Steel vs. Wood Cost and Short Term Energy Comparison

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Steel framing has been used for many years for interior non-load bearing and curtain walls in commercial construction. Despite the availability of cold-formed steel framing, there are basic barriers that impede its adoption in the residential market including a reluctance to adopt alternative building methods without quantifiable data on such issues as:

  • the clear cost or quality advantages of steel
  • the effect of steel on energy use in the home

Download this report for objective reporting comparing the labor and material cost and short term energy consumption of steel-framed homes to those of nearly identical wood-framed homes.

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