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Exploring the Existing Regulatory Framework for Modular Construction in Canada

CSA Group

The report explores the modular construction process and the roles of different stakeholders involved in it, including the design team, off-site manufacturers, transportation, and on-site installation and construction teams. It emphasizes the importance of effective communication among all parties and a thorough understanding of the process and responsibilities.

The report also highlights the challenges that regulatory officials face in the construction sector in Canada, where different jurisdictions implement varying regulations for the industry. This necessitates a nationally minded approach to best practices for manufacturers operating in the modular construction industry.

Report Summary

Consistent and reliable evaluation practices and communication methods between constructors and regulatory officials are essential for ensuring that every modular construction project is executed efficiently. The report identifies various opportunities to improve the modular construction process, examining different perspectives and approaches that can help ensure modular construction meets building codes, adheres to standards, and passes inspections with efficiency and ease.

A more uniform approach for all stakeholders concerning the processes of permitting, inspections and approvals, and codes and standards would greatly assist the industry. A thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each link in the project chain also holds the potential to lessen the workloads of Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) by improving these processes.

The report identifies key opportunities to support modular construction through new guidelines that address the modular construction process, what modular construction building permit applicants must include in their application package, what AHJs should expect to see in such a building permit application package, details that the drawings and documents of a modular construction project must include, standards and codes that are applicable and at what stages of construction they apply, how certification programs, certification bodies, and third-party inspection agencies operate, and best practices in off-site and on-site inspections procedures.

The report aims to contribute to creating a clearer understanding of the regulatory landscape pertaining to modular construction. Continued analysis of modular construction practices and procedures will provide a better understanding of the processes currently in place and opportunities for further enhancement, allowing both the public and stakeholders to feel more confident in modular construction as an effective, efficient building process.

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