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MHCC set to Meet May 25, 2016 via Teleconference

April 19th, 2016 Comments off

HUD logoMHProNews has learned from amazonaws the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) will sponsor a teleconference meeting on Wed., May 25, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

A public meeting, citizens wanting to comment are encouraged to register in advance, and the MHCC will strive to include citizen comments within the time constraints of the meeting agenda.

In addition to approving the minutes from the Jan. 19, 2016 meeting, Technical Systems Subcommittee, NFPA 70-2014, the agenda will focus on consideration of replacing Subpart I

of 24 CFR 3280 with incorporation by reference of applicable provisions of NFPA 70,

National Electrical Code-2014. MHCC will also review submitted proposed amendments to NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.

The MHCC is an advisory committee, and can only make recommendations to HUD. ##

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Manufactured Homes – Safer in Fires than “Sticks and Bricks” Houses

January 1st, 2015 Comments off

burning-housecredit=christian-randolph-kalamazoo-gazette-manufactured-housing-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Two so-called ‘mobile home’ fires that hit local news illustrate the fact that modern manufactured homes (MH) offer better protection by design. Modern MH is safer against fires than traditionally constructed housing. MH is safer than pre-HUD Code mobile homes too. Who says? The NFPA – the National Fire Protection Association.

While there are legitimate fires in modern manufactured homes, some of those fires are actually acts of arson. Both of the stories that follow, according to the respective sources, are alleged or potential acts of arson.

On December 17, 2014 a “suspicious” fire occurred in a manufactured home community near Kalamazoo, Michigan. MLiveNews  reports that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received a report of smoke coming from a home, and upon arrival, found that a fire had been set underneath the home.

“When we arrived on the scene we were told that no one was inside the trailer,” Lt. Jeff VanderWiere said, using the T word not about an towable RV, when in this case, he should have said “manufactured home” (MH). “We did a search of the trailer regardless, but found that no one inside the residence.”

VanderWiere added,At this time we’re going to deem (the fire) suspicious until we get an actual determination of what caused it.” The fireman suggested that any utilities that might be running underneath the MH could be a possible cause, which would need to be investigaged.

On the other side of the U.S. near San Diego, a manufactured home fire occurred on December 26, in Campo, California. Authorities said it appeared that the resident intentionally set the fire while still inside. Fortunately, the fire was put out before damaging other homes. It did, however, damage to that residence.

As reported by ABC Channel 10 News,Fire crews said by the time they got there, the woman was out of the house.” In addition, Captian Freddy Arambula with Cal Fire said, “At the time when we found out about the occupant, the sheriff let us know that they had her in custody.”

Deputies reportedly said the woman was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

An industry veteran told MHProNews  off the record that some such fires are a case of “the spontaneous combustion that occurs when there is friction between the mortgage or financing papers and the desire of the manufactured home resident to move quickly.”

Despite such unfortunate events, experience and testing by NFPA and others have proven that manufactured homes generally provide more protection against fire than conventional homes.

The NFPA report also shows that pre-HUD Code MH – which truly should be called ‘mobile homes’ – were also much more fire prone than today’s manufactured housing.

Manufactured home sellers can be proud of the industry’s homes, which are safer by design than the mobile homes of yesteryear, or the typical site-built homes of today.

When more MH business owners, managers, association leaders plus rank and file MH professionals learn and share the facts about our homes well, that we will be a big step towards getting the respect – and added business – that modern Manufactured Housing deserves.

America needs more affordable housing, and we have the solution millions and public officials want. ##

See related report, which includes the NFPA study on MH and fire as a free download with graphics:

ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com/mobile-and-manufactured-homes-nfpa-report-highlights-fire-facts-and-myths/

(Photo Credits: Christian Randolph, Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Article submitted by Sandra Lane to – Daily Business News – MHProNews. 

Fires, Mobile and Manufactured Housing in the News

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

sumterville fla mobile home fie--dailycommercial com  creditOne of the more common local stories that news feeds bring MHProNews  are those related to “mobile home” fires. Some are tragic, others arson or human error. Many of these are obviously pre-HUD Code “mobile homes,” not manufactured homes.  The home that burned in Sumter County, Florida falls into a gray area of not being able to tell from the photo or details if the home was pre-code or not..

