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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
+2.5
Apr 2015

Despite a 0.3% increase in its labor component this month, the annual escalation rate for the CCI fell to 2.5% from 2.8%, recorded in March.


1913 = 100 INDEX VALUE MONTH YEAR
CONSTRUCTION 9992.34 +0.2 +2.5
COMMON LABOR 21336.45 +0.3% +2.5%
WAGE $/HR. 40.45 +0.3% +2.5%

Building Costs
+2.7%
Apr 2015

The annual inflation rate for the BCI dropped to 2.7% this month from 2.9% in March due mostly to a 0.4% decline in its materials component.


1913 = 100 INDEX VALUE MONTH YEAR
BUILDING 5500.82 +0.3% +2.7%
SKILLED LABOR 9528.98 +0.6% +2.9%
WAGE $/HR. 52.58 +0.6% +2.9%

Materials Costs
+2.4%
Apr 2015

A decline in steel and lumber prices offset an increase in cement prices as the MCI fell 0.4%.


1913 = 100 INDEX VALUE MONTH YEAR
MATERIALS 3039.50 -0.4% +2.4%
CEMENT $/TON 116.79 +0.5% +3.5%
STEEL $/CWT 50.04 -0.5% +1.2%
LUMBER $/MBF 461.17 -0.3% +5.3%

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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