I want to build a house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget by potentially doing some of the build myself. I stumbled upon the history of ICFs and Gigacrete while researching building materials, but haven't seen a lot of passive houses built with these type of insulating materials. Is there a reason why? Insulating concrete forms would seem to be a pretty efficient method of building houses, and 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 construction rookie - but ICF as a construction system has got me interested.
Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?
Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019 Wall assemblies - new construction 2 responses
In ICF Construction, what is a good thermal break solution at a door threshold?
Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020 Slab on Grade 3 responses
Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?
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Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?
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What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF block construction walls and my footing?
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What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?
Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019 Planning and Design 1 response
Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool insulation?
Posted by Fred D Aug. 31, 2020 Wall assemblies - new construction 1 response
Can you use insulated plasterboard on a tiny house that moves?
Posted by Nadine Dermody April 23, 2021 Tiny house 1 response
Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?
Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021 Wall assemblies - renovation 1 response
How can I insulated the outside walls of a workshop without doing harm?
Posted by Charley Nelson Aug. 27, 2021 Wall assemblies - renovation 3 responses
What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?
Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019 Wall assemblies - new construction 1 response
How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?
Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019 Slab on Grade 3 responses
Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?
Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021 Wall assemblies - renovation 1 response
What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?
Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019 Windows and doors 1 response