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“Less Waste, Better Buying” – Earth Day and Manufactured Housing Image-Building

April 22nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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The conventional housing seller or buyer’s wisdom, pardon the pun, is that manufactured homes cost less because they are “cheaper.”

 

How does the industry respond to that common concern?

A pair of Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member producers responded to questions on that topic today, to MHProNews or to MHLivingNews. 

On Earth Day, here’s what a MHI-only (i.e.: not a member of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform) member producer said in a text message, in explaining why a HUD Code home costs so much less than a conventional site built home.

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“Labor cost much higher [on conventional housing] as well and seems to be growing” is a topic that another MHI builder told MHLivingNews about today, as part of their Earth Day comments, see that at the link here or below.

While MHI might publish a press release before Earth Day is done, it is now approaching 4 PM ET. The latest search on this topic today resulted in the following.

Given the sad outcome in the last two weeks since John Oliver’s viral – and misnamed – “Mobile Homes” video – it should be stunning to MHI believers that their association failed on even such a basic effort on this topic.

But let’s look at the positive for the industry today – not found by the Arlington, VA based post-production association that claims to represent “all segments of factory-built housing” – but rather, provided by our public-focused sister site, on Manufactured Home Living News.  That link to the left or below the byline is one share with those seeking greener homes.

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“Potentially Enormous Costs” “Proposed DOE Manufactured Housing Energy Standards” Exposed as HUD PD&R “Whitewash”

March 20th, 2019 Comments off

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) periodically commissions research on various topics.  That research may be dubbed “Policy Development and Research” or PD&R.

 

As an example of a useful HUD PD&R, one established some years ago that manufactured homes and conventional housing – sited side-by-side in urban areas – witnessed that both types of housing appreciated in value. That useful PD&R research demonstrated that insight from not one, but several cities in various parts of the country.

So, some HUD PD&Rs are good and useful ‘wheat.’ But others, are the chaff that must be separated from wheat, which is to be tossed out and rejected as unfit for human consumption.

In a new analysis, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs the Daily Business News on MHProNews of research that their analysis reveals is problematic for most in manufactured housing, and for the industry’s potential consumers.  That is the work that a production-focused association is supposed to be doing.

 

 

Producers and Non-Producers

The work that MHARR does is a living example of the distinction between the work of production focused and post-production related issues.  Both kinds of trade associations – production and post-production – are essential for a successful and properly functioning industry.  One could say that pre-production is yet another segment, but that is closely allied with producers of factory built housing.

Yet, some manufactured home industry bloggers and writers – who are blindly agenda driven by whomever will give them the most money, attention, or whatever else – have attempted to blur that distinction between the production – the HUD Code factory-builders – and the post-production, which are the items that occur after the home leave the ‘production center’ or ‘factory.’

It isn’t MHARR’s ‘job’ as a production focused trade group – so to speak – to weigh in on community related issues, per se, as but one of many possible examples. Communities or retailing are 2 of several post-production matters.

With that tee up, let’s dive into the review by MHARR of what their analysis says is a looming risk for the industry. That risk is for potentially far higher costs caused by pending federal rule-making.

Note that MHARR cites 2 other sources, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, which were part of the strategic alliance that MHARR was engaged with that foiled the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) multi-year counter-effort to drive the HUD Code manufactured housing industry into federal mandates that could have been $6000 or more higher per unit. After years of push back, MHI relented.

More on MHARR and production vs. post-production associations after their release and attached document.

 

 

MHARR ANALYSIS EXPOSES HUD PD&R ENERGY COSTS “WHITEWASH”

 

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed an analysis and comments (copy attached) with the federal Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) exposing a blatant whitewash of supposed manufactured housing energy regulation costs developed at the request of the MHCC by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).

PD&R’s ostensible “analysis” of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cost/benefit data initially developed as part of a fundamentally tainted and contrived DOE “negotiated rulemaking” process, not only fails to provide the independent fact-finding regarding the potentially enormous costs of proposed DOE manufactured housing energy standards sought by the MHCC, but constitutes a cover-up and attempt to legitimate, after-the-fact, a brazenly-contrived DOE rulemaking process (and related alleged cost-benefit inputs) that wererejected by the Office of Management and Budget and its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) not once, but twice.

