How to Estimate with Means Data and CostWorks: Learn How to Estimate Using the Nation's Most Recognized Construction Cost Data with CD

This step-by-step guide takes you through all the major construction items –  now with expanded coverage of site work, concrete and masonry, wood and metal framing, doors and windows, finish work and roofing. A new chapter provides professional estimating guidance for plumbing (including fire suppression), mechanical and electrical. Over 300 estimating exercises show you, in detail, how to estimate for a broad range of construction items and systems –  including how to calculate general conditions and equipment costs.

Additional features include:

  • Expert advice on preliminary or design-stage estimates, such as when and how to use Assemblies and Square Foot estimating techniques
  • Tips from professional practitioners, including widely used formulas and rules of thumb.
  • Guidance on how to use the features of CostWorks Estimator


Includes a fully functional instructional version of Building Construction Cost Data CD-ROM. Learn how to export your cost lists to a spreadsheet, or customize them using CostWorks Estimator. The CD also includes:

  • Cost data organized according to the 2004 CSI MasterFormat numbering system
  • Two sets of plans (residential and light commercial) to practice your estimating techniques in the context of an actual project
  • Fully worked-out solutions to sample estimating problems