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Big Box Retail: Wood Saves Nearly $1 Million

While many U.S. apartments are wood-frame, wood structure is far less common in stores and restaurants—even though it’s permitted by code in numerous applications—and its use in the sub-category known as ‘big box’ retail is infrequent at best. To evaluate the opportunity, WoodWorks commissioned two studies, one cost comparison and one life cycle assessment (LCA), on the same big box project designed in steel vs. wood. This report summarizes the results of those studies and highlights opportunities for greater wood use in this segment of the construction market.