BuildBuck Accepted by Miami Dade

BuildBuck Design & Components

  BuildBuck Accepted as Part of Full ICF Wall System for Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), has had its product, “BuildBuck” accepted in Miami Dade and Florida Building Codes as part of the BuildBlock ICF wall system. This action grants BuildBuck code approval in areas adhering to both Miami Dade and Florida state building codes and continues the general acceptance throughout Florida and in other coastal construction regions. Reliance on ICF building materials continues to grow nationwide through proven performance in high-velocity wind zones, wildfire-prone areas, and

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Upcoming Fall 2019 ICF Training (Texas and California)

BuildBlock ICF Classroom Training

Fall 2019 ICF Training in Texas and California BuildBlock has 4 training opportunities coming up in Texas and California. These in-person classes are taught by BuildBlock’s industry professionals with decades of ICF experience. Each training includes an informational classroom-style discussion on the use of ICFs in construction as well as a hands-on portion with ICFs, bracing, and accessories. Each training is from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for dates and locations. Classes fill up quickly so register today!  Texas Class: This class is sold out Waxahachie, TX | Monday, September 30Hampton Inn 2010

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How to Repair a Damaged ICF Wall Section

ICF repair

In this short video, DIY home-builder Chris shows you how he repaired a piece of ICF wall after it was damaged by wild animals. Video Transcription:  Here’s how to repair a rather fantastic hole that some wild dogs tore into the side of this building. Apparently, a small animal had gotten inside the wall and the dogs chewed this wall out to get to it. Now we’re lucky, you see, that the webs are in place. What I’ve done, we’ve cut another piece that matches it. I’ve chosen to take some that have webs in it so they embed in

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How to Install Electrical Wiring Into ICF Walls

Electrical Install Video Still

Join BuildBlock CTO Micah Garrett as he shows you a few quick and easy strategies for installing electrical wiring into ICF walls. Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems and today we’re going to show you how to mount electrical boxes. We’re going to go over some of the tools and show you some of the tips and tricks to make this a fast and easy install. First, you’re going to need some electrical boxes. You might want to use plastic boxes, one of the best styles to use is one with a flange on the side.

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BuildBlock ICF Training in March

texas training

Michigan Training (March 22 and 23) You are invited to this day-long seminar in Wixom, MI! Lead by Jim Quain of Thermal Wall, this class discusses and presents how to build with BuildBlock ICFs. The class will be held on March 22nd and again on March 23rd. Seminar Topics Footing Preparation Demonstration of ICF Basics Above and Below Grade Applications Installation of Electrical and Plumbing Waterproofing Multi-Story Applications Interior and Exterior Wall Finishes Environment, Energy, Value, and Safety Training Information Time: March 22 or 23, 8:30am-4pmLocation: Out N Out Quality- 28003 Center Oaks Ct. Suite 108 Wixom, MI 48393Meals: Continental

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Strength in the Storm: The Florida Beach House

Florida Beach House

The Florida Beach House Proves How Strong, Efficient, and Beautiful an ICF Home Can Be The ICF industry hangs its hat on a few defining benefits; energy efficiency, ease of construction, and disaster resistance. While we never hope that your home comes in contact with any kind of disaster (natural or otherwise) it is always encouraging to see our structures live up to the benefits we so proudly proclaim. The Florida Beach House is a shining example of just how strong and resilient ICF structures are as it survived a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. The design and strength of

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Press Release: ICFs Outperform Wood in Independent Scientific Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLEB LABORATORIES THERMAL STUDY PROVES INSULATING CONCRETE FORM WALLS CAN ACHIEVE UP TO 60% ENERGY SAVINGS AND 58% GREATER R-VALUE FOR HOME AND BUILDING OWNERS Oklahoma City, OK –  According to a recent scientific study, commissioned by the ICF Manufacturers Association, an ICF wall produces a 58% better overall R-value/RSI than an insulated wood frame cavity wall. This is the first time an SCC and ISO accredited and internationally recognized testing facility has been commissioned to evaluate a realistic side-by-side comparison of these two types of wall assemblies within a single study.  How the Study Was Performed This is the first test

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BuildBlock Installation Video Series: Site Review

Site Review

The BuildBlock ICF Site Review gives you a great start in preparing for your ICF project. In this episode of our Installation Video Series we’ll cover one of the most important first steps for your project; site review.  This video talks about the building site and things you need to consider before building your ICF home. Topics include solar gain, aesthetics, water runoff and drainage, elevation footings and more. Knowing how much solar gain you will have on your structure is important when planning where to put your home. The amount of heat from the sun on your structure will help

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BuildBlock Installation Video Series: ICF Construction Overview

Construction Overview

The BuildBlock ICF Construction Overview gives you a great start in preparing for your ICF project. Welcome to the BuildBlock Installation Video Series ICF Construction Overview. The videos in this series are intended to cover the entire ICF construction process with important topics, tips, and techniques. This video covers many of the important steps you need to be aware of before beginning your BuildBlock ICF project. These steps include site review, solar gain, drainage, aesthetics, elevation and prevailing winds. These videos will hopefully make your project easier. Stay tuned as we’ll be publishing more steps in the building process in the coming weeks. The

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Building a BuildBlock ICF Basement

Basement

BuildBlock ICF forms are ideal for building a solid, dry, energy efficient ICF basement. This video in the BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms Installer Series takes you through a pre-prour review of an ICF basement. We’ll demonstrate wall stacking strategies for your basement and/or first floor walls. See each step with tips and suggestions for your project. . Basements built with ICFs are not just inexpensive space for heating systems, water heaters and laundry tubs but can also become recreation areas, Hobby rooms, offices or extra bedrooms. Because of the high efficiency of the thermal mass your basement will feel warm in

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