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Certifying Modular Homes for the ENERGY STAR® Label: Timeline for Version 3 for Modular Homes

The technical requirements and procedures for certifying new homes for the ENERGY STAR label are changing. Starting on July 1, 2012, site built homes are required to comply with ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 3 (v3) Guidelines. Modular homes verified under the SBRA Modular Program may continue to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label by meeting ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 2.5 (v2.5) until December 31, 2013.

While modular and site built homes must meet the same technical requirements, the process for certifying homes for the label is different. Here's what you need to know to build ENERGY STAR modular homes:

  1. ENERGY STAR Guidelines Version 2.5 (see details below). Modular homes ordered after October 1, 2011 and no later than December 31, 2013 must comply with the v2.5 guidelines provided below.
  2. ENERGY STAR Guidelines Version 3. Modular homes sold on January 1, 2014 and later must comply with ENERGY STAR Guidelines Version 3. Building on the success of the program to date, EPA and SBRA are working on the ENERGY STAR v3 verification procedures for modular homes. The v3 procedures will be made available through this page and other sources. Check this web page for updates.

Procedures for Certifying Modular Homes for the ENERGY STAR® Label (under Version 2.5)

ENERGY STAR is a nationally recognized brand, backed and promoted by the federal government and under the aegis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Modular companies interested in building ENERGY STAR homes should review the SBRA Modular Program Guide and use the links below to download important documents and forms.

The procedures offer the following advantages in certifying modular homes for the ENERGY STAR label:

  • The compliance verification protocols, established by SBRA and approved by EPA, are designed specifically to address the way modular homes are built, recognizing the inherent energy advantages of factory construction.
  • The procedures provide for plant certification, a special designation indicating that the plant possesses the skills to build ENERGY STAR homes. Once certified, plants can produce homes that can earn the ENERGY STAR label and monitor quality and conformance using in-house quality control staff, eliminating the need for third-party inspection of every home in the plant.
  • The plant applies an SBRA quality assurance (QA) label to homes, indicating to builders that the homes have been constructed by a certified plant in compliance with the ENERGY STAR guidelines and can earn the ENERGY STAR label once verified on site.
  • The two labels—the SBRA plant QA label and the EPA ENERGY STAR home label—together signify that the home qualifies for ENERGY STAR under the national EPA ENERGY STAR New Homes program.

PROGRAM GUIDE (Version 2.5)
SBRA Modular Program Guide: Procedures for Qualifying Modular Homes for the ENERGY STAR® Label under ENERGY STAR Guidelines Version 2.5

The Guide is the single source of program information and includes the following forms:

Version 3
Version 2.5
Some state and local programs that provide incentives for ENERGY STAR homes may have additional construction and/or procedural requirements that exceed the national program requirements contained in the Guide.

Homes ordered prior to October 1, 2011 may comply with ENERGY STAR Version 2. Click here for ENERGY STAR Version 2 Inspection Checklists and Completion Report.

For more information, contact Gwynne Koch, SBRA ENERGY STAR Program Manager, at (212) 496-0900 ext. 120 or

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