Many people renovate homes to create a new appearance for their home, or so another person can live in the
Wood is versatile and flexible, making it the easiest construction material for renovations, and wood buildings can be redesigned to suit changing needs.Few homeowner or professional remodellers possess the skill and equipment that is required to alter steel-frame or concrete structures.
Forest certification verifies that wood products have been sourced from well-managed forests. Most certification programs provide online search options so that consumers can find certified products—the Certification Canada program includes a search option for all of the certification programs that are in use in Canada.
In North America, most structures are demolished because of external forces such as zoning changes and rising land values. Additionally, buildings that cannot be modified to serve the functional needs of the occupants are subject to demolition. Very few buildings in the continent are demolished due to structural degradation.
The Athena Institute surveyed 227 commercial and residential buildings that were demolished in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States (U.S.) between 2000 and mid-2003. Thirty percent of the buildings were less than fifty years old, and 6% were less than twenty-five years old. The four top reasons for demolition were “Area redevelopment” (35%), “Building’s physical condition” (31%), “Not suitable for anticipated use” (22%), and “Fire damage” (7%). Lack of maintenance was cited as the specific problem for fifty-four of the seventy buildings where physical condition was given as the reason for demolition