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New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity ICF Build

Learn how to build a home using BuildBlock ICFs!

Join us onsite at a residential ICF construction project for the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and NRMCA’s Build With Strength program on November 13th-16th! BuildBlock is offering free, hands-on ICF training as well as an AIA accredited Intro to ICFs presentation.

At the jobsite, volunteers will learn the basics of building with ICFs, including cutting, stacking, bracing, alignment, and can participate in a concrete pour on Thursday 11/16. Meet BuildBlock technical staff who will be onsite to teach volunteers and lead this important project.

Register for the event at


2900 Elysian Fields Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70122

Who Should Attend?

If you’re a contractor, designer, architect, material supplier, looking to build your home, or are just interested in learning about the benefits of building with Insulating Concrete Forms and concrete. Join us and learn more.


November 13 – Monday

8:30 AM – Hands-on Training

4:30 PM – End of Day

November 14 – Tuesday

8:30 AM – Hands-on Training

4:30 PM – End of Day

November 15 – Wednesday

8:30 AM – AIA Course: Intro to ICFs

10:30 AM – Hands-on Training

4:30 PM – End of Day

November 16 – Thursday

8:30 AM – Hands-on Training

12:00 PM – Block Stacking Ceremony

1:00 PM – Concrete Pour

4:30 PM – End of Day

November 17 – Friday

8:30 AM – Jobsite Clean Up (As needed)

Event Partners

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)

Auburn University

Rural Studio


Event Description

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Build with Strength initiative is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International and the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) to construct decent, affordable and sustainable housing across the U.S. This initiative will help to provide incredibly strong insulated concrete form homes that are energy efficient for dozens of Habitat Partner Families over the course of several years.

This build in New Orleans will consist of two double units designed by Auburn University’s Rural Studio for AmeriCorps volunteers that will support NOLA Habitat’s ongoing operations. Holcim the concrete provider will be supplying a low carbon mix design for this project, demonstrating how ICF and Concrete can provide energy efficient and resilient construction, while also driving down Global Warming Potential.

The build will take roughly a week to construct, and throughout the construction process, anyone is welcome to come volunteer and get hands on experience with ICF construction. BuildBlock will have a trainer onsite leading this process, educating volunteers, and teaching ICF construction methods as the structure is built. We recommend that contractors, architects, and engineers all consider visiting this project and volunteering if able.

On November 15th, BuildBlock will host an AIA session for the A/E community and provide 1 AIA CEC credit for attendees. While this class is specifically targeted at architects and engineers, anyone is welcome to come learn more about ICF construction. Please come prepared to volunteer if you wish to gain hands on experience after the class.