The Importance of ICC’s Offsite Construction Standards


In September 2021, the International Code Council (ICC) created offsite construction standards, marking an historic shift in the perceptions of modular and systems-built construction. As home building evolves, such advancements not only recognize progress in residential construction, but also set the stage for future developments.

The ICC is known globally for its commitment to maintaining safe and sustainable environments. With the introduction of these offsite construction standards, the council recognizes the changing dynamics of the residential construction industry.

Offsite construction — which involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating and assembling building elements away from their final installed location — has seen a steady rise in popularity. Benefits such as reduced construction time, less waste, fewer site disturbances and higher quality from controlled environments are likely reasons for this growth.

However, like all innovative methods, offsite construction needs a set of standards to ensure its consistent quality and safety. The ICC’s offsite construction standards provide guidelines and benchmarks for professionals in the field, ensuring that all offsite construction projects meet a certain level of excellence and safety.

NAHB recently passed a resolution acknowledging and supporting these standards. This move underscores the industry's collective commitment to ensuring that offsite construction is efficient and held to the highest safety and quality standards.

ICC Vice President of Innovation Ryan Colker will provide a detailed dive into how the standards impact designers, manufacturers, builders, product and service providers in the systems-built housing industry during NAHB’s Building Systems Housing Summit, Oct. 15-17, in Washington, D.C. Discover how the ICC is working with industry partners to provide states and local municipalities with a universal standard for offsite construction projects in their jurisdictions.

Register today to attend the Building Systems Housing Summit.

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