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Procedures for Certifying Modular Homes for the ENERGY STAR® Label under Version 3

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 is a little different. 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:

  • 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.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a modular home sold on January 1, 2014 or later must comply with Version 3 (v3) of the program requirements, unless it is located in California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, or Washington. A home in these locations must be certified using Regional Specifications (exit to website). Modular homes ordered between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013 can follow the Version 2.5 guidelines.

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:
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 January 1, 2014 may comply with earlier versions of the ENERGY STAR Guidelines.

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

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