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Building Materials Prices Move Higher in May


Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased 0.6% in May (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. May marks only the fourth monthly increase in the past 12 months in the price index for residential construction inputs.

The index has declined 4.8% year-to-date (YTD), nearly four times the magnitude of the prior record for a May YTD decrease (-1.3% in 2009).  Prices paid for goods used in residential construction have fallen between January and May


Take a Look at HVAC and Building Materials

Written by Edward “Brook” Boswell

I am glad to be a part of the CTE Program and have been teaching HVAC and Building Materials at Klein Cain High School for the past year. My background is in the HVAC industry as an HVAC Technician and in building materials as an independent self-employed handyman for the past 10 years or so. I really like how my classes are for both traditional college-bound students and for those who may not go to college immediately after high school graduation. Many students simply want to work in a trade as a skilled employee and


Impact on Building Product Demand

*Data and analysis updated as of June 26, 2020

Principia Consulting is continuing COVID-19 coverage to track and calibrate the impact of the coronavirus on residential construction and building products demand. This update provides interactive views of the rapidly changing data on confirmed cases by state and how it relates to demand for building materials. Our next update will use scenarios to help predict the impact of construction restrictions and slowdowns of varying durations of the crisis. The ongoing group of analyses is fluid and will evolve as the crisis progresses in different areas of country.

As of June 26,


Building materials come alive with help from bacteria

Building materials come alive with help from bacteria
Living building materials can be sculpted into a range of shapes and sizes. Credit: CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings with help from some of the tiniest contractors out there.

In a study that will appear Jan. 15 in the journal Matter, engineer Wil Srubar and his colleagues describe their strategy for using bacteria to develop building materials that live and multiply—and might deliver a lower carbon footprint, to boot.

“We already use biological materials in our buildings, like wood, but those