Posts Tagged ‘hurricane’

NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventional On-site Construction in hurricane high winds test

July 23rd, 2014 Comments off

homes-vs-hurricane12-winds-test-credit=nbc-today-show-posted-mastheadblog-mhpronews-com-Regarding this previous portion of the test, IBHS indicated: “When one of these high wind-rated HUD-Code homes is installed on a permanent foundation, in most of the country, it would end up resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes.”

So stated a MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison in a longer report to MHProNews. While part of the test was to show how superior a Wind Zone III home is to a standard HUD Code manufactured home in durability, Jennison said: the director of the IBHS (Julie Rochman, President) told the crowd how impressed she was at the performance of the Zone I home itself.”

MHProNews has been told that we will have additional information in the days ahead. More information on the specifics including stills and the video are found at this link, and a pre-broadcast report that provides more information and a related video is linked here. ##

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Modular Homes Replacing Beachfront Bungalows

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

In Ortley Beach, New Jersey, adjacent to Seaside Heights, where 2,200 of 2,400 bungalows were damaged or wiped out by Hurricane Sandy, builder John Westrum is beginning to replace some of them with modular homes, recently completing a model home. He says many of the bungalows are 60-years old and have such outdated wiring, plumbing and old walls it makes more sense to build new rather than repair. In order to qualify for federal flood insurance the pilings the homes sit on have to be nine feet high. Simplex Homes of Scranton, Pennsylvania built the modules for the model home, according to He offers homes from 750 square feet to 2,000 square feet, with prices of $109,900 to $289,900. He says all the infrastructure and streets are already there, as MHProNews has learned, and he expects to sell 50 homes a year.

(Photo credit: Emile Wamsteker/The Wall Street Journal–beachfront modular)

West, Texas Schools using Modular Classrooms

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

The devastating April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas destroyed the intermediate, high school and parts of the middle school. The West Independent School District (ISD) received $2.75 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase several modular classrooms that will temporarily serve as classrooms. Modular units for the science labs, the band hall, locker rooms and administrative offices should all arrive within two weeks, according to In terms of rebuilding the schools, FEMA offers two options, both related to Hurricane Sandy: Under the pre-Sandy method, there is no limit on the amount received, but there are restrictions on how it is spent; the post-Sandy method, MHProNews has learned, caps the spending but is less restrictive in how the funds are spent, and the money is received up front. The ISD hopes to have all new buildings by fall, 2015.

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa/–modular classroom)

Modular Homes becoming a new Jersey Shores thing

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

image-credit-totalmortgage-modular-home-under-construction-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-Updating the recent story on Scranton PA based Westrum Development is installing a two story Cape Cod modular home on the post hurricane Sandy Jersey shore the firm built in just 28 days. Cost for Westrum’s three-bedroom modular home, says totalmortgage and the Wall Street Journal, is $179,000. 10 homeowners in Breezy Point, Queens are applying for permits for modular homes. Westrum’s goal is 3,000 more modular homes, targeted mostly for locations in New Jersey and Long Island, NY. Meanwhile, Jeffrey T. Evans, Executive Director Government & Corporate Relations of Benchmark Worldwide, LLC – a prefab builder using metal Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) – says “What do I think of these modular homes? The answer is “not much.” compared to his building process. As MHProNews knows, system builders are all-too-often busy disrespecting each other’s product rather than pulling together to promote the kind of positive factory built housing vision found on or the GoRVing campaign. ##


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Modular Homes Dotting the Jersey and New York Coasts

August 20th, 2013 Comments off

John Westrum of Westrum Development has seen demand rising for his modular homes in the beachside neighborhoods that were devastated when Hurricane Sandy waylaid the coast from New Jersey to Connecticut. As new federal flood maps and insurance require homes to be elevated, Westrum, who up to now has been building modular homes primarily in Pennsylvania, sees the opportunity to build as many as 3,000 homes along the coast, and will open his first in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Sat., Aug. 24. The two-story Cape Cod modular home, built in Scranton, PA, was assembled in 28 days. While many in New York City have yet to begin rebuilding, maneuvering narrow Manhattan streets with a 14-foot wide load may be prohibitive. MHProNews has learned from John Colucci of Westchester Modular Homes, Inc. says his business is up 80 percent, mostly due to the aftermath of Sandy, with many customers in New Jersey and Long Island.

