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What is Depreciation?

Depreciation in the construction industry refers to the decrease in value of a building or infrastructure over time due to natural wear and tear, damage, ageing, or obsolescence. It's a concept that pertains to accounting and fiscal management within the construction sector. Recognizing depreciation is crucial for construction companies as it can be used for tax benefits and to predict future costs. Depending on the method used, which can be straight-line, declining balance, or sum-of-years digits, the annual depreciation expense can be calculated. Hence, understanding depreciation is key to a construction company's financial planning and strategy.