The structure of a building places high demands on natural resource extraction. Different structural types will determine the outcome of the following variables:

  • Cost
  • Flexibility of the type of building
  • Life-cycle
  • Amount of recycled content

Structure Type Cost Flexibility Life-cycle Recycled Content
Wood Frame Low Low Short None
Concrete Frame Medium Medium Long Varies
Steel Frame High High Long 25%


ImageWood Frame
Offers the lowest cost, but the least flexibility for the types of building applications it can be used in. Usually wood frame is limited to buildings 4-5 stories high. Extracting lumber places a strain on natural resources, but it is possible to procure lumber from properly managed forests.

Presents a longer lifecycle than wood, but concrete also emits carbon into the atmosphere during its production process. It is possible to offset these emissions by purchasing concrete that uses a high percentage of recycled content (fly ash) during the production process.

Offers the greatest opportunity to limit the demand on raw materials, as most steel has a significant amount of recycled content. In addition, steel frames can be dismantled at the end of a building's lifecycle and be reused in other buildings or repurposed into other steel materials.

Sustainability Considerations

  1. Life-cycle
  2. Recycled content
  3. Natural resource extraction
  4. Carbon emissions
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