To the extent that DOE’s most recent regulatory proposals, contained in the August 2018 “Notice of Data Availability” (NODA) allegedly “analyzed” by PD&R, expressly rest-upon and are admittedly derived from those earlier illegitimate data inputs – thoroughly deconstructed and disproven by MHARR, the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration — there is absolutely no valid basis for the NODA proposals, and PD&R’s alleged “analysis” of that data is completely baseless and factually worthless.  As a result, MHARR’s comments call for a completely new standards development process for any new manufactured housing energy standards, if any such standards (which are unnecessary as shown by U.S. Census Bureau energy cost information) are, in fact, developed.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing

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This is an apt and timely example of what production focused work looks like.

In terms of an MHProNews analysis, MHARR over a decade ago began to pay more attention to a specific post-production issues, which involved financing and capital access.  Mindful of what occurred that drove thousands of industry independents out of business, and took several producers with them, MHARR added to their plate efforts to help industry independents gain better access to other financing options.

The historic risk is arguably documented by those in Omaha and Knoxville, linked here.  MHI arguably didn’t lift a finger while that assault on industry independents took place.

While MHARR was working to get the Duty to Serve mandate passed into law through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) – to protect independent producers by protecting independent retailers of manufactured housing – the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) somehow allowed the same HERA bill to pass into law the SAFE Act, which eventually became part of the regulations administered by the Dodd-Frank created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Rephrased, MHARR was doing its job, and more.  By contrast, Tim Williams, speaking as Chairman of MHI admitted in a meeting that the “horse has left the barn” on the SAFE Act, and Dodd-Frank too.

MHI claims to be representing “all segments of factory-built housing.”  While they can voice that claim, they could just as easily claim to be superman, and assert that they are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  The better question is, what is the MHI track record on production or post-production issues?  After all, it is Warren Buffett who stresses the importance of looking into the rearview mirror.

 

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The short answer is a sobering one.  MHI’s track record in the last 15 years since Berkshire Hathaway has entered the industry through various acquisitions has been poor. Who said so?

Consider what Nathan Smith said on camera when he was Chairman of MHI.  Smith asserted that the industry – meaning MHI – had to admit that it has failed to be pro-active to problems.  Tim Williams admitted as much.  Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison said so on stage at Louisville, also caught on MHProNews’ cameras.

When MHI’s own elected and salaried leaders admit that the Arlington, VA based organization has failed time and again, why is it that the industry’s independents follow it so readily?

 

That answer is complex, but equally sobering.  The MHProNews analysis, after years of input from industry professionals within and outside of MHI, reveals this harsh conclusion.

n  Some are members because they want to be, and they may in fact benefit.

n  Others, are members like the MHI member linked here admit that they have never benefited from being a member.

n  Then some are members out of fear of reprisal.

n  Non-MHI members – or those who resisted for a time – have told MHProNews that they are being ‘bullied and intimidated’ into becoming MHI members.

 

Each of these points raises different legal as well as ethical questions.

 

n  Is MHI a de facto protection racket?

n  Is MHI guilty of making false and deceptive claims, that violate federal as well as state laws?

n  Has MHI aided and abetted the consolidation of the industry into ever fewer hands of ‘big boy’ companies – borrowing MHI award-winner Marty Lavin’s phrase – and if so, are they deceiving the industry when they claim that they represent all segments of factory built housing?

 

These will be among the items that will be examined publicly at Tunica on March 28th, after the main event is concluded.  Watch for the time and date for that meeting, which MHI leaders, Clayton Homes, and 21st Mortgage, and their attorneys – among others – are being invited to attend.

 

To learn more about that Tunica meeting, see the two links that follow the by line, notices and email head-line news, and business developments offers.

 

Once a problem(s) is/are identified, the next thing that must occur is steps to solve the problem(s) must be acted upon. RSVPs to attend the solution-focused discussion are already coming in.

 

The time to form a new post-production association that represents the interest of non-producers, and which can complement the work of MHARR for producers of HUD Code manufactured homes is now. It must be said that MHARR, which could have gone into direct competition with MHI, voted to stay as a producer group, but encouraged the industry to create their own post-production group, that they want to work with.

