by Doug Mills
Even if you have been building HUD homes since the beginning of the program in 1976 you might have questions on how and why some interpretations have been made to the Standards. Or maybe you had a situation arise where your questions were not directly addressed in the HUD code as it is written. Over the years HUD has released letters to manufacturers, PIAs and others in the industry dealing with unique code challenges in order to provide clarification on common problems.HUD classifies their letters as either ‘A’ or ‘B’ - A-Letters usually address a specific manufacturer’s issue and can take a while to become “public”, while B-Letters focus on an industry-wide issue and are available upon release. Even though the letters were made public with IBTS’ Fast Access software, this software can’t be installed on any computer built in the last 15 years.
NTA is once again going above and beyond to help their clients accomplish their goals quickly and efficiently by providing access to all past, present and future HUD clarification letters (more than 2000 documents). These documents are a valuable source of information that can provide support for many structural or design choices or provide background information on current guidelines.
You can find all of the HUD letters (both A and B) under the resources menu on your NTA online account at the top right of the screen. If you need any assistance, or have questions about what the letters mean for you, contact your account manager for more information.