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Half of the construction sites are currently experiencing delays due to material supply issues, with time delays between 10% and 30%.

Windows not delivered, delaying the completion of a house by several months, a shortage of tiles blocking the repair of a roof, or even soaring estimates: these are the obstacles currently faced by anyone who wants work done outside in their accommodation.

Both the Council of the Order of Architects and the professional federations of the construction sector have recently sounded the alarm: 50% of construction sites experience delays due to difficulties in the delivery of materials, with time delays between 10% and 30%.

The barriers are also financial: 66% of surveyed architects believe that the works tenders they launched in the last six months have cost 10% to 30% more than planned, and 60% of architects believe their customers plan to modify their projects to reduce costs. “The disorganization linked to the pandemic and the rise in energy costs caused by the war in Ukraine has led to mounting tensions over the availability of materials needed for construction sites and delays”confirms Jean-Christophe Repon, President of the Confederation of Crafts and Small Construction Companies (Capeb).

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Right now Capeb doesn’t see a total shortage of materials, but they are arriving late. In addition to the inconvenience for individuals to see their site dragging on, the amount to pay has been higher in recent months. For Renovation Man, an employment broker that helps households find craftsmen, quotes have risen 5% to 10% since early 2022.

Difficult situation for steel and tiles

The Research Center for the Study and Observation of Living Conditions (Crédoc) specifies in an April 2022 study that products requiring highly energy-intensive processes, such as steel, aluminum or concrete, have increased by 80%, 60% and 7% respectively in compared to January 2020. Crédoc recalls, however, that all materials are affected by this inflation, especially wood, for which the global tension is high.

This situation could worsen if the war in Ukraine continues, especially for steel, as Ukraine and Russia are the main suppliers of this raw material to the European Union. “The situation is also difficult for tiles: French production is very insufficient to meet demand”warns Fabio Rinaldi, chairman of the board of directors of BigMat France, whose business is the sale of building materials.

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