Video: ICF Waterproofing with PolyWall Building Solutions

Video Transcript I’m Dan Thomas, the Business Development Manager for PolyWall Building Solutions. We’re a division of PolyGuard products, an employee-owned, Texas-based manufacturer of a number of different air and water barrier systems. The particular system we’ve got on this project is our PolyWall Homestretch membrane. This is designed specifically for ICF construction however it can also be used as waterproofing for traditional poured concrete and CMU block walls. The first step in preparation to install the waterproofing is to create a clean and dry working surface for yourself. So if the ICFs have been exposed for any length of

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The Daughtrey Residence

The first ICF home in Duncan, Oklahoma is recognized as a top project at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards Max Daughtrey wanted to build a home for himself that performed exceptionally well but looked like “a normal house”. To accomplish this goal, he chose to build with ICFs. Daughtrey was familiar with the many benefits of building with ICFs and after extensive research, he felt that BuildBlock was the best block to meet his needs. Let’s take a look at his house. The Project: The Daughtrey Residence 2,864 SF house in Duncan, Oklahoma 2,431 SF of ICF used 100% of exterior walls

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Featured Project: Stid Hill House

ICFs in the Finger Lakes: Maximum Energy Savings, Minimum Maintenance, and Extra Protection Completed in May of 2019, this featured project is the Stid Hill House. Built by Victor Logan in the heart of the New York Finger Lakes region, and has been recognized at the 2020 ICF Builder Awards in the category of Small Residential. Designed by Logan’s wife and daughter, this house serves as a retirement home for his mother. The goal of this project was to build a house that can offer maximum energy savings with minimal maintenance and extra protection from the often-harsh environment. With energy

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Green Casa Maryland: A Marvel in ICF Construction and Sustainability

Finished exterior with landscaping

Green Casa Maryland is a nonprofit committed to showcasing sustainability in construction. To do this, they built a beautiful 5,200 square foot, LEED certified, net zero model home. The team at Green Casa Maryland came to the conclusion that the only way to accomplish this goal is to pair many of the most efficient materials available, starting with Insulating Concrete Forms. Pairing ICFs with triple pane windows and R52 insulation in the ceiling was key to completing this feat of efficiency and sustainability. The house is so impressive that it is recognized as a finalist at the 2019 ICF Builder

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Strength in the Storm: The Florida Beach House

Florida Beach House

The Florida Beach House Proves How Strong, Efficient, and Beautiful an ICF Home Can Be The ICF industry hangs its hat on a few defining benefits; energy efficiency, ease of construction, and disaster resistance. While we never hope that your home comes in contact with any kind of disaster (natural or otherwise) it is always encouraging to see our structures live up to the benefits we so proudly proclaim. The Florida Beach House is a shining example of just how strong and resilient ICF structures are as it survived a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. The design and strength of

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The Cassel Cabin

icf log cabin

As Tina and Denny Cassel were planning for their future, they seized upon the unique opportunity to design and build their own vacation home. They had always been drawn to the rustic style of the log cabin but knew that in order to build the home they wanted, they would need an extremely strong base. The need for strength and the desire to learn about a new construction method lead them to BuildBlock ICFs.  The Project 3,000 square foot log cabin on top of an ICF foundation 1,232 square feet of ICF used 5 day of ICF installation time (saving over

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BuildBlock Projects Recognized at the 2018 ICF Builder Awards

ICF Castle Exterior

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 River House

A BuildBlock Home on the Mississippi River is Recognized as One of the Best Projects of the Year The River House in Scott City, Missouri has a very fitting name. It sits directly on the banks of the Mississippi River and offers tranquil views year round. The location is far from the most impressive aspect of this project. The River House, built by owner and general contractor Ivan Griffin, is a spectacle in and of itself. Constructed using BuildBlock ICFs, this home performs to the highest standards and offers strength and functionality that will last for generations. To top it

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The Dong – Rule Project

Oakland ICF Home Finished exterior

Oakland couple Nick Dong and Jeff Rule have successfully built one of the most beautiful and functional ICF homes ever. The house serves four distinct purposes; home, working artist studio, greenhouse, and art gallery. Each of these areas is built in a way that is unique but also cohesive and elegant. ICFs play a critical role in making this house everything that the homeowners needed it to be.  The Project 5,200 square foot home in Oakland, California 6,742 square feet of ICF used 15 days of ICF installation (saving several weeks on total construction time) Total construction time was 76 weeks

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The Graber Home

Perfect Location, Perfect Product, Perfect Home The Graber family loved their home and community but felt like it was time for a change. They had lived for years in a beautiful neighborhood that surrounds a lake in Oklahoma City. Their house was wood framed with an ICF addition and they felt like it was time to reap the benefits of a full ICF home. So what did they do? They found the perfect lot in the same neighborhood on the other side of the lake and built this 5,000 square foot dream home.  The Project:  5,000 SF house in Oklahoma

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