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By Steven in MN on 10/13/2009


Anyone have info/feedback on Larsen Truss construction?  Efficiency, cost, comparison to other construction methods? Pros/cons?

As I understand it, Larsen Truss is a double-wall construction to create a 10-12" cavity in between walls for plenty of blown-in cellulose for R-40+ walls.  18-20"+ in ceiling.

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By Steven in MN on 10/13/2009


Good discussion here:

builditsolar.com/Projects/SolarHomes/LarsenTruss

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By Frank in Lunenburg, MA on 11/9/2009


Steven,
What about straw bales between the "studs" of your  Larsen Truss assembly?  It's probably be both cheaper and greener than the blown cellulose you describe, and it might very well be easier for owner-builders than hiring someone to come in and apply the insulation.  You, your friends and your family could probably do a medium-sized, one-story house in a weekend or two.  One potential downside might be resale value, but it might still be worth it if you plan to stay there, or don't want to incur the overhead of the interest payments for a more expensive home.

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