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Construction Material Costs are Setting New Records

Even though lumber prices have recently declined, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says builders are facing some of the fastest increases of other building material costs in history. The latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows an 0.2 percent increase in the prices of goods used in residential construction (with the exception of food and energy costs) in July. Those costs had increased 3.0 percent in June. David Logan posted in NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog that the BLS index shows those building costs have declined only twice since December 2019 and have climbed by 19.4 percent over the past 12 months. As an aside, when food and energy are included, the index is up 22.3 percent year-over-year.



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