Energy heel trusses make room for attic insulation

Most homes don't have enough insulation in the attic near the eaves, but a new truss design can make that problem go away.

As this video with green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, demonstrates, standard trusses fall short of allowing enough insulation in the attic. No matter how much insulation is in the center of the truss, the amount of insulation diminishes towards the eaves. Energy – heated or cooled air – escapes through the areas of reduced insulation.

But the energy truss, or raised heel truss, builds in extra space to allow for more insulation out to the wall. That cuts energy loss through the attic, saving utility costs and reducing cold spots in the home.

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates the energy truss design so that it will deliver better performance for the homeowners.

Read more about home insulation.


Topics: Building Green, Energy Audits, Home Design & Plans, Insulation, Lumber and Structured Panels, Proud Green Home of St. Louis

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