Dear HBA of Metro Denver Members,
It is nearing one month that most of us started experiencing changes to the term “business as usual”. Working from home, zoom meetings, re-adjusting budgets and workplans…none of us saw it coming and all of us are impacted. The HBA of Metro Denver is no exception. As a trade organization that represents the home building industry, our 77-year history has afforded us a lot of experiences including changes like recessions, mergers, significant acts of nature and more and, collectively as an industry we have persevered. We will persevere through this unprecedented pandemic and we will continue doing what matters – building homes to create communities and safe places to shelter and be with family.
During this last month, the continued strong advocacy of our industry has never been more important. The home building industry is a vital component of the economy; both externally and internally within your own family units. It is with great respect and pride that myself and the staff team at the HBA are working on behalf of the almost 4,000 individual members that represent our 530 member business base. The HBA’s key focus has been to ensure local inspections, permitting, CO’s, TCO’s and third-party inspections are in place within our charter along with supporting and keeping construction an “essential” business. Working on local and state issues that impact your today and your tomorrow, and to communicate out these efforts has been the very core of operations.
If you have not bookmarked www.hbadenver.com, will you please do so? Our website is full of information that we do not want you to miss. A specially designed COVID-19 access page and tool-kit are devoted resources that provide you with social distancing protocols for worksites, including downloadable items, business resources for HBA members and announcements within a one-stop location. Additionally, the HBA of Metro Denver has an award-winning national Jobsite Safety Program that has been at the forefront of keeping our jobsites safe with training and education and an OSHA safety partnership. HBA Member and Jobsite Safety Committee member, Dan Johnson has just released videos in English and Spanish that are very helpful and can be found via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpeEvyI1aIhaSVDOdSA0rgA.
Nationally, NAHB has released information recently asking all companies to participate in a Job Site Stand Down this Thursday, April 16, 2020. This year the stand down for safety is around COVID-19 and reviewing the requirements to keep everyone safe. This is a 10-15 minute program to educate all involved parties through a variety of ways that work best for your company. You can find these materials linked here HBADenver.com/StandDownPacketEnglish and HBADenver.com/StandDownPacketSpanish
Safety protocols have never been more important. I strongly encourage you all to support these programs and review the resources in this newsletter that will benefit everyone of our members one way or another.
Here’s to our health and solidarity!