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Construction Accounting
Construction glossary

What is Construction Accounting?

Construction accounting is a distinct form of project-based accounting, designed specifically for the construction industry. It involves detailed tracking of costs, financial management of project timelines, and profitability review of contracts. There are complexities unique to this accounting model, considering the long duration of construction projects and the need for rigorous cost segregation for equipment, labor, materials, and overheads.Construction accounting is central to construction economics, where accurate estimates and cost control determine the overall profitability of a project. It places emphasis on job costing, which identifies costs by specific contracts or jobs, allowing project managers and accountants to track cost effectiveness accurately. It's not just about recording transactions, but providing essential information for operational efficiency and strategic planning.