Moisture Problems in Manufactured Housing

March/April 2002
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2002 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2002
Manufactured homes are affordable to many. A study points the way to making them healthy by dealing with moisture problems.
        For the millions of people living in manufactured homes, the relatively low cost of these homes should not automatically imply low energy efficiency and poor indoor air quality (IAQ). In 2000, one out of six new single-family housing starts was a manufactured home. Last year, the industry shipped more than a quarter of a million homes from 280 manufacturing facilities. More than 19 million people, about 8% of the U.S. population, live full time in 8 million manufactured homes.These manufactured homes are one of the most affordable forms of single-family detached housing available.They generally cost less than $35/ft3 (plus the cost of land) for a centrally air-conditioned and heated home with a built-in kitchen. Available in all parts of the country, manufactured homes are most popular in the southern and western United States, where land is still plentiful, and in rural areas elsewhere. (For a description of manufactured housing, see “Manufactured Housing,” p. 26.)         In 1999, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP) team leader.This group’s primary function is to serve the ...

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