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Building at the Intersection of Housing Affordability & Energy Conversation

This action item, presented at the SGC’s October 2023 meeting, details the SGC’s “Resolution to support energy-efficient factory-built housing to meet the State’s climate, housing and equity goals” and identifies its next steps to help fund further development of factory-built housing.

Tasked with looking at how the state of California can best house its growing population while meeting its aggressive energy, housing, transportation, land use, and equity goals, the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) faces a slew of challenges. But, if the outlook of SGC Executive Director Lynn von Koch-Liebert is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before those challenges are successfully met.

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MBI Defeats Davis-Bacon Expansion

US Department of Labor

The Modular Building Institute, with the support of its members, has defeated the US. Dept. of Labor’s Davos-Bacon Act expansion, and the stakes for the modular construction industry could not have been higher.

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MBI Secures NY Governor Veto On Bill Targeting Modular Industry

A large fleet owner member of MBI was recently delayed in Georgia due to the state’s confusion over the details of the International Building Code. According to the company’s regional general manager, “The feedback we got was, ‘Your plans are not up to date, you need to bring them up to code.’”

Here’s how MBI was able to correct the state’s misunderstanding.

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MBI Solves Relocatable Building Code Issues in Atlanta

A large fleet owner member of MBI was recently delayed in Georgia due to the state’s confusion over the details of the International Building Code. According to the company’s regional general manager, “The feedback we got was, ‘Your plans are not up to date, you need to bring them up to code.’”

Here’s how MBI was able to correct the state’s misunderstanding.

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MBI Helps Kick-Start Stalled Plan Review Process

Modular projects in Washington State had ground to a halt. Plan review lead times began stretching into six, eight, even twelve weeks. “Over the summer of 2021, it was getting even longer than that,” says Alan Rasmussen of Modern Building Systems. “By the fall and winter of 2021, reviews were taking 24 weeks.”

Here’s how MBI was able to get things moving again.

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MBI Works with WA Labor and Industries Dept.

MBI Works with Washington State Labor and Industries Department to Adopt Third Party Plan Reviews At the end of August, MBI’s government affairs director, Jon Hannah-Spacagna, was notified by members that plan reviews in Washington state were being delayed 16-20 weeks. Jon first contacted the Labor and Industries (L&I) Advisory Board Chair, Joan Brown. Joan…

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