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Wood used in new residential construction 1998 and 1995

NAHB Research Center

NAHB Research Center, (1999), "Wood used in new residential construction 1998 and 1995", ---.
What kinds of building materials are used in residential construction? What is the product volume by type of material? The answers to these questions are contained in this new residential market study, available from the Wood Products Council.

The Wood Products Council, a group of wood products associations and related partners, commissioned a study of all wood products used in residential construction in 1998 to follow up a 1995 study. Conducted by the NAHB Research Center, the study also provides details on the use of non-wood structural materials such as steel and concrete. An executive summary provides a comparison between 1998 and 1995 as well as an earlier 1988 study.

The following comprehensive data are provided for both 1995 and 1998:

*Components: Foundations, Floors, Walls, Roofs, Millwork and Outdoor Structures.

*Products: Softwood and hardwood lumber (framing, boards, beams, treated), softwood and hardwood plywood, OSB, glulam, I-joists, LVL, Parallam?, and Timberstrand?

*Regions: West, South and North - U.S, East and West Canada.

This 157 page report

The use of engineered wood lumber products in U.S. and Canadian residential construction increased nearly 80 percent ...

SOURCE: Wickes, Inc.

The use of engineered wood lumber products in U.S. and Canadian residential construction increased nearly 80 percent on a per-housing-start basis between 1995 and 1998, according to a comprehensive new study published recently by the Wood Products Council and allied organizations.

As a result largely of increased housing starts during the period, the total volume of engineered wood products used in residential construction more than doubled during the period, while lumber and structural wood panel consumption increased more than 20 percent, the report notes.

Titled Wood Used in New Residential Construction, 1998 and 1995, the highly detailed report analyzes the use of softwood and hardwood lumber, softwood and hardwood plywood, oriented strand board, glulam, wood I-joists, laminated veneer lumber and other products in foundations, floors, walls, roofs, millwork and outdoor structures.

Study findings are compared with results of similar research conducted in 1995, thus providing valuable information on product use trends. Information on the use of nonwood materials, such as steel and concrete, also is provided.

The study was conducted for the Wood Products Council by the NAHB Research Center, Inc. Council members are APA-The Engineered Wood Association, Canadian Wood Council, and Southern Forest Products Association. Other study sponsors included Forintek Canada Corporation, U.S. Forest Service and Western Wood Products Association.

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    "...research and educational activities in the field of heat and mass transfer in building materials, building parts and buildings, the energy use in buildings, building installations and building acoustics. Also research in urban physics is part of our activities.

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