Research & Resources for Rebuilding
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research
Responds to Gulf Coast Hurricanes
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)
offers this list of relevant publications and ordinances to
assist officials, builder/developers, and others involved
in the Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts. This special
‘Research & Resources for Rebuilding’ package
contains publications and other materials that we believe
can help local officials and rebuilding teams in their efforts
to develop sound, affordable housing that can be produced
This information package includes:
reports, publications, and information concerning use of
manufactured and modular housing, rehabilitation, storm
resistant building design, and disaster response.
of existing city ordinances and state laws that encourage
use of manufactured or modular housing where prohibited
in the past or where an outdated ordinance needs updating.
The materials are available both electronically and in printed
form. To order these publications, call 1–800–245–2691,
Option 1. If you indicate you are from the Gulf Coast, you
will not be charged. You can also download these publications
for free by clicking on the links below.
Relevant HUD Publications
Rehab Guide: Volumes One through Nine [1997 – 2000]
This series provides the design and construction industry
with information on building technologies, materials, components,
and techniques specific to the rehabilitation process. Each
volume covers a distinct element of housing rehab –
foundations; exterior walls; roofs; windows and doors; partitions,
ceiling, floors, and stairs; kitchens and baths; electrical/electronics;
HVAC/plumbing; and site work.
Codes in Your Community:
A Guide to Building Rehabilitation Codes 
Provides a broad overview of the general regulatory environment
governing the use and reuse of existing buildings. It also
provides examples of state and local efforts to reduce regulatory
to Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing: Volume 1 - Findings
and Analysis, Volume 2 - Case Studies 
These two publications examine some of the more significant
barriers to urban rehabilitation. The authors present a series
of case studies that address problems with acquiring properties,
estimating costs, obtaining insurance and financing, and working
with land-use and building code regulations.
Builders' Guide to Manufactured Housing 
This guide presents information for site builders and land
developers on how to incorporate HUD-Code manufactured housing
into their business operations.
Barriers to the Use of HUD-Code Housing in Attached Construction
Provides guidance to home manufacturers, builder/developers,
and traditional site builders interested in reducing building
costs while integrating manufactured housing into single-family
Related HUD Links
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
has a number of post-hurricane-specific rebuilding, rehabilitation,
and storm-resistant construction strategies posted on the
Partnership's website. Visit www.PATHnet.org
for practical guidance on design strategies, building products
and systems recommendations, and helpful tips on building
and rehabbing homes for energy/resource efficiency, durability,
affordability, and overall performance.
to Help You Recover From a Flood
PATH compiled the following recommendations to help the flood
recovery process, based on findings from Oak Ridge National
Laboratory's (ORNL) field tests of flood-damage-resistant
Guide to Deconstruction: An Overview of Deconstruction With
a Focus on Community Development Opportunities
Communities can use the selective dismantling or removal of
materials from buildings to support and complement other community
objectives before, or instead of, some elements of demolition.
Deconstruction helps pay for itself by generating revenue
and reducing landfill and disposal costs.
PATH studies homes in the aftermath of hurricanes to learn
how to best protect homes – and their occupants –
from future storm damage. The strategies available at the
following link address the common points of failure and suggest
the five most significant improvements to strengthen a home
and increase storm resistance.
for Improving Hurricane Resistance
Several PATH recommended technologies and practices can benefit
reconstruction efforts by increasing the disaster resistance
of homes, and potentially reduce the time necessary to rebuild.
Many of these technologies can also reduce the cost of rebuilding.
Ordinances Encouraging the Use of Manufactured and Modular
Below, you’ll find links to existing local ordinances
and state laws that allow manufactured housing in single-family
neighborhoods, and to state-enabling statutes that prohibit
local governments from banning manufactured housing. Local
and state authorities may consider drawing upon these examples
as a means of expediting reconstruction efforts.
Florida Aesthetic Ordinance for Single Family Homes
Permits both manufactured and modular housing within neighborhoods
in which similar existing dwellings are located.
Municipal Code (Section 11.19.350)
Allows a single manufactured home on an individual lot in
any residential zone that allows single-family dwellings,
with the exception of historic districts.
County, California Zoning Ordinance
Allows manufactured homes in single-family neighborhoods if
aesthetic and design
attributes allow them to blend in with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Allows manufactured housing in single-family zoned neighborhoods,
as long as it is compatible with other homes in the neighborhood.
41 Idaho Building Code Act (Section 67-6509A)
Requires each local governing board to permit the siting of
manufactured homes in any single-family residential zone,
except for those defined as historic districts. Moreover,
it allows local governments to establish standards to guarantee
that the manufactured housing will be compatible with homes
in the surrounding neighborhood.
Sample Affordable Housing District Regulations
This guide provides information for communities in Arkansas
attempting to meet state requirements that cities permit manufactured
housing in at least one residential zoning district on individually