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How to Turn a Corner with a Corbel Ledge Block

| Building Tips Using ICFs | September 2, 2013

In this video, Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen shows how to make a mitered corner with the Corbel Ledge Block (some people know this as brick ledge block). A little eye-balling, a box saw, maybe a little tape, some tips on cutting straight and done. Anyone can do it.

Fox Blocks and Menards Promote Storm Safe Homes

| Building Tips Using ICFs | August 19, 2013

Through a series of in-store demos July – September we are teaming up with Menards to promote storm safe, energy efficient home construction for contractors. One of the greenest things you can do to your home is increase energy efficiency. With our products, energy efficiency is improved with products that meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building status. Our 6-inch and 8-inch blocks are superb choices for foundations and walls to provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls.

Our insulated concrete forms are solid monolithic walls and withstand the worst of rainstorms, fires, and high winds – including tornadoes. Not only are ICFs storm resistant, but they also protect from urban noise and create a barrier to insects, including termites.

“Our products are easy to use by both contractors and the ever growing do-it-yourself home renovation market,” said Mike Kennaw, Vice President of Sales. “A wide variety of our products are available in the Menards stores so that customers have access to the newest innovation in ICF building materials that will increase energy efficiency, while providing a storm safe building envelope for the home. We also support our products with in-store demonstrations, allowing contractors and homeowners to learn about the uses and installation of Fox Blocks ICF products.”

Upcoming Menards In-Store Demonstrations

  • August 30, 2013 – Muskegon, MI
  • September 4, 2013 – Eau Claire West, WI
  • September 11, 2013 – Carmel, IN

How to Cut the EPS Fox Buck

| Building Tips Using ICFs | August 5, 2013

Not sure how to cut your Fox Buck to the right size? This video covers several different ways to cut the Fox Buck for your next insulated concrete form project. Finally, an EPS window and door buck that will accept stucco on your ICF job.

The Fox Buck – Take the Wood out of Windows and Doors

| Insulated Concrete Forms | July 22, 2013

Earlier this year, Fox Blocks introduced a new product called the Fox Buck made out of the same type 2 EPS the ICF blocks are made from removing the need to use wood or vinyl bucks. Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen gives an overview of the Fox Buck ICF window and door buck.

ICF Dealers

| Insulated Concrete Forms | July 15, 2013

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The much anticipated and patiently waited for Fox Blocks dealer locator is here! This helpful tool will not only help you locate dealers for Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms in your area, but will also let you know who your Fox Blocks Regional Manager is. Win win.

How to Attach Heavy Stone Veneers to ICF Blocks

| Building Tips Using ICFs | July 8, 2013

Masonry foreman, Carl from Casciani Masonry, explains the process and outcome of attaching heavy stone veneers to insulated concrete forms with Hohman Bernard 2-Seal Concrete Ties, also referred to as “cow bells”.

Senate Proposes to Incorporate Energy Performance into the Mortgage Loan

| Benefits of ICFs | June 13, 2013

Democrats and Republicans came together recently to introduce the Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act (HOMES Act) in Congress that would provide rebates up to $8000 to homeowners who invest in energy saving performance improvements to their homes. Rebates would be based on projected savings, which would be determined by an energy audit and paid directly to homeowners after quality assurance checks have been made.

Read the full article on RESNET.

Fox Blocks and Habitat for Humanity – Partners in Sustainability

| Insulated Concrete Forms | May 13, 2013

Eco-Village in River Falls Wisconsin Uses ICF in Eighteen LEED® Platinum Homes

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LAS VEGAS, NV. (April 11, 2013) – When Dr. Jim Farr, the Executive Director of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity (SCVHFH) in River Falls, WI and the Board of Directors decided to embark on the development of an innovative, sustainable community and wanted to secure a LEED for Homes Platinum certification, he knew he needed construction products that would enable him to achieve his goals. Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) was one of the construction product partners that proved to have both the experience and commitment to sustainability needed to be a valuable asset to the Habitat for Humanity home construction in the Eco Village.

According to a statement on the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity website, “Eco-Village is based on a LEED for Homes Platinum, carbon negative, net zero energy approach to environmental, economic and social applications”. 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 because the Fox Blocks series wall systems provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls. LEED designs set the goal of building energy efficient, durable homes built to be storm/tornado resistant. Fox Blocks ICF is a solid monolithic concrete wall and withstands the worst of rainstorms, fires, and high winds. In addition to the benefits defined in the USGBC LEED system, ICFs contribute to sustainable construction in many other ways. The sound dampening of the concrete and foam is ideal for protection from urban noise and it is also a barrier to insects, including termites.

“Fox Blocks and Habitat for Humanity have a growing relationship, built on our common interest in providing home owners with well-built homes that are energy efficient. Eco-Village brought us together to build a unique sustainable neighborhood that benefits families both economically and socially,” said Mike Kennaw, Vice President of Sales. “The eighteen homes we are contributing to, are built by the families who will live in the home and local volunteers. Fox Blocks is excited to teach Habitat for Humanity builders a new skill; ICF block installation.”

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.

Dr. Jim Farr added, “Fox Blocks is the kind of partner that provides our organization with value on several levels; their commitment to community engagement, the donation of an energy efficient product, expertise in construction, and valuable training and craftsmanship for our volunteers. Their participation and support in Eco-Village will hopefully result in the recognition needed to repeat this new sustainable community development model for other communities around the country.”

In the Field: Gymnasium Auditorium in Phoenix, AZ

| Fox Blocks in the Field | April 24, 2013

Take a tour with us through the Gymnasium Bourgade Hillman High School in Phoenix, AZ as we pour out the concrete in just 15 days.

Insulated Concrete Form Installation Checklist

| Building Tips Using ICFs | April 8, 2013

Fox-Block-Installation-ChecklistChecklists can be an important part of any project. Not only do they keep you and your team on track even while the lead may be unavailable, but they are helpful in reminding you of the proper sequencing as well as highlight items that could be missed during the project. We’ve created a series of installation checklists broken out in phases to help you be the most efficient with your next ICF project.

  1. Prior to Job
  2. Product Deliver
  3. Start of Job Check List
  4. Row 1
  5. Reinforcement
  6. Row 2
  7. Row 3
  8. Row4
  9. Bracing
  10. Openings
  11. Prior to Close
  12. Multiple Levels
  13. Concrete
  14.  Post Concrete
  15. Extreme Weather Concreting