Happy House construction is getting more complicated as more states begin requiring builders to meet safety standards for the construction of housing units.
The new federal guidelines, which were released Tuesday, require builders to be certified as either a manufacturer or a contractor.
But not all builders are required to have these certifications.
“While the construction industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of demand, manufacturers have not always been the best positioned to meet the growing demand for our home-built housing,” the guidelines say.
“To make the construction process more cost-effective and reduce the need for additional materials, manufacturers are required by the Federal Building Code to certify themselves as certified contractors and manufacturers.”
Manufacturers who meet the requirements are required not only to meet building codes but also to complete an inspection report and submit their certificates of conformity to the Federal Housing Administration, which will verify that the construction and repair work meets safety standards.
Manufacturers also must also make a written certification to the State of the Construction Industry in order to qualify for certification from the FHWA.
The Federal Housing and Urban Development Department said it does not require certifications from the manufacturers who use its programs.
Manufactures that are certified must also provide the FHA with information on how the certified builders have been certified, such as how the certificates are obtained.
Manufactured homes can also have a certificate of occupancy, but only those with a Certificate of Occupancy of at least 90 percent occupancy.
Manufacture certifications are also only valid for a period of six years.