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About the Annual Membership Meeting

The Modular Home Builders Association's Annual Membership Meeting is the most comprehensive meeting anywhere for modular home builders, architects, engineers, developers, and suppliers. The Modular Home Builders Association provides professionals in residential modular construction a place to network, exchange ideas, learn from experts, discuss issues, and grow professionally. We are pleased to host the MHBA Annual Membership Meeting at the Hotel Hershey from October 9-10, 2019. This event features reporting on association activities, issues and trends affecting modular home building, networking opportunities, and an awards lunch to recognize the year's best projects. 


Research and Innovation in the Modular Construction Industry: A Global Perspective Keynote

Ivan Rupnik, Architect, Consultant, and Associate Professor of Architecture Northeastern University

The volumetric modular industry in the United States, the largest and oldest in the world, is on the cusp of a significant transformation in competence, capacity and capability. To better understand the potential implications of that transformation, Professor Rupnik will examine the US industry’s development in relation to two of the most sophisticated volumetric industries abroad, those of Japan and Sweden. For those countries industries, the US initially served as a model. In his session, Professor Rupnik will identify the key lessons learned that Japan’s and Sweden’s volumetric modular industries can teach the US at this key moment of opportunity for the volumetric modular industry. Over the last decade, Professor Rupnik has collaborated with other researchers on a series of projects related to the global volumetric modular industry. Professor Rupnik’s doctoral work at Harvard University has focused on the development of design and project management tools as well as regulatory frameworks specifically suited for offsite construction.

Exploring Zero Energy Modular Homes as an Affordable Housing Solution

Alison Donovan, Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) homes are an emerging affordable housing solution. Factory-built, all-electric and highly efficient, ZEMs are often outfitted with rooftop solar and use about as much energy as they produce each year, resulting in low or no monthly energy bills for residents. ZEMs were initially developed as a mobile home replacement but have been deployed in multiple other affordable housing applications. Alison will provide an overview of ZEM along with preliminary thoughts on the opportunities and barriers of ZEM as an affordable housing solution. The Q&A session will include discussion about possibilities, benefits, and challenges of ZEM.

Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness in Legacy Factories

Colby Swanson, Managing Partner, Momentum Innovation Group
Joseph Louis, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

The offsite demand today is growing again and will grow 2X faster than the labor-constrained onsite sector. Renewed interest and billions of dollars in investment are flooding the industry, which includes strong competition from foreign companies. Many investors are focused on automation and robotics but this is to the detriment of first evaluating processes, methods, and materials used in factories. Offsite industry benchmarking will help steer future factory improvements towards the most effective ways to upfit for long term success and impact. Additionally, more careful analysis using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) principles is fundamental to improving factory throughput. This session will focus on ways that existing modular manufacturers can improve their overall efficiency.

Expanding the Use of Modular Construction to Address Societal Needs

Cindy Davis, Board of Directors, International Code Council Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Building & Fire Regulations

In fewer than five years, Cindy Davis has managed to have a major effect on the Virginia code world. Now, recently elected to the International Code Council board at the Annual Business Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, she’s ready to help do that for the ICC and its 64,000 members. Davis has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Building Science and was an instrumental part of launching the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. She has been involved in a series of conversations positioning modular construction as a more viable source for Virginia’s affordable housing shortfall as well as a potential resource in the event of natural disasters. Davis will discuss these efforts along with recent initiatives within the International Code Council.

Regulatory and Legislative Updates from the States

Michael Moglia, Program Administrator, Housing Standards Division, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Norman Wang, Director of Maryland Building Codes Administration, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Home Builders Association
Don Thomas Jr., AIA, Division of Building Standards and Codes, New York - Department of State
Others invited include representatives from New Jersey and Massachusetts

Event Location

The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 844-330-1711
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MHBA has arranged for discounted guest room rates as low as USD $184 per night for a standard room at The Hotel Hershey.

To receive the special rate, call 855-729-3108 and indicate that you are reserving under the room block for the Modular Home Builders Association or book online

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