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: 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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Video: How To Construct T-Walls For Multi-Story Structures

  Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for multi-story structures. This method will follow the single story method almost to a T (nice), except for one key difference in the way we brace the wall. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar

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Video: How To Build T-Walls For Single-Story Construction

  Here is a quick video covering T-walls for single-story construction! Video Transcript In this video, we’re going to cover T-walls for single-story construction. First, to connect our T-wall to the straight wall, we’ll make a cut on one side of the straight wall block equal to its core size. Depending on the location of your T-wall, you’ll have to cut one or two webs away from the foam to make this cut. When doing so, make sure to leave the saddles intact so rebar can still be placed. Next, shim off the last two and a half inches of

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Video: How to Pour BuildDeck ICF Decking

Join us at the Hilltop Project for a quick overview of how to install, brace, and pour BuildDeck ICF decking. Video Transcript Welcome back to the Hilltop Project. In this installment, the family has placed their BuildDeck forms, and are now ready to pour the BuildDeck floor system. BuildDeck is a stay in place form to create an insulated concrete floor, or pitched roof. This project has more than 3,500 square feet of BuildDeck, and most of it will be poured today. Let’s review the process for building with BuildDeck. The family created temporary shoring to support the BuildDeck forms,

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The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual

The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual BuildBlock is proud to release the ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual. Paired with our Swimming Pool Engineering Manual, this new document covers the ICF pool building process from start to finish. ICFs swimming pools are not only faster to build, but the insulating foam prevents more than 80% of the heat loss of the pool. This means it’s much cheaper to heat your pool, but also increases the length of the pool season.  What’s Inside BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms are an excellent product to use to build a swimming pool. The simplicity of the

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