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Analysis of Construction Cost Fluctuation Trends and Features on Apartment Housing

  • Park, Wonyoung (Construction Management.Economic Research Division, Korea Institute of Construction Technology) ;
  • Kang, Tai-Kyung (Construction Management.Economic Research Division, Korea Institute of Construction Technology) ;
  • Baek, Seung-Ho (Construction Management.Economic Research Division, Korea Institute of Construction Technology) ;
  • Lee, Yoo-Sub (Construction Management.Economic Research Division, Korea Institute of Construction Technology)
  • Received : 2012.08.20
  • Accepted : 2012.11.20
  • Published : 2012.12.20

Abstract

Construction projects, including housing, are carried out over long periods of time. According to changes to the construction period, the cost of input materials and wages also changes. Therefore appropriate management is important in order to minimize cost risks caused by fluctuations in prices. In Korea, housing units are usually sold in lots prior to construction completion. Therefore, careful management of input elements such as materials and equipment that are sensitive to price fluctuations is very important. This study deals with how the price fluctuation of materials, labor, and equipment influences the change of housing cost and seeks a way for cost management through identifying key resources sensitive to price fluctuation. As a result, a change to the housing cost index multiplies depending on cost changes of materials and labor together. Labor costs are a major factor on the housing cost index. In addition, certain types of materials and labor input to housing construction greatly influence price fluctuations. Thus, it is found that managing those main cost factors is the key for effective cost management.

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