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Getting Started with ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes

ENERGY STAR’s guidelines for manufactured homes affords the manufactured housing industry a unique opportunity to extend the advantages of controlled-environment factory production to include exemplary energy performance. Our guidelines provide information on designing, producing, selling, and installing energy-efficient manufactured homes under the ENERGY STAR program.

Guidelines for Plants

A manufactured home is a home built in a factory meeting the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, commonly referred to as the HUD Code. An ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured home is a home that has been designed, produced, and installed in accordance with ENERGY STAR's guidelines by an ENERGY STAR certified plant.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR’s guidelines for plants.

Plants are encouraged to become an ENERGY STAR partner.

Guidelines for Retailers, Installers, HVAC Contractors

Retailers and installers (including HVAC contractors) of manufactured homes play a critical role in educating homebuyers about the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified homes and assuring that these homes are properly installed. The Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA) has developed a booklet titled ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes: Guide for Retailers Exit ENERGY STAR (with instructions for installers and HVAC contractors) that explains how retailers can partner with ENERGY STAR and benefit from marketing these homes to homebuyers. It describes the roles and responsibilities of retailers, installers, and HVAC contractors and lists marketing and sales tools available to retailers.

Cooling Equipment Sizing Charts

Updated guidelines PDF (3.83MB) for right-sizing cooling equipment for manufactured homes is now available. These guidelines were developed to eliminate the problem of choosing equipment that is oversized and that contributes to higher than necessary energy consumption. The guidelines consist of nine maps covering the continental U.S. plus a Sizing Table containing recommended cooling equipment sizes (in tons). The maps are divided into counties. Contiguous counties with the same sizing recommendations are combined into Sizing Groups.

Tax Credits for ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Homes

The federal tax credit for producers of ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes expired on December 31, 2009.

ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Awards

Manufacturing plants that produce and label ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes are eligible for an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award (formerly Leadership in Housing), which recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. There is no application necessary to be eligible for this award. Recipients are selected each year based on the number of ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes they have produced during the year, and are recognized at the National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing. For more information about the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award contact energystarhomes@energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Manufactured Home Fact Sheet

A fact sheet PDF (127KB) is available for manufacturing plants that produce and label ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured homes to use in promoting their homes to consumers.