UHERO Hawai’i Construction Forecast: Surge in Nonresidential Building Sustains Cycle

Economy, Forecasts

Hawai‘i’s construction cycle is near or past its peak,depending on which sector you look at. While the homebuilding peak occurred in 2005-06, the peak in nonresidential construction is likely in 2007 or 2008. The end of this cycle will be characterized by a slow decline in total real construction spending, but continued increase in the nominal tax base as construction costs rise between 4% and 5% each year. With home price appreciation over and affordability at recent lows, real residential construction will continue to recede gradually.