The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council has released three new documents concerning modular construction.
These new resources are:
— “Getting the Most Out of Off-Site Construction: Steps for Success,” which provides a step-by-step approach to help overcome barriers. It outlines the process for the deployment of an effective off-site construction project.
— “Using Precast Concrete as an Off-Site Construction Strategy” looks at the reduction in the number of trade-to-trade coordination points on-site; addresses quality control at the plant and referenced standards and certifications; considers the impact to the construction schedules; and offers case studies, including the challenges of the project and reason for choosing off-site construction methods.
— “The Rise of Modular Construction: Emerging Commercial and Legal Considerations” examines some of the perceived challenges to effectively utilizing off-site construction methods, such as the application of building codes; licensing and permitting requirements; whether to treat the fabricator as a subcontractor or supplier; how long to maintain project records; lien and prompt payment statutes; and insurance twists.