ICF Home Plans

Almost any home plan can be converted to ICF construction either by your builder or the plan’s designer. Because of the increasing popularity of ICF homes, many architects and design companies have an assortment of home plans ready to use for ICF construction, saving you the time and cost of conversion. Conventional home plans which they can convert to ICF for a fee. If you have plans that need to be converted to ICF friendly dimensions or would like help finding an ICF friendly designer, fill out the form below and a member of our team will assist you. You can also contact us via [email protected].

 

Video: BuildBuck Product Overview and Installation

  Here’s a quick video on our BuildBuck ICF bucking product! Video Transcript Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock building systems. In this video, we’ll cover how to cut, install, and brace BuildBuck. BuildBuck is an EPS foam bucking system that creates openings for doors and windows. Designed to cap and finish an ICF wall, it provides added insulation, better seals openings, and provides insulated attachments for installing doors and windows. BuildBuck is 52 inches in length and 48 inches nominally. It has embedded concrete anchors to secure it in place and is molded for four inch, and six inch,

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Video: Strategies For Managing Pressure In ICF Walls While Pouring

  Video Transcript Strategies For Managing Pressure On ICF Walls While Pouring   Pressure occurs at areas in the wall where you disrupt the flow of concrete such as short corners or large openings next to corners. It also occurs when you vibrate the walls between lifts to ensure proper consolidation. Vibration helps to get rid of air pockets and ensure there is no honeycombing in the wall. It also causes the concrete to return to a semi-liquid state, temporarily increasing the pressure in that area. In this video, we’ll show you how to combat pressure in these situations.  

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Videos: How to Construct ICF Pilasters

  Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover how to form pilasters in ICF construction. pilasters or pilasters are rectangular columns that project from within a wall. They are typically present where a structural load must be carried that exceeds the capabilities of the wall. The wall thickens to accommodate the structural requirements of the pilaster. In our example, we’re building an 8-foot basement with BuildLock KD blocks. The yellow bridges are 8 inches and the red bridges are 12 inches. We are building a 12 by 20-inch pilaster.   For our first course, we’ll need to cut

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Video: Digital Product Catalog: BuildDeck ICF Decking

  Video Transcript Welcome to BuildBlock’s Digital Product Catalog. BuildBlock provides a wide variety of insulating concrete form products and accessories. Our one-stop shopping experience helps to make every job simple, cohesive, and efficient. This video is part of our Digital Product Catalog, which is a series of videos that will cover our entire product line.   In this video, we’ll cover BuildDeck. The BuildDeck floor and roof decking system is a lightweight, stay-in-place, insulating concrete form and is used to construct a solid, monolithic, and insulated concrete floor or roof. BuildDeck provides structural integrity through reinforced concrete while providing

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Video: Digital Product Catalog: BuildBuck ICF Bucking

  Video Transcript Welcome to BuildBlock’s Digital Product Catalog. BuildBlock provides a wide variety of insulating concrete form products and accessories. Our one-stop shopping experience helps to make every job simple, cohesive, and efficient. This video is part of our Digital Product Catalog, which is a series of videos that will cover our entire product line.   In this video, we will cover BuildBuck, our ICF bucking solution. When building with ICFs, it is important to buck any openings such as doors or windows. Proper bucking keeps the concrete inside the wall during the pour, and provides attachment points for

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Video: Digital Product Catalog: BuildLock KnockDown (KD)

Here’s a video from our Digital Product Catalog!   Video Transcript Video Transcript Welcome to BuildBlock’s Digital Product Catalog BuildBlock provides a wide variety of insulating concrete form products. Our one-stop shopping experience helps to make every job simple, cohesive, and efficient. This video is part of our Digital Product Catalog which is a series of videos that will cover our entire product line.   Today we’ll be taking a look at the BuildLock KnockDown, or KD, system. KnockDown systems are ICFs that are shipped as bundled panels and boxes of bridges based on the sizes needed for a project.

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Video: How To Build A Fire Resistant ICF House

Here’s a video on fire-resistant construction in wildfire-prone areas! Video Transcript In this video, we’ll take you through a construction model of an ICF home that meets fire code standards. We’ll pay special attention to high-risk areas and give you practical suggestions on how to design and build. We’ll be using the framework of a simple, cost-effective home, that has a vented roof, but we’ll look at unvented roofs and concrete roofs that provide added protection and higher performance. We’ll start by going over how the walls are formed using our example model.   Starting with the basement, we poured

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Press Release: BuildBlock to Partner with the NRMCA’s Build With Strength 2.0 Initiative

NRMCA Training

BuildBlock to Partner with the NRMCA and Habitat for Humanity Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), as a primary member of the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association is proud to partner with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) as a part of their Build With Strength 2.0 program. Through BWS2.0, the NRMCA is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to provide safe and sustainable housing across the United States. As a partnered supplier, BuildBlock will be working with several Habitat builds over the next 5 years. BuildBlock will also be providing hands-on ICF

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ICFs Aren’t Just for Basements

How an ICF House is Built

ICFs Aren’t Just for Basements Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are often used in below-grade applications. The insulation properties of ICFs make them an excellent solution for finished basements but over the past 20 years, ICFs have been growing in popularity as an above-grade construction solution. The same benefits apply for both below and above grade application, and the end-user enjoys exponential benefits when the entire structure is ICF. More and more, ICFs are being used to construct homes, mid-rise structures, schools, safe-rooms, and more. Build Virtually Any Design ICFs are an incredibly adaptable material to use for almost any design,

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BuildBlock Webinar Schedule

BuildBlock Webinar Schedule BuildBlock Building Systems is the industry leader in ICF education. Our goal is to provide comprehensive training on a variety of ICF topics so that you’re ready to build when the time comes. We are happy to offer several educational tools for you to use. BuildBlock offers free online ICF training courses that teach proper installation of ICF walls, pools, finishing trades, and more. For quick instructional videos, check out the BuildBlock YouTube Channel! Additionally, this year BuildBlock will be hosting ICF training webinars each month that will cover a variety of topics– all for free! Check

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Video: How To Construct T-Walls Using The “No T-Wall Method”

Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover the no T-wall method, which divides the T-wall into two separate walls, saving time and labor, but requiring two separate pours. First, construct your straight wall the exact same way you would usually construct a straight wall, except where your T-wall is going to go, place your L-bar each course. We recommend leaving it at this diagonal angle at this point to allow more of the bar to be covered in the initial pour, as well as stay out of the way when working around it. Rasp it into place just

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