FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2013
Contact: Tracey Daniels

tracey@modular.org, 434-296-3288

Modular Building Institute Announces Speakers for World of Modular Convention

Modular Building Institute, the international nonprofit trade association that serves the commercial modular construction industry, has released its initial slate of speakers for the World of Modular trade show and convention, March 16-19, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For 30 years, the event has provided industry professionals with a place to network, exchange ideas, learn from experts, discuss issues, display new products and receive recognition.

This year’s speakers include high-profile economists, industry leaders and academics, who will discuss industry growth, trends and technology, green building, lean construction, the integration of modular with traditional construction, and more.

Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., will give an economic forecast for the construction marketplace. Basu, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most recognizable economists, consults for numerous clients, including prominent developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers and law firms.

Michael Landry, managing director with FMI Capital Advisors, will speak about his recent FMI white paper “Modularization and Prefabrication Role Development and Evolution.” In the paper, FMI predicts that “modularization and prefabrication will play an increasingly vital role in improving the productivity of the entire construction value chain.”

Deke Smith, Executive Director for the Building Seismic Safety Council and the buildingSMART alliance™ at the National Institute of Building Sciences, will discuss “Using BIM in Modular Off-Site Construction: A Natural Pairing.” Since BIM technology allows for an exact 3D model of a building, assembly issues can be worked out prior to construction, allowing for greater architectural sophistication in modular projects. Smith will present the latest advancements in the facilities industry as well as report on the progress of the National BIM Standard – United States™.

Ryan Smith, an authoritative voice on modular design and construction, and director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning in Salt Lake City, will examine “Permanent Modular Construction Best Practices.” Smith is the author of Prefab Architecture, the leading manual for the architect and construction professional on prefab architecture.

Sandra Stannard, Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will speak on sustainable building and energy efficiency, focusing on the development of climate responsive modular housing in “A Modular Alternative: Responding to Climate.” Through passive lighting, heating and cooling design strategies, along with composting toilets, water catchment systems and modern solar technology, these homes could be off the grid or even contribute energy to it.

Mark Taylor, Vice President of Permanent Modular Construction for PCL Constructors Canada, will discuss “Integrating Prefab and Traditional Construction.” While modular construction may not be suitable to all construction projects, integrating it with stick-built projects can save costs while improving the construction schedule and energy efficiency.

World of Modular is an open forum for anyone interested in the modular construction industry. To learn more, or to exhibit or attend, please visit http://www.worldofmodular.org.

About MBI
The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for 30 years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects -- from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit http://www.modular.org.