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  •  That is one of the MAIN differences between UK (5+ / 0-)

    and US housing. The vast majority of UK houses are NOT wood framed - I was shocked when I saw housing going up in New England that had such a high wood content! I know that this makes for a faster 'build', but it can severely degrad the ability of a home to withstand catastrophic damage.

    The 'wood' house may be driven by the fact that the US has ample timber stocks (the UK doesn't), and the UK has a high brick-making capacity (all that lovely clay, everywhere!)

    I also think that the UK used to think in terms of a longer time-scale for the life of its housing, whereas the US seems to want to tear down and rebuild - often!!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:56:24 AM PDT

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    •  have you seen anything about the (1+ / 0-)
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      new concrete building forms? It's actually something I would be interested in for a house and it looks to be a just as fast as wood to an extent and slove the long term issues.

      In the time that I have been given,
      I am what I am

      by duhban on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 04:58:57 PM PDT

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