Safety and Standard Quality for Prefab Homes
Prefabricated homes, or commonly called prefab homes, are houses with components manufactured off-site and in advance. Instead of building each part of the structure on site, mass-produced houses are shipped from the manufacturer to the site for assembly.
Since its inception, the popularity of prefabricated homes has enjoyed occasional surges on account of the convenience with which it can be put together. This type of construction method is quick, efficient and great at minimizing wastage. Prefab homes can be erected within three days after delivery of parts compared to construction from scratch which could take months depending on the scale of the project. Being made from eco-friendly materials and a building method yielding less waste, going for prefab homes is a more environmentally sustainable alternative. There is one area of concern for homeowners however and that is sturdiness of construction.
Primarily for the safety of homeowners and the community as a whole, prefab homes have to follow quality standards in terms of construction. Elite International, maker of safe and long–lasting prefab homes, is compliant to the uniformly accepted building codes.
Elite International Code Approvals
In 1927, the International Conference of Building Officials first published a set of standards for houses and other buildings meant to be applied across cities and states. This is the Uniform Building Code (UCB). This building code was revised three times until 2000, when it was replaced by the new International Building Code (IBC). Another set of regulations governing prefab homes is recommended by Southport Building Code (SFBC).
Today, the IBC outlines and mandates the requirements to be met by safe and standard prefab homes in the United States. It is a combination of the BOCA National Building Code published by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA); the Standard Building Code of the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI); and the Uniform Building Code. By eliminating the differences in its predecessors, makers of prefab homes are better guided in building quality, eco-friendly prefab homes for the modern homeowner. This was not the first time the organization attempted to unite. In 1997, they also unified themselves under Council of American Building Officials (CABO) for the same purpose.
Builders of prefab homes already have a good grasp of such regulations; what’s important is that you as a homeowner can also tell whether your home is compliant or not. One good tip is to subject your property to a very thorough building inspection so you can enjoy the many advantages of eco-friendly prefab homes without the accompanying risk.