If you’ve wondered whether a modular building could meet your facility’s needs, these resources may help

by Brianna Crandall — July 7, 2017 — The Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the International Code Council (ICC) are the driving force behind efforts to accelerate the use of modular construction and eliminate barriers in the industry by developing a series of modular-themed guidelines and resources for code officials.

According to MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman:

The current content of the I-Codes and referenced standards must be updated to address the rapidly growing modular construction industry. We are extremely pleased to be working with the ICC to help code officials become better informed on this off-site construction process.

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.

ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, pointed out:

Off-site construction can provide real solutions to many challenges facing the construction industry today. 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 working together on an industry white paper regarding the safe use of containerized structures in the construction process. That white paper will be the introduction for working together with the ICC.

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.

Hardiman added:

We are seeing towns and states across the country struggle with how to address the increasing use of containerized structures. 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.

For more information, visit the Modular Building Institute (MBI) or International Code Council (ICC) Web site.