Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The MHCC is a statutory Federal Advisory Committee body charged with providing recommendations to the HUD Secretary on the revision and interpretation of HUD's manufactured home construction and safety standards, and related procedural and enforcement regulations.
The AAMA standards recommended for adoption include: 1701.2-12, "Voluntary Standard for Utilization in Manufactured Housing for Primary Windows and Sliding Glass Doors;" 1702.2-12, "Voluntary Standard for Utilization in Manufactured Housing for Swinging Exterior Passage Doors;" and 1704-12 "Voluntary Standard Egress Window Systems for Utilization in Manufactured Housing."
"This is a major victory," praised AAMA's certification manager, Rich Rinka. He explained, "Without MHCC's blessing, there would be no changing from the currently recognized standards. The formal adoption process is long and arduous, and this is a critical first step towards HUD recognition of the 2012 versions of AAMA standards." AAMA will continue to monitor progress and report on future developments.
Rinka added a special thanks to Rob Luter (LCI/Kinro), co-chair of AAMA's Manufactured Housing Council, "for all of his hard work to encourage the adoption of the most recent AAMA standards."
Luter views this as "a long overdue step toward the recognition of current fenestration and testing standards tailored specifically to the HUD Code manufactured home."
With optimism, Luter further noted that the administrator for the HUD Office of Manufactured Housing, Pamela Beck Danner, "expressed an eagerness to explore a two year code cycle for the HUD Manufactured Housing Standards, giving opportunities to make regular adjustments to the standard using a transparent consensus process. The proposed process has been met with broad favorable response and bodes well for the timeliness of future changes and refinements."
More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA Media Relations page or on the AAMA website, http://www.aamanet.org.
AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry.(SM)