SIC & NAICS Codes

Industry Profiles

Industry Financials & Statistics

Industry Forecasts

Trade & Industry Associations

News, Trade & Industry Publications

Government & Regulatory Agencies

Companies

This Industry Data Finder will point you to resources specific to Construction & Building Materials Industries, such as Residential & Non-Residential Construction, Highway Construction, Lumber, Structural Steel, Gypsum Board, Windows & Doors, Alternative Building Materials and Manufactured Housing. For more general assistance researching an industry, visit the Library's Subject Guide on Company & Industry Research.

SIC & NAICS Codes

Many databases and reference sources are organized by SIC and NAICS codes, so you will need these codes for your research. The codes classify companies and industries by their primary line of business.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
SIC codes for construction and building materials industries include the following:

  • SIC 15 General Building Contractors
  • SIC 24 Lumber & Wood Products
  • SIC 1521 General Contractors, Single Family Houses
  • SIC 1611 Highway and Street Construction
  • SIC 2421 Sawmills and Planing Mills
  • SIC 2435 Hardwood Veneer and Plywood
  • SIC 3275 Gypsum Products

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The NAICS system is replacing the SIC system. Though most databases and reference sources are still using SIC codes, many are, or will soon be, beginning the switch to the NAICS system. NAICS codes for construction and building materials industries include the following:

  • NAICS 23321 Single Family Housing Construction
  • NAICS 23411 Highway & Street Construction
  • NAICS 32113 Sawmills
  • NAICS 321211 Hardwood Veneer & Plywood Manufacturing
  • NAICS 321911 Wood Window & Door Manufacturing
  • NAICS 32742 Gypsum Product Manufacturing

These are samples, not complete lists, of SIC and NAICS codes for these industries. Use the following sources to identify additional SIC and NAICS codes for your company or industry.

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Industry Profiles

Standard & Poor's Homebuilding Industry Survey (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Obtain a substantial overview (about 30 pages), statistics and outlook for the industry. Includes a comparative analysis of statistics for the industry's major players.
Special Directions: select "Industry" from the horizontal blue menu bar at the top of S & P's home page.

Also available in the library in print.
Location: REF HC 106.6 .S74

Value Line Research Center Building Materials, Homebuilding and Manufactured Housing / Recreational Vehicles Industry Descriptions (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Retrieve a one page overview and forecast, as well as some industry statistics, for the industry. Also available in the library in print.

Hoover's Industry Records (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Construction & Building Materials

Get a detailed industry overview including key people and a ranking of key companies. Find industry news, company lists, news, and industry-related website links. Hoover's provides detailed sub-industry links, SIC and NAICS codes, and industry family trees.

State of the Nation's Housing
Explore this annual study from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Business Source Premier (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Construction and Building, Developing, and General Contracting
Use the Business Searching Interface to find global industry profiles from leading market research sources.

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Industry Financials & Statistics

Standard & Poor's Homebuilding Industry Survey (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Obtain a substantial overview (about 30 pages), statistics and outlook for the industry. Includes a comparative analysis of statistics for the industry's major players.
Special Directions: select "Industry" from the horizontal blue menu bar at the top of S & P's home page.

Also available in the library in print.
Location: REF HC 106.6 .S74

From the US Census Bureau:

From the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):

Industry Statistics
From the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

US Housing Market Conditions
From the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Research Information Center
From the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Manufactured Housing Statistics
From the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Value Line Research Center Building Materials, Homebuilding and Manufactured Housing / Recreational Vehicles Industry Descriptions (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Retrieve a one page overview and forecast, as well as some industry statistics, for the industry. Also available in the library in print.
Location: Business Reference Area

Cole Library Economy and Economic Indicators Subject Guide: Construction and Housing Section

FW Dodge Construction Analytics
Some material is available for free.

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Industry Forecasts

Standard & Poor's Homebuilding Industry Survey (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Obtain a substantial overview (about 30 pages), statistics and outlook for the industry. Includes a comparative analysis of statistics for the industry's major players.
Special Directions: select "Industry" from the horizontal blue menu bar at the top of S & P's home page.

Also available in the library in print.
Location: REF HC 106.6 .S74

State of the Nation's Housing
Explore this annual study from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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Trade & Industry Associations

Business & Company Resource Center (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Find associations related to the industry using Business & Company Resource Center. Use the Advanced Search and select Associations in the Content Area pull-down menu. This gives you online access to the International, US National, and Regional, State & Local volumes of the Encyclopedia of Associations.

Additional resources for finding associations are in the guide to Finding a Trade, Industry, or Professional Association.

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News, Trade & Industry Publications

Search the Cole Library's list of electronc full text journals using the Electronic Journals: A-Z list.

ABI/Inform (ProQuest) (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search for full text articles from trade publications related to building.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO) (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search for full text articles on building from trade and business sources.

Trade and Industry Publications from LexisNexis Academic (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search for full text articles from a wide variety of relevant publications, including Building Design & Construction, Concrete Products, Engineering News-Record and American Metal Market.

Earth and Environmental Sciences (CSA)
Search citations and abstracts of articles in environmental science and materials toxicity, plus government reports and conference papers.

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Government & Regulatory Agencies

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB)

US Army Corps of Engineers

US Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Companies

Find lists of major companies in the industry using these databases:

Mergent Online (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
See the Industry Reports or search by NAICS or SIC.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
See the Comparative Company Analysis section.

Hoover's (Rensselaer at Hartford login ID and password required)
Search one company in the industry and use the Competitors link to see others. Industry keyword search and browsing are also available.

For help finding the web sites for companies you are interested in, take a look at our guide to locating a company's web site.

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Updated: 2013-01-16, 14:30