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Title: Wood used in residential repair and remodeling in the United States, 2014

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-256. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 1-36.

Author(s)Elling, Joe; McKeever, David B.

Publication Year: 2018  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-4B

Abstract: The repair, remodeling, and renovation of existing residential structures and properties has been, and continues to be, a vital market for the use of wood products in the United States. This market is either the first or second largest market (alternating with new residential construction) for a number of wood products including softwood lumber, engineered wood products, and wood-based sheathing. In 2014, an estimated 13.5 billion board feet of softwood lumber, 4.2 billion board feet of hardwood lumber, 0.1 billion board feet of engineered lumber, 3.8 billion ft2 (3/8-in. basis) of structural panels, and 2.1 billion ft2 (3/8-in. basis) of nonstructural panels were used for all repair and remodeling activities. More than 90% of all these wood products were used for repair or remodeling of owner-occupied houses, with the remainder being used for renter-occupied dwellings. As shown by similar studies conducted in 2003 and 2006, usage of all wood products in 2014 was down by about 5% compared with 2003 and 20% compared with 2006.

Keywords: Residential repair and remodeling; consumption; expenditures; wood use; lumber; structural panels; nonstructural panels; end use markets

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 2,048 kb(s)

Date posted: 06/06/2018

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RITS Product ID: 90301
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
McKeever, David B.
Research Forester

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