The latest round of the IgCC Code Development Hearings were held in Dallas last week, and by all accounts the modular building industry was able to put forward some convincing arguments to clarify and protect the industry’s members. Overall, 13 of the modular construction industry’s comments were approved which was above the overall average. The modular building industry was well represented at the hearings, led by the Modular Building Institute’s executive director Tom Hardiman, and Code Consultants Vickie Lovell and John Woestman who received strong support at the hearing from other MBI members. According to Hardiman, “the hearings far exceeded expectations,” particularly in the areas of ‘design for deconstruction’ and the protection of existing dealer lease fleets from requiring code updates for secondary utilization. This was achieved by adding language that specifically states that unaltered portions of buildings, “including relocated modular buildings”, shall comply with the codes in effect at the time of their construction. The MBI even made significant contributions to the issue of ‘building material waste’ and how the calculations would be developed. Additional details from the hearings are expected from the MBI in the next couple of weeks. You can follow the industry’s discussion of the IgCC Code Development here.
Steve Sickman is Marketing Director for Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He has worked in marketing in the construction industry for 17 years and is responsible for promotions in each of Ramtech’s key market segments: Education, Government, Medical, and Commercial.