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

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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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Introduction to BuildBlock ICFs & Basic ICF Installation (Corpus Christi)

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Introduction to BuildBlock ICFs & Basic ICF InstallationCorpus Christi, TX – – January 8, 2020 Join us for a full day of ICF training! This class includes an informational classroom-style discussion on the use of ICFs in construction as well as a hands-on portion with ICFs, bracing, and accessories. Training is on January 8, 2020 from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. Paying students will also receive a flash drive containing BuildBlock training and technical resources, a print copy of the BuildBlock Installation Manual, and a BuildBlock T-Shirt. This class is $100 for the first registrant

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Join us at our 2020 Trade Shows!

2020 trade show

BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2020 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. NAHB International Builder Show  

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The BuildBlock Corporate Office Has Moved

ICF Office Building, 20,000 SF

The BuildBlock Corporate Office, located in Oklahoma City, has relocated to a new office space. Just a mile south of our previous location, BuildBlock is now located at 9705 N Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City. We are excited to be back in an ICF Building and are already enjoying the quiet, safety, and stability that we’ve come to expect in a work environment. 2019 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

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BuildBlock Adds New Manufacturing in Texas

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BuildBlock Expands Manufacturing to Waxahachie, Texas   Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), is expanding its manufacturing presence in the United States in Waxahachie, Texas. This new location increases availability of ICFs and accessories for our customers and reduces shipping costs. “BuildBlock has had a long relationship with ICFs in Texas and we are proud to return manufacturing to the state. We are excited to expand our relationship with Lifoam Industries, A Subsidiary of Newell Brands in Texas. They are a great partner for BuildBlock and are centrally located in Texas to allow us

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