The place to begin that process is Tunica, MS.  See the related reports, further below.

 

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Court Ruling on Sierra Club vs Rick Perry DOE on Manufactured Home Energy Regulations, Constitutional Law Professor, MHARR Weigh In

March 14th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The potential impact of tougher energy standards on manufactured housing pricing, and therefor prospective buyers, could be $6,000 per unit or more.  The repayment time frame, per third parties, could take more than a decade. The average American moves about once every 7 years.

 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – not the HUD Code industry’s first line of promotion or defense – produced a priced-out study that reveals that hundreds of thousands of potential buyers will no longer qualify for the homes based upon a $1000 price increase.  This increase could be 6 to 10 times as high, and manufactured housing is still operating at historically low levels.

So, it could take longer to recoup the cost than the typical American would live in a new manufactured home built to the standards that the Sierra Club and others want to promote.

These are among the reasons why manufactured housing industry pros should be keenly interested in this issue.

With that tee-up, the Constitutional Law Professor blog and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) have both weighed in on a court ruling yesterday on the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against Secretary Rick Perry and the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding manufactured housing regulations.

The Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has not yet weighed in on the topic.  It will be recalled that MHI for some time promoted new standards, until pressure from MHARR, Georgetown University and the Small Business Administration – besides MHProNews – finally caused MHI to flip flop.

The MHI switcheroo was attempted via their amen-corner, Orwellian memory hole method, so industry independents should watch this with caution. MHARR and MHProNews didn’t bite on the MHI purported attempt to change history, as one of those prior MHProNews reports is linked below.

 

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Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School on the Constitutional Law Professor blog said that “The ruling means that Sierra Club’s case can go forward. And given the court’s conclusions, and the law, it seems likely that Sierra Club will win. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll see regs any time soon.” That is true, but it doesn’t mean that a new bullet doesn’t have to be dodged.

 

Here’s what MHARR told their members today.

 

 

MARCH 14, 2019

 

 

TO:                  MHARR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

 

FROM: MHARR

 

RE:                  COURT RULES THAT SIERRA CLUB HAS STANDING TO SUE

                        DOE OVER MANUFACTURED HOUSING ENERGY STANDARDS

In a development that was not unexpected, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied a motion by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club, seeking to compel DOE to issue manufactured housing energy standards under section 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).

In its Motion to Dismiss, DOE maintained that Sierra Club lacked either organizational or associational standing to sue on behalf of members who allegedly have been “injured” as a result of delays in the establishment of DOE energy conservation standards for manufactured homes. The court’s denial of that Motion – under legal standards that tend to favor plaintiffs seeking to sue – is not a ruling on the substantive merits of the case, but rather, simply means that the case can go forward with Sierra Club acting as a representative for its members.

MHARR will carefully monitor this litigation as it progresses, insofar as the DOE “negotiated rulemaking” process, which led to both DOE’s now withdrawn 2016 proposed rule and, more importantly, currently pending proposals published by DOE in a 2018 Notice of Data Availability (NODA), was inherently and fundamentally tainted and illegitimate, as MHARR has extensively detailed in comments filed with DOE. As a result, that “negotiated rulemaking” process does not provide a valid, lawful or permissible basis for any rulemaking, and DOE, as MHARR has consistently maintained, must go back to the drawing board and initiate a new, legitimate and untainted rulemaking process to address any such manufactured housing standards.

This entire subject will be addressed in greater detail at MHARR’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

 

cc:  Other Interested HUD Code Industry Members

 

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U.S. Department of Energy Proposed Rulemaking Could Impact Manufactured Housing

February 13th, 2019 Comments off

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The Department of Energy was established during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

 

The creation of the DOE was a throwback to the drama of lines at U.S. gas stations arguably sparked by policies from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC.

 

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Decades of American involvement in Middle Eastern affairs was just part of the ebb and flow of oil, energy, terror, or geopolitical issues.

 

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Fast-forward to the 2019.  A generation has grown up that has no experience much less memory of those episodes from the 1970s.  The U.S. says it is now the top oil and gas producer in the world. Texas, per reports, is now producing more oil and gas than at any other time in its history.

