Building materials

Building materials are the foundation of every construction project. At USP, we have several decades of experience researching the markets for bricks, concrete, steel, wood products, and many more building materials. Architects, contractors and installers share their knowledge and experience with us about the building materials they frequently use.

Research questions that we regularly deal with are e.g.: What are the trends in building materials? How does the usage of building materials differ per country? What is the decision-making process for various building materials? How is all this affected by general trends like sustainability, BIM, and Prefab? To what degree are professionals interested in innovative products, and what innovations do they truly desire? 

Contact us if you would like to discuss your information needs for specific building materials.

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Latest news in building materials

We help our clients with various types of researches

Customer satisfaction

Would you like to increase your turnover by improving customer satisfaction in the construction, installation and home improvement sector? USP conducts customer satisfaction research in these markets to help you succeed. Enhanced customer experience and customer satisfaction is a key factor that helps a brand stand out and grow its market share

Branding

The more distinct your brand is, the more valuable it will become. Being distinct is not that easy when playing in the field of construction, installation and home improvement, however. Professionals tend to stick with their favourite brands. Our branding studies all come down to one common goal: increasing long-term profitability by introducing, maintaining or growing your brand in a wildly competitive landscape.

Customer journey

Een customer journey (klantreis) is de persoonlijke ervaring van een klant met uw bedrijf. Hoe reageren uw klanten op uw producten, diensten of concept? Het evalueren van een klantreis stelt u in staat om de sterke en zwakke punten van uw bedrijf te verbeteren, waardoor het behoud en de omzet van klanten worden verbeterd. USP kan u helpen uw aanbod af te stemmen op de behoeften en wensen van uw klanten.

Segmentation

Use segmentation research to categorise your customers in different groups that are distinct from each other in terms of relevant aspects for your product, service or concept. We not only help by determining these customer groups, but also by translating this information into the offered services and service provision, and explaining what all this means for your employees.

Market exploration

Perhaps you plan to enter a new market with your product or service. In that case, you need to understand exactly what is going on in that market. What are the trends and developments in that market, and who are the most important players?We use a range of methods to identify the market characteristics, such as market size, segmentation, distribution hubs, key media, market developments and sector culture.

Product development

Are your product and service portfolios still competitive within the market? Keeping up with continuous developments like digitalisation or sustainability are extremely important. Product research is vital in the entire product life cycle.

Monitor research

Learn about the standard monitor research reports we have available on building materials.

European Architectural Barometer

Each quarter, USP's prediction model forecasts future building volumes in eight European countries. Aside from forecasting volumes, we use architects' insights to study key trends like BIM, prefab, changes in DMU, the changing role of architects, and many more. Knowing where, how and when these trends become relevant is key market intelligence necessary for sound strategic decision making.

 

Contractor Monitor

The main aims of this research are to give construction product manufacturers a good understanding of European contractors (who they are, what they do, how they behave) and the main trends in the construction market.

European Home Improvement Monitor

In this online study, we track the home improvement jobs that consumers do (or outsource to professionals) in and around their homes. We report insights on online orientation, purchase channels, brand preferences and DIY behaviour. The study is held in 11 European countries and is based on 26,400 interviews per year. Detailed category insights are available for more than 20 specific product categories.

Insights

Learn about insights we have available on subjects related to building materials

Download a sample sector outlook

Download the latest report of the European Architectural barometer which outlooks the sector and also covers a specific topic

Sample Report

European Architectural Barometer Media orientation

So what happened to orientation behaviour during the pandemic? To track the changes in orientation behaviour, we decided to focus on this topic in the European Architectural Barometer Q1 2021 report. The full report is out now and covers many aspects regarding the changes in orientation behaviour of European architects due to corona. As we track orientation behaviour regularly, we can clearly map out the changes in their behaviour and provide insights on their future orientation behaviour. This report covers 8 European countries and is based on 1,000 successful interviews with architects. 

Contact us

For more information about our expertise and research on building materials please contact the responsible partner below.
We look forward to help you.

Contact our expert:

Henri Busker

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Dirk Hoogenboom

Research

Customer satisfaction

How to increase your turnover through customer satisfaction?

Branding

The more distinct your brand is, the more valuable it will become.

Customer journey

A customer journey is a customer's personal experience with your company.

Product development

Provide your product development and design team with end-user insights

Market exploration

Gain the insights you need to be successful in new and potential markets

Pricing

Pricing is and always has been the biggest profit driver. We help you setting the right prices for your product

Segmentation

Better understand the unmet needs of you (potential) customers, identify growth opportunities and reach your target group in an effective way.

Market size

Quantify the potential returns of your investment by understanding the market size and setting realistic sales targets for new and potential markets

Driver analysis

Know which elements of the customer experience have the most impact on overall satisfaction, recommendation, and retention.

 

News

​Read our articles based on the insights from our Market Reports. 

Case Studies

Market Research Case Studies and industry experience can bring background and thought to any research project.

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