SBC Releases Data on COVID-19 Effects on In-Building Work
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 | Comments

The Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) released industry data highlighting that U.S. building inspections are still being performed and most members’ shipments have either not changed or increased.

From March 22 through April 1, the International Code Council (ICC) surveyed building and fire departments in all 50 states to learn how code officials are coping with the professional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of departments surveyed (93%) are still performing inspections, either remotely or in-person.

In addition, 65% of respondents said that some or all employees who conduct plan reviews or inspections are working remotely. Respondents came from jurisdictions of all sizes ranging from 1,000 people to more than 4.6 million.

More information on the survey and an infographic are here.

SBC asked its members whether the pandemic is affecting availability of materials for projects. As of March 31, most SBC supply chain members reported that activity and shipments had either not changed or had increased somewhat. However, the organization said it has received reports that supply chain volume is shifting day by day, with a trend moving downward, and belt-tightening and shipping problems contributing to the decline.

More detailed information is here.

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