More than half a million years ago, humans started building tools and shelter out of animal bones, antler, stone and wood. If we are to find out the history of wooden houses it will take us back to the stone age for sure. During 9000 to 5000 BC, the largest structures in the world were the Neolithic longhouses, a long and narrow timber structure housing 20 to 30 people. Such dwelling was built by first farmers in Europe, Central Europe to be exact in connection with the early Neolithic cultures such as the Linear Pottery culture or Cucuteni culture.
Wooden structures are lightweight, energy efficient, versatile and sustainable solutions. In Earthquake prone areas wooden structures have the advantage that the wooden framed building won’t break off easily. They are flexible, economical and more versatile compared to concrete structures. Availability of cheap wood, flexibility, and aesthetics were the major factors that induced people towards wooden structures.But the case is different for cyclone-prone coastal areas. Although the vulnerability of a structure to a cyclone is circumscribed by its siting, the possibility that a cyclone will occur, and the extent to which its edifices can be damaged by it, concrete structures are always preferred than wooden ones. Concrete buildings, although ordinarily more expensive than wood frame structures, are totally worth it in the long term.