ENR 2011 Square Foot Costbook Published

November 12, 2010

Engineering News-Record (ENR) has published the 2011 edition of the ENR Square Foot Costbook. For builders, contractors, and do-it-yourselfers who wish to stay on top of their projects, this cost book can be an important information tool to have in the library.

The book, priced at $57.95, is currently available for a free 30-day trial. ENR will “immediately send you the book to examine and use for 30 days.”

According to the marketing literature, the book “puts right at your fingertips detailed and incredibly accurate square foot cost projections for dozens of actual building projects — from schools to correctional facilities, visitor centers, museums, fire stations, libraries and much more.”

ENR contends that no other publication makes cost estimating so easy, especially when considering how different base square footage costs can be. But the ENR Square Foot Costbook , eliminates this problem by providing costs that are based on actual projects — not hypothetical models. “All of the cost data is carefully broken out by CSI MasterFormat Division and presented in a cost-per-square-foot basis.”

The book, published by Building News, Inc., (shown in the photo) contains four sections:

  • Current Square-Foot Costs, provided by Design Cost Data. Each project is broken down by CSI MASTERFORMAT Division, and costs are reported in two ways: total cost by division and square foot cost by division.
  • Construction Economics, provided by Engineering News Record. Cost information on the most commonly used construction materials is graphically presented to clearly show one- to five-year trends. This makes it easy to see how (and where) material costs affect overall construction costs.
  • Unit-in-Place Costs, provided by BNi Building News. Over 6,000 accurate, up-to-date unit costs in the CSI MASTERFORMAT provide cost coverage for all aspects of construction — from site work and concrete, to doors and painting.
  • Cost Adjustment Factors, provided by Design & Construction Resources. Prices around the country can vary by as much as 30%. These adjustment factors let you account for regional variations in labor and material costs.

For each building type, buyers get a detailed narrative with background information on the specific project. This enables them to see the data in context and make appropriate adjustments to their own projections.



Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.