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Glossary of Manufactured Housing Terms

To help get you started, we have put together some commonly used terms that you may see while you search for your new home.
  • System-Built Home

    A general term for any home that is built in a high technology, enclosed environment in large component parts, and then transported to a home site for assembly. "System-built" may refer to homes that are manufactured or modular ... as well as any home that uses advanced factory technologies for a more efficient building process.
  • Manufactured Home

    A home built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act enacted on June 15, 1976, and enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. Manufactured homes are built in a controlled, factory environment on a steel frame that is designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities. Manufactured homes are delivered to the home site in one or multiple sections and may be placed on private property or in a land-lease community. A "mobile home" is a home built prior to the enactment of the HUD building code.
  • HUD Code

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development's code that regulates a home's design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality control. It also sets stringent performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, electrical systems, and structural integrity. The HUD building code has received several revisions and updates since it was enacted and continues to be reviewed and revised to improve performance and durability.
  • Modular Home

    System-built homes that begin as components and are designed, engineered and assembled in a controlled factory environment. These homes are built to the State of Michigan Residential Building Code. This is the same code that is used to construct a home built entirely on site. Components come together at the building site and the home is completed by a licensed builder under standards enforced by state and local agencies. Modular homes may be one- or two-story dwellings and are placed primarily on private property.
  • State Code

    In Michigan, modular homes are designed, built and regulated to adhere to the State of Michigan Residential Building Code. Since July 2001, Michigan has mandated one statewide building code that is, for the major part, the same as the international code, and properly called the State of Michigan Residential Building Code.

    Note: "BOCA Code" is an outdated term often still used to describe modular homes. Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA) is the oldest of three "model" codes used in the United States; site-built and modular homes previously fell under this code, which is still used by states in the Midwestern and Eastern parts of the country.
  • Land-lease Communities

    Private land developed as home sites for system-built homes. In Michigan, most sites are leased to the homeowner under a lease agreement.
  • Single-Section Home

    A system-built home delivered to the home site in one, intact section; the average square footage is 1,090 square feet.
  • Multi-Section Home

    A system-built home delivered to the home site in two or more sections. The average square footage is 1,750 square feet, but may be as large as 2,400 square feet.
  • Retailer

    Licensed, professional seller of manufactured homes. Assists in arrangement for financing, and has the home installed on home site and prepared for move-in.
  • Site-Built Housing

    Housing constructed at the home site, outdoors, but may consist of modules of pre-assembled parts like trusses, doors, windows and pre-cast basement wall panels.
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