The Construction Cost Index (CCI) is a measure used to track changes in the cost of construction over time. It is an indicator that reflects the price fluctuations of labour, materials, equipment, and other resources required for construction projects. The CCI is calculated by comparing the current costs of a fixed basket of construction goods and services to the costs of the same basket in a base year.

The primary purpose of the CCI is to:

  1. Monitor inflation: The CCI helps identify trends in construction cost inflation and allows construction professionals, including quantity surveyors, to assess how costs have changed over time. This information is crucial for accurate cost estimating and budgeting.
  2. Adjust contract values: The CCI can be used to adjust contract values to account for cost increases or decreases, ensuring that contractors are fairly compensated for the work performed.
  3. Benchmark performance: The CCI serves as a benchmark for comparing the costs of different projects or for assessing the efficiency of construction practices in various regions or industries.
  4. Forecast future costs: The historical data provided by the CCI can help construction professionals make informed predictions about future cost trends, allowing them to plan projects more effectively.

Construction Cost Indices can vary by region, country, or even by specific sectors within the construction industry. They can be published by governmental agencies, trade associations, or private organizations. In practice, the CCI is an essential tool for quantity surveyors, project managers, and other construction professionals, as it helps them make more accurate cost estimates, manage budgets, and assess the financial implications of changes in construction costs.