2014-2015 Wall Cost Study Methodology
Costs per square foot were developed for each wall system by identifying all material, labor, equipment
and 10% mark up for general conditions required to represent a complete cost. The items were priced by
conducting an intense survey of contractors in each of the regions for the material and labor costs involved
in each wall system.
Work on the project was performed independently by Capital Building Consultants, a recognized authority
on estimating in the Southeast.
The information attached includes a summary of the results of the study comparing costs per square foot for
each wall system in each region, a description of each wall system and graphic details of each wall system.
For consistent comparison, each wall quoted as 10' x 10', with no openings.
The costs developed are initial construction costs only and do not include maintenance or operating costs
associated with the different wall systems. Although the actual costs may vary with location, time, and
contractors, the comparative relationships between wall systems and geographic regions should remain
approximately the same. For more detailed information about wall costs and this study, please call
Energy Code Note: This study was developed considering the current energy code adopted by each of
the 11 cities included in this document. It is important to note that, as jurisdictions adopt the 2012 IECC
Code, wall costs may increase from those currently presented by 10% to 15%, as wall sections mandate
additional insulation requirements.