Some argue that steel is a less environmentally friendly construction material than timber due to the relative amount of energy it takes to manufacture. However, there is evidence proving that steel is a considerably more efficient building material for housing than timber.
A direct comparison of the material efficiency of one cubic metre of steel vs. one cubic metre of timber - when used in the construction of a simple two-storey 200 square metre house with a 2.4-metre stud - shows the following compelling contrasts:
1 Cubic Metre of Timber
4 x 2 stud timber
Metres of wall at 2.4-metre stud = 30.06 metres
Total number of houses produced = 0.124
1 Cubic Metre of Steel
Thickness = 0.75 millimetres
Metres of wall at 2.4-metre stud = 809.5 metres
Total number of houses produced = 3.33 (21 x MORE THAN TIMBER)
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