How to Apply Stucco to ICF Walls

In this video we explain how to apply stucco to an ICF wall that has been poured. Video Transcription So hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems and today we’re going to be talking about how stucco is applied to an ICF wall systems. Some of the basics of stucco is typically this is an EIFFs style stucco application. So that’s a synthetic stucco blend and it goes very easily right onto the surface of the actual block. Typically what’s done is your block is going to be rasped down and I’ve got a piece of sandpaper here which

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Home Builders Resource Expo: Rebuilding After a Wildfire

See BuildBlock ICFs in person June 29th & 30th at Home Builders Resource Expo: Rebuilding After A Wildfire | Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico, CA When rebuilding after a disaster, using BuildBlock ICFs gives you peace of mind for the future and delivers the many benefits of ICFs every day for you and your family. BuildBlock ICFs deliver superior energy performance and disaster resilience. Whether choosing comfort, extreme energy-efficiency, enhanced disaster resilience, ease of construction, quietness, or superior air quality you get every benefit no matter what.  Visit BuildBlock in person and discuss design, building, benefits, and engineering at the summit. Show information:  Learn

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The Hilltop Project – Intro and Excavation

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Over the next year, we’ll be following the construction of the Hilltop Project. This is the first in a series of dozens of videos for this project. In this video, we follow some DIY home-builders as they clear and mark the area for their future ICF home. Video Transcription: Over the next few months, BuildBlock will be following the Morse family as they construct their ICF home, The Hilltop Project. We’re going to start where every story should, at the beginning. The Morses are a typical, suburban family that wanted to trade shopping malls for barnyard stalls and move out

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2019 World of Concrete and the NAHB International Builders Show

The 2019 Trade Show Season is Here! BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2019 trade shows; World of Concrete and the International Builders Show. Both will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will have samples of our extensive product line on display, as well as informational literature and demonstrations. Members of the BuildBlock team will be available to answer any questions and set you on the path to a successful build that is quicker, cleaner, stronger, and more efficient. Learn more about ICFs and see for yourself why BuildBlock is the premier building material for new construction.

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Austin, Texas ICF Training

BuildBlock has an in-person, hands-on training scheduled in Austin Texas on October 1st. Join us for a full day of interactive Insulating Concrete Form Training! A team of BuildBlock ICF experts is coming to your area to teach you what makes BuildBlock the construction industry’s best material for designing and building new construction. If you’re interested in becoming a BuildBlock Distributor or Installer, this is the training for you! This training includes: An in-depth presentation covering design and construction with BuildBlock ICFs Learn tips on how to maintain a successful business with ICFs as a core product offering Hands-on training with ICF blocks and bracing

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Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future with BuildBlock ICFs

“The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” – Montgomery Scott What is a Wall For? As architects, home designers, builders, and contractors look to meet increasing energy efficiency standards and more stringent resiliency requirements; the race is on to design more and more complicated solutions to maintain relevance for existing products and applications. Many new wall systems designed to increase energy-efficiency do so at a high labor expense, increased materials, and some serious creativity. Sometimes a wall section detail crosses my desk and I wonder if creating the technology and materials to

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The Benefits of ICF Bucking

The Benefits of ICF Bucking. If you’ve spent any time researching Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) you probably know a few things. They create walls that are incredibly strong They provide a high R-Value (Check out this story to learn more) They create “tight” structures with low air infiltration They make homes that nearly soundproof As an ICF manufacturer, we tend to focus on all of the benefits. I mean, why not, right? There are so many! And while we believe (and science is proving (https://buildblock.com/performance/) that ICFs are the best way to build, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenging

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The Wrinkler Residence

A Small Space Yields Big Results in Idaho  The Wrinkler Residence in Boise, Idaho is described as a high-performance piece of art. Constructed with BuildBlock ICFs and coupled with passive solar capturing devices, this is one of the most energy efficient, comfortable, healthy homes in Boise!  The Project 3,800 square foot home in Idaho 4,500 square footage of ICF used 30 days of ICF installation time Total construction time was 20 weeks Designed by Flynner Homes in Boise, Idaho Project utilizes Reachcraft bracing, vinal bucking, Tufcoat and Mira drain waterproofing, TJI’s floor joists, and Stucco and Hardboard exterior finishes Preparing for Challenges

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BuildBlock Projects Recognized at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards

Each year, dozens of ICF projects from all over the country are submitted to the ICF Builder Awards. This year was extremely competitive and BuildBlock is proud to have 3 projects recognized at the 2018 ceremony. These homes go above and beyond the already high standards of ICF construction. They are complicated builds that maximize the benefits of ICFs and are constructed with precision and great attention to detail.  The Drew Castle – 1st Runner-Up – Unlimited Residential The Drew Castle is a project that we’ve actively followed for several years. Located in eastern Michigan, this massive home is over 10,000 square

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The BuildBlock Corporate Office Has Moved

The BuildBlock Corporate Office, located in Oklahoma City, has relocated to a new office space. Just a mile north of our previous location, BuildBlock is now located in the Boldt Builds Building at 101 West Hefner Road. We are excited to share space with Boldt, an industry leader in construction. 2017 was the most successful year to date for BuildBlock and as we grow, our needs will grow with us. This new office space meets many of the needs our growing company has and will provide us with a beautiful and functional workspace for the coming years, allowing us to

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