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The Salt Lake City Council has recently voted to adopt two new standards in development between the International Code Council and Modular Building Institute that establish best practices for off-site construction.

ICC/MBI Standard 1200: Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication, and Assembly and ICC/MBI Standard 1205: Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance offer minimum requirements and safeguards for off-site construction safety, public health, and general welfare, as well as standards for regulatory compliance and local inspection processes.

“We applaud the Salt Lake City Council for this important step forward with Standards 1200 and 1205,” says Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “With the major economic and safety benefits that result from off-site construction, this is paramount to Salt Lake City’s efforts to address the critical need for safe, sustainable, and affordable buildings and communities.”

The Code Council and MBI designed their new standards in order to lessen the burden of delivering affordable housing, as well as help jurisdictions achieve sustainability and jobsite safety goals. This, according to the Code Council and MBI, will ensure communities can benefit from off-site efficiencies in compliance with local building and safety codes.

“The lack of affordable housing is a crisis facing cities all over the country,” says Amy Fowler, the Salt Lake City Council chair. “This would allow the city to include another stock of housing that can be quick, affordable, and attainable. It gives more flexibility in the construction process for modular buildings and helps remove one of the barriers to building tiny homes."

The newly adopted standards are set to be finalized by mid-2021.