Modular Building Institute



December 5, 2007
Contact: Tom Hardiman
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Modular Building Institute Addresses Acoustical Society of America Conference Attendees

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) -- the only international trade association representing non-residential, modular construction providers -- is working with the Acoustical Society of America's (ASA's) Committee on Noise to draft a supplemental standard to the existing classroom acoustics guidelines ANSI S12.60-2002. As a part of that collaboration, Tom Hardiman, MBI executive director, presented industry accomplishments in improved classroom environments at the annual ASA meeting.

In August 2006, the S12 Working Group 46 was formed to draft the supplemental standard for improved acoustical environments in relocatable classrooms. Co-chaired by Hardiman of MBI and Dr. Paul Schomer, Standards Director for the ASA, the group meets several times a year toward that goal. After a draft standard is completed, it will be submitted to ASA's Accredited Standards Committee on Noise - S12 for approval and inclusion in the existing classroom acoustics guidelines ANSI S12.60-2002.

At this November 30 meeting, Hardiman addressed both ASA and MBI participants, along with other acoustical experts. In the past year MBI has promoted sound standards in its industry by supporting high performance programs like CHPS and LEED, hosting a high performance design competition for relocatable classrooms, encouraging MBI members to embrace new building technologies and techniques, as well as providing resources to schools and parents in the promotion of the best possible classroom environments.

"MBI supports a holistic approach to building design with a goal of improving relocatable classroom environments," said Tom Hardiman, MBI's Executive Director. "I think we have made some solid progress in the past year. MBI has embraced new building design and technologies and will continue to encourage our members to build better and higher performing classrooms for our children.

About MBI
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI's mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit


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