By: Jan R. Prusinski, PE
Insulated concrete form (ICF) homes in Lubbock are at near-cost parity with stick built homes, in the low-income housing program coordinated by the City (see "Lubbock ICF Low Income Homes Number More than 130").
A recent 2-story home (1,600 sq ft) was build with ICFs for $128,400. The low alternative bid for exterior wood wall framing was $126,300. That's just $2,100, or 1.7%! For identical homes (except exterior walls).
In virtually every case, the future owners of the homes choose ICF.
When you consider the monthly reduction in heating/cooling costs with ICF, this is truly a bargain. Brad Reed and Rey Arias of the City of Lubbock report that they typically see reductions of $100 to $200 monthly in energy costs, compared to the inefficient homes the new ICF construction replace.
And the improved resilience of these concrete homes make them an even more sustainable investment.
"This blog was previously posted in the Cement Council of Texas' "Texas Cement and Concrete Blog" (now inactive) and was carried forward to the current blog ("Cementx Pavement Blog") as it contains content that may be of interest to the reader".
The Cementx Pavement Blog seeks to make pavement owners, engineers and contractors smarter about selecting, designing, constructing and maintaining pavements. New blog postings began February 1, 2017; however, we carried over pavement-related blog postings from our older blog, the "Texas Cement and Concrete Blog," which ran until December 2016.