Video: ICF Carrier Footings and Concrete Pour Preparation

BuildBlock Field Notes are technical updates for professionals and homeowners about building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). These short videos address a variety of topics. If there is something specific you’d like to know more about please contact us 866-222-2575 or [email protected]

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New ICF Ethylene Control Building Calvert City, KY

Westlake Chemical Plant - 02

Construction for a new Ethylene Control Building using 12″ BuildLock ( BuildBlock’s knockdown block system) is underway at Westlake Chemical Corporation in Calvert Kentucky. The building measures 55’-6” x 177’-6” and is 16’-10” high from top of footing to top of wall. This structure was designed to be explosion proof with a double mat of continuous reinforcing . Blast resistant windows and doors incorporate heavy steel bucks embedded into the 12” thick concrete walls. The unique web configuration of the BuildLock webs make it possible to construct the walls without the need to tie the reinforcing in place saving hundreds of

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Building Safer Homes & Schools with BuildBlock ICFs

ICF Home Kitchen

There are many ways to design homes, schools, and buildings to safely survive many different types of disasters. One of the most innovating technologies developed is Insulating Concrete Forms. Insulating Concrete Forms are EPS foam blocks that stack together in the shape of the walls of your structure, are reinforced with steel rebar, and filled with concrete. They include high density plastic support webs that hold the block together and provide a place to attach drywall, brick or other fixtures. The form forms stay in place and combine high resistance wind and impacts from hail and other storm debris and

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BuildBlock ICFs featured on PBS Hometime this season

BuildBlock is proud to partner with the long-running Hometime program on PBS. BuildBlock ICFs were chosen to build the frost wall below the basement and the basement walls as well. It was an exciting time in Minnesota braving the cold and heavy snow, but the project worked out well. Check your local PBS station for air times. The BuildBlock product manufactured just a few miles away at our plant and delivered to the site. Regional manufacturing in one component of LEED certification for any home. Onsite for portions of the project were Brian Corder and Dennis Micoff with BuildBlock and

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Project Highlight: The Commons at Sea Shell Drive

The Commons at Sea Shell Drive Port Aransas, Texas ICF Builder: Todd Humphreys, CircleT Construction Builder: Nick Lorette Developer: Seashell Village Associates The Commons at Sea Shell Drive is the first all ICF development in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. The developers approached ICF technology for this project because of the need for energy efficiency, lower maintenance and utility costs and safety. This region enjoys wide fluctuations in temperature from the 20s in the winter to 100-degree plus in the summer. Hurricanes, storms, high winds, and even tornados are not uncommon in the area.

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BuildBlock South Texas Spring Branch Project

Spring Branch Project, Spring Branch, Texas 5418 sq.ft. Under Roof, 2872 sq.ft. Conditioned January 9th-July 3rd 2012 Designed by Greg Setzer Contractor Custom Homes, Ltd. IFC Installer: BuildBlock of South Central Texas BuildBlock ICF Products The home posed several challenges. Many corners were close together and windows were close to corners. There were 5 different plate heights throughout this home, and ICF walls extended above the roof line without load-bearing walls beneath.

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Designing Spaces: Building One ‘Block’ at a Time…

Designing Spaces goes on site in Arizona with Correspondent David Crow to get a look at ICF construction. Athena Davis from BuildBlock Building Systems takes us on a tour of a home under construction and to visit a new home to show the advantages of using ICF; Insulating Concrete Forms. We also see how ICF is more resistant to the forces of nature, provides superior thermal insulation and contributes to a betterment of lifestyle. Building One ‘Block’ at a Time… Click here to see the Designing Spaces feature on BuildBlock Building Systems. At Designing Spaces we know how important it

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Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) vs Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU)

What are insulated concrete forms? Whether you’re building a concrete home or a multi-level commercial structure, you can’t beat the rewards of building with BuildBlock® Insulated Concrete Forms. Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior and load bearing walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. BuildBlock® insulating concrete forms technology combines the proven strength and endurance of concrete and steel with the superior insulating properties of expanded polystyrene (EPS) resulting in structures engineered to be more energy efficient, comfortable, durable, disaster resistant, and safer than conventional construction methods.

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