What is the best cold climate basement strategy?
We are building a new home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, about 20 miles south of Rapid City. The floor plan is nearly finished. The home is a ranch style with a partially finished walk out basement. There is a small loft area for an office above the mudroom/ laundry/ pantry. There will be about 4,150 sq. ft. finished. The home will face due south.
We have pretty well decided on SIP construction for the above ground portion - 61/2 inch walls and 81/4 inch roof, polyurethane. My big concern is the below grade portion of the house. Although I don't want to throw money away, I do want to make sure it is done right and well sealed. Therefore, I'm leaning towards vertical ICF's. Is that wise, or should I go with a standard poured wall with four inches of hard insulation on the outside and two inches on the inside that would join up with the insulation under the basement slab?
Posted Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:30
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