And from the great state of Texas comes former Governor Rick Perry, who is now the Secretary of the Department of Energy.

With that brief backdrop, is this press release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform or MHARR.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2019

 

TO:                  MHARR MANUFACTURERS

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)

 

FROM:             MHARR

 

RE:                  NEW PROPOSED ENERGY STANDARDS RULE SHOULD 

                        APPLY TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ENERGY RULEMAKING

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new proposed rule in the February 13, 2019 Federal Register (copy attached) that would significantly modify its procedures for developing new or revised energy conservation standards and related test procedures for consumer products, “appliances,” and certain commercial and industrial equipment.

While the proposed rule, as published, does not specifically reference standards development and/or test procedures under section 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17071) directly pertaining to manufactured homes, the proposed rule does, by its terms, apply to DOE’s Appliance Standards Program — the same program under which the original proposed DOE manufactured housing energy standards rule (published June 17, 2016) was developed and subsequently modified by DOE pursuant to a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2018. Industry members will recall that the manufactured housing energy rule had not substantially progressed at DOE until a segment of the industry, together with energy special interests (and DOE) in 2014, sought and engineered an illegitimate, truncated, dysfunctional “negotiated rulemaking” under DOE’s “appliance” rulemaking process, as a fig-leaf designed to achieve a pre-ordained result.

Given that the proposed (and still pending) DOE manufactured housing standards were developed under DOE Appliance Standards Program procedures that are addressed by the changes proposed in the February 13, 2019 DOE Notice, MHARR will file comments with DOE seeking to have the procedural modifications noted in the proposed rule applied to the manufactured housing proceeding, which would constitute yet another basis (among many others previously detailed by MHARR) for the withdrawal of any and all previously-proposed versions of the DOE manufactured housing standards – developed under or derived from — the inherently tainted DOE “negotiated rulemaking” process, and the ultimate development of a new rule based on a legitimate and lawful standards-development process consistent with the regulatory policies of the Trump Administration.

Among other things, the February 13, 2019 proposed rule would: (1) expand various procedural protections to test procedure rulemakings for regulated products; (2) define “a significant energy savings threshold that must be met before DOE will update an energy conservation standard;” and (3) “clarify DOE’s commitment to publish a test procedure six months before a related standards [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking].”  This is particularly significant in relation to DOE’s proposed manufactured housing energy standards, insofar as proposed test procedures were not published by DOE until after publication of the June 17, 2016 proposed rule, as was pointed out by MHARR at the time.

Written comments on the proposed rule are due by April 15, 2019.  MHARR will submit comprehensive comments (and participate in related meetings) in advance of the April 15, 2019 deadline and will make its comments available for reference by industry members.

As always, MHARR shall keep you apprised of any new developments in this matter.

 

cc:  Other Interested HUD Code Industry Members

 

— end of MHARR release —

 

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Climate Change, Energy, Riots, and Manufactured Housing in Green Era

November 28th, 2018 Comments off

 

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If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma,
wait a minute and it’ll change
.”

– Will Rogers (1879-1035)

 

There have been story lines in entertainment and news medias since at least the early 1990s about climate change or “global warming.” That the climate changes is a matter of fact. Temperatures in most places tend to rise after dawn, and tend to cool after sunset. It has been so for thousands of years before industrialization.  The earth has for ages gone through periods of warming and cooling.

Some prudent questions therefor ought to include:

  • how much of climate change is natural,
  • how much of it is caused by human activity, and
  • how much of that human activity is harmful?
  • How does this topic impact manufactured homes and other forms of factory-built housing, in this ‘green’ era?

 

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Manufactured Housing in the Green Era

By way of disclosure, on the marketing side of our operations, we have pointed to the greener side of manufactured housing for all of the 2000s and into the 2010s.

Manufactured housing is greener in almost every sense than conventional construction.  Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes is correct about the relatively low amount of wasted material that any factory-builder achieves, roughly two drums per housing unit. Lindsey Bostick at Sunshine Homes has touted LED lights and other green, energy-saving features in her own manufactured home with understandable pride and enthusiasm.

It is one of those points where independent or larger producers of manufactured homes or modular housing can agree upon.

