Clock Starts-Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform Provides Latest Facts, Options, and Planning to Stop Advancing Dept of Energy Manufactured Housing Energy Rule; plus MHStock Update


Manufactured housing has two active national trade groups. While both claim to be working to stop the implementation of what they each agree is a damaging and costly Department of Energy (DOE) manufactured housing energy rule, only the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has used or publicly discussed the need for legal action to stop the advancing federal process under the Biden Administration.

The following was provided by MHARR to MHProNews mid-afternoon on the last day in May. 


MAY 31, 2022


                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)





The final U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards rule for HUD Code manufactured homes, initially announced on May 18, 2022, as reported by MHARR, has now been published in the May 31, 2022 edition of the Federal Register (see, copy attached). With the publication of the final rule, the clock now begins to run on direct industry action (as contrasted with indirect activity, see below) to seek its invalidation as well as related injunctive relief. Absent such court (or other) intervention, compliance with the DOE standards, based on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), will become mandatory as of May 31, 2023. While at present, there is no final – or proposed – enforcement structure or mechanism for the DOE standards, MHARR anticipates that proposed enforcement regulations will be published in advance of the May 31, 2023 compliance deadline.

MHARR reiterates its commitment to oppose the discriminatory, high-cost DOE energy standards rule via all reasonable means – a position that it has maintained consistently during the entire course of DOE’s baseless and illegitimate rulemaking process. Similarly, MHARR continues to urge the entire industry to explore all available avenues to invalidate the DOE standards, which would needlessly exclude millions of Americans from the manufactured housing market and from all of the benefits of homeownership. In this regard, MHARR has – and will continue to – analyze all potential means including, but not limited to, legal and other approaches, for the industry and its consumers to invalidate and stop this rule prior to its enforcement.

On a related matter, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a brief order entered on May 26, 2022, has denied the petition for relief filed by ten state governments in connection with federal agencies’ use of the so-called “updated” Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) construct in relation to rulemaking proceedings. MHARR, as reported previously, had filed an Amicus Curiae brief in that action, in support of the states’ appeal, based on DOE’s use of the SCC metric in connection with the proposed — and now final – manufactured housing energy standards rule. While the SCC litigation will continue in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and could still potentially impact the DOE manufactured housing rule if the court ultimately sides with the states, MHARR will now direct all of its focus to relevant substantive and procedural aspects of the DOE manufactured housing energy standards final rule and action to enjoin that rule.

MHARR will continue to keep you updated regarding this important regulatory matter going forward.

cc: Other Interested HUD Code Industry Manufacturers, Retailers and Communities

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512
Washington D.C. 20004
Phone: 202/783-4087
Fax: 202/783-4075
Website: ##

The Federal Register’s statement, referenced above and provided by MHARR, is linked here.


Additional Information, MHProNews Analysis and Commentary in Brief

History has numerous examples of lies and deception, some of which occurred on a large scale. Recall this classic report on misinformation found exclusively on MHProNews, but which was backed by evidence from a range of cited sources.

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Students of authentic history, such as the examples shown above, realize that one of the troubling lessons of the past is this. Time and again, evidence makes clear that a lie told boldly enough, and repeated confidently enough will be believed by sizable numbers of people. A famous American made that observation, using his own words. His name? Abraham Lincoln. Those troubling but important insights? They apply to the DOE issue.

For those who know authentic vs. weaponized American history, there is indeed a series of attempts to ‘fool’ the people on a range of issues. That being so, is it any surprise that similarly bold efforts to ‘fool’ most professionals and the broader public about manufactured housing’s realities also exists?

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The Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says it opposes this rule now scheduled for implementation of the ‘costly’ and ‘damaging’ DOE manufactured housing energy rule. MHI admits it will harm businesses and consumers alike. MHI state affiliate Texas has said it will cost business. So, why aren’t MHI, Texas, or others stepping up to the plate to support MHARR’s call for a united industry-wide legal action to halt this measure? Especially when the delays to date in implementing this rule have come in part due to MHARR and/or legal efforts? The lack of consistency and logic at MHI, and their largely walking-in-lockstep state affiliates, is stunningly in your face once the various issues are understood.


