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CSA report by Arup analyzes high-rise modular construction

The report reviews the current regulatory landscape and considerations for growth.

July 8, 2020  By CCE

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group recently commissioned Arup to develop a report analyzing the high-rise modular construction industry, in an effort to pave the way toward new industry standards.

The report reviews the current regulatory landscape and considerations for growth, referencing how demand for modular construction has increased over the last decade in response to urbanization, lack of affordable housing, construction labour shortages, rising labour costs and stagnant productivity. Benefits include reducing waste, alleviating community disruption and improving safety for construction teams.

“High-rise modular represents a significant opportunity to advance the construction sector in North America,” says CSA Group’s director of construction and infrastructure, Dwayne Torrey, P.Eng. “This report not only looks at a number of opportunities, but also tackles the challenges faced by this fundamentally different method of construction.”

CSA chose Arup to conduct the research based on the consulting engineering firm’s experience in providing multidisciplinary services for high-rise modular buildings, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), structural engineering, fire safety and acoustics.

For the full report, click here.

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