(Photo credit: Emile Wamsteker/The Wall Street Journal–beachfront modular on the New Jersey shore)

Wounded Vet to Receive Smart Modular Home

July 15th, 2013 Comments off

A Marine who lost both his legs and his right arm when an improvised explosive device exploded during his tour of duty in Afghanistan will likely be receiving a modular smart home that allows severely wounded veterans to live independently. John Hodge, director of operations with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, says the home for J. B. Kerns will be on 30 acres overlooking the Ararat River in southwestern Vir., and will be equipped with technology and electronics specifically for Mr. Kerns. Partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation to create “Building for America’s Bravest,” Hodge says they are very close to choosing a contractor who can meet the requirements. Originally, the plan was to construct a site-built home, but the process has taken so long it makes more sense to go with modular. As MHProNews posted in a story Dec. 17, 2012, the Stephen Siller Foundation is named for a firefighter who lost his life in the 9-11 attack in New York City. The organization also provided modular homes for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Funds needed for the home have been raised, according to martinsvillebulletin. Similar homes have cost around $500,000. By the end of the year the foundation plans to have provided 23 other wounded warriors with smart homes.

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders)

Modular Homes being Sited for Hurricane Sandy Victims

March 29th, 2013 Comments off

In updating a story we first posted Feb. 7, 2013, myfoxny informs MHProNews, 17 modular homes have been acquired by the Affordable Housing Alliance in Eatontown, NJ with $1 million donated by the Robin Hood Foundation. Originally, Robin Hood had distributed $45 million of $67 million raised, including funds from the 12/12/12 rock concert, mostly going to survivors of Hurricane Sandy who had been rendered homeless. The modular homes will be occupied by low-income residents who lost their homes or apartments in the hurricane, and will be sited at an existing land lease community in Eatontown.

(Photo credit: E. Assata Wright/hudsonreporter–modular rising in Jersey City, NJ)

Modular Homes on Agenda for Workshop Series

March 27th, 2013 Comments off

DNAinfo informs MHProNews the third in a series of Hurricane Sandy Recovery Workshops took place March 26 in Staten Island, with representatives from the mortgage industry, an architect, and a flooring specialist on hand to educate attendees. Topics included modular homes, restoring damaged credit, and loan and grant options available. The Storming Back to Shore workshops are being sponsored by Better Homes Realty of Staten Island.

(Photo credit: countryliving–modular home being delivered to city)

New MH Included in Robin Hood Donation

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

Asbury Park Press informs MHProNews New York City’s Robin Hood Foundation, which began raising money after Hurricane Sandy, including the 12/12/12 rock-star concert, has distributed over $45 million of the $67 million raised. The majority of the funding is going for housing-related services, as in the past. Of the $10.5 million being dispersed in the latest round of giving, Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey are receiving $3.7 million, which is being distributed to several organizations. Included in the distribution is $725,000 to the Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund to purchase four new manufactured homes for survivors who lost their homes n the storm.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–Hurricane Sandy damage to Long Beach Island)

Legislation would Demand Insurer Offers Full Coverage

February 5th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last published May 8, 2012 in which state-run Citizens Property Insurance in Florida stated it would no longer insure carports and porches, legislation has been filed in both chambers that would require them to do just that. In a bill backed by the Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida as well as by James Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), Senate Bill 378 and House Bill 573 would require Citizens to offer adequate coverage on manufactured homes and their related structures, attached and otherwise. The company had wanted to drop 45 percent of its policyholders and raise rates on the others, saying a major hurricane could wipe out its $6 billion surplus. As sunshinestatenews tells MHProNews, the goal of the legislation is to make sure MH owners are covered for the full value of their homes.

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