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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

AIA: Architecture Billings Index indicates declining demand in April

by Calculated Risk on 5/18/2011 12:05:00 AM

Note: This index is a leading indicator for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment.

From Reuters: US architecture billings index falls in April-AIA

The architecture billings index fell almost 3 points last month to 47.6, a level that indicates declining demand for architecture services, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
"The majority of firms are reporting at least one stalled project in-house because of the continued difficulty in obtaining financing," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. "That issue continues to be the main roadblock to recovery, and is unlikely to be resolved in the immediate future."
AIA Architecture Billing Index Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows the Architecture Billings Index since 1996. The index showed billings decreased in April (index at 47.6, anything below 50 indicates a decrease in billings).

Note: Nonresidential construction includes commercial and industrial facilities like hotels and office buildings, as well as schools, hospitals and other institutions.

According to the AIA, there is an "approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending" on non-residential construction.