Behind the Wall Plumbing

Increasing Number of Bathrooms per Structure to Drive Demand

Plumbing Products

US spending on behind the wall plumbing (BTW) products is projected to advance 4.6% annually through 2022. Rising single-family housing completions and consumer interest in adding bathrooms to existing homes will boost demand for BTW plumbing products. As more bathrooms are installed, more and longer pipe runs will be needed to connect these bathrooms to water supply and sewer lines, while more fittings and valves will be needed to direct and regulate fluid flows.

Key Findings in the Behind the Wall Plumbing Study:

Homeowner Interest in Adding Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures to Support Growth

In addition to installing more bathrooms in residences, homeowners will add fixtures to kitchens and bathrooms to enhance convenience. Such amenities as island and prep sinks, pot fillers, his-and-her vanities, and showers with multiple showerheads will further promote demand for BTW plumbing products. All of these fixtures need pipe and fittings to connect them to existing water supply and sewer networks, and valves are needed to ensure that water is delivered to fixtures at the proper temperature.

Radiant Flooring Systems to See Strong Demand Advances

Among all applications, radiant flooring systems will see the most rapid demand gains going forward. Demand will be fueled by increased installations in new homes and high-end commercial buildings and greater use in bathroom renovation projects. The installation of radiant flooring systems generates significant demand for BTW plumbing products. Significant quantities of pipe are needed to move water beneath floors, while large numbers of pipe supports and other fittings are needed to secure pipes.

Fire Suppression Systems Will Continue to Account for Largest Share of Demand

Fire suppression systems accounted for the largest share of BTW plumbing product demand in 2017 and will continue to do so going forward. Building codes require the installation of these systems in nearly all new commercial structures and multifamily housing complexes, thus ensuring significant demand for these systems in any given year. Going forward, demand for fire suppression systems will be supported by growth in commercial construction spending and rising interest among building code specifiers in requiring the use of these systems in new single-family residences.

Study Coverage

This industry study presents historical demand data (2007, 2012, and 2017) and forecasts for 2022 and 2027 by product (pipe, fittings, valves, fire sprinklers), application (fire suppression systems, distribution, DWV, radiant flooring) and market (new residential, residential improvements and repairs, new commercial, commercial improvements and repairs). Demand is presented in dollar value terms, as well as in unit demand for pipe fittings and fire sprinklers. The study also evaluates factors driving kitchen and bathroom remodeling spending growth and discusses key sales channels.

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  1. Behind the Wall Plumbing

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    1. 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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      1. Figure 1-1 | Key Trends in the US Behind the Wall Plumbing Market

    2. 2 OVERVIEW

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      1. 2.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 2-1 | US BTW Plumbing Market Overview

      2. 2.2 Historical Market Trends

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        1. Table | Historical BTW Plumbing Products Market Trends, 2007 – 2017

        2. Figure 2-2 | BTW Plumbing Historical Market Trends, 2008 – 2017

      3. 2.3 Demand Outlook for Behind the Wall Plumbing

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        1. Table | BTW Plumbing Product Demand, 2007 – 2027

        2. Figure 2-3 | BTW Plumbing Demand, 2007 – 2022

      4. 2.4 Key Drivers of Demand

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        1. 2.4.1 Overview

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        2. 2.4.2 Interest in Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling

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        3. 2.4.3 Increases in the Number of Bathrooms per Structure

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          1. Figure 2-4 | Number of Bathrooms in US Housing Units, 2017

        4. 2.4.4 Interest in "Aging-in-Place" Renovation Projects

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          1. Table | Consumer Responses by Race & Ethnicity & Age: "I prefer to age in place", 2017

          2. Figure 2-5 | Americans Aged 55 & Over, 2007 – 2027

        5. 2.4.5 Rising Interest in Radiant Flooring Systems

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        6. 2.4.6 A Shortage of Plumbing Professionals

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        7. 2.4.7 Water Conservation Efforts

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        8. 2.4.8 Rising Use of Fire Suppression Systems in Single-Family Residences

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        9. 2.4.9 The Nation's Aging Water Infrastructure

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      5. 2.5 Supply & Foreign Trade

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        1. 2.5.1 Overview

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        2. 2.5.2 Effect of Tariffs on Trade

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          1. Table | BTW Plumbing Product Supply & Demand, 2007 – 2027

      6. 2.6 Pricing Trends

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        1. Table | BTW Plumbing Product Pricing, 2007 – 2027

    3. 3 PRODUCTS

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      1. 3.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 3-1 | Key Trends in BTW Plumbing Product Demand in the US

      2. 3.2 Demand Outlook by Product

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        1. Figure 3-2 | Behind the Wall Plumbing Products: Product Overview

      3. 3.3 Pipe

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        1. 3.3.1 Pipe Overview

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        2. 3.3.2 Key Drivers of Pipe Demand

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        3. 3.3.3 Value Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Pipe Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          2. Figure 3-3 | Pipe Demand by Material, 2017 – 2022

