Asked & Answered: Do ICFs Need a Weather Barrier?

Asked-&-Answered

One of the questions we are frequently asked is the need for an additional weather barrier or house wrap in ICF construction. The short answer to the question is no. ICFs are a more effective and higher class vapor and water barrier than any house wrap product. ICFs must only be protected from sunlight and impacts through coverings such as brick, stone, stucco, EIFS, siding, etc. Building wraps such as DuPont™ Tyvek® and other house wrap products are designed to shed bulk water such as heavy, wind-blown rain. They also allow the moisture that occurs in cavity walls to escape. Cavity (stud)

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Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK

Perkins Safe Room Stacked Ready for Pour

Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK Educare child care is using BuildBlock ICFs to build EF5 multi-purpose safe room tornado shelter for children and staff at First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK. (Oklahoma City, OK, June 12, 2014) Educare child care and after school program located at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK is building an EF5 FEMA compliant safe room and multi-purpose media room for their 75 students and 18 staff members using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The Educare Board decided build this

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Video: Perkins Educare Safe Room Part 2

Perkins Educare Safe Room Construction continues on the Educare safe room in Perkins. While the kids had a blast helping stack the first two courses of block  Educare Director Betty Weems and James Ladwig, Ladwig Construction discuss the challenges of the project and their hopes for the future. Look for more updates as progress continues.  

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Video: BuildBlock Helps Build 75+ Person Educare Safe Room Part 1

Oklahoma has been in the middle of  “Tornado Alley” since it was first defined in the early 1950s. We see our share of tornadoes and strong storms throughout the year. In May 2013 devastating tornadoes hit the community of Moore, Oklahoma and took the lives of several children who were sheltered at their elementary school. The community of Perkins is about 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City and home to some BuildBlock staff. Their children attend Educare a 75 person early childhood day care and after school program housed at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, Oklahoma. In 2013 they

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60 Years of Tornadoes & Disasters Visualized

ICFs provide one of the best protections from all forms of disaster. That’s just one reason we’re so interested in seeing how those disasters affect all of us. Since we are based in Oklahoma we have always been fascinated with Tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more That’s why when we came across these really cool visualizations of tornadoes we couldn’t resist sharing it. View and enjoy! And remember, big bad Mother Nature can huff and puff, but she’s not going to blow your ICF house down. We are always looking at new ways to demonstrate the wrath of Mother Nature. Tornadoes,

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BuildBlock Safe Room Plans & Construction

Growing up in Oklahoma, BuildBlock is familiar with tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. That’s one of the reasons BuildBlock designed our products the way we did. Tight interlocks, integrated rebar hangers, and other features that take the hassle out of building with ICFs. BuildBlock has added FEMA Compliant Safe Room Plans to its technical manuals and detail sheets.View the gallery below to see how this product integrates inside a conventional wood built home and visit our Safe Rooms page for more information. Our national design partners, Nelson Design Group is in the process of converting their standard safe rooms and

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River Escape Net Zero 2011 GreenBuilder Home of the Year

We are proud to announce that our “River Escape” project was named GreenBuilder Magazine’s 2011 Home of the Year. This is very prestigious national award from one of the industries most respected green building magazines. This compact 1,267-sq.-ft. home does everything right, from its frost-protected shallow foundation to its ICF walls to its SIP roof. But it’s not just the shell that’s well above average. The home is zero energy and scored 32.5 points above LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Other key features include high-performance windows, radiant floor heating provided by a high-efficiency boiler (supplementing passive solar). A wood pallet

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