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Manpower for 9,000 SF of ICF Wall Cut in Half!

| Fox Blocks in the Field | March 6, 2014

ICFs and Speed of Construction

Fox Blocks ICF products played an important role in reducing the time of construction and reduced manpower on the Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 located in Sloan, Nev. Ease of stacking and quality interlocking corners made for fast and efficient installation on the 9,000-square-foot ICF project.

The Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 is a two story above ground structure with three buildings totaling approximately 62,430 square feet. The Phase 2 facilities will include a 37,060-square-foot training building, a 20,965-square-foot Area Maintenance Support Activity (AMSA)/Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS), a 4,405-square-foot unheated storage building, and 16,375 square-yards of paving areas and roads. The building was designed to meet the criteria and standards, and be compliant with the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED).

Army Reserve ICF Construction

Goverment Building ICF Construction

“The speed and ease of using Fox Blocks ICF on this project allowed our company to perform this job beyond our expectations,” said Troy Nibbelink, President Nibbelink Masonry Construction Group. “We completed 9,000 square-feet of wall in just five days with only five men. With normal masonry, it would have taken double the man power. Fox Blocks quality and ease of installation is important in an industry where time is money.”

“ICF llc was proud to supply the Fox Block and coordinate the Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) bracing for the U. S. Army, Las Vegas Reserve Center Phase 2. Nibbelink Masonry did an excellent job installing the Fox Block in an expedient time with a very efficient team,” said Bart Jones, Principal ICF, llc, and Southern Nevada Distributor. “Over the past ten years, ICF llc has supplied ICF and Fox Blocks for a church, numerous homes, from Lake Las Vegas to Lee’s Canyon, Fire Stations, a medical office building and now a Federal building. The value of Insulated Concrete Forms in our extreme desert climate is becoming more important and obvious to all aspects of the building industry.”

YouTube Link: ICF Military Contractor Fox Blocks speed vs. CMU

Fox Blocks product lines include: Fox Blocks Straight Block, Angle Block, Corner Block, HV Clip, Fox Blocks Energy Stick, Fox Curb Block, tieKey Masonry Anchor, xLerator Ledge Reinforcement and the Fox Buck.

Fox Blocks ICF is a solid choice for building contractors looking to maximize energy efficiency. The Fox Blocks ICF wall system provides an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls. With Fox Blocks products, energy efficiency is improved allowing for contribution to LEED Green Building status.

 

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Fox Blocks Acquiring Key Assets of ARXX Building Products

| Insulated Concrete Forms | January 30, 2014

ARXX Building Products will become part of Fox Blocks on February 3, 2014

Omaha, NE (January 30, 2014) – Fox Blocks ICF announced today that it will acquire select key assets from ARXX Building Products on February 3, 2014, integrating those assets into its own operations and augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line. The companies have started working together now to develop and implement a plan that ensures a seamless transition for customers and employees. The transaction was approved by the Canadian Court on January 29, 2014 and is before the US Court for approval on January 31, 2014.

Fox Blocks ICF, recognized as the fastest growing ICF Manufacturer in North America and a Best in Class Sustainable Green Building Solution, is a branded product of Airlite Plastics Co. The company has produced over 45 million square feet of ICF wall surface for the construction industry and pursued this acquisition opportunity as a way to expand customer access to innovative green building solutions.

“ARXX has done an excellent job of growing the residential and commercial ICF market segments by working closely with contractors, design professionals and owners. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand Fox Blocks’ product line — and the growth of this market — by combining the strength of two ICF innovators and leaders,” explained Brad Crosby, Airlite Plastics Co. President & CEO.

Fox Blocks ICF Vice President Mike Kennaw commented, “This acquisition reflects the Fox Blocks commitment to helping grow the ICF market. By gaining scale and volume, we hope to be an ever stronger member of the ICF market, expanding our footprint in the North America market at the same time that we help expand the industry’s footprint in the broader construction products market.”

A key objective will be to immediately introduce ARXX customers to the Fox Blocks products and personnel insuring a smooth transition.

About ARXX Building Products
Tracing its ICF roots back to 1978, ARXX Building Products-Blue Maxx-AAB was one of the ICF industry’s leading founders, market developers and industry expanders. ARXX is known for its ICF innovation, commercial market expertise and broad based ICF industry experience. ARXX has developed a strong network of ICF customers, developers, architects, general contractors, residential contractors, and construction supply distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about ARXX Building Products can be found at www.arxx.com.

