Modular Concerns: Polyurethane Foam Structural Adhesive, Part 1—Code Problems

12/18/2013
By Kevin A. Gallagher Prior to 2008, my knowledge of manufactured buildings (modular construction) was limited to two things: I needed to drive widely past the convoy of tractor trailers carrying the modular boxes along the highway and, unless told by the homeowner at the time of inspection, I never would have known that the residence was factory made. The modular industry cites several benefits of modular construction including customized, contemporary design. It is a challenge at high noon on a sunny day to distinguish—from the exterior—a modular residence from one built by traditional methods (photo 1). Imagine standing on the front lawn in the early hours of a winter morning with fire...

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