The number of permits issued for residential buildings per se during the first half of 2013 came to 110 600, or 10.8% more than in the previous year. The number of permits issued for units in multi-family buildings (+21.7%) and two-family homes (+13.9%) increased most markedly, while the number of permits for single-family homes rose just marginally (+1.5%).
Compared to the same period a year before, the cumulative net building volume covered by permits issued for non-residential buildings in the first half of 2013 declined by 10.2% to 92.9 million m³. This is largely attributable to a reduced number of building permits for private builders/owners (-13.1%). By contrast, permits for public-sector constructors jumped by 30.2%. In terms of building type, there was a big comparative downturn in permits for hotels and restaurants (-31.4%) as well as for factories and workshops (-23.4%).