Modular construction relies on offsite construction of the components that make up a building. In this video, Jim explains that this can present unique challenges related to permitting and inspection and discusses issues that must be considered to ensure that the agency or municipality having jurisdiction is able to meet their obligations related to verifying compliance to building codes.
- Another question that often comes up … as soon as I start talking … about fabricating entire assemblies … like wall or floor systems offsite is, … "How will they be inspected?" … And that's certainly something that the industry has … to explore and address … as this type of prefabrication becomes more prevalent, … but it's also not something … that we haven't dealt with in the past as an industry. … I already mentioned precast concrete in the last video. … That's a form of modular offsite construction … where a structural concrete member is premade at a plant … and then shipped out to the job site. … And there are often requirements for inspections … of the reinforcing steel inside that concrete. … Now, sometimes the agency's inspector … from the local building department does travel … out to the plant. … Sometimes a third-party inspector that's located … in the same city as the plant is hired. … And sometimes because of the controlled environment … in a plant setting, records can be kept, …
- What is modular construction?
- Advantages of modular construction
- Limitations of modular construction
- Combining on-site and premanufactured construction
- Benefits: Continuous improvement to sustainability