Increase in Construction Costs Forecasted for the First Quarter of 2006 03/09/2006 | Turner Corp. attributes global demand and availability of skilled labor as reasons Dallas-based Turner Corp., the nation's leading general builder, recently announced that construction costs in the first quarter of 2006 are projected to increase over the fourth quarter of 2005. According to the Turner Building Cost Index, the first quarter 2006 index will rise to 766, showing a 2.68-percent increase over the fourth quarter 2005 index of 746 and a 10.85-percent increase over the first quarter 2005 index of 691. According to Karl F. Almstead, the Turner vice president responsible for the Cost Index: "The volume of construction activity, cost pressure on materials associated with global demand, and the availability of skilled labor are the primary elements driving the cost escalation in the domestic construction market." He continues, "Concerns over energy costs remain in the background, along with questions of the impact and timing of rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina." Turner has made its quarterly forecast for more than 50 years. Used widely by the construction industry and federal and state governments, the building costs and price trends tracked by the Turner Building Cost Index may or may not reflect regional conditions in any given quarter. The Cost Index is determined by several factors considered on a nationwide basis - labor rates and productivity, material prices, and the competitive condition of the marketplace. This index does not necessarily conform to other published indices because others do not generally take all of these factors into account. This information was reprinted with permission from Turner Corp. Turner is the leading general builder in the United States, ranking first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. For more information, visit Turner's website at (http://www.turnerconstruction.com). Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage Key Ingredient in Ethanol Production Discovered How Sustainable are PVC Water Pipes Over 100 Years? 5 IAQ Myths That Jeopardize Workplace Wellness Related Articles Sustainability / Resilience Minimizing the Radius of Distraction: A Guide to Speech Privacy Concerns & Sound Masking Systems Sustainability / Resilience Algae Project Aims for Reliable Energy Sustainability / Resilience Here's What You Can Do For America Recycles Day Sustainability / Resilience 10 Pros and Cons of EPS and XPS Insulation Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency. Polyglass’ Polyfresko® cap sheets with CURE Technology® saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!