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Customized reports track construction throughout California

California Homebuilding Foundation overhauls CIRB data collection, reporting

The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) has introduced a new database it says will provide real estate professionals and researchers with more comprehensive reports on construction projects throughout California.The CHF took over operations of the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) last year, and collects construction information including building permit and valuation data from more than 530 city and county governments in California. CIRB data has been collected for more than 60 years. But the data had been stored in antiquated systems, according to the CHF. CHF has been working to modernize CIRB's system to make reports more timely and user-friendly, said CHF Executive Director Terri Brunson.Information from the old system has been imported into a new database that now "seamlessly" collects new data from cities and counties. The new system enables CHF to offer monthly and annual CHF/CIRB reports on residential and commercial building activity, in additio...