Build Better ICF Homes

Build Better ICF Homes


Need To Know Facts

Whether you’re building a home that’s large or small, or living in the cooler North or warmer South, when you build a Logix ICF home, you’ll get a stronger, more resilient and more energy-efficient home that will significantly reduce your consumption of natural resources while surrounding your family with unsurpassed comfort and safety. 

Virtually any home design can be built with Logix ICF. Most full-height XtraComfort Logix ICF homes are built with our 6.25" or 8" concrete core thickness. Larger homes and heavier loading may require wider concrete cores.

Logix offers engineering tables and the online One Minute Engineer. Both resources comply with prevailing and accepted concrete design standards and conventions. Logix perscriptive engineering covers a wide range of typical residential applications and thus for many XtraComfort Logix ICF homes additional site specific engineering is not required to obtain a building permit.

When you built with Logix Pro, the finished walls in your XtraComfort Logix ICF home will have an effective R-value of R25. Higher R-value levels an be achieved by upgrading to Logix Platinum Series (R28) or using the Logix D-Rv Panell (up to R37).

Your home's effective thermal performance will be enhanced by the 5 day thermal lag provided by the high-mass concrete core in the Logix exterior walls.

And finally, due to the monolithic nature of Logix construction, your home will be inherently air-tight.  In fact, 9 of the most common 19 air-leakage trouble spots shown below are inherently solved by regular Logix construction. And the remaining 10 air-leakage trouble spots are addressed by incremental construction techniques listed in the High Performance Homes application page. 





To learn how all these elements work together to create truly superior energy efficiency and significant energy savings  - read "The ICF Effect on Energy Efficiency" article.


"So How Much Does An XtraComfort Logix ICF Home Cost Compared To A Traditionally Built Home?"

Every home, designer, builder and homeowner are different - and there are so many variables in play that make it difficult to arrive at a general rule of thumb to accurately answer that question. But here is an example that illustrates the general economics of Logix, given typical lumber prices and prevailing interest rates:

Below grade, assuming  you are planning to finish your basement, the cost of Logix construction should be similar to conventional. Above grade, for this example let's use the assumption that Logix ICF construction can cost in the range of $5 - $8 more per square foot of above grade wall area than an ordinary 2x6 stick-framed wall.

Let's assume a bungalow with 2,000 sq ft of living space and 1,800 sq ft of above grade walls.

$150/sq ft - Budget price to build the home conventionally

$300,000 -  Budget price for conventional build  (assume $150 sq ft  x 2000 sq ft of floor area)

$12,600  -   Additional cost to build above grade walls with Logix   (assume $7/sq ft premium x 1800 sq feet of above grade walls )

4.2%       -     Cost premium to build with Logix  (($312,600 -$300,000)/$300,000)

$59.00/mth  - Additional monthly payment to finance $12,600

So, in this case, if your total heating, cooling, insurance and annual maintenance savings are more than $59.00/month, then building an XtraComfort Logix ICF home will actually be LESS EXPENSIVE  and cash flow positive, compared to building a lower quality, lower value stick-framed home.

It's important to note that the cost of soft wood lumber is far more volatile than ICF pricing and when the cost of softwood lumber spikes, as it did for instance in the spring of 2018 and again in the summer and fall of 2020, the cost of regular wood-frame walls will actually approach and can exceed the cost of higher-performance ICF walls!

More food for thought - in some coastal areas, some builders now offering new homes built with Logix ICF at no extra cost versus the same home built with basic masonry walls, which is a customary construction method in those regions. In this cases, all your monthly savings go right into your pocket.


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