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Peace asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

How many trees does it take to build one house?

say a regular 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. How many trees would that take?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Good question. According to the Journal of Construction Education, a standard 1500 square foot, 3-bedroom, one-story gable house with slab-on-grade foundation in Florida (building codes make a difference) takes about 400 board feet of lumber.

    According to a paper authored by David B South (Professor School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Auburn University, AL), a typical 10 year old Southern Pine might have a diameter at breast height of 10 in and height of 53.5 ft.

    According to the About:Lumber timber calculator, using the above Southern Pine, we would get about 75 board feet (using the International Rule) per tree.

    So it would take around 5.3 of these trees to build the house we described above.

    Source(s): Journal of Construction Education: South, David B. - "Planting longleaf pine at wide spacings", Native Plants Journal - Volume 7, Number 1, Spring 2006, pp. 79-88 About:Lumber:
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


    Source(s): Woodworking Techniques
  • 4 years ago

    "...It varies considerably.

    According to the Idaho Forest Products Commission, a typical 2000 square foot house requires 26,700 board feet.

    An "average" tree with a 20 inch diameter and 42 linear feet of usable wood generates approximately 260 board feet.

    Doing the math indicates about 102 trees for that house.

    Other organizations in the lumber industry state different numbers, some as low as 30 trees for a 1500 square foot house while some state 60 trees for a 2000 square foot house."

    I took the liberty of copying and pasting this from another website. It gave (in my opinion) a very good general answer to this very general question. What seems to be the one consistent component when looking into this myself, was that the answer varies widely... so maybe a better question to pose is a more specific variation of the original. Like: how many trees would it take to build a 2,000 sq ft home in (pick any state) say, California? You'll get a more accurate answer if youre more specific.

  • 5 years ago

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  • 6 years ago

    Your number of 400 board feet is so, Not real!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    too many ,

    better build with adobe .or straw bales ,and thats makes a much better insulated house ,it is also much cheaper

  • 1 decade ago

    good question, wrong section. try posting it in one of the home improvement or building sections in yahoo answers.

    you will get better answers there

  • 1 decade ago

    how many bales of cotton does it take to make a pair of jeans for your ***?

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