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Global supply chain disruptions continue to hamper construction of island homes


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Video of a record number of freighters waiting at the Port of Los Angeles this week tells much of the story: a global bottleneck for shipping goods, including construction materials destined for Hawaii.

Even though the construction industry has been one of the brightest economic sectors here during the pandemic, disruptions to the global supply chain of commodities like paint, copper, and PVC continue to drive upward. construction costs and delaying projects.

“So you have plumbers who can do 90% of the job, but they don’t have the fittings because they’re not made to the same standard as everything else,” said Beau Nobmann, president of the Building Industry Association. of Hawaii.

“It’s the same with copper: you just have to produce copper and bring it here, that’s a problem.”

This is in addition to a lumber shortage earlier in the pandemic which industry experts say added $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 to the price of a typical new home.

COVID has closed or slowed down many factories, causing supply chain disruptions. Shortages are now causing delays, especially in residential construction.

“Some critical things that you would normally see in two to four weeks take three to four to five times as long,” said Jeff Prostor, director of home builder Isle Communities.

“Appliances are definitely a challenge. We have homes that are nearing completion and we can’t even get a stove or cooktop delivered on time according to our original schedules.

Erin Kirihara, senior vice president of construction consulting firm Rider Levett Bucknall, believes the supply disruptions will continue for another “18 to 19 months.”

But she doesn’t think it’ll slow down Hawaii’s booming construction industry.

She said there are still a lot of hotel constructions that have been delayed by COVID restarting.

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