Anyone use Tstud, an R20 insulated stud?

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Has anyone used the T stud (or Tstud) framing members? This seems like a big framing innovation compared to solid, traditional framing. The video I saw rates a 2x6 Tstud vertical load at 8600 lb. vs 2200 lb. for a traditional 2x6 or 900 lb. for a traditional 2x4. The R values at the Tstud, they claim, are as high or higher than the wall cavities. R-20. So, stronger and better insulating capacity. 

I don't know the price, but the vendor/manufacturer claims is that it will add $1,000 for a traditionally framed 2500 sq.ft. house. Implementation wise this product looks to be a no brainer. 24" OC framing could be used rather than 16" OC. 1/2 drywall could be used. No drill electrical wire installation. Theoretically no drill wall plumbing, unless you hit a dowel in which case you'd add a long screw repair.

Please post your thoughts. I'm considering this product for a high wind area in NC. 

Disclaimer: I am not involved in any way with this company. I am observer, considering this product for future projects

@Chris Martin I have not used this product but it looks interesting. I would be concerned about the exterior walls with 24” on center. You may need to upgrade to 5/8 sheathing and use an engineered product like Advantec or clips for 1/2” to keep it flat and consistent.

They also make an uninsulated version which I think could be even better. The open cavity would increase the speed of electrical and plumbing runs and then you could foam or bat the entire cavity after the fact. Super interesting product. Now I just need to find a project for it. 

Originally posted by @Greg Dickerson :

@Chris Martin I have not used this product but it looks interesting. I would be concerned about the exterior walls with 24” on center. You may need to upgrade to 5/8 sheathing and use an engineered product like Advantec or clips for 1/2” to keep it flat and consistent.

I'm not sure I could use 24" OC exteriors without buy in from inspectors, which may be tough? Not sure. I haven't talked to them about it. For a first build with Tstuds, I'll likely go with 16" anyway. I appreciate the comment.