Doing the Due Diligence
May 5, 2015
In the world of construction, there are three kinds of building types: permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary. The difference between each is generally determined by the time that a structure is expected to occupy a space. For most of our builds, we use the 7-day rule. If a structure is expected to remain in one spot for less than 7 days, it’s temporary. If it’s more than 7-days, but not permanent, it’s semi-permanent.
Each type of structure must adhere to different codes. And the codes are as diverse as the regions of our country. Yes, there are certain codes, like the IBC, which are universal in nature and generally apply to all structure types regardless of location and duration. But even then it varies according to the three building types. And, like the law, there are instances when state or even local codes supersede the codes above it. And once you’ve navigated all of that, don’t forget that all permitting officials interpret these codes differently.
So how does this affect you? Well, let’s say we’re planning a a cross-country tour and you want to stay in one particular spot for longer than 7-days. In that instance, the whole structure must adhere to codes for semi-permanent structures even though though it might only be considered semi-permanent just once on the tour. Even though the differences in the codes may be subtle, if you’re not up to code you stand the chance of being shut down and forced to leave that location.
As a way to ensure that all of our structures are code compliant no matter where we travel, we rely on a design agreement. The function of our design agreement is to determine all the variables necessary to understand what we’re building before we start. It’s an efficient system that allows us to build to the highest standard based on any particular state’s requirements. From insulation to electrical, and plumbing to mechanical, we work with permit coordinators and local officials directly to make certain that your project goes off without a hitch.
When you’ve been in the mobile immersion industry as long as we have, you get to know more than just how to build cool experiences out of shipping containers. You learn what it takes to make sure that people are comfortable, and that the projects are code compliant. Every time.