Alliance Homes President Glenn Gilliam and Skyline Homes Divisional Sales Manager David Whiddon appear on Silicon Valley Technology, Art, Green and Sustainability to discuss the latest in the environmentally-friendly home business.
For those of you who do not know what an HUD is, let us tell you, HUD is Housing and Urban Development Code. HUD code refers to the federal code that applies to factory-constructed manufactured homes. The HUD mandate has created a standard of excellence in affordable housing, which provides American with their only opportunity to achieve the goal of quality and affordable home-ownership. Today, manufactured homes provide the safest and most affordable code-certified housing in America.
The HUD code had built lender confidence, which then qualifies more people for home-ownership, especially for first-time home buyers, young families and retirees. Since the lenders are more confident on manufactured homes, they are willing to extend favorable financing with rates and conditions. Financing of HUD certified home is the most favorable home financing available, since there is an aggressively competitive retail financing, lower down payment and few or no closing costs. Due to the affordable prices and financing, more homeowners are able to support the lifestyle they want. With the easy ability to afford a manufactured home, many families can maintain their quality of life on even one income, allowing the other partner to stay home and take care of their children or other dependents.
The quality of today’s manufactured homes, HUD code assurance, and affordable financing make manufactured homes a sound investment with a solid resale value. Manufactured homes appeal to every segment of society, since these homes are energy efficient and come in great range of sizes, styles,options and floor plans to meet the different needs of the consumers.
Global warming and rising energy costs are making home efficiency more important for the average consumer. These increasing concerns and awareness of environmental impacts have increased consumer’s interest in reducing their “footprint” on the planet.
Manufactured Homes, which are built in a factory have some natural advantages over the traditional ‘site-built’ homes. The factory is able to use materials much more efficiently; cuts of raw materials are planned more adequately, and left-over materials can be reused, re-purposed or recycled, rather than being sent to the waste. National Association of Home reports that a typical 2000 sq.ft site-built home produces about 8000 pounds of waste. Manufactured Homes on the other hand are able to reduce that waste by 50-75%.
A factory built home is also likely to last longer than site-built home during an event of a natural disaster. Manufactured homes are being used to rebuild
the devastated communities, since these are built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph.
Like other manufactured homes, Alliance Manufactured Homes are ‘green-building’ certified by EnergyStar™ program. EnergyStar™ is nationally recognized as a labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient homes. All homes by Alliance are EnergyStar™ labeled, and are more energy efficient in its heating, cooling, and water heating than a standard home.
Alliance’s homes have effective insulation, tight construction, and high performance windows. Each EnergyStar™ qualified home keeps 4500 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the our air each year.Along with bringing environment benefits to our planet, EnergyStar™ homes provide financial benefits to the consumers also. Energy efficienthomes use less energy for cooling, heating, and water heating; saving the consumer about $200-$400 per year. Federal and State governments also offer a number of incentives to the buyers of these environment-friendly manufactured homes. The government provides an array of tax credits, sales tax reduction, and rate discounts for such manufactured homes.
It seems like green manufactured homes are perfect for the planet and the consumers. So
for those of you, who are looking to help save the planet and some money should walk over to the Alliance Manufactured Homes Office. Investing in an Alliance energy-efficient home would be the right decision, which you will never regret!
SUNNYVALE, CALIF – June 23, 2010 – Alliance Manufactured Homes, the newest and fastest growing manufactured home dealership and resale broker in Northern California, gained the ranks of Bay Area News Group’s Top Work Places for 2010.
After an exhaustive survey of company employees, Alliance Homes earned the #9 spot in the “Small WorkPlaces in the Bay Area” category, outranking 26 other local companies.
The 21 question survey used in the ranking was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, an independent research company, and asked over half of Alliance’s employees their opinion on six different areas of their workplace including company values, communication and productivity, work environment, and compensation. The ranking was determined on how highly employees regarded such aspects of their workplace.
“This is exciting news,” said Ryan Gilliam, a manager at Alliance Homes, “We strive to provide a supportive environment for our associates which ultimately translates into satisfied customers.”
A full list of companies recognized as top workplaces along with details of the survey and company profiles can be online at http://jobscareers.com/topworkplaces/.
Alliance Manufactured Homes offers a knowledgeable staff with an average of 12 years experience in the business. From the corporate structure, to the finance division, through to the dedicated sales force, Alliance’s mission is to provide service clients can trust, integrity they can rely on, and quality they can expect.
