Friday, February 21, 2020

Modular Construction Industry Take Note: Manufactured Housing is About to Change Everything

MHI (Manufactured Housing Institute) has proposed new regulations to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that identify the hurdles that impede the financing, zoning and development of factory-built housing systems across the country. This represents a serious move by the MHI to allow manufactured housing into many building zones (R1 for example).

Included in these new regulations are allowing HUD factories to build 2 story, 4 module homes with varied roof pitches, new stair requirements and the ability to build HUD multi-family projects.

MHI has already introduced their latest type of manufactured home, the CrossMod, with plenty of fanfare and the biggest HUD manufacturers in the country are already at work promoting.

They are also proposing to alleviate state and local impediments that discriminate against manufactured housing which would allow them to use third party approvals over state and local code approvals giving HUD homes and projects a more direct, easier and quicker than modular factories and builders using the IRC code which in most states requires a much longer vetting process.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is already behind these changes by orchestrating HUD’s “Driving Affordable Housing Across America,” a multi-city bus tour to identify ways to eliminate regulatory barriers to affordable housing.

The following definitions are from Subpart K, found at the very bottom of the proposal:

Attached manufactured home. Two or more adjacent manufactured homes that are structurally independent from foundation to roof and with open space on at least two sides, but which have the appearance of a physical connection (i.e. zero lot line).

Fire separation wall. A wall of an attached manufactured home which is structurally independent of a wall of another attached manufactured home with a fire separation distance of less than three feet.
§ 3280.1003Attached manufactured home unit separation.(a) Separation requirements. Attached manufactured homes must be separated from each other by a fire separation wall of not less than 1-hour fire-resistive rating with exposure from both sides on each attached manufactured home unit when rated based on tests in accordance with ASTM E119-2005, Standard Test Method for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials (incorporated by reference, see § 3280.4). Fire resistance rated fire separation wall assemblies must extend from the foundation to the underside of the roof sheathing.

This is a very ambitious undertaking by the MHI and the regulations have not been approved yet.

Rumors are not facts!

It is very important for each and every person that manufactures or builds IRC modular homes to learn the facts as quickly as you can.

That is why I am holding a public forum about this so everyone can learn the facts from experts on both IRC and HUD regulations.

CLICK HERE to register for this important event on March 25th!

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