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The Modular Building Institute hosts regular "town hall" style meetings—both in-person and virtually—to further the interests of the commercial modular construction industry. These calls are often instrumental in helping shape the state and regional codes, guidelines, and standards that govern the industry.
None at the moment. Have an idea or opportunity for a town hall? Email Jon Hannah-Spacagna.
TEXAS TOWN HALL CONFERENCE CALL (August 5, 2020)
Donna Lipke, Program Manager for the Texas Industrialized Housing and Buildings Program and her full administrative team joined MBI members, MBI Government Affairs Director, Jon Hannah and MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman for a town hall call.
Donna and her team covered many topics including their recent Texas Sunset Review results as well as some new processes to decrease unnecessary delays. The topics included:
*New option to submit plan approvals electronically
*New option to pay fees online
*Implementation of Remote Virtual Inspections (RVIs)
*Review of the department’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025
*Advisory Council meetings are now not mandated and can be called at the President of the Council’s discretion, as needed
*New IBC Council Appointees to be released by Governor Abbott today; regular council call for August 13 has been postponed
CALIFORNIA TOWN HALL CONFERENCE CALL (July 21, 2020)
Administrators John Westfall and Daniel Humphreys from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) participated in the call. We had approximately 12 MBI members participate in the call along with MBI GA Director, Jon Hannah and MBI Executive Director, Tom Hardiman.
The group was informed that HCD is interested in implementing Virtual Remote Inspections (VRIs), especially with the COVID19 pandemic, but any changes to their program would need to made legislatively. They also discuss their new predevelopment/scoping discussions they have implemented to speed up the approval process and lessen the number of re-inspections needed.
The MBI team had a follow up discussion with Mr. Westfall and Mr. Humphreys on working together to pass legislation to allow VRIs as well as other potential improvements to their program. We’ll continue to keep members informed as these discussions progress.