It might appear stunning to those who actually believe MHI’s apparent posturing-for-effect on this issue to realize that one of their big 3 members, Cavco Industries, said not one word about the looming DOE energy issue during their recent earnings call. How can those disparities be reconciled?  See the report linked below to learn more.



On the one hand, the DOE energy rule is a seemingly complex issue. But on the other hand, it can be boiled down to simple principles, at least from the perspective of manufactured home independents and consumers.

  • Does the rule create more harm then claimed (and unproven) benefit? The answer from numerous voices to that is ‘yes.’
  • Are there a rationale, common-sense arguments in response to the claims of the ‘special interests’ that are promoting this DOE energy rule? Yes.
  • Given that MHI claims that they want to see this rule stopped, then why did they wait so long to launch legislation? Or why hasn’t MHI joined MHARR in using litigation?
  • Perhaps most revealing of all, why has MHI and some of their key backers for years apparently helped the DOE advance this rule through the back door?



See the related reports to learn more about the answers to each of those questions.

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 5.31.2022

  • The ‘casino’ is closed
  • Pedestrians walk by the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New York.
  • When it comes to stocks, it turns out the economy, earnings and valuations matter
  • Joe Biden wants to show he’s in charge of inflation … while showing someone else is in charge
  • Russia is about to shut off some of Germany’s gas
  • How Scotts Miracle-Gro is reinventing itself as one of the biggest players in cannabis
  • A corporate raider is coming after Hellmann’s and Dove
  • Home prices rose by more than 20% year-over-year in March
  • How to beat the market: Go ask a robot
  • Stores have too much stuff. Get ready for discounts
  • India shows no sign of slowing its purchase of Russia oil
  • The ‘Great Reshuffling’ played a big part in pushing home prices higher
  • Tesla should be worried about this electric luxury car
  • ‘This is not the retirement I envisioned.’ Retirees are hurt by by inflation
  • Summer 2022 preview: What to look forward to in media and entertainment
  • The Sears logo is displayed on shopping carts outside of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California.
  • About 100 Sears Hometown stores are closing
  • Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
  • ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ jets to new box office record
  • Taco Bell is running out of Mexican Pizza
  • The Kremlin’s towers and passers-by are seen reflected in the window of a closed McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow on May 16, 2022.
  • McDonald’s new brand name in Russia could be ‘Fun and Tasty’
  • Russia slashes interest rates
  • Starbucks is leaving Russia for good
  • China needs Russian coal. Moscow needs new customers
  • US Energy Secretary blasts Russia for ‘weaponizing’ energy
  • Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020.
  • Tesla CEO says it’s ‘dumb’ to call billionaires the bad guys
  • Musk proves again that the rules don’t apply to him
  • Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claims
  • Hear Elon Musk’s plans for Trump’s Twitter ban
  • Musk faced SEC questions over his timing in disclosing Twitter stake


Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax 5.31.2022

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  • Newsmax CEO Meets Zelenskyy, Interview Tonight 8pm ET!
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  • Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has been widely condemned as an illegal act of aggression. Russian forces have been accused of killing civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha and of repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure including hospitals and a theater in the besieged city of Mariupol that was being used as a shelter by hundreds of civilians. [Full Story]
  • Russian Invasion of Ukraine
  • OPEC Mulls Excluding Russia From Oil Production Deal: WSJ
  • Ukraine Troops Hold Out as Russia Assaults Sievierodonetsk Wasteland
  • Zelensky Warns Blockade of Ports Could Cause Worldwide Famine
  • Ukraine’s Giant Seed Bank at Risk of Being Lost as War Rages
  • Ukraine Has Identified 600 Russian War Crime Suspects
  • Hungary’s Orban Wins Exemption in EU Russian Oil Embargo
  • Russia Takes Small Cities, Aims to Widen East Ukraine Battle
  • Ex-Amb. McFaul Slams Biden for Refusing Longer-Range Missiles to Ukraine
  • Sievierodonetsk Mayor Says Russian Forces Seize Half of City
  • Senior Ukraine Official: EU Sanctions on Russia Still ‘Not Enough’
  • Ukrainian Court Sentences Two Russian Soldiers to Jail for War Crimes
  • More Russian Invasion of Ukraine
  • Newsmax TV
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  • Burchett: Nothing Coming From Biden, Powell Meeting | video
  • Fallon: Multipart Solutions Needed on Mass Shootings | video
  • Paris Dennard: Biden Crises Inexcusable, His Doing | video
  • Peter Navarro: COVID Mandates ‘Never Would Have Happened’ Under Trump | video
  • Waltz: Focus on Health of the Community, Not Demonizing Guns | video
  • Fallon: Must Do ‘Something Effective’ to Protect Children | video
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  • Special counsel John Durham thanked the Michael Sussmann jury for [Full Story] | video
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  • Zelenskyy Warns Blockade of Ukraine Could Cause Worldwide Famine
  • There is a “threat of famine” on a worldwide scale due to Russia’s [Full Story]
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  • Clinton Campaign Lawyer Acquitted of Lying to the FBI
  • A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was [Full Story] | video
  • House Weighs 8 New Gun Laws
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  • Home Prices Continued to Surge in March
  • S. home prices continued to rise in March despite higher mortgage [Full Story]
  • Over 30 Shot Dead Nationwide During Holiday Weekend
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  • James Biden, Appearing Frequently in Hunter’s Emails, Denies He Is Family ‘Fixer’
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  • Texas Dem Wants Hearings on Uvalde Mass Shooting
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  • US Consumer Confidence Dips in May
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  • Report: Biden White House Flailing Amid Low Poll Numbers, Crises
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  • Baby Formula Makers Ship Products to Restock US Shelves
  • Global companies that make baby formula are bringing products into the United States after the country’s health regulator relaxed its import policy to address a nationwide shortage partly triggered by Abbott Laboratories’ manufacturing plant in Michigan…. [Full Story]
  • OPEC Mulls Excluding Russia From Oil-production Deal: WSJ
  • US Offers ‘Comfort Letters’ to Expedite Russia Grain, Fertilizer Exports
  • NY Couple in $4.5B Crypto Laundering Case Still in Plea Talks
  • Global Regulators Push Ahead with Crypto Bank Capital Rules
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MHProNews has pioneered in our profession several reporting elements that keep our regular and attentive readers as arguably the best informed in the manufactured housing industry. Among the items shared after ‘every business day’ (when markets are open) is our left-right headline recap summary. At a glance in two to three minutes, key ‘market moving’ news items are covered from left-of-center CNN Business and right-of-center Newsmax. “We Provide, You Decide.” © Additionally, MHProNews provides expert commentary and analysis on the issues that others can’t or won’t cover that help explain why manufactured housing has been underperforming during the Berkshire era while an affordable housing crisis and hundreds of thousands of homeless in America rages on. These are “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use© features and others made and kept us the runaway #1 in manufactured housing trade publisher for a dozen years and counting. 

If it is true, then it isn’t necessarily bragging. By checking the facts and following the money trail, even on controversial topics, MHProNews has provided reports and analysis that stand the test of time. While others – including various examples from mainstream media – have published reports that later need to be corrected or modified in significant ways, reports on MHProNews in recent years have provided a routinely dependable resource for reliable information, analysis, and evidence-based ‘logical’ commentary. There is simply nothing else like it, which is why we have been and remain the #1, despite coverage that often vexes the powers that be in manufactured housing.


Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Equities Closing Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                            • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                            • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                            • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.

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NOTE: An update has been linked from this post that includes a reply from Leo Poggione.
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    • 2022 Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory-built housing industry suppliers.
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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in manufactured housing related issues. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. 

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.
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