BIA COVID-19 Afternoon Update | 4/14/2020

Every day at 5:00 pm I watch Governor Beshear address the Commonwealth. Sometimes the message is vital to our existence. Sometimes the message is more important to us personally.
What I have noticed during these daily briefings are regular questions in the Facebook comments regarding why construction is essential.
We’ve given lots of thought to that question so we’re ready to answer publicly should the need arise.
And I want you to be able to answer this question too – should you be questioned by a neighbor or a Legislator or a media representative.
Below are the reasons construction is essential during this pandemic. We’ve also provided you with some signage that you can print and post in your place of business that refers to the Governor’s Executive Order so anyone that questions will have clear access to what was presented for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Why is construction considered an essential business?
  • The region is experiencing a shortage of housing units. This shortage will not diminish after the COVID-19 crisis. Our workforce is considered essential with the Department of Homeland Security as we are performing “housing construction related activities to ensure additional unites can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage.”
  • New home construction cannot be halted due to concerns with site safety, negative environmental impacts and waste.
  • Remodeling projects cannot be halted mid project due to concerns of homeowner safety and habitability.
  • Home builders and related professionals not only build homes but provide essential services including: plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems, waste/wastewater treatment plants and power generations.
  • The construction industry (including remodeling and repair) is highly regulated by multiple entities at the local, state and national level.
  • Our industry continues to adhere to public health guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • A large majority, if not all land development and residential construction job tasks fall within OSHA’s Lower Exposure Risk jobs. OSHA’sGuidanceonPreparingWorkplacesforCOVID-19 divides job tasks into difference categories; very high, high, medium, and lower risk.
  • Housing is currently 14.6% of Gross Domestic Product and a major engine of the economy. If construction is disrupted, it creates a domino effect leading to dire negative economic repercussions for an already-burdened economy.
  • Signage referencing Governor Beshear’s Executive Order.
You may have other reasons to add to this list – and if so I’d love to hear them. Just email, call or text them to me and we’ll continually update this list. 
I don’t doubt the essential nature of your business. And we’re ready to answer why should we receive the question.
Be safe,
Juva Barber
BIA of Greater Louisville
502 458 0032 – mobile
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