ICFs in a Cold Climate
Hello all, I’m working to gain a better understanding of ICF’s and leveraging thermal mass in a Northern climate (N. Dakota 100+ in summer -40 winter so a healthy range)
I’ve always wanted to build a home with ICF’s foundation to top plate for a few reasons, quiet (our land is near a busy road & its windy often here), solid, structure, building a ranch with basement etc.
From my reading the case for ICF’s isn’t as strong up North as it might in desert country down South. We were looking at going with a graphite poly product ICF block and then adding some additional insulation on the exterior (Logix Exterra 2″+2″). I’ve worked with Zola windows in the past and plan to use those as well for quality glazing.
I would greatly apricate any options on how to optimize using ICF’s in climate zone 7 and would welcome any other thoughts!
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