        4. 3.3.4 Demand Outlook by Length

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          1. Table | Pipe Demand by Application & Material, 2007 – 2027

          2. Figure 3-4 | Pipe Demand by Material, 2017 – 2022

        5. 3.3.5 Demand Outlook by Material

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          1. Figure 3-5 | Characteristics of PEX Pipe

          2. Table | PEX Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          3. Figure 3-6 | PEX Pipe Share of BTW Plumbing Market in Length, 2007 – 2017

          4. Figure 3-7 | PEX Pipe Market Share, 2017

          5. Figure 3-8 | Characteristics of PVC Pipe

          6. Table | PVC Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          7. Figure 3-9 | PVC Pipe Market Share, 2017

          8. Figure 3-10 | Characteristics of Other Plastic Pipe Types

          9. Table | Other Plastic Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          10. Figure 3-11 | Characteristics of Copper Pipe

          11. Table | Copper Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          12. Figure 3-12 | Copper Pipe Market Share, 2017

          13. Figure 3-13 | Characteristics of Galvanized Steel Pipe

          14. Table | Galvanized Steel Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          15. Figure 3-14 | Galvanized Steel Pipe Market Share, 2017

          16. Figure 3-15 | Characteristics of Ductile Iron Pipe

          17. Table | Ductile Iron Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

      4. 3.4 Fittings

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        1. 3.4.1 Fittings Overview

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          1. Table | Selected BTW Plumbing Fitting Types

        2. 3.4.2 Value Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Fittings Demand by Type, 2007 – 2027

        3. 3.4.3 Unit Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Fittings Demand by Type, 2007 – 2027

        4. 3.4.4 Demand Outlook by Type

          $2,153.00

          1. Figure 3-16 | BTW Plumbing Tees Characteristics

          2. Table | Tees Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

          3. Table | Tees Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          4. Figure 3-17 | BTW Plumbing Couplings Characteristics

          5. Table | Couplings Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

          6. Table | Couplings Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          7. Figure 3-18 | BTW Plumbing Elbows Characteristics

          8. Table | Elbows Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

          9. Table | Elbows Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          10. Figure 3-19 | Pipe Supports Product Characteristics

          11. Table | Pipe Supports Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

          12. Table | Pipe Supports Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          13. Figure 3-20 | Other Fittings Product Characteristics

          14. Table | Other Fittings Demand by Product, 2007 – 2027

          15. Table | Other Fittings Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

          16. Table | Other Fittings Demand by Material, 2007 – 2027

          17. Figure 3-21 | Leading Suppliers of Other BTW Plumbing Fittings

      5. 3.5 Valves

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        1. 3.5.1 Product Overview

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          1. Table | Selected BTW Plumbing Valve Types

        2. 3.5.2 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Valves Demand by Application & Market, 2007 – 2027

        3. 3.5.3 Demand by Market

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        4. 3.5.4 Demand by Application

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        5. 3.5.5 Suppliers

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      6. 3.6 Fire Sprinklers

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        1. 3.6.1 Product Overview

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          1. Figure 3-22 | Characteristics of Fire Sprinklers

        2. 3.6.2 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Fire Sprinklers Demand, 2007 – 2027

        3. 3.6.3 Demand by Market

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        4. 3.6.4 Suppliers

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          1. Figure 3-23 | Fire Sprinkler Market Share, 2017

    4. 4 APPLICATIONS

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      1. 4.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 4-1 | Key Trends in US BTW Plumbing Applications

      2. 4.2 Demand Outlook by Application

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        1. Table | BTW Plumbing Product Demand by Application, 2007 – 2027

      3. 4.3 Fire Suppression Systems

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        1. 4.3.1 Overview

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          1. Figure 4-2 | Fire Suppression Systems Overview

        2. 4.3.2 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Fire Suppression System Demand by Product, 2007 – 2027

          2. Table | Fire Suppression System Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          3. Figure 4-3 | Drivers of Fire Suppression System Pipe Demand by Material

          4. Table | Fire Suppression System Fittings Demand, 2007 – 2027

        3. 4.3.3 Demand by Market

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          1. Table | Fire Suppression System Demand by Market, 2007 – 2027

      4. 4.4 Distribution Systems

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        1. 4.4.1 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Distribution System Demand by Product, 2007 – 2027

          2. Table | Distribution System Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          3. Figure 4-4 | Distribution System Value Demand Share of Copper & PEX Pipe, 2007 – 2027

          4. Table | Distribution System Fittings Demand, 2007 – 2027

        2. 4.4.2 Demand by Market

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          1. Table | Distribution System Demand by Market, 2007 – 2027

      5. 4.5 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems

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        1. 4.5.1 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Drain, Waste, & Vent System Demand by Product, 2007 – 2027