Founded in 2006, Alliance Manufactured Homes now operates throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, manages 50 employees, and provides insurance, construction and financing services.
The answer may surprise you.
A manufactured home is a single-family house constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment, built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards – better known as the HUD Code.
Many types of structures are built in the factory and designed for long-term residential use. In the case of manufactured and modular homes, units are built in a factory, transported to the site and installed. In panelized and pre-cut homes, essentially flat subassemblies (factory-built panels or factory-cut building materials) are transported to the site and assembled. The different types of factory-built housing can be summarized as follows:
Manufactured Homes: These are homes built entirely in the factory under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD Code went into effect June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes may be single- or multi-section and are transported to the site and installed. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.
Modular Homes: These factory-built homes are built to the state, local or regional code where the home will be located. Modules are transported to the site and installed.
Panelized Homes: These are factory-built homes in which panels -a whole wall with windows, doors, wiring and outside siding – are transported to the site and assembled. The homes must meet state or local building codes where they are sited.
Pre-Cut Homes: This is the name for factory-built housing in which building materials are factory-cut to design specifications, transported to the site and assembled. Pre-cut homes include kit, log and dome homes. These homes must meet local, state or regional building codes.
Mobile Homes: This is the term used for manufactured homes produced prior to June 15, 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect. By 1970, these homes were built to voluntary industry standards that were eventually enforced by 45 of the 48 contiguous states.
Source: Manufactured Housing Institute
The current recession has been the worst one since the Great Depression and the housing market has been one of the hardest hit sectors. The Manufactured housing industry has not been immune to these market conditions and lower new home sales have caused factories to be shut down and companies to declare bankruptcy.
However, there are positive developments worth noting. The fact is that manufactured homes provide the greatest combination of quality of living and value of any type of residence on the market. As a manufactured home retailer, we have strongly performed this past year, and we are always striving to improve and we are very excited about our ability to serve your needs.
As a company, we look for the same things in our suppliers as you do: the best quality product, the best quality service, the best value, and stability moving forward. That is why we have partnered with Karsten Home and Skyline Homes to bring you the best homes available.
Additionally, times of economic turbulence tend to be times of innovation and you need to look no further than the Alliance Designer Series of homes for a prime example of the benefits such times can bring to the consumer. With features such as nine foot flat ceilings, crown molding throughout, extensive beech wood cabinetry, and granite or corian countertops, these homes are truly in a class of their own and represent the future of manufactured homes.
During the tough economic times, the cream rises to the top as people value their hard earned dollars more and do more research before making their purchasing decisions. Buying a house is the biggest purchasing decision of all, and we are happy to say that we are now the #1 retailer in Santa Clara County after opening our doors three years ago. The eight partners at Alliance Homes have a combined 146 years of experience in the manufactured housing industry, so it is safe to say that we have both seen and thrived in all sorts of markets and are here to stay.
Manufactured housing (also known as prefabricated housing) is a type of housing unit that is largely assembled in factories and then transported to sites of use.
In the United States, the term manufactured housing specifically refers to a house built entirely in a protected environment under a federal code set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The term mobile home describes factory-built homes produced prior to the 1976 HUD Code enactment.
The original focus of this form of housing was its mobility. Units were initially marketed primarily to people whose lifestyle required mobility. However, beginning in the 1950s, these homes began to be marketed primarily as an inexpensive form of housing designed to be set up and left in a location for long periods of time, or even permanently installed with a masonry foundation. Previously, units had been eight feet or less in width, but in 1956, the 10-foot (3.0 m) wide home was introduced. This helped solidify the line between mobile and house/travel trailers, since the smaller units could be moved simply with an automobile, but the larger, wider units required the services of a professional trucking company. In the 1960s and ’70s, the homes became even longer and wider, making the mobility of the units more difficult. Today, when a factory-built home is moved to a location, it is usually kept there permanently.
Both types of homes – manufactured and modular – are commonly referred to as factory built housing, but they are not identical. Modular homes are transported on flatbed trucks rather than beingtowed, and lack axles and an automotive-type frame. However, some modular houses are towed behind a semi-truck or toter on a frame similar to that of a trailer. The house is usually in two pieces and is hauled by two separate trucks. Each frame has five or more axles, depending on the size of the house. Once the house has reached its location, the axles and the tongue of the frame are then removed, and the house is set on a concrete foundation by a large crane. Most modern modular homes, once fully assembled, are indistinguishable from site-built homes. Their roofs are usually transported as separate units, eradicating the telltale roof line of the factory built home.