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


Press Release: BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Fire Stop Protection

BuildShield Termite & Fire Stop Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Fire Stop Protection Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is introducing BuildShield, a barrier for firestop protection in an ICF wall. BuildShield is a combination of two materials when combined offer fire stop protection providing additional protection in fire prone areas. This product will be available in early January 2016. BuildBlock built an ASTM 814E Fire Stop. BuildShield combines an extruded PVC plastic track with an adhesive stainless steel material applied together between near the top of the wall in an above grade course when constructing an ICF wall. The track supports


Getting to Know Ramona Kinney

In this edition of Getting to Know, we meet Ramona Kinney. Ramona Kinney returned to BuildBlock in January as the Administrative Assistant. We asked Ramona a few questions about her role on the BuildBlock team. BuildBlock: Why did you want to work at BuildBlock? Ramona: I have many  many strengths to contribute to the team. More importantly, I have a love for people, an ability to anticipate the needs of others, and have great organizational skills. BuildBlock: What did you do before you worked at BuildBlock? Ramona: I have 30 years of retail management experience and several years as an administrative assistant for the


Press Release: BuildBlock Building Systems Projects Win Two National Awards

BuildBlock Building Systems Projects Win Two National Awards at the 2014 ICF Builder Awards in Las Vegas, NV. Oklahoma City, OK— BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturers of Insulating Concrete Forms, (ICFS) happily accepted  two national industry awards last week at the 2014 ICF Builder Awards held during the World of Concrete trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Builder Awards competition is an event to showcase the innovation, quality and energy-efficiency in ICF construction and promote this sustainable, durable and attractive building material. This year BuildBlock won two awards, Best Large Residential and First Runner up Light Commercial. The


Asked & Answered: Recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam


Recycling Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are made up to two different types of materials EPS foam and polypropylene plastic webs. One of the questions we frequently get is whether Styrofoam™ or EPS foam can be recycled. All ICFs use some recycled material. Recycled material is mixed with new virgin material and manufactured into ICFs and other goods. One of the reasons EPS is such a great insulation is that it is 95% air. This makes EPS foam very light and easy to transport, but it takes lot of space in both distribution and in landfills. Recycling removes it from landfills


Video: How BuildBlock ICFs are Made

How BuildBlock ICFs are Made Insulating Concrete Forms, or ICFs are they are known, have become one of the most efficient building materials available today for both homes and commercial buildings. ICFs come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the project. Today we will take a look at how ICFs are made. But first, what exactly are ICFs? Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks that are stacked and lock together in the shape of the outside walls of a home or building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms stay in place