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HUD Category III States
The Technical Suitability of Products (TSP) Program (HUD Handbook 4950.1) is a component of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Minimum Property Standards (MPS) Program. Housing systems such as modular and closed cell construction are building products covered by the TSP Program. Under this program, modular and closed cell construction encompasses factory-built structures and complex structural assemblies (not including manufactured homes) that are inspected and labeled under state-regulated programs. This permits such structures and assemblies to be eligible for HUD-associated building construction and FHA-insured financing without HUD approval, or inspection of specific plans or individual unit construction. Currently there are 31 state programs that are accepted as Category III State Agencies (see full listing below).
Acceptance as a Category III State involves the following: Departmental review and acceptance of the state construction standards and administrative and enforcement procedures by the Department. State programs must contain the following elements:
- Units must have a unique identification, and an official state label.
- Units must have a permanently affixed data plate that describes design loads and specifications (e.g. live load, snow load, wind load, & seismic zone).
- Units must meet the requirements of the 1995 Model Energy Code or the latest HUD-accepted MEC standard.
- Builders must certify that all non-structural features comply with MPS-and HUD-accepted building codes.
- Periodic review of the accepted state program based on individual HUD/state agreement.
- Listing as a Category III State in HUD Handbook 4950.1 Technical Suitability of Products Program Processing Procedures, and the accepted listing on HUD's website.
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is currently NIS Solutions' subcontractor for the MPS and TSP Programs. IBTS has compiled samples and descriptions of all certification labels applied to modular homes by approved Category III States. This data includes a sample of the state label, label size, material, colors, description of its application, and miscellaneous comments along with the state program contact information. If you wish to view a particular state's label and contact information, click on the state in the list below. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view these files.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [IBTS Management] has been especially helpful in controlling cost and maintaining an excellent quality of service during a time of reduced contract resources. They coordinate with federal program staff on a monthly basis to determine workload and priorities, and to ensure that costs do not exceed the level agreed to for the period of time discussed.