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Wood Products Used In The Construction Of Low-Rise Nonresidential Buildings, U.S. 2008

This report, published in September, 2010, updates a similar report that estimated the use of wood in nonresidential buildings in 2003.  It provides estimates of wood product used in eleven types of nonresidential buildings in four geographic regions. Lumber use was 1.8 billion board feet and structural panel use was 2.7 billion square feet in 2008. Estimates are also provided for wood product volumes to be gained if concrete and steel construction can be displaced. The report uses Wood Use Factors (board feet per square foot of floor, wall or roof area) from 2003 along with 2008 value and square footage of construction to make the wood use estimate for 2008.  The Wood Products Council hopes to fund a new study of Wood Use Factors in the near future to get a better estimate of structural wood products used in this market.  The report was written by Dave McKeever, Research Forester at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI.  Click here to download the PDF file.

The Future of Homeownership -- Implications for the Wood Products Industry

The homeownership rate in the U.S. is retreating from historical highs and a falling rate could mean that fewer and smaller single-family homes will be built in the future compared to multifamily.  The authors explore the history of homeownership and several arguments for changes in the decade ending in 2020.  If homeownership rates decline and there are fewer and smaller single-family homes, there will be less demand for wood products compared to recent years.  Three levels of homeownership are theorized and if homeownership falls to the lowest level, there could be 20 percent less demand depending on the product. Download the 19 page report.

Market Analysis Now Available From APA

For the first time, annual subscriptions are offered to individuals and organizations interested in the most current data on structural panel and engineered wood product demand and production. Market reports are prepared by APA's highly respected Market Research team.

Monthly Housing Market Analysis Subscription

APA Market analysts prepare a monthly PowerPoint presentation on the U.S. housing market with a focus on topics that relate to the demand for wood products. In addition to a written summary and housing starts and permits, the following are typical topics: new and existing home sales, home inventories, months’ supply of homes on the market, mortgage rates, housing starts forecast, nonresidential construction expenditures, manufacturing index, remodeling index, consumer prices, consumer spending and GDP. Data are compiled through a comprehensive review of industry and government reports.

The PowerPoint report is usually distributed on the same day as the U.S. Census Bureau releases monthly housing start data. The subscription begins with the reporting of January 2009 starts (January 22) and release dates vary from the 16th to the 22nd of the month. The report varies in length from about 18-24 images and is e-mailed to subscribers. To view a recent report, go to the publication store link below.

Annual subscription, $600. Available as PowerPoint file only. Will be sent via e-mail.

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Quarterly Production Report Subscription

Four reports are published about two weeks after the end of each quarter. For softwood plywood and oriented strand board (OSB), the report contains regional production, imports and exports along with consumption in the U.S. and Canada. Regions include the West, Inland and South in the U.S. and all of Canada. Import data include cross border trade between the U.S. and Canada and total imports from offshore locations. Exports of plywood and OSB to the largest destination countries are provided.

Also included are the U.S. and Canadian production of glued laminated timber (glulam), wood I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL). There is also a five-year listing of new mill starts and permanent closures for plywood, OSB and engineered wood products.

The report is in PDF format and includes a one-page narrative. Slides from the report are also provided in PowerPoint format. Annual subscription, $250. Will be sent via e-mail.

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Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook

This annual report chronicles historical market segment demand and production for softwood plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joists, and laminated veneer lumber. Click here to view a Table of Contents. $250. Available as a pdf file only. Click here to go to the publication store.

World Production Statistics

The following link will take you to data provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Country by country and world production, exports and imports may be found for many forest products including plywood and OSB. Go to World Production Statistics.

United Nations Forest Products Annual Market Reviews

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN publishes an annual market report. Click here to access market reviews related to world trade in forest products.

Historical U.S. and Canadian Production Data

Click here to get free historical U.S. and Canada production data for softwood plywood, OSB, glulam timber, I-joist, and LVL. Further details on structural panels and engineered wood production and markets are available for purchase.

Status & Trends: Profile of Structural Panels in the United States & Canada, 2006.

This report, prepared by the U.S. Forest Service, provides an overview of the structural panel industry. It includes markets, wood use, wax & resin use, energy use, costs and profitability as well as plant capacities. Click here to find the report on the Forest Products Lab web site.


Wood Products Council Market Studies

Wood Used in New Residential Construction, U.S. and Canada. 2006 w/comparisons to 1995, 1998 & 2003

What kinds of building materials are used in residential construction? What’s the product volume by type of material? The answers to these questions are contained in a residential market study available from the Wood Products Council. Research was conducted by the NAHB Research Center and provides details on the use of both wood and non-wood structural materials such as steel and concrete.

The following comprehensive data are provided:

  • Components: Foundations, floors, walls, roofs, millwork and outdoor structures.
  • Products: Softwood and hardwood lumber (framing, boards, beams, treated) softwood and hardwood plywood, OSB, glulam, I-joists, LVL, Parallam(TM), and Timberstrand(TM)
  • Regions: West, South, Northeast and Midwest – U.S. East and West Canada.
  • The report also contains the results of a survey of wood products used in U.S. HUD Code manufactured housing in 2006.

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Wood Products Used in Residential Repair and Remodeling. 2006, w/comparisons to 1997 & 2003

This report provides an estimate of all lumber, plywood, OSB, glulam, I-joists, laminated veneer lumber and other composite lumber products, hardboard, particleboard, MDF and other nonstructural panels used in repair and remodeling in 2006. Data are provided for wood products used by both owner and renter properties for four regions of the U.S. and two regions in Canada. Product volume categories include use in foundations, floor, wall, and roof systems, millwork and outdoor structures.

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U.S. Home Builder Perceptions of Wood and Non-Wood Products, 2008

Home builders in 20 U.S. cities were asked to rate wood products compared to competitive products such as concrete and steel.

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U.S. Home Owner Perceptions of Wood and Non-Wood Products, 2008

Home owners in 20 U.S. cities were asked for their opinions about wood compared to other materials.

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Wood Products Used In The Construction Of Low-Rise Nonresidential Buildings, U.S. 2003

This report provides estimates of wood product used in eleven types of nonresidential buildings in four geographic regions. Lumber use was 1.3 billion board feet and structural panel use was 2.3 billion square feet. Estimates are also provided for wood product volumes to be gained if concrete and steel construction can be displaced. Comparisons to 1985 and 1995 study results are also provided.

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Testing A New Research Method For Industrial Markets

Faced with the rising cost of telephone interviews, a “pilot test” was implemented to see if industrial market research could be conducted more efficiently.  The test was conducted in 2012 and involved sending letters of introduction and the use of incentives.  Click here to download a PDF of the report.


Wood Products Used In Industrial Markets. 2000.

This study identified and categorized the main industrial manufacturing industries in the U.S. that are likely to use wood products. Surveys were conducted to provide estimates of wood product consumption by each industry, to learn about volume trends, to identify non-wood substitutions and to identify areas for future study either because of risk of loss or potential for growth. $250. Only available as a pdf file.

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Potential For Increased Wood-Use In North American Nonresidential Markets. March 2001.

The nonresidential construction market is very large; but not yet substantially penetrated by wood products. Nonresidential construction users and specifiers were surveyed to determine barriers to wider use of wood products, document existing perceptions about wood products, to identify opportunities for improved technology transfer and to provide recommendations for wood product promotional strategies. $250. Only available as a pdf file.

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Sources of Market Information For The Forest Products Industry

Just click here to access a PDF file containing 104 pages of information sources from governments, universities and commercial sources. A wealth of information.


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