California Homebuilding Foundation, BIASC Reach Agreement to Continue Construction Industry Data Service
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May 7, 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO – The California Homebuilding Foundation announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Building Industry Association of Southern California to take over the statewide construction permit data collection and reporting functions formerly performed by BIASC’s Construction Industry Research Board.
Reports for February and March will soon be released to subscribers and future monthly data will be compiled and published by CHF in a timely manner.
In making the announcement, CHF Executive Director Terri Brunson said it is essential that the data on residential and commercial construction continue being collected and disseminated to a wide range of subscribers, including government agencies, companies, researchers and the news media.
“CIRB houses data about construction trends that go back to 1954 and it is by far the most authoritative source of information about residential and commercial construction in California,” Brunson said. “Many organizations rely heavily on this information and we are excited that we can step in and take over its operations. We are also working on plans that will allow us to make the data even more useful to our subscribers in the future.”
The Research Board was formed in 1974 and has been operated by BIASC since 2007. Earlier this year, BIASC decided to spin off CIRB and discussed transferring its operations to a number of organizations before reaching an agreement with CHF.
“As a non-profit educational and research organization with close ties to our state-level affiliate, the California Building Industry Association, CHF is ideally positioned to continue and even improve upon the collection, analysis and reporting of building permit and public contract data,” said David W. Shepherd, BIASC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We know that CHF will do a great job and are pleased that we were able to keep this vital service alive within the BIA family.”
The most widely used data collected by CIRB is California building permit information, which is collected monthly from more than 525 California cities and counties. But CIRB also has been the only source of comprehensive data on private, nonresidential building permits since the Census Bureau stopped collecting such information in 1996.
CIRB’s Burbank office will close and CHF will operate the service from its office in Sacramento.
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The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) is the research and education center for California’s homebuilding and construction industries. Founded in 1978 through the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), the Foundation serves the industry by providing scholarships, funding research and conducting educational and professional development programs. The Foundation also is responsible for the Building Industry Hall of Fame. Learn more by visiting www.mychf.org.
The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc., is a non-profit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies in the housing industry, construction trades, and affiliated businesses throughout Southern California. Along with its four chapters – Los Angeles/Ventura, Orange County, Riverside County and Baldy View – it advocates on behalf of the homebuilding industry throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, southeast Kern, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino counties. Visit its Website at www.biasc.org.