The HUD Code For Manufactured Homes
"The Thompson Team"
The HUD Code
for Manufactured Homes
In 1974, Congress directed the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a set of construction and safety standards for manufactured homes throughout the country. Often referred to as “The HUD Code,” these standards have evolved over the past twenty-five years to become a stringent set of national regulations, which insure the safety and construction of manufactured homes.
Every HUD Code Manufactured Home is built in a factory, under controlled conditions, and bears a label on the exterior certifying that the home has been designed, constructed, tested and inspected to comply with these federal standards. No home can be shipped from the factory unless it has been certified by an independent third party inspector.
Because this is a nationally mandated building code, manufactured homes, regardless of the state in which they are built or the area in which they are sited, are built to the same set of standards. The national preemptive status of the HUD Code means that builders can construct homes to meet one set of standards rather than a variety of different state and regional building codes. This is one very important reason why manufactured homes are so affordable.
Manufactured homes are constructed with virtually the same materials used in site-built homes. However, in contrast to traditional building techniques, manufactured homes have the advantage of using engineered design applications and the most cost-efficient assembly line techniques to produce a quality home at a much lower cost per square foot.
Of course, a building code is only as good as the enforcement system that accompanies it. Uniformity and consistency is maintained in the HUD enforcement system because of two key factors.
First, the inspections take place in the factory, during each phase of construction and following behind the manufacturer’s own in-plant inspection and quality control teams. This process allows for far more thoroughness, since all of the inspectors’ time is spent inspecting, rather than traveling from one building site to another.
Second, consistency is maintained because fewer people inspect more homes. The enforcement procedure is much less susceptible to individual interpretations, as would be the case with on-site inspections in every jurisdiction across the country.
When you see your manufactured home for the very first time, you can be sure that it has been thoroughly tested and inspected from the design stage through the final construction and built precisely to the approved design. The certificate on the exterior is your assurance that your new home has met or surpassed the stringent construction and safety standards of the HUD Code. That means that your home has undergone perhaps the most thorough inspection process in the home building industry… and passed!