Originally Posted by uswiththebus
Again, I don't know much about this, but doesn't building with metal add a ton of weight? Something we're obviously concerned about with the whole 14' high issue...
No, metal would reduce the weight or the structure may weigh the same, but will be 10 x stronger.
When I do garage packages we calculate the weight for delivery. Wood structures always weigh 30% to 50% more than steel packages.
Engineered metal structures can be built lighter due to the way they put the bends in the steel. Bends add strength.
Can you visualize how how dumb it would be if someone built your car, truck, or bus out of wood. Oh wait, it would be a sticks and staples pile of junk we all chose to avoid by buying a bus.
Building materials should not absorb mouse poop and urine, spilled sewage, ect. That's why I'm still concerned when someone tells me the bleach they used to clean the mouse infested room. Meanwhile its soaked into the wood, and will never truly be "disinfected".
IMO wood is only suitable for aesthetically pleasing pieces like cupboard facings, some trims, thermal breaks, ect. That way when the worst happens, strip it out and replace without having to tear down the structure to truly repair the damage.