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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


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


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


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


ICF Construction Tip: Bracing

Key to any ICF installation is a bracing and alignment system to keep the walls straight and plumb during the pour. One of industry partners, Fab-Form, has created an updated Zont ICF Bracing System that gives you a light weight, cost effective method of bracing Insulated Concrete Form wall using site available 2x4s. The Zont ICF bracing system consists of three components: Zont Waler Brackets: hold horizontal 2×4 walers and vertical 2×4 strongbacks solidly against the ICF wall. Zuckle Wall Aligners: plumb the strongbacks to align the wall to the stringline. 2×4 Walers & Strongbacks: held in the Zont bracket and


Mazzella Construction Builds ICF Playhouse for Charity

Our friends over at Mazzella Construction recently built this awesome BuildBlock ICF Playhouse for a local charity event. Mazzella build the walls out of BuildBlock ICF and then finished the inside with cedar wood and the outside with real stone and stucco. Goes to show any kind of structure can be built out of BuildBlock ICFs! The playhouse in on display in the Bozeman, MT mall for a month and then will be showcased at the Big Mountain Home Expo in March. So if you’re in the area swing by and enter for a chance to win playhouse and support a local


Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Swimming Pools: Getting the Most Splash for Your Cash

ICF swimming pools

Insulating Concrete Forms are frequently used for many structures around homes and commercial buildings. BuildBlock customers have constructed retaining walls, fences and gates, fire pits and more. We’ve had an increase in request for information around ICF swimming pools. ICFs in swimming pools not only speed up construction, but the insulating foam prevents more than 80% of the heat loss of the pool. This means it’s much cheaper to heat your pool, but also extends the length of the pool season. “ICFs have been used from swimming pools since the very beginning of the industry.” ICF Builder Magazine, July 2013 In the


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