What is everyone's opinion on exterior framing. I am looking at 2x6 stacked framing (24"o/c)vs ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) - what is the best for the money? Any comments or opinions are welcome. Thanks
Here is an article on the subject from Building Sciences
I like 2x6 construction, the stacked method reduces the amount of wood used while not impacting the strength of the structure. The 2x6 exterior walls allow for more insulation a benefit in cold climates.
A home was recently built a couple of miles from my house with ICF. I think there is a lot of merit to this as well.
If you spray foamed the 2x6 you'd get a pretty tight house. Clearly the ICF gives a tight house. Another method worth looking into is insulated structural panel construction.
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