BuildBlock Webinar Schedule

BuildBlock Webinar Schedule BuildBlock Building Systems is the industry leader in ICF education. Our goal is to provide comprehensive training on a variety of ICF topics so that you’re ready to build when the time comes. We are happy to offer several educational tools for you to use. BuildBlock offers free online ICF training courses that teach proper installation of ICF walls, pools, finishing trades, and more. For quick instructional videos, check out the BuildBlock YouTube Channel! Additionally, this year BuildBlock will be hosting ICF training webinars each month that will cover a variety of topics– all for free! Check

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Video: How To Construct T-Walls Using The “No T-Wall Method”

Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover the no T-wall method, which divides the T-wall into two separate walls, saving time and labor, but requiring two separate pours. First, construct your straight wall the exact same way you would usually construct a straight wall, except where your T-wall is going to go, place your L-bar each course. We recommend leaving it at this diagonal angle at this point to allow more of the bar to be covered in the initial pour, as well as stay out of the way when working around it. Rasp it into place just

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Video: How To Construct T-Walls For Multi-Story Structures

  Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for multi-story structures. This method will follow the single story method almost to a T (nice), except for one key difference in the way we brace the wall. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar

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Video: How To Build T-Walls For Single-Story Construction

  Here is a quick video covering T-walls for single-story construction! Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for single-story construction. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar can still be placed. Next, shim off the last two and a half inches of

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Video: How to Pour BuildDeck ICF Decking

Join us at the Hilltop Project for a quick overview of how to install, brace, and pour BuildDeck ICF decking. Video Transcript Welcome back to the Hilltop Project. In this installment, the family has placed their BuildDeck forms, and are now ready to pour the BuildDeck floor system. BuildDeck is a stay in place form to create an insulated concrete floor, or pitched roof. This project has more than 3,500 square feet of BuildDeck, and most of it will be poured today. Let’s review the process for building with BuildDeck. The family created temporary shoring to support the BuildDeck forms,

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The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual

The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual BuildBlock is proud to release the ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual. Paired with our Swimming Pool Engineering Manual, this new document covers the ICF pool building process from start to finish. ICFs swimming pools are not only faster to build, 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 increases the length of the pool season.  What’s Inside BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms are an excellent product to use to build a swimming pool. The simplicity of the

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ICFs and the Net Zero Design Push

Solar panel installation

The Building Science community continues to push for more stringent energy codes. Increases in insulation requirements and airtightness have become the primary mechanism to achieve higher performance. Buildings are required to use less overall energy, and where they require energy are asked to supply it themselves.  Net-zero compliance is a hot topic in many North American markets. British Columbia has developed some of the strictest building code standards in the world and is leading the push towards net zero with the BC step code. The Canadian National Code is not far behind and is seeking to accomplish many of the

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The Rising Demand for Structures

2018 Residential Code Adoption by State

The Rising Demand for Structures Every code cycle seems to demand more from our structures. Increases in regulations often mean increased cost, which to many builders is perceived as a net negative. Yet, is this the correct way to perceive stricter rules? Or is there a better way to think about new demands? At BuildBlock we like to pose an alternative viewpoint. Building codes often represent the lowest common denominator of building standards that anyone is required to construct to. If code compliance means building to the lowest common denominator, then shouldn’t we be considering how to build better structures?  Now does

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BuildBuck Accepted by Miami Dade

BuildBuck Design & Components

  BuildBuck Accepted as Part of Full ICF Wall System for Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), has had its product, “BuildBuck” accepted in Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes as part of the BuildBlock ICF wall system. This action grants BuildBuck code approval in areas adhering to both Miami Dade and Florida state building codes and continues the general acceptance throughout Florida and in other coastal construction regions. Reliance on ICF building materials continues to grow nationwide through proven performance in high-velocity wind zones, wildfire-prone areas, and

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Sustainable Practices in ICF Molding: CBIS

ICF Molding

BuildBlock molder CBIS is making the already clean process of ICF manufacturing even more efficient. There are so many reasons to choose Insulating Concrete Forms over a traditional wood-frame build – expanded polystyrene provides air-tight insulation around a monolithic concrete structure that is proven to provide the benefits of disaster resilience, comfort, and quiet. For many, it is the sustainable nature of ICFs that drive their use in place of more traditional building routes: ICFs are designed to last, with insulation that doesn’t break down over time. BuildBlock ICFs are designed with a one-inch repeating interlock pattern that allows for

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