All dimensional lumber, that is used in exterior wall construction, fails testing on the “x” axis (the 1-1/2” direction) as it does not have the ability to stop the deflection from that direction as more weight is applied. Because the Tstud™ has been designed to stop deflection on the “x” axis or the “y” axis, the only way for the Tstud™ to fail is from straight down compression of fiber upon fiber. Thus maximizing the strengths of the Tstud™ as a structural wood member. Because of this design, all testing has been completed at 24” on center framing spacing - proving that all exterior walls can be constructed with superior structural capacity and at that spacing. Saving builders thousands of dollars in labor, lumber, nails, staples, and screws, from using 20% less framing members needed to construct a wall. A builder can also use the Tstud™ at the standard 16” or 19 diamond spacing.
Because of how the Tstud™ is constructed, it is also a mini header when used as a top plate. Only one Tstud™ is required when used as a top plate compared to two 2x6’s or 2x4’s in traditional framing which has been done for centuries.
Because of the testing capacity of the Tstud™ in the plank direction, as in headers and top plates, less lumber is required to be used - again saving builders time and money!
The Tstud™ is potentially stronger than LSL (laminated strand lumber) or LVL (laminated veneer lumber) stud sized lumber in most applications up to 16’-0” in height. See the wind load tables in the Technical Evaluation Report (TER and compare to LSL and LVL studs without lateral bracing). The Tstud™ is able to be used in walls up to 16’ in height.