Whole-House ICF vs. Zip Sheathing Integrated Insulation
Curious what people who have built high performance houses using both ZIP+external insulation and ICF construction feel about the two different construction methods? I know a lot of people are usually solid in one camp or another, but objectively after having built with both building methods what their thoughts are pros & cons of both?
We’re planning a new self-build and I am leaning towards ICF for the simplicity it offers as an all-in-one solution and seemingly needing less sub-trades. I know people say to expect ICF to be more expensive and take longer to build than if you’re doing a traditional minimum-code 2×6 framing with tyvek and cavity insulation but I wonder how much of that is true if you’re building a net-zero high performance home?
Appreciate if anyone could share their experience.
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