If wood built homes absorb carbon why do we still build steel frame houses?



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    Because it’s not quite so simple as carbon absorption being the only factor to consider when building a home. What about the potential environmental damage of logging to get the wood in the first place? What about the structural strength granted by steel? Steel is also more durable and won’t potentially rot like wood. Which is cheaper? Which is best for your climate? Which is easiest and most efficient to build a house from? It’s easy to treat carbon absorption as the end-all be-all of building material choices, but there are a LOT of materials that go into a house and a lot of factors that must be considered. In light of that, I doubt we’ll simply switch over to only wood homes anytime soon.

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