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Associated Builders and Contractors / April 13, 2015
Prices for inputs to construction industries expanded 0.8 percent in March, the largest monthly increase in more than two years, according to the April 14 producer price index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices have now expanded for two consecutive months after declining during the prior six; however input prices are down 3.6 percent on a year-over-year basis. March marks the fourth consecutive month year-over-year input prices have declined, the longest such streak since 2009. Crude petroleum prices fell 4 percent in March and have fallen in eight of the previous nine months.Read More
Concrete Construction / October 8, 2013
Turner Construction Company announced that the Third Quarter 2013 Turner Building Cost Index — which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States — has increased to a value of 868. This reflects a 1.05 percent increase from the Second Quarter 2013 and 4.33 percent annual increase from the Third Quarter 2012. Turner VP Karl F. Almstead said, “Material prices are increasing, but generally off their highs of the year and labor costs remain constrained. The increase in construction activity has enabled pricing to cautiously increase amongRead More
Michael Neal / NAHB / July 18, 2013
After a period of significant increases, the growth in the prices of building materials has slowed according to June Producer Price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Year-over-year growth in gypsum prices slowed by 3.7 percentage points to 15.6%. Annual softwood lumber price growth decelerated by 8.7 percentage points to 8.0%. And Oriented Strand Board (OSB) prices grew by 37.0% year-over-year in June, still high, but 24.8 percentage points less than the year-over-year growth recorded in May.
The slowing of the growth of building material prices is good news for builders andRead More
David Crowe, NAHB / BUILDER / July 15, 2013
A typical home’s total materials costs increased 5 percent during the past six months; higher in the South and West.
Home building material prices soared earlier this year although some calm arrived recently. Material costs account for about one-third of a new home’s selling price, so a 10 percent rise in material costs equates to an average $8,500 price increase per house. The current conservative appraisal environment makes that kind of increase near impossible. Two recent NAHB surveys highlight the extent of these trends and the materials most affected.
The NAHB surveyedRead More
David Crowe / NAHB / July 11, 2013
Rising home prices and increasing residential construction have been the clearest signs of the housing rebound that took hold in 2012 and continues into 2013. Data from the start of the summer are consistent with these long-run trends, offering a bright spot in otherwise lackluster economic environment.
Total private residential construction spending increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $328.6 billion in May 2013, the fastest pace of residential construction since October 2008. The reading is 1.2% above the positively revised April estimate and 22% higher over a year ago.Read More