Learn what HUD certification is, where you can find your certification plate in your home and what you may need it for!
If you have a manufactured home, then your HUD Certification Label is extremely important. This certification differentiates your home as a manufactured home from a modular home or recreational vehicle. It also certifies that your manufactured home has been manufactured to HUD building standards.
The HUD tag (certification label) is located on the back right corner of the outside of the home (the “tongue” of the home or corner of the frame). The same information should also be found on the data plate in the primary bedroom closet or in the cabinets under the kitchen sink. The data plate is a paper label with information about your home including the wind zone to which it was built and what home building facility built your home.
If you’re sitting there asking yourself “What is a HUD Certification?” let me explain. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) addresses and enforces America’s housing needs and laws.
Since June 15, 1976, each manufactured home has been certified by HUD and has been marked with a HUD label on the outside of the home to show that the home has HUD certification.
Three digits which are letters that indicate the state where the home was manufactured come first on the label. After that, there’s a unique 6-digit number, then it reads as follows:
The manufacturer certifies to the best of the manufacturers knowledge and belief that this manufactured home has been inspected in accordance with the requirements of Department of Housing and Urban Development and is constructed in conformance with the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture. See data plate.
If you need your certification and need the information from it, then you should be able to go to the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). IBTS is an organization that provides “unbiased professional building code compliance services directly to, or on behalf of, government agencies at all levels.”
They analyze, collect and maintain home data, therefore they are able to provide a verification letter with the following information:
They can also provide a copy of the data plate, which contains more information about your home, or a substitute Performance Verification Certificate if needed. Your manufactured home data plate, which is commonly found in your kitchen either in a drawer or on the back of a cabinet, is a great resource.
Your data plate will tell you things like to which wind zone or roof load zone requirements your home is built. This will give you some more details on your home's construction and safety! Those are just some of the useful reasons to know your HUD Certification tag and data plate well.