This is the fifth edition of CSA A277, Procedure for factory certification of buildings. It supersedes previous editions published in 2001, 1990, 1981, and 1972, under the title Procedure for Certification of Factory-Built Houses.
This Standard specifies the procedure for factory certification of manufactured, modular, and panelized buildings intended for residential, commercial, or semi-commercial use.
It specifies requirements for
(a) certification of the factory quality program;
(b) certification of the built product;
(c) auditing of the factory quality program; and
(d) in-factory inspection of the built product.
This Standard does not cover portions of buildings or services that are not completed in the factory. It also does not address the transport of buildings or their erection at the building site.
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