While traditional wood-frame construction can’t compare to the safety, permanence, and energy efficiency of walls built with insulated concrete forms, it doesn’t take extra effort to design with it either!
Since Michigan doesn’t have any special engineering or design requirements for ICF structures, they are easy to plan, and can even offer more options than traditional construction too. It could even cost less for special features like archways or unique angles.
While ICF is widely accepted, and often recommended in Michigan, building officials do require that ICF must be labeled on home plans when requesting a building permit.
The current Michigan Residential Code Book even includes pre-engineered tables to assist with placing the proper amount of rebar, and using the right type of concrete.