Fox Blocks and Arxx building products

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Insulated Concrete Form Estimator

| Insulated Concrete Forms | January 22, 2014

Fox Blocks EstimatorPRO4

Fox Blocks Estimator PRO4 is now LIVE and available to download and use for project take offs and estimates! Estimate ICF quantities including specialty blocks, opening material, ancillary products, lineal feet of rebar, volume of concrete and man hours for a specific job. Our ICF estiamtor was created by industry professionals with decades of intensive technical experience in the ICF construction industry.

Insulated concrete form Estimator

Gathering feedback from users of our popular PRO3 we were able to update and change PRO4 to allow better navigation, more robust help tools and redesigned summaries. Our Insulated concrete form estimator will be your go to estimator when using ICF construction. When you use PRO4 you will notice:   

  • Faster loads, as JAVA is no longer needed
  • Ability to open multiple copies so you can do a group of estimates
  • The print outs are clean and professional and allow for control of what you want to print
  • Refine your numbers to the closest block with the new ADD/REMOVE block buttons
  • Fully comprehensive “Man Hours” tab that includes costs
  • Clear and visual help tools for each section
  • Full version is only a 7.2 MB download (Click here to download)
New Print Options

New Print Options

Insulated concrete form Estimator | "Man Hours" Tab with Costs

“Man Hours” Tab with Costs

Insulated concrete form Estimator | Visual Help Screens

Visual Help Screens

Our online version has simplified to increase functional speed for quick use for basic estimates, for the full feature set please download the full Estimator PRO4. Available in both a PC and MAC version.

Want Fox Blocks PRO4 Estimator on your mobile device? Estimator PRO4 will be available via Google and Apple app stores soon!Mobile ICF App

 

Use Fox EstimatorPRO4 as your go to insulated concrete form estimator

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ICF Builder Awards Round Up

| Fox Blocks ICF Events | December 16, 2013

Entries into the 2013 ICF Builder Awards have been submitted. And while we’re anxiously anticipating the results to be announced at the 2014 World of Concrete event in Las Vegas, we thought we’d share a round up of some of our previous awards.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department: Steele Creek Division

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department: Steele Creek Division, ICF Builder Award Winner 2012

Las Vegas Fire Station 107

City of Las Vegas Fire Station 107, ICF Builder Award Winner 2012

Glasgow High School

Glasgow High School, ICF Builder Award Winner 2012

Nashville, TN Residence

ICF Builder Awards 2012, Large Residential

Quilter Residence

ICF Builder Award Winner 2011

Fox Blocks ICF to Acquire Reward Wall Systems Assets

| Fox Blocks ICF Events | December 1, 2013

Omaha, NE (November 20, 2013) – Fox Blocks ICF announced today that it will acquire select key assets from Reward Wall Systems, Inc. on February 15, 2014, integrating those assets into its own operations and augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line. The companies have started working together now to develop and implement a plan that ensures a seamless transition for customers and employees.

Fox Blocks ICF, recognized as the fastest growing ICF Manufacturer in North America and a Best in Class Sustainable Green Building Solution, is a branded product of Airlite Plastics Co. The company has produced over 40 million square feet of ICF wall surface for the construction industry and pursued this acquisition opportunity as a way to expand customer access to innovative green building solutions.

“Reward has done an excellent job of growing the residential and commercial ICF market segments by working closely with contractors, design professionals and owners. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand Fox Blocks’ product line — and the growth of this market — by combining the strength of two ICF innovators and leaders,” explained Brad Crosby, Airlite Plastics Co. President & CEO.

Both Airlite Plastics Co. and Reward Wall Systems, Inc. are headquartered in Omaha, NE where the companies have enjoyed a long-standing business relationship. Airlite Plastics is one of the earliest molders to design and manufacture ICF blocks and produced Reward ICF units from 1996-2008.

Reward Wall System, Inc. President Ed Storm endorsed the purchase, explaining, “This is a perfect marriage. Airlite Plastics worked with Reward for years and is intimately familiar with the product line. Their expertise in ICF design and self-manufacture together with this expanded volume make for a potent synergy that should be great for existing and new ICF customers.”

Fox Blocks ICF Vice President Mike Kennaw commented, “This acquisition reflects the Fox Blocks commitment to helping grow the ICF market. By gaining scale and volume, we hope to be an ever stronger member of the ICF market, expanding our footprint in the North America market at the same time that we help expand the industry’s footprint in the broader construction products market.”

