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State Board Announcements
The next MOTA Board Meeting
Date: June 19, 2013, Time: 6 PM
Location: Community Loan Fund Offices,
7 Wall Street, Concord, NH 03301
From Lois Parris, President MOTA - NH
Important Notice Please Read
HUD MANUFACTURING STANDARDS COME UNDER FIRE FROM
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO)
By Steve Anderson - NMHOA Board Member and MHCC Committee Member (Extracted from GAO Report)
Since 1976 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has had the responsibility for developing standards for
manufactured housing. Key standards for manufactured homes are supposed to provide a lower margin of safety against a carbon
monoxide exposure incident than those for site-built homes, which are constructed at their permanent locations.
For instance, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code requires a minimum 3-foot separation between air
intakes and exhaust vents, while industry standards for site-built homes have required a greater distance for many years.
The industry standards call for a greater separation between air intakes and exhaust vents to help reduce the risk that contaminants
such as carbon monoxide will re-enter the home. Indoor air quality experts whom GAO interviewed stated that the exhaust of an
improperly operating furnace combined with unique wind conditions could, in rare cases, present a risk of carbon monoxide exposure.
GAO analysis shows that increasing the separation between an air intake and exhaust vents, using industry standards, can significantly
dilute concentrations of contaminants. The primary reason for the differences in ventilation standards for manufactured homes and site-
built homes is the HUD Code has not been updated since 2005 and has not kept pace with standards tied to ventilation and air quality
for site built homes.
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State Board of
Manufactured Housing Meeting
Date: 2013 Meeting To Be Announced
Location: Legislative Office Building,
Room 101, Concord, NH