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NAIOPWA Responds to COVID-19: Advocating on Behalf of 1,000+ Members

NAIOPWA continues to be on the frontlines of CRE advocacy efforts, even while COVID-19 brings about unprecedented change to our community. As the current public health crisis transforms our industry, NAIOPWA remains committed to our proactive government outreach efforts. We will continue to support our members through advocacy during this crucial time of uncertainty.

Inslee Delays 2018 State Building Code Effective Dates After Continued NAIOPWA Advocacy Efforts

NAIOPWA has continued to advocate for a delay of the code effective dates to January 1, 2021, including submitting an official request to Governor Inslee in March, citing a number of concerns that would come with a post-COVID-19 recovery. Chiefly among these concerns are a need for predictability as permit-related meetings are delayed due to public health risks, further support of housing production during the urban housing shortage, and support of economic recovery as the pandemic subsides.  

NAIOP Seeks Expanded Guidance on Inslee EO; Memorandum from Governor on Mortgages Released

In response to Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order, NAIOP Washington has called for expansions to construction guidance to include private-sector residential and commercial construction. Read More

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order: Construction Guidance Clarification Release

NAIOP, along with AGC, requested clarification on the Governors recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order as it relates to construction activities. The newly released Construction Guidance Memo is online.  The exception to the order allows for construction in the following limited circumstances:

  • Construction related to essential activities as described in the order;
  • To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
  • To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

You can review the critical workers list here.  We will have an opportunity to revisit the scope of the Order in 7-8 days based upon the metrics the state is using to determine if progress in addressing the outbreak is being made.  The metric includes a review of infection rates, hospitalization rates, and traffic indicators. 

Seattle Construction Code Delayed

The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) delayed implementation of the construction code updates to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas, and plumbing codes to November 1, 2020, or later. Thanks to our ongoing work with the department and with city leadership, SDCI provided this information to NAIOPWA early.

Read more on our blog and please share the information widely.