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Posted by Ramsay Home Construction Proje on January 31, 2006, 4:46 am
Are there any Canadians who would like to share some advice or
recommendations on solar water collection especially in combination
with geothermal heating? We would love to hear from anyone about this!

If anyone is interested in following a real-life installation of
geothermal heating in a residential home, we have started a new blog -
two newlyweds building a nest in Calgary, Canada. We are trying to
build an environmentally responsible, small foot-print house that
blends into the historical neighbourhood of Ramsay.

We are building our house with integrated-concrete-forms (ICF) and
geothermal heating technology. We want to share our research to help
other people interested in building a sustainable home. Content for our
website is gathered from home building related sites, our own research
and local companies involved in our project.

Please stop by our site and check out our progress at

Posted by Solar Flare on February 5, 2006, 12:21 am
Why would you psend all that money on the inconvenience
of ICF construction when the walls only lose a small
amount of the thermal footprint of a home?

"Ramsay Home Construction Project"

advice or

in combination

anyone about this!

installation of

started a new blog -

are trying to

foot-print house that

integrated-concrete-forms (ICF) and

research to help

home. Content for our

our own research

Posted by AstickfortheMULE on February 5, 2006, 1:57 am
Solar Flare wrote:

In my mind there are several ways to frame up a house.  All have
benefits and all have problems.  The nice thing about ICF's are
strength, quietness, high R value without thermal bridging and lack of
wood and does not rot or cause mildew problems.

The problems with ICF's are embedded energy and don't have quite the
flexibility that wood has and large footprint of 12-15" thick walls.
Although good engineering can solve most of the design problems.

Having said all of that, I am not sure what is so 'inconvenient' about
ICF construction.   Great for basements, real stucco and earthquake
country.  More expensive than SIPS.


Posted by Solar Flare on February 5, 2006, 3:35 am
 I guess I have watched people build ICF construction
and all the pains they go through are not worth the
extra effort.

Now, termite areas, sound insulation and lumber
unavailablilty, are good points but are not a problem
where I am about to build. The insulation value is not
even valid for the extra money. The rest of the
construction determines the majority of the heat loss,
materials used and most other factors including price.
A few decent windows can nullify the benefits of a few
extra R factor numbers provided by ICF very quickly.

BTW: I have a heating/building contractor pressing me
to build ICF at the moment so I am "sensitive" to this
technique. So far I am not really impressed to change



house.  All have

ICF's are

bridging and lack of

have quite the

12-15" thick walls.

design problems.

'inconvenient' about

and earthquake

Posted by DJ on February 5, 2006, 4:35 am
Solar Flare wrote:

I've got a few recent clients that did the "cement lego" route with the

To be brutally honest, the only thing I've noticed is that they're
REALLY cold to work in ;-).

This is their first full winter, though, so I'll be interested to hear
from them, how the systems did upon contact with the real world ;-).

Cute technology, though. Me, I'll stick with my log home, thanks ;-).


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