Manufactured homes are built according to a code administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code). The HUD Code, unlike conventional building codes, requires that prefabricated houses be built on a permanent chassis.
Modular homesare built to the same state, local, or regional building codes as site-built homes. Other types of houses built with systems include paneled wall systems, wooden houses, structural insulation panels, and insulating concrete forms.
Modular homes are inspected during each phase of construction, and evidence of this inspection is normally indicated with an approval label from the state or an inspection agency. Homes built under the air conditioning program do not meet the requirements of the Prefabricated Housing Construction and Safety Regulations, 24 CFR, part 3280 (the Standards). Modular home manufacturers rely on the expertise of local community builders to help homeowners in many areas, including land selection and preparation. For example, some states, such as Louisiana, may not have state regulations for modular homes, so the home builder will submit construction plans to local regulators for review and approval.
Reconverted shipping containers cannot be accepted as prefabricated houses under the HUD code unless they are provided with a permanent chassis and are transported to the site with their own undercarriage and, otherwise, they comply with all HUD rules and regulations for prefabricated housing. Most modular home manufacturers use state-of-the-art computer-aided design stations that help them quickly customize floor plans and produce necessary plans and material lists. The modular construction process is similar to what you've seen while building other homes in your neighborhood. For modular and site-built homes, home construction standards vary by state and also by local government agencies, such as counties, cities, or municipalities.
Both prefabricated and modular homes are structurally secure housing options and one isn't necessarily safer than the other. Shipping containers that are converted into housing units are subject to state and local building codes, as are modular and site-built homes. A prefabricated house (formerly known as a mobile home) is built according to prefabricated housing construction and safety regulations (HUD code) and shows a red certification label on the outside of each transportable section. In both North Carolina and South Carolina, there are rules on the appearance of modular homes that regulate aspects such as the minimum roof pitch, the length of the overhangs, and the requirements of foundation walls.
Regardless of the improvements that are introduced to your park model, it is not possible to obtain a HUD label on any structure that was not manufactured and inspected as a prefabricated home in accordance with the HUD prefabricated housing construction and safety rules and regulations during its original construction. All prefab homes are built according to prefabricated home construction and safety regulations, 24 CFR, part 3280.