Even with a systems approval from the state, Colucci said that his company, Westchester Modular Homes, has had to turn down projects because of the prolonged approval process.
NAHB’s Building Systems Councils, along with a coalition of associations representing factory-crafted homes, successfully lobbied the New York State Government to draft and enact the third-party approvals process.
To qualify for an expedited approval, producers must have had at least 30 successful site installations in the state over the previous 12 months, among other requirements. Companies must also have at least one employee who has completed three courses sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association.
The complete list of prerequisites is available from the Building Systems Councils at 800-368-5242 x8576.
The pilot program, according to Phil LaRocque, executive vice president of the New York State Builders Association, “will help expedite the building process and benefit consumers, as well.” He noted that there is clearly a market for modular homes in New York, including workers who are looking for affordably priced housing.
Pat Fricchione, Jr., CEO of Pennsylvania-based Simplex Homes and BSC vice-chairman sends many of his homes to New York and ispleased with the new approach. “The approvals program will allow consumers to realize the full benefits of modular housing — a high-quality home constructed with tremendous time and cost advantages.”
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