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. 

How to Build Safe ICF Schools in Oklahoma

Ada Safe School

As many Oklahoma students prepare to hear the bells ring this school year, construction is beginning on a landmark early childhood development center in Ada, Okla. The center, constructed of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), serves a dual purpose. Completed in 2011 it serves as an educational facility for the Ada School District, a community safe room in the event of inclement weather. The insulating concrete forms being erected for the facility are comprised of two 2 ½ inch expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam panels connected by eight strong, high-density plastic webs. The forms are secured with rebar and filled with


Video: 2012 ICF Builder Award Winners

BuildBlock was honored to receive four finalists in the 2012 ICF Builder Award Competition by ICF Builder Magazine.  The Builder Awards competition is an annual event designed to showcase the innovation, quality, and energy-efficiency of ICF construction, and promote them as a sustainable, durable and attractive building material. Winners were chosen in four categories: Light Commercial, Heavy Commercial, Unlimited Residential, Large Residential, Small Residential,  Multi-Family, and Development. BuildBlock projects recognized in this competition were The Commons at Seashell Drive in Port Aransas, Texas, Xavier College New Founders Hall in Phoenix, AZ, and the Zemke Residence in Sandown, New Hampshire. Each project will be featured on our blog


BuildBlock Field Notes

BuildBlock Distributor Jim Deering takes a few minutes to discuss his method and strategies for installing ICF walls. This 15-minute video lays out a few ways that BuildBlock makes your job on site easier, faster, and nearly eliminates all waste.  


BuildBlock ICFs featured on PBS Hometime this season

BuildBlock is proud to partner with the long-running Hometime program on PBS. BuildBlock ICFs were chosen to build the frost wall below the basement and the basement walls as well. It was an exciting time in Minnesota braving the cold and heavy snow, but the project worked out well. Check your local PBS station for air times. The BuildBlock product manufactured just a few miles away at our plant and delivered to the site. Regional manufacturing in one component of LEED certification for any home. Onsite for portions of the project were Brian Corder and Dennis Micoff with BuildBlock and


Fastfoot & Rising Damp

BuildBlock uses and recommends FastFoot products on any home construction job to protect the foundation, walls, and structures from unwanted moisture. A link to their article is here:


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 From our hearts to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your friends at BuildBlock Building Systems. Thank you for being our partner in business and part of a wonderful year. We look forward to another successful year in 2013.


Sandown, New Hampshire Home

ICF Builder: McGregor Chadwick, Northstar Contractors New Hampton, New Hampshire, The Home Located on a small lake in southern New Hampshire and offering peaceful views from its privately positioned outdoor living room, this gorgeous open concept home was designed with preservation of the native landscape in mind. Offering main level living, beautiful hand milled native New Hampshire black oak wide plank flooring, a great room with cathedral ceilings, a 16-foot floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, a grand wrought iron staircase leading to a top floor loft with a view that takes your breath away, custom cherry kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops with a


Project Highlight: The Commons at Sea Shell Drive

The Commons at Sea Shell Drive Port Aransas, Texas ICF Builder: Todd Humphreys, CircleT Construction Builder: Nick Lorette Developer: Seashell Village Associates The Commons at Sea Shell Drive is the first all ICF development in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. The developers approached ICF technology for this project because of the need for energy efficiency, lower maintenance and utility costs and safety. This region enjoys wide fluctuations in temperature from the 20s in the winter to 100-degree plus in the summer. Hurricanes, storms, high winds, and even tornados are not uncommon in the area.


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.