Prices are updated monthly by ENR's price reporters who call a single source for each product in 20 U.S. cities. The price represents that paid by a contractor for a specified large order. Monthly prices appear on the weekly rotating cycle.
ENR's asphalt, cement and concrete prices for July 2015.
|Portland cement prices drop|
Portland cement prices dropped 0.1% this month, per ENR's 20-city average, after seeing a 0.3% increase in June. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' producer price index, the price for cement did not change from April to May after increasing 2.8% the previous month but saw a boost of 8.4% since the same time last year. Ready-mix concrete prices are up 3.3% over July 2014, declining slightly from an annual escalation rate of 3.5% in June. The price of concrete block held steady since last month but is up 2.2% annually, dropping from June's 3.7% yearly increase rate.
ENR's structural steel, rebar, building sheet and piling prices for June 2015.
|Aluminum sheet prices decline|
The price of aluminum sheet declined 1.2% in May, but saw a 1.5% increase over the same time last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' producer price index. ENR's 20-city average reports that the price of aluminum sheet rose 0.1% in June but declined 0.3% for the year. The price for 20-gauge stainless-steel sheet held steady in the past month, while yearly prices rose 1.0% since June 2014. Rates for reinforcing bars also showed no movement in the past month, after dropping 1.3% in May. Since this time last year, the price has risen 0.3%, down from last month's yearly escalation rate of 0.7%.
ENR's lumber, plywood and plyform prices for June 2015.
|Lumber prices rise|
Lumber prices continue to rise for the third consecutive month, with increases for pine and the commonly used species of 2x4s, according to ENR's 20-city average. Prices for 2x4 fir declined 0.7% in June but are still up 4.6% over this time last year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics producer price index for lumber is down 2.3% in May, with a decline of 7.9% since June 2014. Particle board prices jumped 1.2% in June after seeing no movement last month, bringing the increase over this time last year to 17.1%. Prices for plywood dropped 0.1% this month, but prices are still up 1.8% since June 2014.
ENR's sewer, water and drain pipe prices for June 2015.
|Reinforced-concrete pipe prices rise|
ENR's 20-city average price for 12-in. reinforced-concrete pipe rose 0.6 % in June, following last month's increase 1.7%. The monthly boost brought the annual escalation rate to 5.6% this month, up from 5.3% in May. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' producer price index for concrete pipe was up 0.3% in April, after holding steady in March, with an increase of 3.2% over the same time period in 2014. The 20-city average price for 8-in. PVC water pipe continued to decline in June, down 0.8% from last month. PVC pipe prices are up 3.9% over this time last year, rising from an annual escalation rate of 3.3% in May.
Materials Price Index
The Materials Cost Index is the materials component of ENR’s building and construction cost indexes. It tracks the weighted price movement of structural steel, portland cement and 2 X 4 lumber.