          2. Table | Drain, Waste, & Vent System Pipe Demand, 2007 – 2027

          3. Figure 4-5 | Advantages & Disadvantages of Other DWV Pipe Materials

          4. Table | Drain, Waste, & Vent System Fittings Demand, 2007 – 2027

        2. 4.5.2 Demand by Market

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          1. Table | Drain, Waste, & Vent System Demand by Market, 2007 – 2027

      6. 4.6 Radiant Flooring Systems

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        1. 4.6.1 Overview

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          1. Figure 4-6 | Radiant Flooring System Components

        2. 4.6.2 Demand Outlook

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          1. Table | Radiant Flooring System Demand by Product, 2007 – 2027

          2. Figure 4-7 Radiant Flooring System Demand for PEX Pipe, 2007 – 2022

          3. Table | Radiant Flooring System Fittings Demand, 2007 – 2027

        3. 4.6.3 Demand by Market

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          1. Table | Radiant Flooring System Demand by Market, 2007 – 2027

    5. 5 MARKETS

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      1. 5.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 5-1 | Key Trends in US BTW Plumbing Markets

      2. 5.2 Demand Outlook by Market

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        1. 5.2.1 Overview

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          1. Table | BTW Plumbing Product Demand by Market, 2007 – 2027

        2. 5.2.2 Commercial Buildings

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          1. Table | Commercial Buildings Demand for BTW Plumbing Products, 2007 – 2027

          2. Figure 5-2 | Commercial BTW Plumbing Products Demand Overview

        3. 5.2.3 Residential Buildings

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          1. Table | Residential Buildings Demand for BTW Plumbing Products, 2007 – 2027

          2. Figure 5-3 | Residential BTW Plumbing Products Demand Overview

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 6.1 Key Findings & Industry Composition

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        1. Table | BTW Plumbing Products US Sales by Company, 2017

      2. 6.2 Market Share

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        1. Figure 6-1 | US BTW Plumbing Products Market Share, 2017

        2. Figure 6-2 | BTW Plumbing Products Market: Overall Leading Supplier

        3. Figure 6-3 | BTW Plumbing Products Market: Second Leading Supplier

        4. Figure 6-4 | BTW Plumbing Products Market: Third Leading Supplier

        5. Figure 6-5 | BTW Plumbing Products Market: Fourth Leading Supplier

      3. 6.3 Key Competitive Strategies

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        1. 6.3.1 Overview

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        2. 6.3.2 Horizontal Integration

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        3. 6.3.3 Vertical Integration

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        4. 6.3.4 New Product Development

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        5. 6.3.5 Mergers & Acquisitions

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          1. Table | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

        6. 6.3.6 Cooperative Agreements

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          1. Table | Selected Cooperative Agreements

      4. 6.4 Marketing Channels

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        1. 6.4.1 Overview

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        2. 6.4.2 Brand Name Identification

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        3. 6.4.3 Internet-Based Marketing

          $82.00

        4. 6.4.4 Other Media

          $82.00

      5. 6.5 Distribution Channels

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        1. 6.5.1 Overview

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        2. 6.5.2 Supply Houses

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        3. 6.5.3 Big-Box Retailers

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        4. 6.5.4 Other Retailers

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        5. 6.5.5 Internet-Based Retailers

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      6. 6.6 List of Industry Participants

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    7. 7 APPENDIX

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      1. 7.1 Scope

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        1. Table | Relevant Industry Codes

        2. Table | Relevant HS/HTS Codes

      2. 7.2 Definitions

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      3. 7.3 Abbreviations

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        1. Table | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

      4. 7.4 Freedonia Methodology

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      5. 7.5 Study-Specific Methodology

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      6. 7.6 Sources

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      7. 7.7 Related Freedonia Group Studies

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      8. 7.8 Macroeconomic Assumptions

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        1. 7.8.1 Economic Environment

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          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2007 – 2022

          2. Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 – 2017, Compared to 1980 – 2005 Average

        2. 7.8.2 Demographic Trends

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          1. Table | Population & Households, 2007 – 2022

          2. Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2002 – 2017

        3. 7.8.3 Consumer Spending

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          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

        4. 7.8.4 Consumer Financing

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          1. Table | Consumer Financing Environment, 2007 – 2017

        5. 7.8.5 Building Construction

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          1. Table | Building Construction Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

        6. 7.8.6 Residential Building Construction

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          1. Table | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

        7. 7.8.7 Housing Completions

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          1. Table | New Housing Indicators, 2007 – 2022

          2. Figure 7-3 | New Housing Square Footage by Housing Type, 2002 – 2017

        8. 7.8.8 Housing Stock

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          1. Table | Housing Stock by Type, 2007 – 2022

          2. Figure 7-4 | Housing Stock by Year of Construction, 2017

        9. 7.8.9 Residential Improvements & Repairs

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          1. Table | Residential Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

        10. 7.8.10 Commercial Building Construction

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          1. Table | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

        11. 7.8.11 Commercial Building Stock

          $98.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Stock by Type, 2007 – 2022

        12. 7.8.12 Commercial Building Improvements & Repairs

          $282.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2007 – 2022

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