FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection
Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is pleased to announce the release of BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection. BuildShield combines an extruded vinyl membrane with an adhesive stainless steel material to form an impenetrable barrier to termites and a terminal cap that prevents flames from reaching beyond the top of an ICF wall. One product using the same materials applied slightly differently in different areas of an ICF wall.
“We initially created a cost effective solution for termites in an ICF wall.” says Mike Garrett, BuildBlock CEO, “While working on another product related to fire protection, we took a closer look at other uses for the materials used in BuildShield. The stainless steel combined with the plastic track that extends from the concrete core to the exterior finish should also prevent flames and hot gasses from melting EPS foam and creating a chimney effect into the attic or roof systems in prolonged fire situations. EPS foam is hard to keep burning and contains a fire retardant already, this just adds another measure of protection.
The BuildShield extrusion combined with the stainless steel creates physical barrier to flames, hot gasses, and sparks as well as an impenetrable barrier to termites. The fire protection comes from the stainless steel material which has a melting point of 1535°C. The PVC track ensures a form fit to the ICF block outward to the finish which greatly reduces the chances of penetration by hot gasses or fire. Each of these materials on their own are impervious to termites, when combined the BuildShield system they create an attractive, quick to install, and cost-effective barrier adding additional protection to ICFs in termite and fire prone areas.
BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection Gallery
BuildBlock® Building Systems is the manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) the most environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient and disaster resistant method of residential and commercial construction. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, BuildBlock serves North America through 14 manufacturing facilities in North America including locations in Mexico and Canada.
Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. Insulated concrete forms combine one of the finest insulating materials, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), with one of the strongest structural building materials, steel reinforced concrete. The result is a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength, and noise reduction.
More information about BuildBlock® Insulating Concrete Forms can be found online at buildblock.com or by calling 866-222-2575.