Tag Archives: Building codes

Increasing Minimum Entry Door Width in Manufactured Housing

TxLIHIS recently submitted Comments to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), a federal advisory committee to HUD on the regulation of manufactured housing, regarding its review of the minimum exterior door and interior hallway widths allowed in the building code for such homes.  These comments follow: ************************ April 8, 2011 Mark J. Mazz, AIA General […]

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Changes to TX Residential Construction Commission do not fix the problem

In an earlier posting I applauded the decision of the Texas Sunset Commission staff to recommend the abolition of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC). That agency currently accomplishes little more than preventing homeowners from quickly taking home builders to court to compel them to fix problems with the builder’s or remodeler’s work on their […]

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It is time to abolish the ineffective Texas Residential Construction Commission

The hopelessly flawed Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) has been recommended for abolition by the Texas Sunset Commission staff.  The Sunset staff report on the TRCC concludes, “Current regulation of the residential construction industry is fundamentally flawed and does more harm than good.” I reluctantly concur. The TRCC was pushed into being in 2003 by […]

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Curbing substandard housing in rural Texas

Watch John Henneberger’s testimony before the Texas Seante International Relations and Trade Committee on substandard rural housing.  Read my written testimony presented to the committee. On June 17 I presented invited testimony before the Texas Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade on the committee interim charge: Review state and local policies relating to development […]

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Texas tempts fate and courts disaster

Is it that we Texans like living dangerously? Are we just slow to learn? Or are we the victims of special interests? A story in the Housing Chronicle has concluded… After calamitous hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005 destroyed nearly half a million homes across the South, most Gulf states bolstered their building codes to […]

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