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It would seem to me that the I-joists would not work well for bearing walls.
They would work okay at gable end walls, though.  You might consider
Microllams (LVLs) for the bearing walls.  They come in the same depth
as the I-joists and will have better axial strength.  Trus-Joist might even
make a less expensive stud grade material that has greater depth than
typical studs that might work less expensively than LVLs.

Take Care,

On 7 Oct 2008 at 12:07, Yi Yang wrote:

> List,
> I have a residential project in CA, where the architect is considering
> using 12" nominal I-joists for wall framing, to provide additional
> insulation space, and to create a thick wall.
> Usually, to get the thick walls, the walls are double framed. I have
> not seen or worked on a project that uses I-Joist in wall framing. I
> talked to TrusJoist, and they told me that we are on our own if we are
> to use them for walls. The architect told me that this system is used
> in Europe, and some in Canada.
> I'm wondering if there is a whole industry out there that supports
> this kind of construction, that I'm completely unaware of (providing
> connectors, blocking system etc.). The I-joists are not designed for
> large axial compression. I imagine we would have web blocking in many
> places, and it would just cost too much to build.
> I appreciate any input and suggestion on this.
> Thank you very much.
> Do you really need to print this e-mail?

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