HUD Proposes Updates to Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards

The “HUD” code will be brought up to industry standards by expanding the use of manufactured homes to address affordable housing supply.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, containing new and updated standards, including 88 standards incorporated by reference, the proposed rule will bring the HUD Code in line with more recent manufactured housing industry standards and further improve the quality and safety of manufactured home construction. Proposed changes in the rule will facilitate innovation and greater production of manufactured homes with features that are sought-after by consumers and that are common consumer needs for modern living, including: multi-unit dwellings; ridge-roof designs; open floor plans, truss designs, specifications for attics, and accessibility improvements, among others.

When final, the updates contained in the proposed rule will enact a significant number of recommendations made by the federally-mandated Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. Further, the updates will eliminate the need for manufacturers to obtain alternative construction approvals for frequently requested features and materials that already meet or exceed HUD standards.

The proposed updates are available for public comment for 60 days. Comments must be submitted via the methods described in the proposed rule.

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