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Materials Trends

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.

Cement/Concrete/Aggregate

ENR's asphalt, cement and concrete prices for July 2015.

Construction Economics, Materials Trends, Cement, Concrete, AggregatesPortland 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.

Steel

ENR's structural steel, rebar, building sheet and piling prices for June 2015.

Construction Economics, Materials Trends, SteelAluminum 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%.

Lumber/Drywall

ENR's lumber, plywood and plyform prices for June 2015.

Construction Economics, Materials Trends, Lumber, DrywallLumber 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.

Pipe

ENR's sewer, water and drain pipe prices for June 2015.

Construction Economics, Materials Trends, PipeReinforced-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.

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