When did HUD start regulating mobile homes?
Thursday, April 9, 2020
HUD enforcement of construction standards for manufactured homes took effect on June 15, 1976. It was part of he “National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards Act” that was passed by Congress and enacted into law by president Gerald Ford on August 22nd, 1974, with a delayed date of enforcement. All manufactured homes constructed after June15, 1976, must meet the HUD Code.
The code has been revised multiple times since the original rollout, with a major improvement on tie-down standards coming after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew to South Florida in 1991. See our blog post What year were mobile homes required to become more storm resistant? for a timeline of the steps that toughened the HUD Code over the years.
It is our country’s only national building code and the only one that is primarily performance-based rather than prescriptive. A prescriptive building code provides specific instructions for the type, size, spacing, and connections of the building components. HUD is more of a performance code. It allows a manufacturer to have some leeway to choose their own materials and methods as long as they can prove to HUD that it meets the standards for each of the three climate regions for thermal efficiency, wind load, roof load, durability, livability and safety.
For a list of our extensive articles about HUD-Code requirements, go to the HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page, and click on the link below to review the code document.
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