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Construction Economics
ENR publishes both a Construction Cost Index and Building Cost index that are widely used in the construction industry. This website contains an explanation of the indexes methodology and a complete history of the 20-city national average for the CCI and BCI. Both indexes have a materials and labor component. In the second issue of each month ENR publishes the CCI, BCI, materials index, skilled labor index and common labor index for 20 cities and the national average. The first issue also contains an index review of all five national indexes for the latest 14 month period.
Current Cost Indices
  Construction Costs   Building Costs   Materials Cost  
+3.2
Jan 2015

Annual inflation tracked by the CCI jumped to 3.2% from 2.7% during the previous month, with wages up 3.1% for the year.


1913 = 100 INDEX VALUE MONTH YEAR
CONSTRUCTION 9971.96 +0.4 +3.2
COMMON LABOR 21228.82 +0.4% +3.1%
WAGE $/HR. 40.33 +0.4% +3.1%
Steel  Lumber/Drywall  Pipe Cement/Concrete/Aggregate

ENR's steel and metal prices for January 2015.

Construction Economics, Materials Trends, SteelStructural steel prices slipped in January.

ENR's 20-city average price for structural-steel shapes fell 0.4% in January, wiping out last December's 0.3% gain. That left ENR's average price for wide-flange, channel and I-beams 1.9% above a year ago. ENR's monthly prices for reinforcing bar, steel plate, aluminum sheet and stainless-steel plate all declined in January. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' producer price index for copper products declined 1.3% in December. That was the ninth monthly price cut in the last year and left the PPI for copper products 4.4% below a year ago. ENR's price for copper water tubing is down 5.8% for the year.

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  • Construction Cost Index History
    200 hours of common labor at the 20-city average of common labor rates, plus 25 cwt of standard structural steel shapes at the mill price prior to 1996 and the fabricated 20-city price from 1996, plus 1.128 tons of portland cement at the 20-city price, plus 1,088 board-ft of 2 x 4 lumber at the 20-city price.
  • Building Cost Index History
    68.38 hours of skilled labor at the 20-city average of bricklayers, carpenters and structural ironworkers rates, plus 25 cwt of standard structural steel shapes at the mill price prior to 1996 and the fabricated 20-city price from 1996, plus 1.128 tons of portland cement at the 20-city price, plus 1,088 board ft of 2 x 4 lumber at the 20-city price.
Cost Index History Tables

The building and construction cost indexes for ENR’s individual cities use the same components and weighting as those for the 20-city national indexes. The city indexes use local prices for portland cement and 2 X 4 lumber and the national average price for structural steel. The city’s BCI uses local union wages, plus fringes, for carpenters, bricklayers and iron workers. The city’s CCI uses the same union wages for laborers.

ENR Cost Indexes in 20 Cities 1978-2012
  Atlanta, GA   Baltimore, MD   Birmingham, AL   Boston, MA
  Chicago, IL   Cincinnati, OH   Cleveland, OH   Dallas, TX
  Denver, CO   Detroit, MI   Kansas City, MO   Los Angeles, CA
  Minneapolis, MN   New Orleans, LA   New York, NY   Philadelphia, PA
  Pittsburgh, PA   San Francisco, CA   Seattle, WA   St. Louis, MO
ENR Cost Indexes in Canadian Cities 1978-2012
Montreal Toronto
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3rd Quarterly Cost Report:
ENR Confidence Index Rises Again
10/06/2014

The Construction Industry Confidence Index rose for the sixth straight quarter, and industry executives believe the market will continue its steady growth through at least the beginning of 2016.

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