In a state like California, energy-savings is mandated for builders. Steve Lefler is among those who has been promoting green modular, manufactured, and ‘tiny’ housing in his state for factory-builders, and their own company.  DOE Energy standards for HUD Code manufactured homes has been a hot topic for years.

Green is in.

But none of those factoids answers the question, how much of climate change is caused by human activity? Or how much harm is caused by so-called greenhouse gas or other emissions? What are the practical alternatives?

A popular radio talk show personality on 1430 AM joked some years back about coal-powered cars and trucks. Coal? Yes, because electric cars use electricity. At that time, roughly half of the electric capacity in the U.S. was generated from coal-fired electric plants.  By 2015, that share of coal-fired electric plants was down to about 30 percent, per the Washington Post.

 

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Windmills have become more popular as a form of energy production. But ecologically serious people recognize that those wind powered turbines kill birds. That has consequences in nature too.  Solar power is not without its own environmental risks, nor is it as easy or as cost effective to use in various climates as others power sources can be.

In France, there have been riots for days as a result of the French President Emmanuel Macron government’s efforts to impose higher fuel taxes. Gas in France is already about $7.06 dollars a gallon, much of which are taxes.  Fuel will go higher under Macron’s ‘anti-climate change’ plan. Compare their cost in France for gas to about $2.70 average per gallon here in the U.S.

 

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Would Americans riot too if gas prices suddenly shot up to over $7 a gallon?

 

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Nuclear energy is a potential option that isn’t as discussed or used as it was prior to Chernobyl, Three Mile Island or the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.  But nuclear power is still a part of the U.S. and other nations’ energy mix.

It is natural gas here in the U.S. that to a significant degree surged to take up the slack of declining coal use. See the infographics for details.

People might enjoy roughing it on a camping trip for a few days. But millions of Americans camp in RVs. They use fuel or electricity almost the entire trip on such an outing.  The point is that not many want to go back to the pre-industrial or pre-electric energy era.  No one makes the news demanding a return to reading by candlelight.

To put this into a more industry-specific context, no factory works without energy.

So, energy costs are a built-in reality for HUD Code manufactured home or modular housing production. Energy costs are also part of site-building costs and are likewise a factor in for cost in producing 3D printed housing too.

Rephrased, higher fuel costs could dampen the sale of all housing, including manufactured housing.

 

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With The Above Backdrop

So, there are a string of facts, such as those noted above, that must be recognized before getting into the debate over climate and energy.

It should also be noted that while this issue of climate has become a political football, kicked or tossed around by the major parties, that neither major party wants dirty air or dirty water.

When one major party, for example, demonizes their opponents inaccurately portraying falsehoods about energy or climate, that is unjustified.   Such stratagems as “smear and fear” perhaps reveals more about those who employ underhanded tactics than it does about those whom they wrongfully target.

The word “conservative” has become negative to those on the political left. Why? Isn’t the essence of green about the conservation of the planet and protecting natural resources?

Let’s note that low-cost energy is an economic driver for business, including manufactured housing. Lower energy costs also translates into more purchasing power, especially for those with a limited income.

With those thoughts, we now introduce the Praeger University video below on Climate Change, What Do Scientists Say?

 

 

The video rapidly explores the scientific, political and other factors in the climate change discussion, as presented by an atmospheric physicist.

 

 

While the nation isn’t all like Oklahoma, the whit and wisdom of Will Rogers has been adapted to other parts of the U.S. on this topic of climate.  Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes, quip some, and it will change. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Steve Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE, Marking “Energy Efficiency Day”

October 5th, 2017 Comments off
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Today is the second annual Energy Efficiency Day, a time to celebrate the incredible benefits of saving energy,” said Steve Nadel Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, lower consumer bills, reduce pollution, and boost community resilience,” Nadel told MHProNews in a statement today. “Plus, it’s an economic engine, supporting at least 2.2 million US jobs in manufacturing, construction, and other fields.”

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MHProNews – along with our sister trade media site, MHLivingNews – have promoted the benefits of energy savings, and “green” construction in manufactured homes for years.  Editorially, we’ve also noted and respected the rationale of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which has pointed out the need for consumers and the marketplace – not federal officials – to determine what level of energy savings vs. initial costs makes sense for a given household.

