Steel vs. Wood Cost and Short Term Energy Comparison
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.