Research, Whitepapers, & Studies
MBI White Paper:
The U.S. Construction Industry: A National Crisis Looming
With the U.S. economy strong again and
unemployment rates historically low, one
might wonder why anyone would think
a crisis is looming. The answer is simple:
there are not enough skilled workers
to build all the projects that need to be
built in the same manner they have been
built in the past. The demand (need)
for construction in the U.S. is high while
the supply of labor is flat and declining
relative to demand.
McKinsey & Company Study:
For decades, construction has lagged behind other sectors in productivity performance. Now there is an opportunity for a step change: shifting many aspects of building activity away from traditional onsite projects to offsite manufacturing-style production. While modular (or prefabricated) construction is not a new concept, it is attracting a fresh wave of interest and investment on the back of changes in the technological and economic environment.
American Institute for Architects:
Design for Modular Construction: An Introduction for Architects
construction approaches are changing its reputation. When done thoughtfully—through early collaboration with fabricators—architects can create unique designs that address a range of client needs.
From quality and safety to schedule efficiency and sustainability, modular building has a lot to offer owners and project teams. Learn more about the variety of benefits of modular construction with the new AIA Modular and Off-Site Construction Guide.
International Code Council:
Guideline for the Safe Use of ISO Intermodal Shipping Containers Repurposed as Buildings and Building Components
More than 30 million International Organization for Standardization (ISO) intermodal shipping containers are in use around the world today. These containers were built to ISO standards and maintained to standards defined by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) “Convention for Safe Containers.”
New or used, containers are now repurposed at a pace that makes their reuse a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Containers are regularly repurposed and converted into International Residential Code and International Building Code occupancy uses. As a building material, the applications are widely diverse as is the extent to which the container is used as a structural building element.
National Institute of Building Sciences:
Report of the Results of the
2018 Off-Site Construction
This document, The Report of Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey,
compiles the results. It provides an update on who is using off-site construction in the
industry and how it is being used, as well as the perceived benefits and challenges of
using off-site construction in projects. This data, as an update from the 2014 survey, will
gauge how the Council can continue to educate and support the industry in implementing off-site construction practices.
Whole Building Design Guide:
Christ Hospital Joint And Spine Center
Due to the demanding need for this type of healthcare the owner, The Christ Hospital, desired the facility to be constructed as quickly as possible. This entailed looking at the project from the perspective of analyzing viable options in terms of pre-fabricating components in order to achieve the design goals of increased efficiency, schedule and quality.
Saving Time with Modular Bathroom Pods
This white paper focuses on the interspersion
of bathroom pods into traditional construction
methods. We will discuss how to know if bathroom
pods are ideal for your project, the benefits of
bathroom pods, and provide case study examples
of successful bathroom pod implementations.