Green, Energy Star HUD Code Builders

There are numerous HUD Code manufactured home producers – such sponsor Sunshine Homes, of Red Bay, AL – that build Energy Star ® rated homes.  Sunshine boasts building only homes that meet those higher standards, while offering residential style homes that are about half the cost of conventional building in the markets they serve.

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Other, like the report linked here, are promoting solar units, which are more pricey, but still are finding a market niche.

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Millennials prefer green, but studies make it clear that there is no age or demographic group that is looking to pay more for utilities.

Hundreds of organizations and companies from around the world are participating in today’s event. More than a dozen cities, counties, and states—from coast to coast—have officially declared October 5th as Energy Efficiency Day,” Nadel said. ## (News, commentary, analysis.)

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The Evolution of America’s Energy Supply (1776 – 2014) Infographic

July 27th, 2017 Comments off

EvolutionAmericasEnergySupplyWith all the drama in manufactured housing around energy related issues, the VC infographic below makes for a nice change of pace on the Daily Business News.

Informative.

Colorful.

Useful insights.

On a serious note, energy is connected to essentially every profession and industry in the nation.

Manufactured housing is no exception.

 

 

 

The Evolution of America’s Energy Supply, 1776 – 2014

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The nation is rediscovering its oil, natural gas and “clean coal” – all of which are plentiful.  They current administration is promoting those low cost domestic options, all part of a plan to drive down costs for producers and citizens alike.

2 of the not too heavy energy related, recent reports are found at the bullets below.

You can find more by using the search tool at the top right of the Daily Business News blog (see graphic, below). ## (News, analysis.)

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Micro Solar Mods for Millennials

July 26th, 2017 Comments off

InhabitatRHPL&GModularHomesLaunchPodPostDailyBusinessNews408It’s been less than two weeks since the Daily Business News reported on Legal & General’s (L&G) announcement that they were entering the modular housing industry in the United Kingdom.

L&G, which has ties to U.S. based Cavco Industries, is a giant insurance-focused company that has been advocating for the understanding, acceptance, and growth of modular and other factory-built housing.

British housing association RHP has ordered modular homes called LaunchPod’s from the insurance conglomerate’s backed factory, located in Selby, according to the RHP website.

Inhabitat says that their Selby factory is expected to produce over 3,000 homes a year – starting with the LaunchPod’s ordered by RHP, which were designed by Wimhurst Pelleriti, a “micro units” builder.

The units are aimed at one of the age groups who need affordable housing the most – millennial’s.

RHP will be using the homes to break into the intermediate market – helping the growing group of people who don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market,” the firm said.

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The aim of this community is to offer affordable homes to those who don’t qualify for public subsidies or other assistance, but who may not yet be able to afford the market rates for rent.

This is an growing issue seen both in the U.K. and the U.S. Another recent Daily Business News article takes a look at how poorly most minimum wage workers fair in the U.S., while outlining the need for more affordable housing options here in America…

…not unlike the need for these micro-mods.

 

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Micro-modular homes, or Micro Mod floorplan – dubbed the LaunchPod. Image credit, Inhabitat, L&G.

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Map showing the distance between Selby and London, England. Credits, Google Maps

This building method uses high quality materials and ensures faster construction, a more eco-friendly build and a marked development cost reduction compared with traditional builds,” per RHP.

The LaunchPod homes will be around 280 square feet, but all of the space is efficiently used to make the home feel more open. They are expected to come with luxury kitchens, a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and a veranda – and will be fully outfitted and ready for occupancy soon after being placed in Richmond, a town southwest of London.

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RHP were adamant throughout the R&D process that they did not want to use space saving gimmicks such as fold down beds that are maintenance heavy and typically associated with small spaces. Their aim throughout was to provide high quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space.”

Instead of features like folding-beds, the LaunchPod offers stylish raised beds with storage space underneath. They also manage to fit many luxury features into the small and affordable space. The homes will even be solar-powered to further enhance the savings and ecofriendlyness of the homes.

