Happy New Year! For many of us, the events of 2020 have required a recalibration of what “business as usual” means. Here are a few things that are affecting the residential and commercial building industries in 2021.
Like you, we've had to reconsider how to provide safer environments for our associates and customers. We’ve worked hard to put health and safety protocols in place. Watch our video to find solutions for your business as we share our enhanced standards in cleaning and disinfecting, personal protective equipment, reconfiguring spaces and preparing for what comes next. As requirements continue to change and evolve, we recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website often for updates.
The CARES Act
On March 27, 2020, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted in response to the economic crises caused by the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic. Section 4024(b) of this act prohibits landlords from initiating eviction proceedings against a tenant for the nonpayment of rent. (1) On January 1, 2021, this eviction moratorium ends. While it remains to be seen whether landlords will start enforcing their lease agreements again, by minding unemployment rates, government benefit extensions, and news of eviction ban extensions, you can stay ahead of what to expect in your market.
Building Energy Efficiency
Every three years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) updates their standards in efforts to reduce inefficient energy consumption. New standards will be proposed for adoption in 2021. Important to note: while you may not do business in the California, for more than a decade, the state has led the way on efficiency standards, many of which are then adopted by other states. Check energy.ca.gov to see how these new standards could affect your business
Incandescent Light Bulbs and Appliances
This year shone a spotlight on the Department of Energy (DOE), though not for enacting new standards. Several states, environmental and consumer groups have filed lawsuits against the organization for failing to review and update energy efficiency standards for more than two dozen categories of appliances and equipment. Additionally this year, lighting restrictions eliminating incandescent and halogen bulbs were supposed to go into effect for every state as part of EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act). However, the DOE rolled back these regulations. Under a new administration, these standards could potentially be revisited. Keep watching https://www.energy.gov or your local and national news for updates.
All in all, keeping up with industry standards and requirements is essential, no matter what year it is. If you’re unsure about 2021 legislation for your business, contact your local, state or federal representative.
1. CARES Act Eviction Moratorium https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11320#:~:text=CARES%20Act%20Section%204024(b,(March%2027%2C%202020).