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Construction cost index for plumbing works in office and commercial buildings


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Key figures

3.9 %

change from previous year in total plumbing costs

Construction cost index for plumbing works in office and commercial buildings. 2000=100
March 2020March 2021Change from previous year (per cent)Weight pr cent
1Wage statistics for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter are included in the construction cost of May, August, November and February respectively
Plumbing costs total227.8236.73.9100,0
Administrative expenses184.7189.42.517,3
Labour costs1200.0204.02.026,0
Sanitary installations225.1235.24.554,5
Administrative expenses184.7189.42.58,4
Labour cost1200.0204.02.012,4
Heating installations231.1238.73.345,5
Administrative expenses184.7189.42.58,9
Labour cost1200.0204.02.013,4

About the statistics

The index measures the monthly cost development of plumbing installations in office and commercial buildings. It is used for contract escalation in construction contracts between plumbing companies and building contractors.



Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Labour cost is divided into two main components, which are calculated separately: wages and salaries for actual worked hours, and other labour costs. Other labour costs include wages and salaries for hours not worked and social security charges.

A Laspeyres price index is a price index where the weights remain fixed. A chained Laspeyres price index is an index linked by Laspeyres indices with different sets of weights.

Price: Actual sales prices to the construction industry. Price on the 15 th of each month exclusive VAT.

Standard classifications

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Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Construction cost index for plumbing works in office and commercial buildings
Topic: Prices and price indices

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

National level only.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Price observations from the wholesale dealers are stored on Excel-spreadsheet.


Background and purpose

The CCI measures the changes in the prices of input factors to the construction process of plumbing works. CCI ignores gains in productivity and changes in profit margins.

The indices are published since 1999.

Users and applications

The CCI is used used for contract escaltion in construction contracts between plumbing companies and building contractors

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

Some data are collected from the Consumer Price Index, Wage Statistics and Cost index for road goods transport.

Legal authority

Statistics Act Sections 2-2 and 2-3.

EEA reference

Not relevant



Construction cost indices measures the price developments of material, labour, transport, plant and other types of input factors for plumbing works in office and commercial buildings, i.e. costs incurred by the carrying out the construction work. It is two different types of information to be collected about the input factors, the percentage of each component (weights) and the prices. The weights are compiled every tenth year through cost studies of plumbing works. The prices are measured monthly.

Data sources and sampling

The material prices are collected from wholesale dealers.

The labour costs are based on Statistics Norway's quarterly wage statistics and a percentage of social security charges according to wages.

Transport costs indices compiled by Statistics Norway.

All the main suppliers of plumbing materials, provides about 325 price observations every month.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The material prices are collected by e-mail.

Reporting and record keeping burden

An outlet uses an average of 25 minutes every month to fill in the questionnaires.

The prices are put through tests, which identify observations with large price changes from the previous month. Prices are also checked when sorted by item and when items are aggregated into groups. Sub-indices and item-indices are checked against time-series that are published earlier and comparisons with other statistics.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


The construction cost index is calculated as Laspeyres Index.

Comparability over time and space

Statistical releases older than 7 April 2017.

No breach in time series.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The outlets might, for the sake of convenience, copy the previous month's prices instead of the correct prices when filling out the questionnaires. The most obvious cases of this kind are revealed in a manual check carried out when receiving the questionnaires.

When a product or service is no longer sold the outlets are instructed to find a replacement and mark it in the questionnaire. If they fail to do so, the difference in price between the old product and the replacement will incorrectly be registered as a price change of the old product.

The sample of eight main wholesale dealers covers 80 per cent of the turnover.

Sampling errors are not calculated.

Non-sampling errors

For some goods prices measurements are based on price lists, and changes in discounts given to building contractors are not taken into account.

Price effects due to changes in relative prices.
The price ratio between different goods and services has been changed over time.

Unsatisfactory handling of quality changes.
Statistics Norway has not initiated separate calculations of the impact of these measuring errors in the building cost indices.


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