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Old 04-23-2011, 10:51 AM
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I'm planning on building again and might go with an ICF home this time.

They claim up to 50% more efficient than a wood frame home, and then the wind load is like 300mph.

Plus they are nice and quiet.


What are your thoughts on ICF homes ?
Old 04-23-2011, 11:41 AM
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http://www.icfhomes.com/PRODUCTS.htm

Lots of pluses and minuses. Just learned a lot googling - also a good page on myths. I can believe they would be quieter and more efficient and stronger

Might be a real plus too if you live near a Nuke

Have fun!
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I've never done one, I've seen a few up north were the ICF was used for the foundation (full basement). Worked great!

Personally, I think it's a great idea. One down side is the lack of contractors that know what they're doing. There's a builder in this area that specializes in ICF houses so I'd feel comfortable using someone like him. I don't think I'd want to be a builders first attempt at an ICF home.

How much extra do they cost to build? Where the heck is "Forward City"? If you're on the coast, I would think it will take a lot of concrete to get you above flood level.
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I built and live in one. Been through 3 hurricanes. 4000 sq.ft., cooled with a 4ton compressor and 5 ton air handler. No basements here!

They're much harder to build than a block house, and use alot of expensive concrete. Where we are, a frame home is downright impractical.

If I had to do it in todays market, I'd seriously consider block with 2 1/2" of styrofoam on both sides. If you live in an area where CBS isn't common practice, then ICF would be of interest.
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I'm building in Perdido Beach, Al


Up out of the flood zone, but in the hurricane wind zone


There is a contractor in our area that specializes in ICF. So, I got that part covered.

He"s a mennonite and those folks are dedicated to their craft and do a fantastic job building.

fire away on any more ideas and information
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Make sure your building department understands the process. Use block with integral furring strips to attach interior and exterior materials. It's difficult to get walls perfectly straight and plumb.

My house is quiet and energy efficient.

Downside..everyone wants to stay with us during hurricanes........
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My house in Homestead is ICF, ~3700 sq. ft. built like a brick shithouse...been through several Hurricanes since built (second owner), insulation factor is awesome also have isothane insulated attic space.

Only takes a single zone HVAC 4 ton outdoor with 5 ton coil....house is so tight I have to use an outdoor air heat exchanger to let everything breath...

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