The Structure

There are many options in building residential structures, for example: adobe, straw-bale and concrete block. Some of these options have advantages over wood framing and some may turn out to be a better choice for residential structures.

In the interim, wood framing is in almost all cases the most practical and reasonable choice for residential construction. It is strong, very long lasting, relatively inexpensive and well understood by the building community.

I wish those who are interested in advancing 'green' building techniques the best of luck. I also prefer not to cut down trees in order to build houses. But until such new (or old) techniques are established and adopted by the building community such alternative structures will tend to be more expensive to build and maintain.