David Done, RHP’s Chief Executive says: “I’m really excited about this new product and the opportunities it can create for those struggling to rent in London. I was blown away when I first saw the prototype – it is spacious, modern and high quality. This is just one of the ways we’re aiming to combat the housing crisis and will contribute to our target of investing £250M in new affordable homes over the next eight years.”

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The estimated cost of the LaunchPod homes, according to Inhabitat, is around £60,000 to £70,000, or around $78,155 to $91,182. However, since these homes are being built specifically to rent, RHP appears to intend to rent them out for $782-$912 per month – compared to the average rental rate for a 1-bedroom flat in the area, which is $1,300.

Set up time?  Just one day per unit, says Inhabitat.

Not only will the homes be less expensive to rent on a monthly basis, but because they are being built to be solar-powered with underfloor heating, the estimated cost of electricity for the LaunchPod is a scant $13 per year.

This certainly all adds up to a growing and bright future for L&G, and modular housing in the U.K. as a solution to the current affordable housing crisis. Will L&G be targeting the U.S market…next? # # (News, Analysis.)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the Law of Supply and Demand

July 19th, 2017 Comments off

MillennialLooksSecRickPerrySupplyDemandManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsHere’s a little economics lesson,” said Rick Perry, Secretary of the Department of Energy, in response to a question about how the coal industry can stay competitive, when the shale revolution of the last 10 years has made the supply of natural gas so abundant and cheap. “Supply and demand: You put the supply out there, and the demand will follow,” Perry said.

The reply was made by Perry after he had been subject to criticism in the media – with headlines such as:

  • Another ‘Oops’ Moment?”
  • Rick Perry Hilariously Misunderstands Supply and Demand Theory,”
  • and more.

However, as an article in TownHall, pointed out, Perry’s “theory” was generally accepted by economists, even if it was well over a century ago.

A product is no sooner created, than it, from that instant, affords a market for other products to the full extent of its own value,” – Jean-Baptiste Say, the French economist, in “A Treatise on Political Economy”

Understanding supply and demand is important, especially when industry professionals are seeing it directly affect the factory-built housing market.

For example, a higher demand for affordable housing has led to a shortage of that in many markets nationwide. That has boosted manufactured home sales by double-digits growth rates.  While more is possible, say industry experts, even without that extra effort, the growth from demand is there.

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Supply and Demand in Charts and Video

VEA Australia produced the video below, which demonstrates a basic understanding of the law of supply and demand.

The law of supply and demand, defined simply, is that when the price of a product or service falls, people will buy more of it – and more often.

However, following that same logic, when the price of that product or service rises, the demand for it falls along with that price hike. That drop-in demand continues as the price continues to increase, slowly reducing the amount that is demanded.

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This – it should be noted – is why the NAHB “Priced Out” study makes sense.

Ironically, The Law of Supply and Demand is also why the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) original position was on the proposed DOE rule was flawed, and why the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) position opposing the DOE regulations that MHI originally supported was the common sense one, representing the greatest good for the majority of the industry.

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The law of supply and demand makes it easy to analyze the original positions of the two national manufacturd home associations when it comes to the DOE proposed standards. Links to a previous  analysis of MHI and MHARR views, with other related commentary. Collage credits, Pixabay, MHProNews.

Price Alone Isn’t the Only Factor

On the other hand, price is not the only factor that reflects the demand for any one product or service.

One also has to take into consideration changes to

  • population,
  • income,
  • and consumer preferences

– which can increase and decrease the demand depending on whether they are rising or falling.

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For example, in the factory-built housing industry, the demand for affordable housing is high – due to increased populations, fewer jobs and lower-income levels there are fewer workers in various occupations.

Unfortunately, consumer preference presently tends to work against the industry for various reasons, including the misconceptions, stigma and stereotyping of manufactured housing.

Right now, the factory-built housing sector and affordable housing both fall into the same category on the supply and demand chain – shortage.

There is a very high demand for affordable housing – but because the price of traditional housing (the consumer preference) is so high, it does not fit the current demand.

The solution is a more affordable type of housing, like manufactured, modular and prefabricated housing, which is lower in price and can fill that shortage gap.

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Not only would more people be able to buy a home, but since they will be able to reasonably afford the home, they will be able to spend more in other areas. That will lead over time lead to an increase in demand for many other products and services.

