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Current Costs

ENR's most recent Construction Cost Index, Building Cost Index, Materials Cost Index, which are updated monthly. Tables include monthly and annual percent changes.

Construction Costs
Sep 2014

The annual escalation rate for the CCI increased to 3.3% from the previous month’s 3.2%, as the index’s labor cost component rose 0.2%.

CONSTRUCTION 9870.12 +0.3 +3.3
COMMON LABOR 21069.87 +0.2% +3.9%
WAGE $/HR. 40.03 +0.2% +3.9%

Building Costs
Sep 2014

Annual inflation measured by the BCI climbed back to 2.3% after falling as low as 1.7% last May. The gain is due mostly to a 0.3% increase in the MCI

BUILDING 5408.50 +0.3% +2.3%
SKILLED LABOR 9340.84 +0.3% +3.1%
WAGE $/HR. 51.84 +0.3% +3.1%

Materials Costs
Sep 2014

Lumber prices jumped 1.2% for the second consecutive month.

MATERIALS 3005.76 +0.3% +1.0%
CEMENT $/TON 114.81 0.2% +3.8%
STEEL $/TON 49.60 +0.1% -1.2%
LUMBER $/TON 454.10 +1.2 +6.1

Labor Cost Indices
  • Skilled Labor Index

    The Skilled Labor Index is the labor component of ENR’s Building Cost Index and tracks union wages, plus fringe benefits, for carpenters, bricklayers and iron workers.

  • Common Labor Index

    The Common Labor Index is the labor component of ENR’s Construction Cost Index and tracks the union wage, plus fringe benefits, for laborers.

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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