Central Florida’s construction market enjoyed a solid 2013 and things are looking up for this year as well, showed a new report from McGraw Hill Construction.

A total of $4.5 billion worth of residential and commercial building permits were filed in 2013, a 43 percent uptick from the $3.2 billion worth of permits filed in 2012, the report said. Homebuilders filed for $3.2 billion in permits in 2013, a 51 percent jump from 2012’s $2.1 billion, while commercial permits totaled $1.35 billion last year, a 27 percent uptick from the year prior’s $1.07 billion.

Meanwhile, December’s construction permit values declined 4 percent, from $299.1 million in 2012 to $286.7 million in 2013. The biggest contributor to that was the 73 percent drop in commercial values, from $145.6 million in 2012 to $39.1 million in December 2013. Residential values offset that with a 61 percent jump in December, from $153.5 million in 2012 to $247.5 million last year.

Permits filed in December, however, do point to future construction activity coming down the pike.

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