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Manufactured Home Performs well Under Wind Test

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews posted July 17, 2014 regarding a manufactured housing wind test sponsored by the insurance industry, Dick Jennison, MHI president and CEO says the results will be on the Today Show tomorrow morning, July 23, between 7 and 7:30 AM eastern time. Conducted in several phases by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a previous test conducted on a HUD-Code Zone III led the IBHS to this conclusion: “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.”

Today’s test was conducted on a HUD-Code Zone 1 home with the only notable footage being the non-fortified carport blowing off and damaging the roof. With the fortified carport attached, the house and carport withstood winds exceeding 90 miles per hour. After the house endured sustained winds for over ten minutes, the roof finally blew off at 100 mph. In the IBHS test of a site-built home it was demolished at 96 mph. While one of the objectives of the test was to highlight the strength especially of the HUD-Code Zone III homes, the test director noted how impressed she was with the Zone 1 home. Jennison says most industry people at the test were also pleased with how well the homes performed. This supports the facts shown in this video. ##

UPDATE 7.23.14 – The video of the test above shown on NBC TV can be found at this link:

http://MHProNews.com/blogs/tonykovach/manufactured-home-outperforms-conventional-site-built-house-in-hurricane-wind-test/

(Image credit: Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety)

Insurance Industry Sponsoring a Manufactured Home Wind Test

July 17th, 2014 Comments off

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President and CEO Dick Jennison reports the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a not-for-profit safety education and risk mitigation organization, supported by the property insurance industry, will conduct wind tests on the attached structures of two HUD-code homes at their testing facility in South Carolina. He emphasizes this is not a test administered or controlled in any way by MHI, but IBHS has consented to allow MHI staff members Jenny Hodge and Rick Robinson to attend, as well as an MHI-member engineer to inspect the anchoring of the two manufactured homes (MH) to be tested. To be conducted Tue., July 22, the test is centered on structures attached to the MH, such as awnings and carports, and is being sponsored by American Modern. MHProNews reports Jennison cautions industry members be prepared for possible questions from the media after the broadcast, set for NBC News on Wed., July 23. NBC also owns the Weather Channel and it is likely the test results will air on both channels. To see a video of the difference between a traditional site-built home and one “fortified” by IBHS in the face of strong winds, click here.

To see a previous wind test of a manufactured home that also survived a tornado, click here. ##

(Image credit: Manufactured Housing Institute)