How Much Wood Goes Into A House?


The typical 2,400 square foot, single-family home requires about 16,000 board feet of framing lumber and over 14,000 square feet of other wood products including plywood, oriented stand board, glulam beams, wood I-joists, laminated veneer lumber, hardboard, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF).

A board foot is a standard measure of the usable wood in a tree. You can picture aboard foot as a piect of lumber one-inch thick, one foot wide, and one foot long (1" x 12" x 12").

220 logging trucks are needed to carry one million board feet (MMBF) of raw logs. That's 4,500 board feet per truck.

Roughly 35 jobs are created for Idaho residents for each million board feet of wood processed.
Each million board feet of timber harvested provides $614 thousand in personal income and $2.6 million in sales of goods and services.

The average size house built in 2011 was 2,480 square feet. The median size house built in 2011 was 2,233 square feet.

Learn about the costs:
Breaking Down House Price and Construction Costs a study from Dr. Paul Emrath for the National Association of Home Builders
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