HUD Update of Manufactured Home Standards Coming Soon?

The agency has a proposed rule under OIRA review, with an NPRM to be published in September 2017.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development apparently is about to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would update the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards by adopting certain recommendations made to HUD by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, known as MHCC. The agency has a proposed rule currently under OIRA review, with an NPRM to be published in September 2017.

According to the reginfo.gov website, the proposed rule is based on the third set of MHCC recommendations to update and improve various aspects of the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards. It would add new standards that would establish requirements for carbon monoxide detection, stairways, fire safety considerations for attached garages, and for draftstops when there is a usable space above and below the concealed space of a floor/ceiling assembly, and it also would establish requirements for venting systems to ensure that proper separation is maintained between the air intake and exhaust systems.

MHCC is a statutory Federal Advisory Committee body charged with providing recommendations to the HUD secretary on the revision and interpretation of the standards and related procedural and enforcement regulations. Manufactured homes – in the past referred to as single-wide and double-wide mobile homes – and modular homes are factory-built houses built to the specifications of HUD's federal building code.

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