Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC Issues
Builders and Remodelers – are you finding it more expensive and difficult to get your mechanical subcontractor trades on the job?
Electric, plumbing and HVAC subs members – are you finding it harder to staff your builder-clients jobsites due to onerous and unreasonable licensing regulations, or getting timely inspections?
An issue arose last week that could impact availability and timing of electrical subcontractors to perform timely work for homebuilders and remodelers. And we hear it might be coming to the plumbing and hvac trades as well.
At issue are Delaware licensing laws to allow electrical journeypersons, already licensed in adjoining States, to perform their craft in Delaware of procedural, State requirements.
The issue now is there is that we are in prime construction season and electrical contractors are not able to bring in journeypersons from adjoining states to alleviate the workload on a timely basis. With high demand and a shortage of ready workers (that are otherwise qualified but don’t meet the technical licensing requirements), the result will be higher costs to obtain electrical services. If builders cannot absorb the additional costs, home prices will increase and housing affordability will be lessened.
Look for a member survey from us about electric and plumbing and hvac licenses and inspections. This will help us focus the facts from our members, in order to craft a solution.
Economic Impact Study
THANK YOU to the builders that submitted this month their sales and production data! HBADE has commissioned an updated economic study to demonstrate and codify the positive economic impact that new home building provides for the State of Delaware. We all know that housing is a major driver and fundamental contributor to the local economy, the report will quantify it