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Resi-Cost provides broad structural system options for your custom home.
In addition to the thousands of home design options and construction material / finish options available in Resi-Cost, you also have the ability to select from a broad range of home structural systems. Consumers, builders and home designers want flexibility in the structural system used in home design.
The use of different structural systems used in combination (hybrid) such as SIP and stick-built is increasingly common and Resi-Cost delivers with options you will not find anywhere else. You can use one or more structural systems above ground in your custom home design estimate with Resi-Cost.
Resi-Cost provides these home structural system choices:
Advantages to this system include field flexibility for changes, universal labor and material availability and no special equipment required for erection.
Disadvantages include labor intensity and difficulty in making the house “tight” or having low air infiltration through the envelope.
Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) or Concrete Block
Advantages of CMU structure above ground include strength of the structure and resistance to high wind forces and envelope air tightness.
Disadvantages include high cost, labor intensity and potential lack of material or labor availability. Also with this system it is difficult to make field changes or post construction changes.
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF)
Advantages of ICF construction include their strength, quietness, high insulation value and inherent envelope air tightness from having no joints.
Disadvantages include specialized materials and installation labor, higher cost, and requirement of a flame resistant finish like drywall in occupied areas such as a basement. Also with this system it is difficult to make field changes or post construction changes.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)
Advantages to SIP construction include reduced construction time and improved construction efficiency. They are extremely strong, have extremely high insulating qualities, are air tight and erect quickly. Also, unlike CMU construction, SIP panels have chases for horizontal and vertical distribution of electrical.
Disadvantages include specialized materials, erection equipment (crane/operator) and installation labor. SIP construction also requires a sealing of the panel joints. Also with this system it is difficult to make field changes or post construction changes.
Advantages of timber frame include strength and beauty. It is a framing system that works best with SIP construction for the exterior envelope.
Disadvantages of timber frame specialized materials, erection equipment (crane/operator) and installation labor.