Originally Posted by hondadrv24
In the long run ICF always wins. if you use block or concrete you still have to frame out and insulate. Not to mention that if you go ahead and do your whole house out of ICf and concrete your main floor walls have no air gaps in them except for at the windows.
Just my two cents, but I am partial because I used to work for a concrete company that sold the LOGIX forms.
Justin's response will save a significant amount of money in the long run just on utility bills alone. Concrete block is actually porus and air will move through it which is not good, especially in the winter. Poured concrete is a better air barrier but a terrible thermal barrier. The insulated forms work extrememly well when installed properly. My boss used them a few years ago and his basement is still warm & dry. Drainage is important too.
My boss started with gravel a foot below the basement footer, added perforated drain tile, then back filled with gravel to within a foot of finished grade. His basement is perfectly dry.