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Latest publication: Building cost index 2022, February

Published: 11 September 2009

Building costs fell by 2.1 per cent in August

Building costs were 2.1 per cent lower in August 2009 than in August 2008. Labour costs in construction rose by 2.4 per cent in the year. By contrast, prices of materials fell by 3.2 per cent and those of other inputs by 6.8 per cent. This is indicated by the Building Cost Index of Statistics Finland.

From July to August, the total index of building costs remained unchanged. The prices for labour fell 0.1 procent from July. The prices of materials rose by 0.1 per cent, whereas those of other inputs fell by 0.4 per cent from July.

Due to non-uniform development in the prices of water pipes, the collection of prices has been widened in this commodity group. The effects can be seen in the building cost index starting from the August point figure. The index for the commodity group of water pipes covers both copper and plastic pipes.

Building Cost Index (2005 = 100) and its year-on-year and month-on-month changes

Index August
Change %
8/2008 - 8/2009
Change %
7/2009 - 8/2009
Building trade newbuilding      
Total index 112.8 -2.1 0.0
    Labour 113.4 2.4 -0.1
    Materials 113.6 -3.2 0.1
    Other inputs 109.0 -6.8 -0.4
By type of building      
    Blocks of flats 113.0 -1.9 -0.1
    Detached residential houses 112.7 -2.1 -0.2
    Office and commercial buildings 112.6 -1.9 0.0
    Industrial and warehouse buildings 112.9 -2.2 0.0
    Agricultural production buildings 114.9 -4.5 -0.2

Source: Building cost index 2009, August. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 11.9.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Building cost index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-5841. August 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.5.2022].
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