ICF Build In Ontario
Last Post 16 Jan 2021 06:09 PM by Kawartha's. 2 Replies.
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16 Jan 2021 04:36 PM
Hello we are planing on building a Cottage in Ontario, Canada.

Plan is for a full ICF home. Basement to roof.

I'm thinking Micro-rebar by Helix, they look like DNA or a spiral nail.
It is the only approved Non-full rebar available. Benefits I guess you only have to put in vertical rebar and bottom and top horizontal,

You add several pounds per yard of concrete at the truck depot. It makes the ICF like a chocolate chip cookie vs layer cake idea.

It is suppose to be 300% stronger. Saving time and cost on rebar.

Also thinking of Form-a-drain for the footings. it builds your drainage and radon all in one plus you don't have wood to deal with.


also planning SIPs on roof vs truss and spray foam.


HVAC ideas?

We will have a big wood stove with endless supply of fire wood.

HVAC I have multiple ideas.

Top contenders. Mutsuibshi heat pumps ( CON-I don't like the suitcase look in the house, PRO- cheaper and efficient. ) supplement with with big wood stove

Geo-thermal- Con- Expensive Pro -Self sufficient
Radiant Floor heat pump boiler. PRO- Warm feet radiant floor heating ( I that, ) Con's Propane delivery.

Wood pellet boiler. Cons- Expensive $10,000-$16,000) and storage of wood pellets. Quality of Pellets.

Solar would be great to get off grid buy Tesla Solar is not available here yet.

Thanks in advance

any other advice would be great! :)
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16 Jan 2021 05:31 PM
There are Geo (water-to-water) units to do Radiant floors.

There are also tons of solar Hybrid inverters that are cheaper and better then the Tesla Power Walls.

Heating with wood and Geo are about the same cost per heating unit in my area, but Natural Gas is over 20% cheaper then them.....The new mini split units are on par with Natural Gas if you calculate out usage costs.
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16 Jan 2021 06:09 PM
Thanks I'll look into it. I heard the same about the Heat Pumps, that they run cheaper than Propane. No natural gas in area.

Fuel source would have to be propane, oil, wood or electric.  :)

Thanks again! :)

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