December 27, 2006
$1,000 Tax Credit Extended
In the closing hours of the 109th Congress, the
Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA) and the Manufactured Housing Institute
(MHI) achieved a significant victory with a one-year extension of the $1,000 tax
credit for manufacturers of ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes. Senators Charles
Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Max Baucus (D-Mont.),
ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, were instrumental in adding the
one-year extension of the tax credit as part of the “Tax Relief and Health Care
Act of 2006.” MHRA and MHI have worked extensively with the staff of both Senators
Grassley and Baucus to support an extension of the tax credit. The Senators plan
to introduce legislation in the 110th Congress in 2007 further extending
the tax credit. MHI and MHRA will continue to work on this important issue in
the upcoming Congress.
With passage of this legislation, the New Energy Efficient
Home credit will not expire until December 31, 2008. This business credit allows producers of manufactured
homes to qualify for $1,000 by either building homes under the provisions of the
ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes program administered
by MHRA or by exceeding the IECC by 30 percent. The legislation also allows builders
of site-built, modular and manufactured homes to qualify for the $2,000 credit
by exceeding the IECC by 50 percent.
As a reminder to producers of HUD-code homes, if you plan
to build ENERGY STAR homes that qualify for the tax credit, they must
display both the EPA ENERGY STAR Qualified Home and the SBRA ENERGY STAR quality assurance label. The labels are available
from MHRA. To download an order form, visit the web site at: http://www.mhrahome.org/media/forms/ES_label_order_form.pdf.
MHRA to Develop ENERGY STAR Protocols for Modulars
MHRA will soon begin work on a redesign of the rules for
building ENERGY STAR modular homes.
EPA turned over responsibility for reconfiguring the program to MHRA, specifically in developing an alternative
verification protocol for modular homes built in HUD-code plants.
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