Modular Building and the USGBC’s LEED™ Building Rating System

Sustainability Expert Bob Kobet Outlines Industry Compatibilities with Green Building Goals

Charlottesville, VA – The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association representing commercial modular construction providers, has recognized that modular building units can be a part of any sustainable design and construction effort. MBI has now published a report that provides the membership of MBI and other interested stakeholders with an overview of how the commercial modular construction industry’s current practices and products can benefit from an awareness of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Building Rating System.

The 40-page paper, Modular Building and the USGBC’s LEED Building Rating System, is available for download at The report itself is limited to LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations, applied to commercial construction, and LEED for Schools. Written by Bob Kobet, the document represents a best attempt to align the modular building industry with the Prerequisite and Credit requirements imbedded in LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations.

Author Robert Kobet is chair of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools Application Guide. He is also a co-author of the LEED for Contractors and Construction Managers Workshop and a LEED faculty member. Kobet’s expertise includes architecture, sustainable design and development, green buildings and green schools, and environmental education.

“Our industry is moving into the world of sustainable design,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of MBI. “We undertook this effort with Bob Kobet to address our industry’s interest in meeting the demand for modular, sustainable buildings. Because modular construction is inherently eco-friendly, matching building practices with LEED for New Construction was a logical next step in educating our industry and the public.”

About MBI

Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI’s mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit

About Author Robert Kobet

Robert Kobet, AIA, is president of Sustainaissance International Inc., a multifaceted architectural consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and development and environmental education. Beginning in 1977, Bob has specialized in environmentally conscious architecture and allergy free non toxic design for a variety of clients evolving a practice with projects in eight countries on five continents. Projects range from tree houses in a county park to consulting with the Cultural Section of the State Department on sustainable design and development in Argentina. In addition to his professional practice Bob has enjoyed a 25 year parallel career in teaching ending with an appointment as adjunct professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Along the way he was instrumental in creating the country’s first Master of Science in Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University, a degree he now holds.

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