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Traditional Homes: History

The inspection system for factory-built homes

Just as site built homes are constructed according to a specific building code to insure proper design and safety, today’s factory-built homes are constructed in accordance with the HUD building code. The United States Congress laid the foundation for the HUD Code in the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 by directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish appropriate factory-built home construction and safety standards that “…meet the highest standards of protection, taking into account the importance of safety and quality construction.”

Every factory-built home meets stringent federal standards.

Every HUD Code factory-built home is built in a factory, under controlled conditions, and has a special label affixed on the exterior of the home indicating that the home has been designed, constructed, tested and inspected to comply with the stringent federal standards set forth in the code. No factory-built home may be shipped from the factory unless it complies with the Code and receives a certification label from an independent third party inspector.

One common question is, “How does the HUD Code differ from recognized building codes for site built homes?”