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A lot goes into the construction of a single-family home!

Last year we included a news post on the number of trees that are required to build a single family home in the U.S.. There was s a lot of interest in the post and it continues to be quite active. This  got me thinking about the many other components in the home. In 2017 the average new single-family American home topped 2,660 square-foot. As you will see, there are many, many parts needed for a house this size,  and a lot of time, money and energy is expended.  The carbon footprint for building a home from scratch is large.

Many parts in a home
An average American home

Here is a breakdown on some of the materials that must be manufactured, mined or logged for constructing it:


A sixty five year projected life is not sustainable. There are many parts to a home but much of the structure could have a longer life. There is no reason why a home built to code in the United States could not last hundreds of years with maintenance-and-repair-strategy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">appropriate maintenance and timely renovations to systems. Planning ahead for the inevitable updating of infrastructure items that wear out or are overtaken by superior technologies, like finishes, plumbing, roofing, electrical services, and HVAC equipment would extend the life indefinitely.

It could be done. 

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