uilding codes and other industry regulations can help designers better define a project and create a structure that is not only aesthetically pleasing but safe.

However, when it comes to the modular industry, the lack of consistency in those codes and regulations can frustrate project teams and perhaps even hinder growth, or at least delay it.Modular experts say if they had their way, codes would be more amenable to offsite construction methods.

“If I had to say what is utopia, it would be that [jurisdictions] use the most up-to-date building codes; they all use third-party inspectors; and we don’t have to worry about local or city officials amending [their modular] programs so that we’re having to jump through more hurdles,” said Jon Hannah-Spacagna, director of government affairs for the Modular Building Institute.

The first is unlikely, said David Tompos, president and CEO of Indiana-based NTA, a company that specializes in inspecting and certifying modular units and other manufactured structures around the country. NTA was founded in 1976 and later acquired by the International Code Council (ICC).

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