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Off-Site Construction Council to Hold First Official Meeting at Building Innovation 2014

Monday, December 23, 2013  
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The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) will convene Monday, January 6, during Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo, for its first official meeting of the membership. All industry professionals are welcome.

Off-site construction is the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final installed location to support the rapid and efficient construction of a permanent structure. It is characterized by an integrated planning and supply chain optimization strategy.

The Institute’s Board of Directors approved the formation of the OSCC earlier this year in response to the growing need for information and consistency in the development and use of off-site construction project components.

Internationally, prefabrication and off-site fabrication have provided numerous productivity benefits—specifically in the areas of labor, scheduling, cost, quality and safety. In the United States, the National Research Council has identified the expanded use of prefabrication and off-site fabrication as an important method for advancing the competitiveness and productivity of the domestic construction industry over the next 20 years.

The U.S. off-site design and construction industry has made significant advances in implementing processes and materials to build and deliver more sophisticated and complex facility types by virtue of system prefabrication, unitization, modularization and panelization. More and more owners are turning to off-site methods for multi-story wood construction, steel framed structures, healthcare facilities, educational structures and large-scale military projects.

As an industry, however, owners, architects, engineers and contractors up until now have lacked an unbiased source for evaluating the applicability and potential benefits for use of such methods; for determining where and when fabrication is appropriate; and for identifying the range of choices inherent in integrating and collaborating with fabricators.

The Off-Site Construction Council will fill that void by serving as a research, education and outreach center for relevant and current information on off-site design and construction for commercial, institutional and multifamily facilities.

The OSCC will:

  • Provide a neutral forum for off-site construction interest groups across the industry to share information and solidify the expert base of the off-site industry sector;
  • Foster partnerships and integration of owners, industry designers (architects and engineers) and builders (fabricators and contractors) to increase the productivity of the construction sector and promote knowledge sharing across the building industry disciplines;
  • Establish a mechanism for industry and academia to work through knowledge transfer partnerships to advance off-site methods and practices by identifying gaps in research; research and development to commercialization of off-site systems; and promote, collect and disseminate findings and best practices in off-site construction; and
  • Utilize the partnerships identified above to achieve standards for off-site construction sectors in connection with other Institute councils, promoting an integrated approach to building science/technology delivery for the construction sector.

In addition, the OSCC will address regulations and standards; best practices; benefits/challenges; research; and dissemination of information relating to off-site construction.

The goal of the Council is to work across all building sectors and have a membership that is representative of the diverse commercial, institutional and multifamily interests with a stake in off-site construction.

The OSCC meeting is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register to attend only the OSCC meeting, select from tickets 5A through 5B. But don’t just come for the Council meeting—plan to attend the whole Conference! Building Innovation 2014 has a number of educational symposia and meetings occurring during the week.

Register before December 31, 2013, to avoid long lines and increased rates at registration. Register now.


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