A new report from the BIA offers details on brick
shipment data and analysis, as well as brick's value to the industry, wall
share analysis, and expanded data on competing materials.
As part of its new Knowledge Capital Program, the Brick
Industry Association (BIA) recently launched the first edition of its Annual
Brick Industry Report
. The new report replaces the annual Sales
and Marketing Reports
that were produced in prior years.
"In today's hyper-competitive building materials
climate, we cannot afford to base decisions on personal opinions or partial
facts," said Dick Jennison, president and chief executive officer of the
BIA. "That is why the new Knowledge Capital program and reports like the
newly enhanced Annual Brick Industry Report
are such vital
components to the future success of our industry. The BIA is the industry's
national source for technical, marketing and regulatory information, and it is
imperative that we continue to invest resources into programs that help our
members-and the industry at large-build a solid foundation for sound,
In addition to reporting on shipment data and analysis,
the new report includes information on construction activity, brick's value to
the industry, residential and non-residential wall share analysis, and expanded
data on competing materials, as well as information on construction trends.
Some selected findings are included below.
On the residential side, including new single family and
multi-family, total housing starts in 2005 topped two million units, with the
South accounting for nearly 50% of housing starts. The cities with the largest
number of single family home permits in
core brick markets were Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
New York City
experienced a large number of multi-family new home permits.
On the non-residential side, 2005 contract awards grew
after declining from 2001-2004, with construction activity reaching almost 1.4
billion square feet. The South represented over 40% of all non-residential
Shipment Activity and Industry Value
Based on independent research among brick manufacturers,
distributors and masonry firms, the brick industry contributes over $20 billion
each year to the U.S.
economy. Although brick shipments grew between 2002-2004, shipments in 2005
experienced a slight decline (less than 1%) compared to 2004.
Approximately 80% of brick shipments continue to be used
for residential applications, and over a third of all brick shipments went to
the South Atlantic region. Texas,
North Carolina and Georgia continue to account for the
largest brick shipments among the states, with 15.1, 10.1 and 9.6% of brick shipments
in 2005, respectively.
Market Share of Wall Area
Out of the 17 “core brick" metropolitan statistical
areas (MSAs) studied in 2005, the brick share of residential wall area ranged
from 13 to 53%. On the non-residential side, the brick share of wall area, on a
national level, was approximately 19%. However, the share of wall area ranges
widely depending on building application. For example, brick enjoyed over 50%
share of wall area on educational buildings and less than one tenth of that
share on manufacturing/warehouse applications.
For additional information regarding the BIA
and its programs, visit www.gobrick.com.