Even if you have been building HUD homes since the beginning of the program in 1976 you might have questions on how and why some interpretations have been made to the Standards. Or maybe you had a situation arise where your questions were not directly addressed in the HUD code as it is written. Over the years HUD has released letters to manufacturers, PIAs and others in the industry dealing with unique code challenges in order to provide clarification on common problems.
HUD classifies their letters as either ‘A’ or ‘B’ - A-Letters usually address a specific manufacturer’s issue and can take a while to become ‘public’, while B-Letters focus on an industry-wide issue and are available upon release. Even though the letters were made public with IBTS Fast Access software, this software can’t be installed on any computer built in the last 15 years.
NTA is once again going above and beyond to help their clients accomplish their goals quickly and efficiently by providing access to all past, present and future HUD clarification letters (more than 2000 documents). These documents are a valuable source of information that can provide support for many structural or design choices or provide background information on current guidelines.
You can find all of the HUD letters (both A and B) under the resources menu on your NTA online account at the top right of the screen. If you need any assistance, or have questions about what the letters mean for you, contact your NTA account manager for more information.
Like many states in the 1970’s, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania became aware of a “shortage of safe and sanitary housing”, so Pennsylvania took action and wrote the Industrialized Housing Act of May 11, 1972 P.L. 286, No. 70 Cl. 68. This act regulated the sale, installation and use of ‘Industrialized Housing’ (which is defined as “any structure designed primarily for residential occupancy which is wholly or in substantial part made, fabricated, formed or assembled in manufacturing facilities for installation, or assembly and installation on the building site”) by providing uniform State standards, as well as inspection and certification procedures. These procedures covered factory-built structures and components intended for residential use, and are still in place today. But, change is coming. Pennsylvania has proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Industrialized Housing Act that will require commercial structures to follow the same regulations as residential structures. Many members of the construction industry will now be asking:
How will this affect me?
If you already build to meet Pennsylvania residential regulations, chances are you may not be affected much at all. However, if you are a builder of commercial structures, or a manufacturer of components used in commercial structures, you will soon need to follow the same standards as a residential manufacturer. The standards also cover manufacturers of assemblies intended for use in industrialized structures that include ‘closed construction systems’. A closed construction system is defined as being “fabricated in a manufacturing facility to be separately transported to the building site and cannot be inspected at the site without disassembly.” An example of this would be a structural insulated panel, as they are held together with adhesives and cannot be taken apart to be inspected.
How do I ensure my product meets the Pennsylvania guidelines?
Pennsylvania requires all closed construction systems to be inspected by an approved Inspection Agency. Once the product or structure has passed inspection, the manufacturer will receive an ‘Insignia of Certification’, which shows the component or structure has been certified to Pennsylvania standards.
NTA is an approved Inspection Agency for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and can provide you with the information you need to conform to the current code requirements, as well as keeping you compliant with revisions as they are adopted. Most component manufacturers will not need further testing, only inspections, making this a simple process. NTA is here to help you now, so you don’t have to scramble later! For more information on the Pennsylvania Industrialized Housing Act and how it will affect you, please contact NTA today.
NTA has long been recognized as a leader in the housing industry. Their knowledge is often sought after by various committee’s and government agencies looking for experts to help guide and advise them on different aspects of the building code. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the IAS have both tapped into NTA’s roster, and now the ICC is doing so, by appointing Bill Tegeler to Building Code Interpretation Committee.
The ICC Committees are the basis for our system of I-Codes, standards and related services. As a member, Bill will provide interpretations of the I-Codes (in accordance with ICC procedures), and vote on various issues that arise. His participation will allow him to be a part of the ICC’s Code Development Process, as well as submitting code changes and working with other industry experts to build a better model code. As the NTA Manager of Commercial Building Services, he will give the modular industry a voice in formal code interpretations.
Bill has spent over 21 years in the building industry and now holds multiple licenses in several states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Idaho, Florida and California. He has over 30 different Inspector and/or Examiner Licenses from the ICC, IBC (Industrialized Building Commission) and IAPMO.
According to the projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hispanics will account for three-quarters of the growth in the nation’s labor force from 2010 to 2020. The hispanic workforce has always been prevalent in the manufactured housing industry and it continues to grow. Auditors from IBTS have identified the language barrier as a potential concern in recent years.
NTA is once again providing the tools to raise the bar for our clients. We have taken the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards and had it professionally translated into Spanish. No, we didn’t just put it into Google translator. We had a professional translator scrutinize all 63236 words in the standard to make sure the meaning and grammar have been properly translated.
The Spanish version of the 24 CFR 3280 has been printed and is now available to all current NTA clients. If a copy of this standard would be a benefit to your process, give your NTA account manager a call and we will send you a free copy.
NTA participates in a variety of industry related events in order to connect with our clients and other members of the housing industry. Our desire is to create an industry-wide partnership for the purpose of building houses that are safe, efficient, affordable and enjoyable to those who live in them.
Below is a list of the upcoming trade shows that NTA will participate in as an exhibitor. Stop by our booth at any of them to catch a little ‘face time’ and catch up on all the latest industry buzz, issues and announcements.
NTA also attends a variety of other trade shows and events, as well. For more information on these or other events we will be attending, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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