A key objective over the next three months will be to introduce Reward customers to the Fox Blocks products and personnel. This will insure a smooth transition once the asset acquisition is closed. Prior to the February 15th close Reward Wall Systems will continue to exclusively handle sales and service of Reward products.

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About Reward Wall Systems
Tracing its ICF roots back to 1988, Reward Wall Systems, Inc. is one of the ICF industry’s leading founders, market developers and industry expanders. Reward is known for its ICF innovation, commercial market expertise and broad based ICF industry experience. Reward has developed a strong network of ICF customers, developers, architects, general contractors, residential contractors, and construction supply distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about Reward Wall Systems, Inc. can be found at www.rewardwalls.com.

The Fox Buck and Concrete: How to Before and Afters

| Insulated Concrete Forms | November 14, 2013

In this video, Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen does a walk-through of how to properly brace the Fox Buck prior to pouring the concrete, and how to shave off excess ICF with a cheese grater if you don’t.

Have You Heard? We’re Expanding ICF Production to Alaska!

| Fox Blocks ICF Events | October 31, 2013

Map of AlaskaFox Blocks is expanding manufacturing to Anchorage, Alaska, by partnering with Insulfoam Manufacturing Facility. Initially they will be manufacturing and supplying to the Alaska construction market 8-inch block: straights, extended corners, Fox insulated window & door Buck, and HV Clips, with additional products coming in 2014. With a shorter construction season, manufacturing the ICF blocks in Alaska allows a faster and more efficient delivery.

Read the full press release

Fox Blocks ICF Partners with Habitat for Humanity

| Fox Blocks ICF Events | October 17, 2013

Fox Blocks donated Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to the Habitat For Humanity’s 30th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project which took place in Union Beach, N.J., on October 10-12. The volunteers and materials donated by Fox Blocks will help rebuild the home of Elmer Lamberson’s whose home was lost in Superstorm Sandy.

Fox Blocks ICF in Union Beach

Superstorm Sandy leveled blocks of neighborhoods in the Borough of Union Beach, close to 270 homes were demolished. Nine months after the storm, Union Beach homes are finally starting to rebuild. The selection of Union Beach as part of Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalyn Carters Work project will remind the nation of the devastation this community endured.

“Fox Blocks is honored to be a participant in the Union Beach Habitat project”, said Brian Medford, Fox Blocks Regional Sales Representative. “We have been delivering Fox Blocks to homes and aiding in the rebuilding in Union Beach for the last six months. Having Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project on site to rebuild the home of Mr. Lamberson will boost awareness for the many more in need and the fact that together businesses and the community can rebuild a community.”

Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Union Beach Fox Blocks

Fox Blocks has a rich history with Habitat for Humanity, making contributions of ICF block to Eco-Village in River Falls Wisconsin. Eco-Village is based on a LEED for Homes Platinum, carbon negative, net zero energy approach to environmental, economic and social applications. Eco-Village is situated on five acres in an existing, yet vibrant and progressive neighborhood. Close to parks, schools and other amenities. Eco-Village will provide 18 new families an innovative community that blends the energy efficiency of a home, with the sustainable environmental and social awareness of a lifestyle geared to the future. Fox Blocks (ICF) is assisting Eco-Village attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building status and is a clear choice for building designers to maximize points in the LEED rating system.

Fox Blocks’ 6-inch and 8-inch blocks are superb choices for foundations and walls to provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope that offers superior strength, sound, air quality, and well-insulated walls. Fox Blocks ICF is a solid monolithic concrete wall and withstands the worst of rainstorms, fires, high winds and flooding.

Round Top Openings with the Fox Buck: A How To

| Building Tips Using ICFs | September 30, 2013

Just because your Fox Buck comes linearly shaped does not mean you cannot have round top openings. Fox Block’s Glen Klassen shows you how to get it done for three different radiuses.

White Paper: Effects of the Thermal Envelope on Home Energy Efficiency

| Benefits of ICFs | September 16, 2013

COLV-Fire-StationFox Blocks recently sponsored a white paper on ProudGreenHome.com for the effects of the thermal envelope on home energy efficiency. The thermal envelope is everything about a house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. In this white paper Fox Blocks explore the science behind creating a good thermal envelope with insulated concrete forms.

Get the white paper