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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

icf training texas

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

READ MORE

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  

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

BuildBlock Adds New Manufacturing in Texas

icf texas

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

READ MORE

Upcoming Fall 2019 ICF Training (Texas and California)

BuildBlock ICF Classroom Training

Fall 2019 ICF Training in Texas and California BuildBlock has 4 training opportunities coming up in Texas and California. These in-person classes are taught by BuildBlock’s industry professionals with decades of ICF experience. Each training 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. Each training is from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for dates and locations. Classes fill up quickly so register today!  Texas Class: This class is sold out Waxahachie, TX | Monday, September 30Hampton Inn 2010

READ MORE

How to Apply Stucco to ICF Walls

Stucco Application ICF tutorial image

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

READ MORE