Friday, March 1, 2019

Modular Building Institute Helping to Improve Total Modular Acceptance

Modular Building Institute’s Government Affairs Committee took the lead to help develop a new ICC Guideline on the Safe Use of Modified ISO Shipping Containers as Buildings or Building Components. This resource will help code officials as well as the industry understand how best to modify shipping containers while remaining compliant with the building codes.

MBI also worked with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to develop a design guide for architects using modular construction. This “primer” will share best practices and design considerations as well as highlight the advantages and challenges associated with this process.

“These are exciting times. MBI’s increased involvement in codes and standard in recent years has been impressive, creating a level of respectability with agencies and organizations beyond what I once thought possible," said Roland Brown of Ramtech Building Systems, MBI’s Government Affairs Committee Chairman. “Through MBI’s efforts, our industry has not only received much overdue respect, but now we are taking an active role in the development of codes, standards and regulatory policy that have direct benefit to our members.”

MBI has also been working directly with agencies to address barriers limiting the use of modular construction for affordable housing and disaster relief, as well as addressing state level regulatory constraints. “There is such an overwhelming need for facilities of all types that modular construction must play a bigger role in filling the gap,” said MBI’s Government Affairs Director Jon Hannah. “The high demand, coupled with skilled labor shortages are driving more owners to our industry, and the regulations need to keep up with current construction practices.” Many of these resources including the container guideline and architect’s primer will be presented as breakout sessions at MBI’s upcoming World of Modular Conference March 15-18th at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas.

About MBI

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving the commercial modular construction industry for over thirty-five years. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction™ MBI promotes the advantages of modular construction while advocating for the removal of barriers that limit growth opportunities. Through its long-standing relationships with member companies, policy makers, developers, architects and contractors, MBI has become the trusted source of information for the commercial modular construction industry.

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