Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group. (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this year, with the expectation that diverse stakeholders were willing and able to work together, to learn from each other, and to negotiate a good outcome; that expectation has proven right.) With over 60,000 new manufactured homes being built this year, and sales heading back up to pre-recession levels, this is a big win for consumers and the environment.
The consensus agreement, if adopted by DOE over the next few months, will deliver energy savings of 20 percent to 35 percent relative to the current, outdated energy-saving standards. The new standards will achieve these savings through more insulation, better windows, reduced air infiltration, and other well-proven practices.