HOMEfires - Vol. 3 No. 1, January 2001
Q: What are written rehabilitation standards and what is their function in the HOME Program? How do they differ from property standards?
Written Rehabilitation Standards establish the standards for the rehabilitation work that will bring substandard housing into compliance with the property standard. The written rehabilitation standard prescribes the methods and materials to be used in rehabilitation. The written rehabilitation standards are sometimes referred to as "specs", or specifications, and include details such as the grade of lumber to be used, the number of nails per square foot, the type of material that can or cannot be used for doors serving as fire exits, the distribution pattern and material of roofing tiles, etc.
The written rehabilitation standard provides a common basis for contractor bids. This is particularly important because, by ensuring that all contractors are bidding work using identical methods and materials, it enables the HOME participating jurisdiction (PJ) to make an accurate determination of the cost reasonableness of bids. By holding all contractors to a single rehabilitation standard, consistent, high quality rehabilitation work is assured. The HOME final rule requires each PJ to adopt written rehabilitation standards for rehabilitation work assisted with HOME funds.
Building codes are the legal regulations that each city and state enacts and enforces for all new and old buildings, including homes. Building codes often include property standards, new construction specifications, and rehabilitation standards. The "rehabilitation" of "existing building" chapters of local building codes indicate which parts of the rest of the code (the new construction specifications) you must follow in order to meet the "property standards." Most model building codes already include some rehabilitation codes (sometimes called "existing building" codes). If your local code does not have "rehabilitation" or "existing building" chapters, the three model building codes as well as HUD's Nationally Applicable Recommended Rehabilitation Provision (NARRP) are helpful guides.
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