I want to build a house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget. I stumbled upon ICFs and Gigacrete while researching building materials, but haven't seen a lot of passive houses built with these materials. Is there a reason why? They seem to be a pretty efficient method of building houses, can be air tight without a lot of additional work, dont have thermal bridges, and they tend to have a hard time catching fire (important where I live). I'm looking for an educated opinion because I am such a rookie.
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What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?
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Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses
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How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?
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Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?
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Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses
What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?
Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses
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How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?
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