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Government Affairs

As a trade association for the commercial modular construction industry, MBI works on behalf of its members around the world. Some of the most important work we do involves removing legislative barriers, helping to create industry-friendly codes and regulations, and connecting our members with the governmental agencies that govern their activities.

Featured Article

What is the Davis-Bacon Act and How Does it Affect Modular Construction?

Adopted in 1941, the Davis-Bacon Act was written long before the modular construction industry gained momentum. Now, the US Dept. of Labor is considering applying the law in ways that will seriously curtail the use of modular construction for federal and state projects.

Modular Industry Headlines

From the local to state to federal levels, legislative roadblocks and code issues continue to affect modular construction projects. Stay up-to-date on the latest issues affecting the modular construction industry and how MBI is working to protect your business and the modular construction and offsite industries at-large.

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Additional Articles

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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new modular housing in Los Angeles

25,000 New Homes Being Built in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council approved a goal of 25,000 units of new housing for homeless people by 2025. Here’s how MBI is helping to get those projects going.

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Urban Areas Paving the Way for Modular Construction to Address Housing Needs

Without enough skilled labor, homes are more expensive to build and they can’t get built quickly enough — ultimately pushing up rental costs. There is good news, though. Two cities — Chicago and Salt Lake City — are removing obstacles so modular construction can do more to help address their housing shortages.

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Government Affairs Digests

These digest-style reports detail MBI's ongoing efforts on behalf of its members and the industry at-large. Questions? Contact MBI's government affairs director Jon Hannah-Spacagna.

June 2021 Government Affairs Update

Updates on MBI’s work in Canada, Washington DC, Virginia, Illinois, California & more!

May 2021 Government Affairs Update

Updates from New York, Illinois, and California.

April 2021 Government Affairs Update

Updates from CMHC, FEMA, plus individual bill initiatives in California, Illinois, and more!

March 2021 Government Affairs Update

Updates from the CMHC’s Rapid Housing Initiative, UL2600, FEMA, the PRO Act, California, Illinois, and more!

Modular Building Resources

ICC G5-2019 Guideline for the Safe Use of ISO Intermodal Shipping Containers Repurposed as Buildings and Building Components

fannie-mae-toolkit

Multifamily Modular Construction Toolkit from Fannie Mae