Universal Floorplan Design for FEMA Disaster-Relief Housing

Systems Building Research Alliance

Universal Floor Plan Design for FEMA Disaster-Relief Housing


This project will develop universal floor plans and utility connection layouts for four basic Manufactured Housing Unit types for use by FEMA. A range of designs are needed that are commercially viable, durable, structurally robust, reusable, and inexpensive to maintain and service. Further, the designs should leverage the efficiencies of factory production and use materials and component designs that are common in the factory building industry allowing for multiple vendors to cost-competitively and quickly fabricate the MHU's on short notice. The effort will further examine issues associated with moving toward a single, national standard or CONUS design, effectively eliminating regional and climate-specific design variants. This work will be guided by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) panel.


Develop standardized floor plans and utility connection layouts for four basic Manufactured Housing Unit types that:


Member, Title
Charley Boyer, COO/VP-Manufacturing Division Oak Creek Homes
Charles Fanaro, President Hi-Tech Housing
Charley Lott, President Fleetwood Homes
Mark Mazz, Principal Mark J. Mazz, AIA, LLC
Chet Murphree, General Manager Deer Valley Homes
Brad Mikels, President River Birch Homes
Tom Rehrig, Director, Product and Industrial Engineering Clayton Homes
Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering Cavco Industries
Steve Snyder, Project Manager Champion Home Builders
Mike Terrian, General Manager Platinum Homes
Michael Wade, Director of Manufacturing Operations, Panel Chair Cavalier Homes
Harold Weaver, President Lexington Homes
Matthew Rabkin, Senior FAC-P/PM, FAC-COR Level III, MHU PMO Manager F E M A
Emanuel Levy, Executive Director, Panel Facilitator Systems Building Research Alliance
Radhna Saxena, Architect Systems Building Research Alliance

The goal of the SME panel meetings is to take advantage of the broadly representative group of public and private sector stakeholders to acquire input and expertise related to the myriad issues raised in developing standard designs.

Panel meetings will occur every 3 to 4 months throughout the 18-month project period. The SME panel will:


Meeting Materials
Meeting Date
1. SME Kick-off Meeting Meeting Agenda November 18, 2015, 3:00 PM EST Meeting Minutes


Meeting Agenda


2. Conceptual Design SME Meeting Attachment A: Express Non-UFAS Design Layout A (Dec. 15, 2015) December 16, 2015, 3:00 PM EST Meeting Minutes
  Attachment B: Express Non-UFAS Layout B (Dec. 15 2015)
  Survey #1


Meeting Agenda


  Attachment A: Express Non-UFAS Layout (Feb. 8, 2016)
3. Floor Plan Review and Mechanical Systems Discussion Attachment B: 1-Bedroom Layout (Feb. 8, 2016) February 9, 2016, 9:00 AM EST Meeting Minutes
  Attachment C: 2-Bedroom Layout (Feb. 8, 2016)
  Attachment D: 3-Bedroom Layout (Feb. 8, 2016)
  Meeting 3 Slides


Attachment A: 1-Bedroom Layout (June 24, 2016)


4. Express, 1-, 2-, and 3-Bedroom Layout Review Attachment B: 2-Bedroom Layout (June 24, 2016) June 28, 2016, 8:00 AM EST Meeting Minutes
  Attachment C: 3-Bedroom Layout (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment D: 1-Bedroom Sections AA' and BB' (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment E: 2-/3-Bedroom Sections AA' and BB' (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment F: 1-Bedroom Exterior Elevations (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment G: 2-Bedroom Exterior Elevations (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment H: 3-Bedroom Exterior Elevations (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment I: Revised Express Layout & Sections CC' and DD' (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment J: Express Unit Sections AA' and BB' (June 24, 2016)
  Attachment K: Express Unit Exterior Elevations (June 24, 2016)


Meeting 5 Agenda



Attachment A: Express Designs (Nov. 17, 2016)
5. Floorplan, Framing, and Structural Design Review Attachment B: 1-Bedroom Designs (Nov. 17, 2016) November 17, 2016, 4:00 PM EST
  Attachment C: 2-Bedroom Designs (Nov. 17, 2016)    
  Attachment D: 3-Bedroom Designs (Nov. 17, 2016)    
  Meeting 5 Slides


Topics Expertise Materials Written Comments Due Conference Call Dates
1. Construction: (walls, roof, floors, finishes, materials, doors and windows)
  • Corporate engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Architects and designers
  • QA/QC staff
  • Installers
  • Instructions and Review Form 1 March 6, 2017 March 13, 2017 2pm EST
    2. Equipment: Appliances, Fixtures and Furniture
  • Plant procurement
  • Plant manager
  • Architects and designers
  • QA/QC staff
  • Instructions and Review Form 2 March 7, 2017 March 14, 2017 2pm EST
    3. Mechanical/Electrical: Lighting, Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC
  • MEP engineers
  • HVAC engineers
  • QA/QC staff
  • Fire safety engineers
  • Installers
  • Corporate engineers
  • Instructions and Review Form 3 March 13, 2017 March 20, 2017 2pm EST

    Review Materials: Design Details—All Units and Design Specifications
    Conference call-in number: (641) 715-0632 • Access code: 154485


    Project Task
    Revision Date
    Overview Scope of work: summary N/A
      Schedule of tasks 03/29/2018

    Architectural Design and HVAC Assessment

    Drawing set

      Design Specifications 03/09/2018
      Architectural and HVAC Test plan 09/01/2017
      DAPIA Package from Hi-Tech N/A
      Presentation of findings from the build N/A
      HVAC interim findings and recommendations document 03/20/2018
      Wall interim findings and recommendations document 03/27/2018

    Fire Safety

    TPS Specifications

      Sprinkler System Specifications 10/23/2017
      TPS Test Plan 02/15/2018

    Water leakage through fenestration

    Preliminary Test Plan


    Foundation System design and assessment

    Foundation Design

      Foundation Test Plan 02/12/2018

    Process Engineering and QA Protocol

    Preliminary Value Stream Map Document


    Temporary Utilities

    Temporary Power Loads Analysis



    Standards and Codes

    Design Guides