Building materials are a major source of CO2 emissions, yet they’re not nearly as cheap as they used to be, according to a new study published this week.
The new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at the cost of building materials in the United States from 2011 to 2020.
The cost of materials used in buildings is expected to increase over time, according the study.
But what about materials that don’t have to be used to make the building itself?
The study found that the average cost of using materials such as glass, ceramic, and wood is currently about $5,500.
The average cost for materials used for a home is $2,500, but that’s still a substantial amount of money for people living in cities, according, the study’s lead author, Jessica Smith, a researcher at the University of Michigan.
But for a suburban couple living in the suburbs, the cost is significantly less.
“I think that the cost per square foot of a home will increase as the cost for the building materials increase, but for the average suburban couple, that’s a significant drop,” Smith told Business Insider.
“It’s going to be harder for them to build a house of that type because they’re going to have to go into the suburbs.”
The researchers used census data to track the growth of the population in each county from 2000 to 2020 and also to compare the cost and availability of building material in each city and county.
Their analysis shows that the most expensive materials used today in the U.S. are made of plastic, glass, and concrete, according with the study, and materials that aren’t made of materials commonly found in homes are becoming more common in buildings.
“The cost per sq. ft. of building is increasing rapidly, but it’s still not cheap,” Smith said.
“For some of the most vulnerable people in our country, it’s going a long way.”
The cost per cubic foot of plastic is estimated to increase from $5 to $18 in the next decade, and the cost will continue to rise as people start building bigger homes.
“A lot of the plastics that we use in homes today are actually more expensive to make,” Smith explained.
“They’re much more labor intensive to produce, and they cost more per cubic feet than they used at the beginning of the 20th century.”
The study looked at how much of the price increase was due to the increasing use of plastic as a building material, and how much was due specifically to the increased demand for more durable building materials.
For example, while the researchers used data from 2011 through 2021, they found that prices for the most common materials used by builders, like steel, concrete, and glass, increased significantly from 2000 through 2020.
“Our data indicates that building materials are more expensive than ever before,” Smith added.
“We know that we have more people living more and more in cities and suburbs than ever in history, and that’s where the majority of the costs for materials come from.”
The authors also found that there were “significant increases” in materials used to build new buildings, and more affordable materials used as a result.
The researchers found that in some areas of the U, such as Texas, the increase in building materials prices was between 40% and 100%.
For example in Texas, materials used more than doubled from 2000-2020 from $8 to $12 per sq ft. in 2020, according.
For the United Kingdom, prices increased between 50% and 90%.
In contrast, prices for materials such and glass and concrete in the Netherlands and France decreased between 50 and 100%, according to the study authors.
For more information on the study and the materials it looks at, visit the study here.