Energy Gurus - HELP!
We are building in SW Florida and wanted SIP but no one here has ANY experience with it and we are so far down the path now we can't even revisit that. So, we looked into ICF but that was a stretch for the budget. We finally settled on a 4x8 frame house figuring we could use great windows, doors, and insulation. Well, due to some unforeseen events, some things came in WAY over budget and we are looking to cut costs. Our architect suggested concrete block on the first floor and frame on the second. Because we have to ship wood into FLorida but concrete block is manufactured a few hours away it would be a big savings.
For all you energy gurus out there... is there a way to make concrete block more energy efficient? What would you do with block construction?