Net Zero Energy Manufactured Homes May Be on Their Way

Fall 2016
A version of this article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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August 19, 2016
The manufactured-housing industry may have a reputation for efficiency in terms of cost and time savings, but when it comes to energy efficiency . . . not so much. That could be changing with recent construction and testing of the nation’s first manufactured home to meet the high performance requirements of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (DOE ZERH) program. With support from DOE, Clayton Homes’ Southern Energy Homes division, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Systems Building Research Alliance, building scientists from the Levy Partnership and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) set up a 15-month study to compare the real-world performance of the DOE Zero Energy Ready home with that of two other manufactured homes—one built to the criteria of Energy Star Certified for Manufactured Homes and the other built to Clayton Homes’ standard construction package.

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