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Information on factory-built housing. Topics include foundations, manufactured (mobile) homes, modular house construction, and more.

Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Hybrid Modular/Panelized Housing
Manufactured Housing Disaster-Resistant Pier Systems
Manufactured Housing Ground Anchor Systems
Modular Multiple Dwellings
Steel-Framed Modular Housing
Tilt-up Roofs for Manufactured and Modular Homes
Two-Story Manufactured (HUD-Code) Homes

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Attic Ventilation Design Strategies for Manufactured Homes
Community Guide to Factory-Built Housing
Design for a Cold-Formed Steel Framed Manufactured Home
Factory and Site-Built Housing: A Comparison for the 21st Century
Home Builders Guide to Manufactured Housing
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Mathematical Analysis of Practices to Control Moisture in the Roof Cavities of Manufactured Houses

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Air of Importance: A Study of Air Distribution Systems in Manufactured Homes This study analyzed the performance of air distribution systems in 24 manufactured homes and compared them with the results of 9 homes built to the more stringent MAP specifications.
Improving Air Distribution System (ADS) Performance in Manufactured Homes Building scientists were sent to 16 manufactured home plants to develop and demonstrate techniques to build tighter duct systems and to train production personnel in these techniques.
Industrializing the Residential Construction Site This report examines the means and methods available for integrating and industrializing the housing construction site and the housing industry.
Minimizing Moisture Problems in Manufactured Homes Located in Hot, Humid Climates As part of a multiphase research program to better understand the underlying causes of moisture-related problems in manufactured homes and to develop effective abatement strategies, a series of tests were conducted on two manufactured homes to profile airflows under varying conditions.
NextGen HUD-Code House Demonstration The NextGen HUD-Code house demonstrates its affordability to a broad spectrum of potential buyers.
Opportunities to Improve Manufactured Housing Through the Use of Advanced Adhesives and Sealants Adhesive and sealant opportunities that offer the greatest potential benefit to manufactured housing construction were identified and evaluated for this report.
Steel Framing Prototype Development: Final Report The research effort described in this report explores the potential of steel framing for the construction of factory built homes that conform to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code, or the International Residential Code (IRC), with the goal of developing technologies that are competitive with wood framing.
TechPractices: Lido Homes, Silvercast Western Homes, Newport Beach, CA The new two-story homes at the Lido Peninsula Resort are designed by architects and built by factory workers on an assembly line.
TechPractices: New Colony Village, Corridor 1 L.P., Jessup, MD New Colony Village found a way to beat surrounding conventional subdivisions at their own game, installing two-story manufactured homes with site-built basements, porches and garages.
TechPractices: Palm Harbor Homes, Dallas, TX Palm Harbor Homes has a line of HUD-Code homes that is the first to qualify for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star Homes Program label.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

How can I locate a manufacturer who has expertise in green design to help me purchase a modular home?
How do I get information on the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Stem Wall Specifications for a double-wide trailer?
I am a manufacturer of modular buildings in Sweden and am trying to understand the modular market in the United States. So far I have heard of both "factory-built" homes and "manufactured" homes. Is there a difference between the two?
What can you tell me about two-story manufactured homes?
What is the advantage of buying a modular or manufactured home versus a site-built home?
What is the difference between a foundation-ready mobile home and one that is not?
What is the difference between manufactured and modular homes?
What is the HUD Code?
Where can I find a local manufacturer of homes in my state?
Where can I find general statistical information on the manufactured and modular housing industries?
Where can I get information on modular and manufactured homes?
Where would I get information on the best foundation for my manufactured home development?

Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information