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Manufactured Home Energy Efficiency Certification

Posted by: Luca Brammer | Posted on: April 26th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Who rates and certifies energy efficiency in manufactured home building these days? There are a wide variety of organizations and websites that help people understand what an energy efficient home is but in this article, we are going to focus on four groups that classify homes as energy efficient or help consumers make decisions about living as efficiently as possible.

The first group is the United States Environmental Protection Agency running the well known Energy Star program and they maintain guidelines for what meets the definition of an Energy Star certified product and their own definition of an energy efficient home.

The EPA maintains strict standards for what qualifies as an Energy Star Home. These four variables are:

Effective Insulation

Energy Star qualified homes must have highly efficient insulation in doors, walls and attics to insure even and efficient temperatures throughout the home thereby reducing energy consumption providing for the most comfortable environment possible at the lowest cost.

High Performance Windows

Energy and expense saving windows installed in Energy Star Home must comply with their standards employing new technology, highly evolved framing technology and protective window coatings.

Tight Construction and Ducts

A tight seal throughout the home insures that the home’s envelope, especially within the heating and cooling systems, provides for the highest levels of energy efficiency. Homes that meet these standards benefit from higher quality construction and lower maintenance costs as well.

Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment

The heating and cooling systems employed must meet the standards of Energy Star rated heating and cooling systems.

Hallmark Southwest manufactured homes currently exceed Energy Star Standards. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, new home construction compliant with today’s standard building and energy codes produces homes that are up to 30% more energy efficient than homes built as recently as the 1990s. If the home is fully Energy Star qualified, the savings can be as much as 45%.

Another important group that rates and regulates “Green Home Builders” and offers another level of certification is the U.S. Green Building Council, a registered 401(c) 3 non-pro$t organization (http://usgbc.org). The U.S. Green Building Council originated the LEED
program, an internationally recognized green building certification system. According to the USGBC the LEED system provides “building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design,
construction, operations and maintenance solutions (source: USGBC.Org, http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?
CMSPageID=1988).

Southern California Edison provides a completely free guide to help consumers and builders benefit from best practices in their efforts to design communities and homes that meet their standards of energy efficiency. The free guide provided by Southern California Edison can be downloaded for free at: http://asset.sce.com/Documents/Shared/2010_CAHPHandbook.pdf.

The last mention in green building certification programs that can help consumers make informed decisions is BuilditGreen.Org.
BuilditGreen.Org is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping consumers and professionals build green living environments focusing on
both consumer and commercial applications. This non-profit agency has developed guidelines for both building construction and landscaping. On their website you will find a wealth of information, however, their building guides are not free. While the building guides are for sale they are rather inexpensive. They do offer a free construction guideline spreadsheet that helps consumers with site plans and preparation, foundation guidelines, landscaping planning and infrastructure, structural framing and building envelopes, siding, insulation, plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, renewable energy concerns, building performance, finishing, flooring, and finally a lighting and appliance selection. You can download the spreadsheet free of charge from the following URL: http://www.builditgreen.org/guidelines–checklists/.

If you would like a free resource guide that takes you through not only all of these resources but serves as a guide for manufactured homes in general, you can download our free guide providing homeowners with a wealth of information about manufactured homes and energy efficient living free of charge. Follow the following link to download our free guide now: Manufactured Home Guide.

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  3. Rich - Reply
    April 28, 2011

    Great piece that clears up any misconceptions about what is necessary for a home to be considered an Energy Star home, which is clearly very specific and clear cut about what it requires.

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