The Index of Retail Prices of Building Materials is a quarterly measure of the relative change in the retail prices of building materials used in the construction of an average home based on a sample of retail stores of different types and sizes.

Building Material Tables

Building Material Index (All Items)
Base : 1996=100

282.8

2021 Q4


Section of the Index– Inputs into Home Construction


  • Site Preparation, Structure and Concrete Frame
  • Walls and Roof
  • Electrical Installation and Fixtures
  • Plumbing and Plumbing Fixtures
  • Windows, Doors and Balustrading
  • Finishing, Joinery Units, Printing and External Works

Building Material Price Changes 2014-2021


The Index of Building Materials is also a component of the Index of Retail Prices

The base period for the Index of Retail Prices of Building Materials is the average of the four quarters of the calendar year 1996.


Using Official Statistics for SDGs


Housing is a prerequisite for inclusive, equitable, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

You may also be interested in: 
Index of Retail Prices
Index of Retail Sales
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Scroll to Top