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A profile of wood use in nonresidential building construction


H. N. Spelter
R. G. Anderson



Publication type:

Resource Bulletin (RB)

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory


(Resource bulletin FPL ; 15):22 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.


This report presents estimates of the amounts of lumber, glued-laminated lumber, trusses, plywood, particleboard, hardboard, and wood shingles used in new nonresidential building construction in the United States. Use of wood products is shown for several building types, project sizes, and building components. The estimates are based on a survey of 489 projects under construction in 1982-84. Lumber and plywood used per $1,000 of construction were 26 board feet and 21 square feet, respectively. These figures represent an increase over levels reported in 1969.


Spelter, H. N.; Anderson, R. G. A profile of wood use in nonresidential building construction. (Resource bulletin FPL ; 15):22 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

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