What is clear from the story is that a kitchen fire – perhaps human error – was the cause.

Fire-fighters responding to a call found a “mobile home” engulfed in flames which they were quickly able to extinguish, but the resident suffered minor burns and exposure to smoke, although he refused treatment. Fire chief Leland Greek tells MHProNews  the fire appears to be cooking related, but is still under investigation.   The resident threw water on the fire in an attempt to put it out. A dog died in the fire, and the home was ruled a total loss because of the extensive damage, according to dailycommercial.

With so many newcomers in manufactured housing (MH), it’s prudent to remind all that modern MH are as-or-more safe against fires as conventional construction.

To underscore that point, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reported thatRecent fire data analysis prepared by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicated that HUD standard units have a similar fire safety record to that of one- and two-family dwelling units.”  Their full report is found at this link.  ##

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HUD MH Head Announces new AO for the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

Pamela Danner, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing, released a letter announcing Home Innovation Research Labs, Inc. as the new Administrating Organization (AO) for the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). According to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), the new AO is the research and laboratory affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a trade group representing the site-built housing industry. MHProNews understands the previous AO was the National Fire Protection Association, which expressed an interest in installing smoke detectors in manufactured homes. ##

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Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee Seeking Members

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has posted a notice soliciting applications for potential members in all categories as MHProNews has learned. The very extensive website published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) covers the activities of the MHCC going back to revisions in the text dealing with the word ‘defect’ in April , 2003. For the website, please click here.

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Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee: Win Some, Lose Some

December 12th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform informs MHProNews the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a final rule that implements Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) recommendations made in 2005. Set to take effect June 9, 2014, the final rule omits MHCC-proposed changes to the HUD formaldehyde standards and also does not include energy related provisions that may conflict with Department of Energy (DOE) rules yet to be developed. The rule also stated the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has determined HUD Code homes have a similar safety record to that of one-and two-family houses, making sprinkler systems an unnecessary requirement. However, the final rule includes particular requirements that were not brought before the MHCC that might impact the cost of production, even though the Manufactured Housing Act of 2000 states all new or revised standards must go through the MHCC consensus. This subverts the process and allows for special interests to potentially influence the regulatory procedure. MHARR says it will address these matters at its upcoming communication with HUD Assistant Secretary Carol Galante.

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Fire Safety Emphasized during Fire Prevention Week

October 7th, 2013 Comments off

As we enter national Fire Prevention Week through Oct. 12, 2013, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “Final Rule” for smoke alarms in new manufactured homes (MH) requires factory-installed hardwired or ten-year battery source, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up. As penbaypilot.com tells MHProNews, the alarms are also required to be in or near sleeping rooms as well as at the top and bottom of stairways. Rankin’s Hardware and Building Supplies in Camden, Maine will make a donation to the Knox County Fire Training Academy for each fire safety item sold this week.

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MHCC to Meet in October

September 21st, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) will hold an in-person meeting Oct. 23-25 in Arlington, VA. MHARR notes this will be the first MHCC meeting in over a year, and the first since the payment dispute between HUD and the Administering Organization (AO), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ended July 24, 2012.

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First MHCC Meeting in a Year Set

August 8th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Administering Organization (AO), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has asked MHCC members to state their preference for a meeting date between Oct. 23 and 25, 2012, the first full meeting since Oct. 2011. MHCC’s activities had been suspended due to HUD’s non payment to the AO, going into the third month of inactivity, but since payments have been restored, MHARR notes a majority of members have indicated they will be able to attend within that time frame. As MHProNews has learned, MHARR will provide updates on preparations as they unfold.

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HUD Pays, MHCC Back in Business

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

An informed source tell MHProNews that HUD has paid Administering Organization (AO) services provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The source indicates that HUD plans to have phone and face to face meetings with MHCC (Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee) members before the end of the year.

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