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Creating Bare ICF Concrete Walls for Stairwells, Elevator Shafts, Warehouses

BuildBlock’s Hardwall is used for creating Bare ICF Concrete Walls for Stairwells, Elevator Shafts, Warehouses. In commercial applications such as elevator shafts, warehouses, and stairwells a bare concrete wall may be required to meet fire codes. This can easily be accomplished using an ICF wall system and maintain insulation value. Even more insulation value can be retained by integrating the BuildBlock ThermalSert insulation insert into the wall. BuildBlock Knockdown ICF forms have multiple uses aside from the traditional ICF form. They have been used to build footing forms, pilasters and other custom structural and architectural pieces. One innovative way to use these forms,

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Video: How BuildBlock ICFs are Made

How BuildBlock ICFs are Made Insulating Concrete Forms, or ICFs are they are known, have become one of the most efficient building materials available today for both homes and commercial buildings. ICFs come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the project. Today we will take a look at how ICFs are made. But first, what exactly are ICFs? Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks that are stacked and lock together in the shape of the outside walls of a home or building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms stay in place

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Getting to Know: Nicole Zoellner

In this edition of get-to-know we meet Nicole Zoellner. Nicole joined the BuildBlock team in October of 2006 originally as our Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2008. As her title implies Nicole has her hands in all parts of BuildBlock’s operations. As per usual, we asked Nicole a few questions about her role on the BuildBlock team. Here are her answers: BuildBlock: Why do you want to work at BuildBlock? Nicole: I wanted to work at BuildBlock because I was intrigued by the product and its’ potential. Also, living in a tornado prone area, I had never heard of it which

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Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK

Perkins Safe Room Stacked Ready for Pour

Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK Educare child care is using BuildBlock ICFs to build EF5 multi-purpose safe room tornado shelter for children and staff at First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK. (Oklahoma City, OK, June 12, 2014) Educare child care and after school program located at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK is building an EF5 FEMA compliant safe room and multi-purpose media room for their 75 students and 18 staff members using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The Educare Board decided build this

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Video: Perkins Educare Safe Room Part 2

Perkins Educare Safe Room Construction continues on the Educare safe room in Perkins. While the kids had a blast helping stack the first two courses of block  Educare Director Betty Weems and James Ladwig, Ladwig Construction discuss the challenges of the project and their hopes for the future. Look for more updates as progress continues.  

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Video: BuildBlock Helps Build 75+ Person Educare Safe Room Part 1

Oklahoma has been in the middle of  “Tornado Alley” since it was first defined in the early 1950s. We see our share of tornadoes and strong storms throughout the year. In May 2013 devastating tornadoes hit the community of Moore, Oklahoma and took the lives of several children who were sheltered at their elementary school. The community of Perkins is about 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City and home to some BuildBlock staff. Their children attend Educare a 75 person early childhood day care and after school program housed at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, Oklahoma. In 2013 they

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Moore Family Rebuilds Tornado Resistant Home

Moore Family Rebuilds Tornado Resistant Home Davis family rebuilds home with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) after home destroyed in May 2013 tornado.   (Oklahoma City, OK, April 28, 2014)  The Davis family is currently rebuilding their home in Moore, Oklahoma after it was destroyed in the May 2013 tornado. Their home was located at 405 Stonebridge, south of Fourth Street, just west of Eastern in Moore, Oklahoma. Their entire neighborhood was wiped away in the F5 tornado. Brenda and Charles Davis decided to rebuild their home using ICFs, Insulating Concrete Forms, one of the strongest methods of disaster resistant construction

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BuildBlock IRC/IBC Code Approvals Updated to 2012

2012 IBC Builidng Codes Cover

BuildBlock Products 2012 IRC/IBC Code Approval Renewed BuildBlock ICFs received 2012 IRC/IBC code approval renewals through Intertek one of seventeen accredited Product Certification Agencies (PCA) providing product evaluation reports under the International Accreditation Service (IAS). (Oklahoma City, OK, April 16, 2014) BuildBlock Building Systems is proud to announce Intertek has updated code evaluation reports for all BuildBlock products bringing the 2009 compliance current to 2012. All BuildBlock products are now currently certified for the 2012 IRC (International Residential Code) and 2012 IBC (International Building Code). Intertek like the ICC is one of seventeen accredited organizations providing product evaluation reports under the

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Getting to Know: Andrew Laub

Today in our get-to-know we meet Andrew Laub, BuildBlock’s Director of Sales. Andrew joined the BuildBlock team in October of 2011. He manages our sales and business development teams  as well as a growing team of independent sales agents that work remotely from BuildBlock HQ. We asked Andrew a few questions about his role on the BuildBlock team. Here are his answers: BuildBlock: Why do you want to work at BuildBlock? Andrew: I’ve always been fascinated with the building industry.  So, when my predecessor approached me about this opportunity, I was immediately interested.  Being able to see a finished product that I had

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EPS Foam Significantly More Energy Efficient Than XPS

There are many reasons BuildBlock ICFs are the premiere ICFs on the market, our use of EPS foam is one of those reasons.        As reported by Concrete Construction, “what makes EPS and XPS different is their manufacturing processes. EPS uses steam and the blowing agent pentane to expand polystyrene resin beads and subsequently mold them into blocks, which can later be cut to size. XPS, on the other hand, processes melted polystyrene resin through an extruder and expands it, using blowing agents. There are key differences between EPS and XPS—most importantly, moisture resistance, environmental impact, long-term R-value, compressive

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