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Manufactured Home Installation Program

Introduction:

In 1974, Congress passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act which authorized the Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish constuction standards for manufactured homes.  In 2000, Congress updated that 1974 Act.

In passing the two laws, Congress, intended to protect the quality, durability, safety and affordability of manufactured homes; to facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and increase homeownership for all Americans; to provide for the establishment of uniform and performance-based constuction standards for manufactured homes; and to encourage cost-effective and innovative construction techniques for manufactured homes. 

Congress also authorized the establishment of Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCSS) to assist HUD in the development, revision and interpretation of the MHCSS.

In addition, it authorized HUD to establish minimum manufactured home installation standards that could be adopted by states to provide for the initial installation of new manufactured homes and a program to provide for the resolution of disputes between consumers, retailers and manufacturers.

Taken from ~ Manufactured Housing Organization

Landscaping your Mobile Home (Continued)

Start by choosing taller shrubs or grasses that are either evergreen or will retain their basic shape.  These taller plants will grow to around 3' tall when fully grown.  Stagger plant sizes to create interest.  Choose a theme for landscaping.  Cottage style usually has lots of flowers, formal style has more symmetrical planting and tropical is lush and colorful.  Place your feature plants on either side of the main entrance of your mobile home to create visual impact and defines your landscape and plant annuals around them to add color.  Choose one to three spots in the yard around the manufactured home to create a visual focal point with feature plants. Perhaps you could add a trelis or statue or gazing ball.  Make sure you take a walk around your landscape several times a year to trim up your landscape or fill in with plants as needed.  Be sure to stick to your original theme so the landscape has continuity. 

Taken From ~ How to Landscape a Mobile Home

Landscaping a Mobile Home

Because mobile homes have such a basic rectangular shape they can often appear boring from the outside.  Throwing a couple of bushes nearby doesn't constitute a good landscaping plan and doesn't add any interest.  Take a little  more time to install plants that envelop your mobile home in a structure of greenery and truly reflect your style. 

Taken from ~ How to Landscape a Mobile Home

What is a Manufactured Home?

Manufactured homes, formerly called Mobile homes, are built in a factory.  Each home conforms to the US Government Manufactured Home Safety Standards.(HUD Code).  Each home or segment of a home is labeled with a red tag that is the manufacturer's guarantee that the home was built to the HUD Code. 

Manufactured homes are built on a non - removable steel chasis and transported to the building site on their own wheels.

Taken from ~ About Manufactured Homes

 

Is the HUD Code less Stringent than State or Local Building Codes?

No. While there are some differences between the codes, this difference has more to do wtih how the codes are intended to operate.  While state or local building codes are basically prescriptive, meaning that they prescribe what type of lumber or what type of electric wire must be used in the construction of a home, the HUD - Code is more focused on performance, allowing the manufacturer to use products that are most compatible with  the factory - building process as long as these products perform according to the guidelines established in the HUD Code.

Independent analyses comparing the state or local building codes with the HUD code have found that "on balance, the codes are comparable" and  "the net cumulative effect of the differences between the two codes is more likely on the order of hundreds of dollars, rather than thousands of dollars per unit."  In some cases the local or state codes are more restrictive, while the HUD Code is the more restrictive in other stituations such as ventilation, flame spread and structural loads. 

Taken from ~ Manufactured Housing Institute