COVID-19 Industry Updates

PBA and NAHB are committed to advocating for the housing industry to minimize the economic impact of this challenging situation. These resources will be continuously updated as more information becomes available. In order to keep you up to date on the latest news and declarations, we ask that you refer to two important web sites for information:

 ·   The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)
 ·   The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Once again, the Governor’s Office has modified its guidance regarding what is and is not permissible during the general shutdown. The Life-Sustaining Business FAQs” generally provide some insight into how the state is processing waiver requests. More importantly, FAQs 14, 16 and 19 are directly applicable to our members. 

May I complete my customer’s residential construction project?
Residential construction projects that are substantially complete may continue to completion. For all other residential construction projects limited activities may continue to the extent necessary to stabilize the site, temporarily prevent weather damage, or make emergency repairs only. Projects that are “substantially completed” are those projects that have been issued a final occupancy permit. No new residential construction projects may be started.
We recommend that you take this document with you to your job sites, whether you have a waiver or not. 

You can submit a waiver to Governor Wolf's office requesting to safely finish work on those projects that are currently underway, in an effort to allow those in the shelter industry to close construction jobs that are currently underway and at risk.

NOTE: If you were not granted a waiver you may be able to resubmit, there is nothing on theweb site specifying that you cannot. Also, please keep the HBA informed on the status of your waivers so that we may help track the success of the process for future reference.

Now it is more important than ever to stay connected and stay together and support our industry. Also, smart marketing, information, general advice and peer support are for everyone of us anf HBA has a lot of offer in these areas.

-Paul Mihranian, Lightning by Design