This is a problem in our areas....home show contacts with ICF suppliers result with potential clients thinking they will pay the numbers quoted above, and that is a sure fire way to loose money or end up with a poor quality job.but the cost of labor is between 12 and 66 cent a sq ft. which is what is supposed to bring cost down below conventional building.
The blocks I use are 5 sq/ft, and require handling, setting steel, bracing, blocking, bucks,...and so on. Think about what that price represents. Lets say for the sake of argument, I build a 2000 sq/ft home, 8 foot walls, and do the math, disregarding openings. There may be 1500 sq/ft of walls @ .12 cents? If someone actually asked me to do a job for that, I would not even bother to laugh. :w00t:the reason the labor is qouted so low is the panels are 16 sqft and already come attatched they pretty much just need to be stacked, braced and poured. 12 cent is also having a building like wal-mart in mind where its mainly straight runs and very little cuts. is that where the issue comes in?
No kidding....my labor is way higher then .12 a sq/ft by the block. That is so insane....not to mention the investment we have in bracing, scaffolding...plus the experience to do this work. I am not in this for the practice.
FWIW, I quote my labor on ICF's by the sq/ft of the home, total footprint, not just living spaces. To be specific, it can be done profitably here for a little more then the rate for stick framing.
You show me where this is possible....if you don't understand what you are working with, it could cause problems. Wavy walls?Sorry fellas, but I wouldn't use ICF's if they were given to me. It makes me sick just to think about it. 2x6 walls, good insulation and the best windows money can buy will do just as good.