Eventually, if people would turn to manufactured housing to end the shortage of affordable homes, the supply and demand could reach an equilibrium – and from there we would see economic improvements among all income-brackets. This would lead to more economic freedom for individuals who earn low wages and cannot afford to live on that income in the current economy.

Secretary Perry’s Timely Comments

While Perry’s comments may seem misconstrued to some, the idea is that with more of something available, there will be an opportunity for a higher demand. That’s true for energy, and it is also true for housing.

Not everyone who owns a manufactured home is in the low-income, or even the middle-income bracket. The demand for manufactured housing will grow in all income and age brackets – once we see a change in consumer understanding and thus consumer preferences.

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Debunking media or other errors are all a part of changing perceptions, which in turn is proven to raise demand. Collage by MHProNews.com.

Educational efforts by innovators like New Durham Estates has proven that the proper information, presentation (education), combined with demand will lead to a surge in sales.

It all tends to go back to erasing the stigma that has dogged manufactured homes due to improper terminology, prejudice and stereotypes of decades long past.

Change the consumer preference – and we have the means to fill the supply shortage in this time when affordable homes are in the highest demand. ## (News, analysis.)

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Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Shifts on DOE Regulatory Rule, Report, Analysis

July 17th, 2017 Comments off

AnotherMHIFlipFlopManufacturedHousingInstituteMHI-DOELogoManufacturedHomeEnergyRuleDailyBusinessNewsReportsReseardhDataMHProNewsIn a release to the manufactured home industry dated today, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has published the comments they state they submitted regarding DOE regulations impacting manufactured homes, per the Trump Administration’s executive orders on regulatory freezes and roll backs.

In their cover message to the industry, MHI stated that, “On July 14, 2017, MHI submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding proposed regulations for the manufactured housing industry that should be withdrawn because they are not consistent with President Trump’s Executive Orders to reduce federal regulatory burdens.”

Analytically, that statement may be accurate.

What MHI’s Release Doesn’t Say

However, what MHI’s statement fails to mention is that MHI and its members in the energy working group initially voted for the proposal.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) was alone in voting against.  It’s MHARR’s position that has been consistent in its opposition to the rule as harmful to the industry, and to those consumers who are particularly price sensitive.

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Sources tell MHProNews that Lois Starkey, then VP at MHI, stated that they [MHI] could live with the DOE energy rule proposals advanced by the Working Group from the manufactured housing industry. Now, MHI’s position shifted, and they fail to mention it. Why?

Why did MHI’s position on DOE energy rules for manufactured homes shift? A follow up report will be published.

But in an exclusive, the DOE manufactured housing working group document that demonstrates that MHI first voted for the rule that they now say they opposed is linked as a download, here.

MHI’s submitted comments are linked above, and here.  The comments from MHProNews.com publisher submitted to DOE are linked here.

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MHARR’s submitted comments will be published soon, later today or tomorrow.  

Questions the Industry Should Be Asking About MHI’s Shift

  • Why did MHI support a rule they now say they oppose?
  • Why did MHI fail to mention or explain their shift in policy to the industry in their messaging?
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  • Did MHI not consider the harm to the industry – per the NAHB priced out study, that says for every $1000 in price increases 200,000 home owners will be ‘priced out’ of the market – prior to taking the votes (documented in the download attached) support the proposed DOE rule?
  • Now former MHI VP, Lois Starkey, reportedly said in a working group meeting – on behalf of MHI – that ‘they could live with’ the proposed energy rule. So MHI not only supported it by vote, but supported it vocally.
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  • Did MHI’s position shift only after MHARR, SBA, George Washington University, MHProNews editorially, and others opposed the rule – did they feel embarrassed into changing their position?
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Energy Star rated homes are available from company’s like the one shown above.  Why force all consumers into energy standards that may or may not make sense to them? The above is one of over a dozen pro-industry stories and videos that were linked from the Kovach RFI to DOE, to see the story this screen capture came from, please click the image above. To see the Kovach DOE RFI, click here.

Where is MHI’s consistency in policy?

Where is MHI’s success on behalf of the industry they claim to advocate for, after millions have been spent in recent years?

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(Note a related weekend report on this issue, linked here.)

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