At World of Modular 2014, the modular building industry’s largest convention, expert speakers will discuss best practices research, lean construction, the integration of modular and site built, the latest innovations, passive house, LEED, net-zero and much more. More than 600 developers, contractors, architects, builders, dealers and equipment/service suppliers are expected at the event, slated for March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas, and hosted by the Modular Building Institute.

There is a lot of talk these days about modular construction being a more sustainable and efficient method of construction. Professor Mohamed Al-Hussein will discuss “Why ‘Greener, Faster, Smarter’ Isn’t Just a Slogan.” Chair of the Industrialization of Building Construction Department at the University of Alberta’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Hole School of Construction, Al-Hussein will share how his research toward revolutionizing traditional construction processes by using industrialized methods is well underway and producing results like more energy-efficient buildings, healthier environments for workers and occupants, higher quality products, reductions in construction costs and time, and better design.

Professor Ryan Smith from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah will examine “Best Practices in Permanent Modular Construction.” Supported by Oxford Brookes University and Edinburgh Napier University, Smith is conducting global research into the performance metrics and associated environmental, organizational and technological factors that contribute to successful permanent modular construction projects.

With interest in modular construction at all-time high, the National Institute of Building Sciences has formed an Offsite Construction Council to meet the growing need for consistency in the development and use of modular and offsite construction. In his talk “Delivering High-Performance Buildings in an Evolving Industry,” NIBS President Henry Green will discuss how the council will impact this evolving industry, especially as it relates to high-performance and green buildings.

Though modular construction is generally considered to be sustainable because of reduced construction waste, several speakers will hone in on how modular can be taken to the next level of green.

Architect Tim McDonald, President of Onion Flats, a unique development/design/build collective in Philadelphia, will explain how builders can deliver not just net-zero, but beautiful and inspiring buildings during his talk, “Net-Zero Modular Construction.” Onion Flats developed, designed and built the first LEED Platinum duplexes in the country, the first LEED Gold and Platinum projects in Philadelphia, and the First Certified Passive House projects in Pennsylvania.

Changing the Way the World Builds: Greener, Faster, Smarter. 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 off-site construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities.