Welcome to our nineth Substack Blog that focuses on construction costs. Engineering News Record (ENR) history that can be traced back to 1874. The publication has its roots in two separate publications, Engineer & Surveyor and The Plumber and Sanitary Engineer. The first issue of Engineering News-Record was published on April 5, 1917. On January 1st, 1987, the acronym ENR was adopted as the title of the magazine. The charts that follow use data that are courtesy of ENR magazine that is published 26 times a year. Historical data was pulled from microfiche copies of the magazine obtained from the New York Public Library. ENR magazine is only a small portion of the products offered by Engineer News Record and we recommend readers, particularly those with an interest in engineering and construction, take the time to view the ENR website to learn more at…
Select Construction Aggregate Prices
As the following charts will show here has been very little let up in the continued high costs of Construction Aggregates…
Although the 12-month Rate of Change has fallen from above 50% to 33.47% and there has been a month over month pullback in price the parabolic move to news highs has continued.
The cost of Masonry Sand is now up 25.97% over the past twelve months.
Concrete Ready Mix
The price of Ready Mix Concrete has re-accelerated and is higher than 12 months ago, up 8.57%
After a brief dip in the 20-City Average price of Portland Cement in the 4th quarter of last year prices have taken “off again” and are up 23.60% over the past 12-months.
The cost of one ton of Crushed Stone has pulled back slightly on a month over month basis since April but it nonetheless is up 19.13% over the past 12-months.
The 20-City average price of Cutback, MC800 Asphalt per ton has begun to rise again and is up 7.09% since this time last year.
Prices of Lightweight Concrete Block are on the rise again and are up 10.82% over the past 12-months.
Data is courtesy of Engineering News Record
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The Market’s Compass will publish select ENR construction data charts via The Market’s Compass Substack Blog every one to two weeks when new data is available.