Price Index of Inputs in Residential Construction 1. The index measures the changes over time in the cost of a “fixed basket” of materials, products, and services used for constructing residential buildings. This basket represents the composition of construction expenditures for contractors and subcontractors. 2. As of February 2004, the index is published in an updated form and is presented according to a new base: January 2004=100.0 points. The updated index is based on the findings of a new survey of expenditures on residential buildings, whose construction began in September 1998 and was completed by the end of September 2002; after adjusting the findings to the prices of January 2004=100.0 points, which is the new base period for the updated index. 3. In addition to the system of indices relating to the total basket of residential construction, since February 2004 a system of sub-indices relating to the following building stages has been published: structure and excavation work, construction work, and finishing: plastering, painting, paving and covering, metal work and carpentry, sanitary plumbing work, electrical work, aluminium work, elevators, air conditioning, and development. These stages replace the ones that were published from February 1992 to January 2004, and provide a more reliable indication of the most recent construction processes. 4. The changes in the price levels of the various items in the index are estimated according to the change in the sample prices of various materials and services that are sold to the population of primary contractors and subcontractors in the industry. The prices are obtained from a sample of suppliers, wholesalers, importers, and establishments.