In promoting stability, the Division collects and makes available basic statistics on building activity, and on production, consumption, and stocks of building materials, for the guidance of business groups. It publishes periodic reviews of construction activity, collects, in conjunction with the Census Bureau, retail prices of building materials as paid by contractors in about 50 cities each month, and makes special reports from time to time. It cooperates with the Division of Public Construction of the Department of Commerce, and with various national and local organizations in gathering, tabulating, and analyzing statistical data of interest to the construction industry.
The Division also cooperates with the Survey of Current Business in the Bureau of the Census in presenting monthly statistics relating to construction and building materials. It answers inquiries from individuals, companies, and trade associations, interested in construction and puts them in touch with non-governmental as well as governmental sources of information.