MHCC Subcommittee Discusses Fire Sprinklers, Ground Anchors

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) provided a report this week from a conference call by the Technical Systems Subcommittee of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). The meeting addressed two key pending regulatory issues – sprinklers and ground anchors. Regarding fire sprinklers, MHARR reports the subcommittee confirmed that the two proposals for a federal sprinkler standard, offered by HUD and MHI, were tabled by HUD and by vote of the full MHCC.  These proposals, accordingly, cannot be the subject of a vote, motion, or recommendation by the subcommittee until un-tabled by the full MHCC.  The subcommittee, however, as instructed by the MHCC, will continue to gather information relevant to sprinklers.  On ground anchors, the subcommittee has before it a HUD proposal, which MHARR reports is a near-total re-write of a testing protocol developed by the MHCC, and counter-proposal developed by ground anchor manufacturers. Thus the subcommittee requested that HUD and industry seek to resolve current differences and present either an agreed proposal, or a counter-proposal that clearly illustrates where it differs from the HUD proposal. A further subcommittee meeting is being planned between February 21-25, 2011.

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