Gone are the days when manufactured homes were perceived as unpolished and unsustainable. Construction and design advancements over the years have made manufactured homes more modern and energy-efficient than ever. Besides high-quality interior fittings, innovative manufactured homes also come with enhanced energy performance options just like site-built homes. If you are already a manufactured homeowner, there might also be ways to remodel or retrofit with renewable energy equipment to improve energy efficiency in your manufactured home.
Experiments conducted on pre-1976 manufactured homes have shown that retrofit measures support an impressive 31% savings in heating fuel usage. Below are several energy efficiency improvements that can significantly reduce heat loss in manufactured homes:
There are three common methods to add roof insulation to an existing cavity which are as follows:
Some installers may make use of roof caps instead of filling the existing cavity for insulating.
Renewable energy lets you provide heating, electricity and cooling for your manufactured home. Renewable energy helps you to lower your energy costs while also reducing pollution from fossil fuels. Below are some methods you can consider:
All manufactured homes need to comply with the HUD code or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards instead of local building codes. Each transportable section also needs to display a red certification label on its exterior. The HUD code is a set of industry standards for manufactured homes that are published and maintained by HUD, establishing standards for design and construction, durability and strength, energy efficiency, fire resistance, quality control and transportability. The HUD code also sets performance standards for the air conditioning and heating, thermal, plumbing and electrical systems.