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manufactured and modular housing industry

These are homes built entirely in the factory, transported to the site, and installed under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect June 15, 1976. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.

 

A typical manufactured home costs 10 to 35 percent less than per square foot than a conventional site-built home. As a result, manufactured homes are an increasing alternative to first-time home owners looking for an affordable place to live. Because these homes are federally regulated and designed to be transported long distances, they are designed and built to withstand severe conditions. In addition, manufactured homes are built in a factory-controlled setting that can result in more energy-efficient homes.

 

While the manufactured housing industry may not see volume like the 1990s, it is still forecast to deliver over 100,000 homes in 2008. Furthermore, several tailwinds benefit the industry including baby boomers buying second homes, the demand for affordable housing for blue collar workers, and technology is blending the lines between site-built and manufactured houses as many of the amenities once only found in site-built are now found in manufactured homes such as vaulted ceilings, second stories, patios, and fully equipped kitchens.

 

recreational vehicle industry

The RV industry is a $14.7 billion per year industry. Over half of its production is built in the Elkhart/Goshen corridor in Northern Indiana. In 2006, shipments totaled 390,500 units. Industry experts forecast that 8.5 million households will own an RV by 2010, up from 7.8 million in 2005. Below are some factors behind the growth of the RV industry and why it is expected to remain strong in the future (source RVIA):