Code Compliance & Approvals
BuildBlock Insulating concrete forms have been thoroughly tested by Intertek and the National Research Council of Canada and have received Evaluation Reports from Intertek and CCMC stating they are code compliant in the United States and Canada. Please contact our technical department with any questions.
The sections below include National Testing Information as well as Local/Regional Code Approvals.
Intertek Code Compliance Research Report CCRR-1003CCRR-1003_2020-2021-Final.pdf
BuildBlock Design Number BBS/ICF 180-01 / ASTM E119 Fire Rating
Load Bearing and Non-load Bearing Fire Resistance Rated Wall Assemblies Maximum Load 5000 lb/lin ft – Assembly Rating – 3 Hour RatingBBS-ICF-180-01.pdf
Canadian Construction Materials Centre – CCMC 13283-RCCMC-final-Evaluation-Report.pdf
International Building Code (IBC)
The International Residential Code has adopted the Prescriptive Code regarding ICFs and addresses them in detail. Please direct your local code official to the following sections
|IBC 2012||Chapter 19: Concrete, Chapter 26; Foam Plastic Insulation|
|IBC 2009||Chapter 19: Concrete, Chapter 26; Foam Plastic Insulation|
|IBC 2006||Chapter 19: Concrete, Chapter 26; Foam Plastic Insulation|
|IBC 2003||Chapter 19: Concrete, Chapter 26; Foam Plastic Insulation|
International Residential Building Code (IRC)
The International Residential Code has adopted the Prescriptive Code regarding ICFs and addresses them in detail. Please direct your local code official to the following sections.
|IRC 2012||R404.1: Concrete and Masonry Foundation Walls R611: Exterior Concrete Wall Construction|
|IRC 2009||R404.1: Concrete and Masonry Foundation Walls R611: Exterior Concrete Wall Construction|
|IRC 2006||Sections 404.4 through 404.4.11: ICF Foundation Walls Sections 611 through 611.9: ICF Wall Construction|
|IRC 2003||Sections 404.4 through 404.4.11: ICF Foundation Walls Sections 611 through 611.9: ICF Wall Construction|
Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction, Second Edition (January 2002, 214 p.)For the code-approved installation method of ICFs and engineering tables, download this document for free from the HUD website at http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/destech/icf_2ed.htmlprescriptive-method-for-icf-2-edition.pdf prescriptive-method-for-icf-2-edition-appendix.pdf
EPS Compliance Document
This document includes specific information from Underwriters Laboratories “smoke developed” and “flame spread” tests for the expandable polystyrene used in BuildBlock ICF’s. Also included is the ICC-ES and ICBO expandable polystyrene reports indicating full compliance with the UBC, IBC and IRC building codes.EPS_Compliance_Document.pdf
Below-grade Use of ICFs in Termite
Infested States According to the ICFA, the International Residential Code has provisions in the IRC to allow for foam to be used below-grade. The IRC stipulates in addition to chemical soil treatment, foam can be used below-grade on the exterior of the wall if one of the following requirements is met:
- All interior partition walls and roof trusses are built of a non-combustible material such as steel studs or pressure treated lumber.
- An approved method for protecting the foam plastic and structure is used.
For more information, see BuildBlock’s white paper entitled Insulating Concrete Forms and Termite Code Requirements.TermiteWhitePaper.pdf
Local Code Compliance & Approvals
City of Los Angeles – RR-2599525995L-2017LABC-3-01-2018.pdf
City of New York – MEA No. 293-07-MNY-MEA_BuildBlock.pdf
Florida Product Approval – No. FL4636
To see the current FBC Approval, search for FL4636 under the “1Pre-2014” Code Version.
Miami/Dade County – NOA- No. 08-0519.0314121608-NOA-Miami-Dade.pdf
Wisconsin Building Product Evaluation – No. 200610-IWisconsin Building Product Evaluation - No. 200610-I.pdf