Wood-frame construction remained the most common single-family home framing method by far in the U.S. in 2015, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the National Association of Home Builders. 93% of new single-family completions were wood framed in 2015, while 7% were concrete framed, and less than half of 1% were steel-framed.
Wood-frame homes have made up the majority of new home completions since 2009 at the least, although the number of total completions has varied over the past seven years. 603,000 single-family wood-frame homes were completed in 2015, followed by 42,000 concrete homes and 2,000 steel-frame homes. The number of concrete home completions has risen by 221% since 2011, when only 19,000 homes were completed with concrete frames.
Most concrete and steel-framed home completions were concentrated in the South, according to Robert Dietz, NAHB cheif economist. 98% of concrete-framed homes completed this year were built in the South, as were almost all steel-framed homes.