Green Building: Introducing Tstuds
If you’re interested in building and curious about the innovations in green building, then Tstuds (thermally broken studs) may be your new obsession. Interested? See the article below and how these Tstuds compare to 2x6 studs.
Tstuds are an alternative to solid 2×6 framing lumber designed to break the thermal bridge within the stud itself. Each Tstud has two 2x3s on the flat connected by angled wood dowels, and the space between the 2x3s is either left empty (called BareNaked) or filled with closed-cell spray foam. They can be used for pretty much any framing element in exterior walls: studs, jacks, cripples, plates, and headers. They are designed for advanced framing—24 in. on center, with single top plates and two-stud corners. But with this design, Tstuds act like engineered trusses, not solid-sawn lumber, so they need full bearing across the truss. This means, for example, that when used as bottom plates, j-bolt anchors are connected to the Tstud with a metal plate that spans the truss.