Modular Building Institute, ICC Working Together to Boost Modular, Offsite Building

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The Modular Building Institute (MBI) informs MHProNews of an effort to work with the International Code Council (ICC) to promote modular and offsite construction.

MBI, via a release, stated that they are working to eliminate barriers for the industry, by developing guidelines and resources for code officials.

 The current content of the I-Codes and referenced standards must be updated to address the rapidly growing modular construction industry,” said MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman.

Some who follow the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) don’t realize that there are several organizations – like MBI – that represent modular builders.                                                              

We are extremely pleased to be working with the ICC to help code officials become better informed on this off-site construction process,” he noted.                                      

Tom Hardiman, Modular Building Institute, credit, Bisnow.

Tentative plans call for the ICC and MBI to collaborate on a series of guidelines and standards, including a model administrative program as well as more resources for the use of containerized structures.

Off-site construction can provide real solutions to many challenges facing the construction industry today,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “The Code Council looks forward to working with MBI and other industry partners to provide a catalyst for the application and use of off-site construction methods.”

The Modular Building Institute and the National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) are also reported to be working together on an industry white-paper, focused on the safe use of containerized structures in the building process. “That white paper will be the introduction for working together with the ICC,” the MBI release stated.

Already successful in getting new language included in the 2018 International Building Code specifically addressing relocatable buildings—a significant portion of the modular construction industry—MBI’s new collaborative effort with ICC will focus more on permanent modular construction, bathroom pods and containerized structures.

We are seeing towns and states across the country struggle with how to address the increasing use of containerized structures,” said Hardiman. “It’s a great concept, but we have to be able to demonstrate that this is a safe process for end users, while also protecting the significant investment that has already been made in these units.” ##

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