Market research regarding building & building materials and products

Research Associates was founded in 1976 and has conducted well over 1,000 studies throughout the world for public and private sector clients.

RA carries out business to business market research in most industries and has excellent experience in building, construction and building products in UK and international markets.

In these sectors RA has carried out b2b market research projects relating to customer satisfaction and company image, market entry and development, new products or services, and company acquisition or due diligence.

Building and building materials market research studies have involved high level qualitative interviews with –

  • Architects
  • Building materials manufacturers
  • Design & build companies
  • Heating engineers
  • Home building companies
  • Housing associations
  • Installers
  • Legislative bodies
  • M&E contractors
  • Merchants (heavyside and lightside)
  • Planners
  • Plumbers
  • Private developers
  • Specifiers
  • Tier 1 and 2 construction firms
  • Trade associations and federations

RA’s experience has included working in markets such as –

  • Abrasives
  • Air conditioning and ducting
  • Architectural ironmongery
  • BIM
  • Bricks
  • Cast iron building products
  • Cavity wall ties
  • Column casings
  • Commercial pumps
  • Construction services
  • Cutting tools
  • Domestic water system pumps
  • Drainage products
  • Dry lining products
  • Excavators and construction plant
  • Fastenings
  • Fire protection boarding
  • Float valves
  • Glass and double glazed units
  • Heating equipment
  • House building
  • Insulation products
  • Lighting products
  • Pipe boxing
  • Pipe clips
  • Portable generators & compressors
  • PVCu extrusions
  • Re-locatable buildings
  • Sanitaryware
  • Showers
  • Silica Sand
  • Smart Buildings
  • Timber
  • Ventilation products
  • Washroom controls
  • Wallcoverings

Here are some of the many client endorsements RA has received for its studies in building, construction and building products sectors. Please see clients page for a list of some of our customers and international page for a list of countries where RA has conducted market research projects.

“Excellent. RA were recommended by a previous client. Just right. Very good value for money. Precise and flexible.”
Division Manager, building boards, worldwide
“Very good. We received proposals from 3 firms, we felt RA had the best approach for our market. RA was easy to work with, delivered early and provided a comprehensive report.”
National Sales Manager, sewerage products, North America
“I did not consider anyone else for the job due to good work done in the past, produced promptly and to a high standard. As ever, professional, helpful, detailed, and produced a quality study which demonstrated an ability to understand the key issues for us and to get to the bottom of a few issues with the target companies. Their speed, flexibility and insightfulness which gave us the confidence to proceed.”
Managing Director, plumbing products, UK
“Excellent. We had good experiences from previous surveys and this was a professional job. Good assessment of our position vs the competition.”
Strategy Director, construction and construction services, Europe and North America
“Very good. The project was well co-ordinated and brought in well on time. Good communication throughout. Keep up the good service.”
Marketing Manager, abrasives and cutting tools, UK
“Very good. Very satisfactory piece of work, meeting the brief and results presented clearly and concisely. Identified a number of important commercial issues that were not part of the original brief.”
Marketing Manager, water heating products, UK
“Thank you for your excellent work with us this year – it was perfect.”
Managing Director, Smart Buildings and BIM consultancy, worldwide
“Excellent. A long standing relationship and a trusted source of information. Well up to the usual standard. Had the courage and honesty to give us your real opinion rather than just feedback what we expected to hear. Keep up the good work!”
Managing Director, bathroom products, UK
“Excellent. I chose RA on previous experience. Excellent and thorough. Very good value for money. Methods proven (again!). Flexibility, adaptability, creativity.”
Chief Executive, architectural glass, Europe
“Very good. The method of approach to respondents must have been good – some have said so. The best thing was the quality and quantity of information obtained.”
Director, design & build, UK
“Very good. Understood the brief very well.”
Group Board Director, stone and masonry products, UK
“Very good. We were very pleased with it. It achieved everything we asked it to achieve. There was lots of statistical information that was very useful but the best thing was the specific guidance and recommendations. We asked you to recommend what to do and you did.”
Group Marketing Director, house builder, Europe
“Very good. This difficult project was executed very well. Professional and co-operative approach.”
Global Account Manager, dry lining products, UK
“Excellent. Research Associates understood the remit and scope from the outset. Very good value for money.”
Managing Director, acoustic building panels, UK
“We have used Research Associates in the past and RA have knowledge of our industry and access to installers to survey. Fulfilled the brief as set out with thorough reporting on the findings.”
Strategic Marketing Manager, domestic and commercial pumps, UK

For more information or if you want to discuss your market research requirements, please contact Richard Brace on –

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