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Getting Started with ENERGY STAR Certified Manufactured Homes

ENERGY STAR’s requirements for manufactured homes afford the manufactured housing industry a unique opportunity to extend the advantages of controlled-environment factory production to include exemplary energy performance. A manufactured home earns the ENERGY STAR by meeting strict program requirements for energy efficiency set by the U.S. EPA. Manufactured homes are ENERGY STAR certified only after they are inspected and verified on site as having met all ENERGY STAR requirements and have received the blue ENERGY STAR certified home label.

A manufactured home may earn the ENERGY STAR label by being produced within a plant that is an ENERGY STAR partner and whose ENERGY STAR activity has been certified by an EPA-recognized Quality Assurance Provider (QAP).* The plant certification process, as well as oversight and enforcement of all quality assurance requirements related to designing, producing, and installing ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes, is the responsibility of the QAP.

The Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) Exit ENERGY STAR has been approved by EPA as a national QAP for ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes. The Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program (NEEM) Exit ENERGY STAR serves as a QAP for ENERGY STAR manufactured homes produced by plants within the Pacific Northwest.

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 Certified Manufactured Homes

The federal tax credit for producers of ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes expired on December 31, 2016. For information on federal income tax credits for energy efficiency.

Partner Recognition Opportunities

As part of the plant certification process described above, manufacturing plants must become ENERGY STAR partners. Active partners gain access to partner-only resources such as the ENERGY STAR logo that can be used in promoting ENERGY STAR certified homes in accordance with the ENERGY STAR Brand Book. Active partners are also listed on the ENERGY STAR Partner Locator. Active plant partners that meet or exceed a threshold number of ENERGY STAR certified homes produced are eligible for an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award. There is no application necessary to be eligible for this award. Plant recipients are selected each year by EPA based strictly on the number of ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes they have produced during the calendar year. For more information about the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award contact energystarhomes@energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR Certified Manufactured Home Fact Sheet

A fact sheet PDF (180KB) is available for manufacturing plants that produce and label ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes to use in promoting their homes to consumers.

* A manufactured home may also earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting all ENERGY STAR program requirements for site-built homes.