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Old 11-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #31
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Jack: Another option, if available in your area, is the ThermoMass wall, where foam is sandwiched between concrete. THAT sounds like it will solve any bug problems. As for the numbers reported above, they are not that way for me, so I guess everyone has to run their own. Greenbuildingadvisor.com has some good info on ICFs. Enjoy the new pad. j

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you'll invest a bit more for icf - typically 10%,,, however the amortization of the addl exp is about 18mos of energy savings,,, after that, is always less $$ out of your pocket,,, then add in the addl strength & lack of exterior noise,,, if electrician can't learn to pull wire in 2hrs, get another guy,,, when we applied our stucco coat, the mesh was stapled directly to the icf's exterior surface.

i've built w/wood & icf's & our next home will be icf,,, as dick (concmasonry) posted, are you building for short-term or not
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That was my other question. How do you find electricians, plumbers and drywall contractors that know how to work with ICF?

To answer your other question. This would be a custom home that I would live in until I died. In other words, it is long term home. If it were short-term, I would just buy a tract home.

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