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, homeowner, builder and region are different and there are many variables in play that make it difficult to arrive at a consistently accurate rule of thumb. But here is an example that illustrates the general economics of Logix, given typical lumber prices and interest rates.
Below grade, the cost of Logix construction should be similar to the cost of a well insulated and framed conventional foundation.
Above grade, let's assume the cost of an unfinished Logix ICF wall can cost in the range of $4 - $7 more per square foot than an ordinary 2x6 stick-framed wall.
And for this example let's take a bungalow with 2,000 sq ft of living space that has 1,800 sq ft of above grade walls.
$150/sq ft - Turnkey budget price to build this home conventionally with a well insulated and framed foundation.
$300,000 - Budget price for the turnkey conventional build (assume $150 sq ft x 2,000 sq ft of floor area)
$10,800 - Additional cost to build the above grade walls with Logix ICF (assume $6/sq ft premium x 1,800 sq ft of above grade walls)
3.6% - Cost premium to build with Logix ICF ($310,800 - $300,000)/$300,000
$50.50/mth - Additional monthly payment to finance $10,800
So in this case, if your total heating, cooling, insurance and maintenance savings exceed $50/mth, then building with Logix ICF will actually save you money every month.
Plus, the cost of framing lumber is FAR more volatile than ICF pricing and when the cost of lumber spikes, as it did in spring 2018, summer 2020 and again in spring 2021, the cost of regular wood-frame walls will actually approach and can exceed the cost of higher-performance Logix ICF walls.
Learn more about the benefits of Logix ICF's long term price stability HERE!
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This beautiful multi-generational home provides a level of comfort, cleanliness, energy efficiency and quiet that most people are not aware is attainable.
What people say about building with Logix.
Sheppard Square Homes for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority is a HOPE VI subsidized housing development in which we served as one of the Architect’s of record on. The homes we designed are built using Logix ICF for the walls, as well as ICF for the roofs. These homes should operate with about 25% the energy costs of similar homes in the same development constructed using traditional wood framing. The homes cost about the same as the wood structures, and are similarly finished so they fit in the well planned community.Jill Smith
Civic Consultants Inc.
I built my own home with this and my electric bill average is $60.00 a month. my insurance premium is low. I used the Logix Platinum R28.blanca2014 munoz
I price checked this 2-story ICF-designed home vs wood-frame construction: · Full Logix ICF basement · Logix ICF exterior walls for the main and upper floors · ICF floor system for the main floor, upper and roof deck. For the price check I kept the basement in Logix ICF but quoted the exterior walls, both floors and the roof deck with wood-frame construction. The two building envelope quotes actually came in within a couple of hundred dollars of each other and my building material supplier told me to expect higher wood prices in May! ICF has always been the better way to build and with wood prices the way they are today, ICF is simply a no-brainer.James Otten
Otten Contracting Inc.
In today’s volatile building materials climate, lumber prices have been on a very steep incline. Labor and wood framing materials, when you can find them, are at record premiums. Considering this , it is a very easy choice to make the move to Logix ICF construction. Logix ICF saves time during the building process and now it saves money up front. Customers do not have to wait to see the financial benefits through energy savings.Andy Ellis
Halfmoon Green Building LLC