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Annual Builder Practices data reveals trend escalations and reversals.

Hot, Fresh Data Now Available: 2019 Annual Builder Practices Reports

May 10, 2019

Data collection for our Annual Builder Practices Survey is complete and initial findings are now being published. More than 1,500 U.S. home builders participated this year to give us highly detailed information on their new home characteristics and the products they purchased for their homes.

The Builder Practices Survey tracks many different new home product purchases and general housing characteristics. This year’s study shows a continued evolution in our new housing mix with Apartments still on top but declining as a percent of all U.S. housing starts. The biggest upswing is in Single-Family Detached (SFD) Starter homes, and the biggest drop was in SFD Move-up homes. These changes have a major impact on both volume and type of materials that go into a new home.

New Housing Mix by Type

Source: Home Innovation's Annual Builder Practices Survey

Here are some other highlights from this year’s study:

Other categories we tracked this year:

Appliances | Bathroom Accessories | Beams & Headers | Cabinets
Countertops | Deck & Porch Railings | Ducts | Exterior Doors | Faucets
Fencing & Landscape Walls | Fire Sprinklers | Finish Flooring | Foundations
Garage Doors | Home Electronics | Home Mechanical Ventilation
Standby Generators | House Wrap & Radiant Barriers | HVAC Systems
Infrastructure | Insulation | Interior Doors | Interior Finish Materials | Lighting
Outdoor Structures | Patio Doors | Plumbing Fixtures | Plumbing Piping
Roofing | Roofing Underlayment | Sheathing - Floor, Roof, Wall
Siding & Exterior Finish | Soffit, Fascia, & Exterior Trim
Structural Systems - Floor, Roof, Wall | Swimming Pools | Underlayment
Vapor Retarders in Walls & Ceilings | Windows

Why Trust Home Innovation’s Builder Practices Reports?

Our reports are far more than just summary tabulations of a national survey of home builders. We employ a robust market demand modeling methodology that compiles volume and type of products and materials purchased. We report market demand for single- and multifamily properties separately.

We’re also providing more options than ever in data format. The large survey sample size allows data subscribers to get a very granular look into county, metro area, state, and regional markets for new home products purchases. This year, the Builder Practices Reports will be available in both tabular and database formats that give you more analysis options, including analysis via business analytics and mapping software.

For more information, contact me via email or call 301.430.6305.