EVERY YEAR, WITH THE PARTICIPATION of thousands of builders nationwide, the NAHB Research Center's annual Builder Practices Survey (BPS) documents materials usage in new-home construction. Recognized as one of the most comprehensive sources of data on residential building materials available, the BPS details the characteristics of materials purchased—from flooring and cabinetry to fireplaces and garage doors—to provide perspective on industry trends and product market share.

In an effort to make the BPS more inclusive, this year's survey has been expanded to include a new residential lighting category. The lighting survey segment was designed to report on builders' usage of interior and exterior bulbs and fixtures, as well as new energy-efficient products, in new homes. This is the first time that the Research Center has conducted a syndicated survey on lighting materials, which has product manufacturers and distributors eagerly awaiting the final report's publication.

“We continue to expand the BPS to meet the changing needs of the industry, which relies on the Research Center's analysis to enhance product development,” says Ed Hudson, director of market research. “Our unique relationship with the industry provides unparalleled access to builders, and there is no other survey available in the marketplace today that presents the opportunity to respond to market conditions based on input directly from home builders.”

The annual Builder Practices Survey and its counterpart for residential remodeling, the Consumer Practices Survey, will be available in August 2006. Data reports cover new-home construction material purchases by volume, size, style, type, and other characteristics and are organized into single-family attached, single-family detached, and multifamily homes. For more information, or to reserve a copy in advance, contact Shelton Cartwright at 301-430-6232 or visit www.nahbrc.org.