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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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BuildBlock featured on Designing Spaces

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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

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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.

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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

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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: [email protected] Web: www.BuildBlock.com   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

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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

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