The International Code Council (ICC) and the US-based Modular Building Institute (MBI) have published two new offsite construction standards.
With the release of two new international standards for offsite construction, the industry is set to adopt recognised standards adding further momentum and providing clear direction for the global market.
ICC/MBI 1200-2021 Standard for Offsite Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly and ICC/MBI 1205-2021 Standard for Offsite Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance are intended to promote consistency around the globe of regulatory requirements for off-site construction processes, according to a news release from the two organisations. The standards are expected to accelerate the off-site construction industry, the release says.
“The Code Council family already offers multiple solutions to support the safe and efficient use of offsite construction. However, as we continue seeing a surge in global demand for offsite construction, we knew more guidance would be necessary, to add consistency to a global market,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO, International Code Council.
“The new offsite construction standards align perfectly with the Code Council’s mission to ensure building safety. The standards are also part of our commitment to encourage affordability—in this case by lowering the regulatory barriers to trade—that off-site products often face by having to navigate a patchwork of regional regulations.”
ICC/MBI Standard 1200-2021 addresses important facets of the offsite construction process, including planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling commercial and residential building elements. This includes componentized, panelized and modularized elements.
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ICC/MBI Standard 1205-2021 addresses the inspection, approval and regulatory compliance of offsite residential and commercial construction components, as well as their assembly and completion at the final building site. This includes permitting, in-plant and on-site final inspections, third-party inspections, the role of industrialized building departments, state modular programs, and the authority having jurisdiction. The standards do not apply to HUD Manufactured Housing.
The expanded use of offsite construction, often called modular or prefabrication, can address industry challenges including workforce availability, housing affordability, job site safety, building quality, and sustainability, the release says (offsite construction standards).
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