Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is pleased to announce the publication of a new National Standard of Canada (NSC) that will provide safety and quality management requirements for modular-built relocatable structures.
This new NSC, CAN/UL 2600 Standard for Relocatable Structures, supports the needs of provinces and territories. The standard provides necessary safety and quality management requirements that provinces can reference in laws and building codes, ensuring the safety and reliability of these modular buildings.
Relocatable structures are a form of modular construction, built in a controlled environment. They are designed to be transported over long distances and function in the harshest conditions. They include workforce housing, office structures, lodges, hotels and schools. This type of construction can be less costly than traditional construction costs and allow for relocation and expansion while maintaining safety and quality.
The Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures (MARS) initiated a proposal for a new standard after having worked with the Alberta Municipal Government to develop Part 10 of the Alberta Building Code, which set out specific quality management system requirements of relocatable structures from out-of-province.
According to Larry Roeske, Board member of MARS, “This National Standard of Canada, the result of a successful collaboration between MARS, and UL, will provide provinces, territories, and industry across Canada with a common basis of compliance and quality requirements for Relocatable Structures. MARS looks forward to the future of continuous improvement that a common standard will support.”
UL, an SCC-accredited standards development organization, facilitated the development of this national standard. UL formed an expert committee of representatives from industry and government to guide the development of the standard, which is based on Part 10 of the Alberta Building Code – but allows for these best practices to be applied as needed across any provincial or territorial jurisdiction in Canada.
By working with stakeholders in industry and governments, Canada’s standards system has ensured that the needs of manufacturers, owners and governments are balanced in order to protect Canadians who live or work in relocatable structures.
John Thompson, Director, North American Standards at UL stated, “UL Standards is pleased to work with our industry partners in developing a National Standard of Canada on modular relocatable structures, meeting the needs of stakeholders from across Canada. Developing a National Standard that addresses performance requirements creates the basis for evaluation of these structures and gives regulatory authorities confidence that safety and compatibility has been established.”
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