Construction materials prices have climbed as commodity costs increase. Cement makers have raised prices to meet more stringent environmental standards, while the price of copper is on the rise after fluctuating during the recession. Cement providers must comply with the new National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants, and they're rolling the cost of compliance into pricing. With copper, investment demand and demand from fast-growing China have buoyed prices even while U.S. construction market demand for the metal has remained low.
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