AIA: Architecture Billings Index increased in February

by Bill McBride on three/22/2017 12:24:00 PM

Remember: This index is a primary indicator primarily for model new Industrial Precise Property (CRE) funding.
From the AIA: Architecture Billings Index rebounds into positive territory

The Construction Billings Index (ABI) returned to progress mode in February, after a weak displaying in January. As a primary monetary indicator of constructing train, the ABI shows the approximate 9 to 12 month lead time between construction billings and constructing spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI ranking was 50.7, up from a ranking of 49.5 inside the earlier month. This ranking shows a minor enhance in design suppliers (any ranking above 50 signifies an increase in billings). The model new duties inquiry index was 61.5, up from a finding out of 60.zero the sooner month, whereas the model new design contracts index climbed from 52.1 to 54.7.
“The sluggish start to the year in architecture firm billings should give way to stronger design activity as the year progresses,” talked about AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “New project inquiries have been very strong through the first two months of the year, and in February new design contracts at architecture firms posted their largest monthly gain in over two years.”

• Regional averages: Midwest (52.4), South (50.5), Northeast (50.zero), West (47.5)
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.eight), multi-family residential (49.three), blended apply (49.2), industrial / industrial (48.9)
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AIA Architecture Billing Index Click on on on graph for larger image.
This graph reveals the Construction Billings Index since 1996. The index was at 50.7 in February, up from 49.5 in January. One thing above 50 signifies enlargement in demand for architects' suppliers.
Remember: This consists of business and industrial facilities like lodging and office buildings, multi-family residential, along with schools, hospitals and completely different institutions.
In accordance with the AIA, there’s an "approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending" on non-residential constructing. This index was constructive in 9 of the ultimate 12 months, suggesting an extra enhance in CRE funding in 2017.