93% of Single-Family Homes are Wood Framed, 7% Are Concrete

Originally published by: NAHBOctober 24, 2016

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Wood framing remains the most dominant construction method for single-family homes in the U.S., according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau data. For 2015 completions, 93% of new homes were wood-framed. Another 7% were concrete homes, and less than half a percent were steel-framed.


In absolute number terms, 603,000 single-family homes were completed in 2015 and had wood frames. Concrete homes totaled 42,000 in 2015.  This was down from 43,000 in 2014, but a represented a 221% gain from the 2011 total of 19,000. Steel-framed homes totaled 2,000 in 2015.

Non-wood based framing methods are primarily concentrated in the South. For 2015, 98% of concrete framed homes were built in the South. Similarly, and almost all steel-framed homes were constructed in the South.

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