Consumer protection from poor construction practices & public opinion
Industry improvement in all areas including installation.
The NPBA monitors zoning regulations and construction codes and any changes that may affect the industry. The NPBA believes that, in order to protect the public, the quality of construction should be no less than that expected of home builders. Other issues such as transportation and quality of components used in construction are of interest. Building installations and the safety issues surrounding the installing and setting of portable buildings are of strong importance to the Organization. The NPBA will be addressing acceptable standards associated with all phases of the portable building industry including manufacture of equipment for transport.
In addition to construction quality, the NPBA is interested in monitoring public opinion of the industry in general. The NPBA has as contract with a third party “opinion polling company,” that includes a special “member’s discount,” Members may utilize the special pricing position to poll their customers at any time and for any reason in order to ascertain opinions that would improve their business. The NPBA will maintain the results of those opinion polls in order to monitor every facet of the business to support industry sales and marking efforts. The polls also provides the purchaser of portable buildings an opportunity to express any concerns with the industry.
The NPBA also is planning a Certification Process. To administer the certification, a testing facility will be constructed that will reveal any issues with a structure that could prevent it from meeting established criteria. A Certified structure will be one that meets or exceeds minimum standards set forth in the certification. Strength of the structure, as it relates to advertised loading specifications will tested. The testing facility will be addressing roof, exterior, substructure, doors and windows, ventilation, safety issues related to doors, windows, and ramps, foundational and other substructures.
Regarding the Certification process, builders with qualifying structures will have the option of receiving certifications for their structures that meet specific requirements for “elderly friendly” handicap rated and child proof, etc.
NPBA Is Exclusive To Non-Wheeled Structures
Planned Test Facility To Provide Certifications.
National Portable Building Association
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and perpetuation of the portable industry, to improve quality standards for construction, worker safety, homeowner safety and advertising and other business ethics. The organization provides industry support for monitoring and lobbying local, county, state and federal agencies regarding portable building regulations and other matters that could be of importance to the industry. The organization is made up of portable building manufacturers, builders, dealers, driver/installers, vendors and suppliers. Homeowners and other purchasers of portable buildings are also invited to participate by offering suggestions toward improving the industry.
Exclusive to non-wheeled structures, the NPBA is excluding modular housing, mobile homes, etc. from membership for two primary reasons. #1 They are already represented. #2 Modulars are specifically designed to be lived in and the NPBA’s primary interest is structures that homeowners will “utilize for secondary use adjacent to their homes”. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but only to define the general intent of the NPBA toward structures that are considered portable buildings under this definition.
Planned Test Facility To Provide Certifications.
Regarding the Certification process, builders with qualifying structures will have the option of receiving certifications for their structures that meet specific requirements. Some of those "optional" benchmarks include “elderly friendly” handicap rated and child proof, etc.
The NPBA is excluding modular housing, mobile homes, etc. from membership for two primary reasons. #1 They are already represented. #2 Modulars are specifically designed to be lived in and the NPBA’s primary interest is structures that homeowners will “utilize for secondary use adjacent to their homes”. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but only to define the general intent of the NPBA toward structures that are considered portable buildings under this definition.
Structures that are considered to be portable buildings as defined by the NPBA shall include the following. A portable structure is a structure that is constructed in a manufacturing plant and then transported by truck to the installation site primarily in one piece. Producers of multiple piece structures will be considered on a case by case basis. Structures can be made from any material as long as it is considered portable or removable. By NPBA definition, storage buildings, small cabins, green houses and garages, etc. are portable buildings. Gazebos and other backyard structures are also considered portable buildings.
Any member that does not adhere to honorable business practices and or have been convicted of less than honorable business practices is subject to suspended membership. A panel is chosen from within the membership to judge such cases.
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Not For Profit Organization Is Ready For Its Leader
Destined to lead the Portable Building industry into a brighter future.
This previously unregulated industry will be soon be experiencing changes that it has never seen before.
At this time IDC is open to be introduced to candidates that would be interested in taking the helm of NPBA.
Please contact IDC at ron@InventionDiscoveryCenter.com. Please include full resume.
Please click here for requirement details to become the "Driving Force" for the NPBA.
Follow the link above to a page that outlines the greatest detriment
to the portable building industry and what can be done to alleviate this issue.
The new Driving Force candidates will be those that are keeping their eyes open for opportunities to improve the industry.