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. 

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


Building a Winning Team through Education

Steve Sierleja of BuildBlock South Central Texas has not only decided educating architectural students about ICFs is a good idea, he has set up a program to do just that with currently 37 students who have signed up to attend. “My feeling is that we need to educate the young up and coming architects about BuildBlock ICFs,” Steve said. Steve’s program consists of time in the classroom as well as site visits, while also building a relationship with these young future professionals.  “First, I have gotten permission to provide a 1 1/2 hour classroom presentation to the senior and junior


Designing Spaces: Building One ‘Block’ at a Time…

Designing Spaces goes on site in Arizona with Correspondent David Crow to get a look at ICF construction. Athena Davis from BuildBlock Building Systems takes us on a tour of a home under construction and to visit a new home to show the advantages of using ICF; Insulating Concrete Forms. We also see how ICF is more resistant to the forces of nature, provides superior thermal insulation and contributes to a betterment of lifestyle. Building One ‘Block’ at a Time… Click here to see the Designing Spaces feature on BuildBlock Building Systems. At Designing Spaces we know how important it


BuildBlock featured on Designing Spaces


OKLAHOMA CITY – BuildBlock Building Systems, an Oklahoma City based manufacturer of insulating concrete forms, was featured recently on the nationally-syndicated show Designing Spaces. The segment highlights benefits of BuildBlock insulating concrete form construction including resistance to tornados, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes. Other highlighted benefits include safety, energy efficiency, value of the structure and increased comfort. Projects currently under construction, as well as completed homes, were featured during the segment. Arizona resident Gary Fetters discussed his experience of living in a BuildBlock insulating concrete form home and the advantages he’s seen as a result. BuildBlock insulating concrete forms are hollow


Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) vs Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU)

What are insulated concrete forms? Whether you’re building a concrete home or a multi-level commercial structure, you can’t beat the rewards of building with BuildBlock® Insulated Concrete Forms. Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior and load bearing walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. BuildBlock® insulating concrete forms technology combines the proven strength and endurance of concrete and steel with the superior insulating properties of expanded polystyrene (EPS) resulting in structures engineered to be more energy efficient, comfortable, durable, disaster resistant, and safer than conventional construction methods.


River Escape Net Zero 2011 GreenBuilder Home of the Year

We are proud to announce that our “River Escape” project was named GreenBuilder Magazine’s 2011 Home of the Year. This is very prestigious national award from one of the industries most respected green building magazines. This compact 1,267-sq.-ft. home does everything right, from its frost-protected shallow foundation to its ICF walls to its SIP roof. But it’s not just the shell that’s well above average. The home is zero energy and scored 32.5 points above LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Other key features include high-performance windows, radiant floor heating provided by a high-efficiency boiler (supplementing passive solar). A wood pallet


BuildBlock® Introduces The New BuildDeckTM Floor and Roof Decking System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Michelle Spurlock, Marketing Executive BuildBlock Building Systems LLC Phone: 405-840-3386 Fax: 405-840-0625 Email: Web:   BuildBlock Introduces The New BuildDeckTM Floor and Roof Decking System (Oklahoma City, OK, September 24, 2009)   BuildBlock Building Systems, LLC, is pleased to announce the launch of its new BuildDeckTM Floor and Roof Decking System which will consist of 8”, 10”, and 12” Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The BuildDeckTM System is a lightweight, stay-in-place Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) made of Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and used to construct a solid monolithic insulating concrete floor and/or roof decking system. BuildDeckTM


BuildBlock Releases BIM 3D Models in Revit

For Immediate Release BuildBlock Releases BIM 3D Models in Revit Experience the Power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with BuildBlock 3D Models  With the cutting edge technology of Building Information Modeling (BIM), architects and engineers are able to efficiently maintain their vision through collaborative design, efficient documentation and concise construction. Through the use of BIM and Autodesk Revit  Architecture software, sustainable design, clash detection, construction planning, and fabrication are made easy.   Times are changing. The Green Movement is in full swing and a dramatic change in the industry is taking place. Many architects are unfamiliar with the full benefits


BuildBlock Adds Form-A-Drain, Lite-Deck, and Andersen to Product Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Terrisa Singleton, Marketing Director BuildBlock Building Systems LLC Phone: 866-222-2575 x 146 Fax: 831-597-0792 Web: BuildBlock® Adds Form-A-Drain™, Lite-Deck®, and Andersen® to Product Line (Oklahoma City, OK, May 27, 2008) – BuildBlock® Building Systems LLC, the manufacturer of BuildBlock® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), now offers customers the Form-A-Drain™ footing system, the Lite-Deck® ICF floor and roof system, and Andersen® windows and doors. “Our goal is to provide our customers with everything they need to create the total envelope of an energy-efficient structure,” said Jason Fisher, BuildBlock Business Development Manager. “These products are the perfect complement


BuildBlock Announces Launch of 12th Manufacturing Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Terrisa Singleton, Marketing Director BuildBlock Building Systems LLC Phone: 866-222-2575 x 146 Fax: 831-597-0792 Web: BuildBlock Announces Launch of 12th Manufacturing Facility (Oklahoma City, OK, May 9, 2008) – BuildBlock® Building Systems is pleased to announce its expansion into the state of Minnesota, bringing their total number of manufacturing facilities to an even dozen. BuildBlock now has more manufacturing facility locations than any other ICF manufacturer in North America. “From our inception, it’s been a part of our master plan to have local manufacturing facilities across the country” said BuildBlock CEO Mike Garrett. “Today’s unprecedented

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