Procedures for Certifying Modular Homes for the ENERGY STAR® Label under Version 3/3.1
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). While modular and site built homes must meet the same technical requirements, the compliance verification process may differ. Modular companies interested in building ENERGY STAR homes should review the SBRA Modular Program Guide and the links to important documents and forms below.
The procedures offer the following advantages in certifying modular homes for the ENERGY STAR label:
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a modular home must be certified under Version 3 (exit to energystar.gov website) of the program requirements, unless it is located in California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, or Washington. A home in these locations must be certified using Regional Specifications (exit to energystar.gov website).
- 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.