The Building Estimator's Reference Book BERB 30

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30th EDITION

100 Years of Authoritative Construction Estimating Experience

Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book is the single most important resource you can own. It gives you the tools you need to work up your own costs per job. With Walker’s, you get material quantities and labor productivity for your job based on your job conditions – that’s the kind of flexibility and reliability no computer program or unit price catalog can provide. For accurate building costs, turn to the source that construction professionals have relied on since 1915.

Our 30th Edition has been expanded and revised with metric equivalents. With more than 1,648 pages, this is the most comprehensive, widely-used publication of its kind. This combination of quantities of labor and material with supportive reference data enables the estimator to accurately determine variable components of unit costs. This book consolidates reference material from the supply side of the industry and displays hundreds of pages of charts, tables, drawings and unit cost tables in appropriate sections. This reduces the user’s need to search multiple sources thus saving substantial time and analysis in the estimating process.  For contractors, appraisers, adjusters, architects, engineers, home craftsmen, colleges, universities, and technical schools. Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book includes construction methods, material quantities, labor costs, labor productivity, reference tables, charts, and diagrams.

  • General Requirements
  • Construction Techniques & Methods
  • Material Quantities Required
  • Types of Material
  • Manhours/Productivity Rates
  • Application Rates
  • Metric Equivalents
  • Updated Wage Rates
  • Consolidates Multiple Sources
  • CSI Division Format


Are you a subcontractor and the Building Estimator's Reference Book more than you need? If so, perhaps one of the specialty chapter books would be more in tune with your business needs. The Reference book has been broken down into seven different specialties(Site Work, Concrete, Masonry, Metals, Carpentry, Thermal & Moisture Protection, and Finishes) and contains all the information vital for that specialty. Click here to see all available chapter books.

To see the table of contents and view chapter abstracts, click here



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