Another way of framing Dan uses that is highly Energy Efficient  and becoming increasingly popular is the use of SIPs or Structural Insulated Panels. These are factory made panels that are already filled with foam insulation, which makes for a very tight building envelop for your finished home:

SIPs homes are:

  •  66% more energy efficient than standard frame construction
  •  2-1/2 times stronger than standard building materials
  •  Framed in a third of the time
  •  Stronger and straighter
  •  Better building systems

And like ICFs they will cut down on your energy/electrical costs in such a way that the extra money paid upfront to use them, will be paid back in a very short time.

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