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Research

Grant Funding

The California Homebuilding Foundation funds analyses on various research topics, including housing affordability, construction dispute resolutions, smart growth, land use, and local development policies.

Through our research funding, we aim to provide balance to the public-policy debate on housing issues by educating lawmakers and the public on the economic benefits of new home construction.  Crucial research findings have saved the industry billions of dollars in impact and development fees.

Annual earnings from Foundation endowments are dedicated to these projects, along with assisting regional/local building associations to support local research projects. Click here for the grant guidelines and application.

Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB)

The California Homebuilding Foundation maintains the industry's most reliable research service, the CIRB Report.

CIRB compiles and distributes monthly statistical information on California's residential and commercial construction permit activity. CIRB is the only data collecting organization in California tracking "real time" permits issued in over 538 California counties and cities on residential and commercial construction.

With current and historical housing data available from the 1960's, CIRB data is utilized by state agencies, universities and various private sector organizations. Visit www.cirbreport.org for downloadable reports, subscription information and more.

 

New Report! Beacon Economics has released a new report on the CIRB website, The Economic Outlook – Spring 2020.

This report is a comprehensive near-term forecast for the U.S., California, and California regional economies. This succinct, quarterly outlook for Spring 2020 delivers up-to-date analysis of leading indicators driving the economy, such as:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact
  • Employment trends (plus forecasts!)
  • Current building permit data
  • The next recession