WH) Certification mark. The WH Mark is recognized by all Authorities Having Jurisdiction including building code officials, fire marshals, and inspectors across North America. BuildBlock chose the Intertek IRR report to continue to provide the highest standards and code compliance testing information to code officials, building inspectors, and consumers. BuildBlock products are currently certified compliant for the 2009 IRC (International Residential Code) and 2009 IBC (International Building Code). Certification for


New ICF Ethylene Control Building Calvert City, KY

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Construction for a new Ethylene Control Building using 12″ BuildLock ( BuildBlock’s knockdown block system) is underway at Westlake Chemical Corporation in Calvert Kentucky. The building measures 55’-6” x 177’-6” and is 16’-10” high from top of footing to top of wall. This structure was designed to be explosion proof with a double mat of continuous reinforcing . Blast resistant windows and doors incorporate heavy steel bucks embedded into the 12” thick concrete walls. The unique web configuration of the BuildLock webs make it possible to construct the walls without the need to tie the reinforcing in place saving hundreds of


60 Years of Tornadoes & Disasters Visualized

ICFs provide one of the best protections from all forms of disaster. That’s just one reason we’re so interested in seeing how those disasters affect all of us. Since we are based in Oklahoma we have always been fascinated with Tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more That’s why when we came across these really cool visualizations of tornadoes we couldn’t resist sharing it. View and enjoy! And remember, big bad Mother Nature can huff and puff, but she’s not going to blow your ICF house down. We are always looking at new ways to demonstrate the wrath of Mother Nature. Tornadoes,