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 Why participate in ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR affords the manufactured housing industry a unique opportunity to extend the advantages of controlled-environment factory production to include exemplary energy performance.

There are at least four basic reasons why a plant should consider making the commitment to produce ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes.
  1. The ENERGY STAR label can be a powerful sales tool.

  2. ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes have lower monthly operating costs and potentially increase the resale value of a home.

  3. The efficiency measures built into an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home have residual benefits that increase customer satisfaction.

  4. ENERGY STAR offers another opportunity for a manufactured housing producer to demonstrate superior energy performance with non-ENERGY STAR site built and manufactured homes.
Visit the EPA ENERGY STAR website to learn more about how the program increases profits, improves customer satisfaction and protects the environment.


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 How to participate in ENERGY STAR
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Certifying the Plant
Producing ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes starts with certifying the plant. Plant certification is done once and usually requires a few weeks to complete. The certification steps are described below.

 
Step 1. Hire a Manufactured Housing ENERGY STAR Certifier

 
List of ENERGY STAR Certifiers
In qualifying to produce ENERGY STAR qualified homes, plants are required to retain an independent, third-party energy expert.

Step 2. Design Homes To Meet ENERGY STAR Requirements

 ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes:
Design, Manufacturing, Installation and Certification Procedures - Fourth Edition

This guide contains the design requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes.

 
Step 3. Incorporate ENERGY STAR Design Features into Quality Control and Inspection Procedures

 Information about the ENERGY STAR features in the new home designs must be incorporated into the Design Approval Primary Inspection Agency (DAPIA)-approved packages, the plant Quality Control Manual, and the Manufacturers’ Installation Manual.

 
Step 4. Manufacture, Inspect, and Test Homes in the Plant for Duct Tightness

 Manufacture a minimum of three consecutive homes that meet ENERGY STAR duct system requirements. As these homes are manufactured, their ducts are tested to determine the level of air leakage. The ENERGY STAR Certifier verifies that the ducts do not exceed allowable leakage levels.

 
Step 5. Develop Site Installation Checklist

 SAMPLE ENERGY STAR MANUFACTURED HOME SITE INSTALLATION CHECKLIST (52 KB)
Every ENERGY STAR qualified home that leaves a manufacturing plant must have a Site Installation Checklist identifying items that are part of the ENERGY STAR design package, but installed and verified at the time of home installation.

 
Step 6. Install, Inspect, and Test a Minimum of Three Qualification Homes in the Field

 Install and test three ENERGY STAR qualified homes in the field. The homes selected should be representative of the types of homes the plant intends to build and label as ENERGY STAR.

 
Step 7. Incorporate ENERGY STAR Practices into Routine Operations

 

Once the required number of certification homes have been installed successfully, the plant must take steps to transfer the lessons learned from the process into its routine production of ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

 
Step 8. Establish MHRA ENERGY STAR Information Manager Account The Information Manger is a free web-based system used by plants to keep track of and report production of ENERGY STAR qualified homes.



 
Step 9. Submit ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement ENERGY STAR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: For Home Builders and Verification Organizations
Each plant must submit to EPA this form which asks for basic contact information for the plant.
 


Producing ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes
Once a plant has been certified, it can proceed to manufacture ENERGY STAR qualified homes based on the designs approved during the certification process.

 
Step 1. Manufacture and Inspect Homes in the Plant

 The plant manufactures ENERGY STAR qualified homes in accordance with the designs created during the plant certification process.

 
Step 2. Install and Inspect Homes in the Field

 SAMPLE ENERGY STAR MANUFACTURED HOME SITE INSTALLATION CHECKLIST (52 KB)
A plant representative uses the Site Installation Checklist to monitor set-up. Non-compliance items are fixed on site. The Site Installation Checklist must be completed, signed by the plant representative and returned to the plant in order for the home to be an ENERGY STAR qualified home.

 
Step 3. Affix the ENERGY STAR Label and the Quality Assured Label

 Sample ENERGY STAR Labels (60 KB)
Every ENERGY STAR qualified home must have an EPA-issued ENERGY STAR qualified home label and a Quality Assurance Provider label affixed to it.

EPA ENERGY STAR Label
SBRA quality assurance label
 


 
Step 4. Conduct Periodic Field Evaluations To Verify Performance A plant must at all times retain an accredited ENERGY STAR Certifier responsible for conducting field evaluations on no less than 2 percent (2%) of its ENERGY STAR qualified homes sold. 


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 Essential documents and label order forms
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 ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes:
Design, Manufacturing, Installation and Certification Procedures - Fourth Edition

This guide provides the manufactured housing industry with the knowledge necessary to design, manufacture, and install energy-efficient manufactured homes under the ENERGY STAR program.

You may download the manual here (3.19 MB)

SAMPLE ENERGY STAR MANUFACTURED HOME SITE INSTALLATION CHECKLIST

ENERGY STAR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: For Home Builders and Verification Organizations

2017 Label Order Form
(for certified plants only)

List of approved software for developing custom ENERGY STAR packages


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  Other resources

ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes Frequently Asked Questions

ENERGY STAR promotional tools

Apply for an FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage

Rebates and incentives for ENERGY STAR Factory Built Homes

MANUFACTURED HOME COOLING EQUIPMENT SIZING GUIDELINES: For ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes and homes built to the HUD standards
The guidelines were developed to help eliminate the all-too-common problem of choosing equipment with far more cooling capacity than the home needs.



ENERGY STAR Partner Locator
All active ENERGY STAR Partners are listed on a state-specific, national online directory where homebuyers can find retailers selling ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes.


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