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Summary 2018 Non-Residential Construction Market

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan

April 5, 2019

Total non-residential construction for 2018 declined 3.5% by number of buildings to 55,220 units or by floor area by 2.1% to 39,772,196m2. The number of wooden units fell by 2.9% and floor area declined 3.5% to 3,768,354m2. Overall market share of wood held steady at 35% when measured by the number of buildings or at 9.5% by floor area. Overall estimated wood use in non-residential construction was 659,462m3. The top five end uses for non-residential wooden construction were as follows: (1) Medical, elderly care & social welfare facilities, Est. 172,857m3; (2) Mixed Residential/Commercial 97,687m3; (3) Agricultural Buildings 85,198m3; (4) Business/Commercial services 60,096m3 and (5) Restaurants & Accommodation 49,958m3.

Despite slight year over year declines in 2018, the trendline shows steady increases of wood use in non-residential construction: between 2011 and 2018 annual wooden non-residential floor area has increased by 600,000m2 and estimated annual wood use has grown by over 100,000m3.