The short answer is yes.  The HIRO Detail Package, for example, use a vertical wood I-joist (9.5” deep) exoskeleton fastened through the exterior wall sheathing into wall studs.  Most conventional plans will have the walls framed with 2×6’s.  This may be reduced to 2×4’s as most of the insulation will be in the wood I-joist cavities.  The Designer or Builder must keep in mind that the wood I-joists increases the gross building area and may also encroach on required setbacks on the property.  City Officials may grant a variance on the thicker walls if pursuing a building enclosure renovation that makes the home substantially more energy efficient or pursuing a Certified Passive House.  This should be verified with your local City Official.

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Discomfort is felt when your body radiates heat to colder surfaces around you. This does not happen in a Passive House. Super-insulated building enclosure including high performance windows ensures comfortable interior conditions with no cold surfaces on the walls, floor, or roof. No temperature swings or drafts. The constant interior temperatures provide a new level of comfort – once you experience it you won’t go back.
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system delivering constant fresh filtrated air resulting in better indoor air quality, free of mold and lower levels of carbon dioxide, creating a healthy space to live.
Super-insulated and airtight building enclosure eliminates nearly all street noise when all windows and doors are closed. So you can get back to Netflix in peace and quiet.
Super-insulated and airtight building enclosure that’s thermal bridge free with controlled ventilation prevents condensation from forming on interior surfaces. A structure free of condensation damage will ensure an extraordinary service life.
Passive House buildings consume 75% to 90% less heating energy than conventional homes. Save money on your monthly expenses by reducing your energy consumption.
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