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

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Press Release: Musgrave Agencies Wins First Runner up Press Release: Light Commercial Project Using BuildBlock ICFs at the 2014 National ICF Builder Awards

Musgrave Agencies Wins First Runner up Light Commercial Project Using BuildBlock ICFs at the 2014 National ICF Builder Awards Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada—BuildBlock Building System’s Musgrave Agencies project receives First Runner Up for Light Commercial at the National ICF Builder Awards in Las Vegas, NV.  Each year in conjunction of the World of Concrete tradeshow held in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) awards ceremony takes place. The Builder Awards competition is an event to showcase the innovation, quality and energy-efficiency of ICF construction and promote them as a sustainable, durable and attractive building material. This year

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Project Spotlight: Building an ICF Castle Part 4

 Micheal and Sue Drew are building an ICF castle to last, but wish they would have done ICFs all the way up to the gables. Micheal and Sue Drew are building an ICF castle in eastern Michigan. Being the last video of the series, we learn why they initially chose to use ICFs and what they would have done differently. Mike says, ” The framing is never as good, is never as tight and is never as strong as ICFs, it just isn’t. That’s the one thing I regret is not doing the gables in ICF”. He demonstrates how the quality of

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Project Spotlight: Building an ICF Castle Part 3

BuildBlock ICFs were critical to hold up 150,000 pound slate & copper roof. The Drew Castle in southeastern Michigan tour continues.  In parts one and two Mike and Sue Drew showed us the inspiration for their dream castle and many of its features. Now we learn why BuildBlock ICFs  and other materials we used to make this castle stand for centuries.  Staying true to the traditional castle design, the Drews had to do plenty of research about slate roofing. Mike explains that the , “Slate Roof Bible” was his guide. It taught lessons about slate roofing must be nailed into at least 1″ thick

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Press Release: Reiner Family Builds Ultimate Energy Efficient BuildBlock ICF Home on Lake Miltona

Reiner Family Builds Ultimate Energy Efficient BuildBlock ICF Home on Lake Miltona For Immediate Release- MILTONA, MN— Dorothy and Glen Reiner are building a lake home using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) and GlobalBlock, BuildBlock’s new all foam ICF.  This system creates the most energy efficient structures possible with modern technology. Located on the stunning Lake Miltona in Miltona, MN; the Reiners decided to build a home that incorporates some of their favorite features from past projects while also introducing new technology and energy efficiency through BuildBlock ICFs. Building a BuildBlock ICF concrete home saves energy and money. The greater

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Project Spotlight: Building an ICF Castle Part 1

How to build a modern energy efficient castle using BuildBlock ICFs In southeastern Michigan, homeowners Michael and Sue Drew started on a journey more than three years ago. “Initially, we wanted to build a small 1,000 square foot Frank Lloyd Wright inspired cottage on the property. We went all they way through the design process, but just couldn’t make it work on the site.”  Once they decided a different sort of home was needed, the search began. That search took them to a unique home designer based in Oklahoma, Dan Tyree. Dan specializes in designing imaginative modern castles, beach, and craftsman homes throughout the

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Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Hall Future of Sustainable Efficient Construction with BuildBlock ICFs.

Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Hall, Yazoo City, MS is used by multiple congregations and is a design that has been built many times using wood frame construction. This building is used for more than 13 hours on Sundays and 3-4 hours each day during each the week. This building supports more than 100 people during its peak usage.This project was built in the same manner as all Jehovahs Witness Kingdom Halls. The labor for the construction is completely donated with the exception of the spray foam installation. The construction of this Kingdom Hall was highly choreographed to ensure that labor and

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Asked&Answered: GlobalBlock Frequently Asked Questions

Asked-&-Answered

In our latest Asked&Answered we routinely get questions about building with one of our newest products, GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. Let’s answer common questions about ICF construction using GlobalBlock the All Foam ICF. GlobalBlock Benefits GlobalBlock reduces ICF cost by more than 40%. GlobalBlock uses 1/3 less concrete. Increased EPS foam increases insulation value of wall. GlobalBlock is a fully reversible block as are all modern ICFs. GlobalBlock offers 30% savings up front, uses 30% less concrete and offers about R-30 insulation (6” form). It fits integrally with BuildBlock and BuildLock forms allowing or seamless integration as infill in

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ICF Half-Truths, Myths, Misconceptions and Lies

Fear, uncertainty and doubt rule the marketing campaigns of traditional builders. Fear of change, uncertainty about new products and doubt about the future. When your customers start seeing new ICF homes in the area and are interested in considering the technology as an option for their home they will often end up with half-truths and myths about the reality of insulating concrete forms. ICFs are too expensive… ICFs cost 3%-7% more on average compared to using traditional wood construction. This difference can be reduced by smaller HVAC requirements, energy-efficiency tax breaks and lower utility bills. ICFs are too complicated to

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Upping the R-value in ICF Construction

ThermalSert ICF Insulation Insert Panels

BuildBlock ICFs have an R value over R-22 and a performance value between R-45 and R-55, but sometimes customers demand something greater. BuildBlock created ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD to service that need. The ThermalSert product is added to each course of block to the inside of the outside wall. This foam insert adds an additional 4.2 R’s per inch of foam used, creating even greater insulation. Using the BuildLock Knockdown product creates the same thickness concrete wall with more than 40% greater insulation at the same time. Learn more about ThermalSert and ThermalSert KD at https://buildblock.com/products/thermalsert/

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