Wood framing remains the most dominant construction method for single-family homes in the U.S., according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau data. For 2018 completions, 93% of new homes were wood-framed. Another 7% were concrete homes, and less than half a percent were steel-framed. These shares have remained fairly stable over the last five years.
In absolute terms, 778,000 single-family homes were completed in 2018 and had wood frames. Concrete homes totaled 59,000 in 2018. This was down from 62,000 in 2017, but represented a 311% gain from the 2011 total of 19,000. Steel-framed homes totaled 3,000 in 2018.
Non-wood based framing methods are primarily concentrated in the South due to resiliency requirements. For 2018, 98% of concrete framed homes were built in the South. Approximately two-thirds of steel framed homes built in 2018 were located in the South, with another one-third in the West.