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ICF Builder Award First Runner up for Light Commercial 2014 – Musgrave Agencies Building


Musgraves Agencies Chose BuildBlock ICFs for their sustainable energy building, winning first runner up in light commercial at the 2014 ICF Builder awards.

ICFs Chosen for sustainable Musgrave Agencies Building. Musgrave Agencies is a family owned and managed real estate and land development company in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada and built a new sustainable corporate office for their staff. Musgrave Agencies specializes primarily in residential land development. They develop more than 250 residential lots each year as well as industrial and commercial development.

The building was designed for both aesthetics and comfort for its occupants. Musgrave Agencies is the leading land development company in the area and the building design reinforces their company’s standing. Musgrave agencies wanted to create a building that would feel like home, create a bright and warm atmosphere, but also have all of the long lasting sustainable technologies they were looking for. The building features several standard sustainable technologies from an R-40 roof insulation to foam underslab insulation.


Each floor features hydronic radiant in-floor heating and the large windows are designed to capture natural light and warmth during the winter. All windows are triple glazed for energy efficiency. Because of the multitude of large windows, it was very important to engineer a wall system to support the size and number of windows .

The engineers evaluated structural steel, wood frame construction and a combination of other technologies. However, only ICFs carried the required wall strength and supported the energy efficiency goals as well.

BuildBlock ICFs were the answer, with the advantages of the 6-inch on center web design, high density attachment points as well as the tight interlock. There are a significant number of corners in this building made more complex by the close spacing of windows to corners. It is a testament to the long BuildBlock corners and 6-inch web spacing that made the pour straightforward and free of any incident.

Musgrave is the largest Development Company in the area. They are the construction leader in this area. As the market leader it speaks volumes they chose ICF as the technology for their own building. This building has created a lot of local buzz for residential builders and the area has seen significant growth in ICF foundations and expects to grow into more full ICF homes as well.

“This is a huge beacon to the ICF industry in that area which is just beginning to grow from little ICF to foundations and full homes.”

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