Free webinar looks at building code for manufactured housing

Sept. 10
12 p.m. Pacific Time

Many parts of the West are grappling with a housing shortage—particularly a shortage of affordable homes—so utilities can expect to see more manufactured houses in their service territory. Power providers can wait and see how these buildings affect their load or they can take action to encourage buyers to choose safer, more efficient homes. Learn about efforts to increase energy efficiency in manufactured housing Sept. 10 when the Emerging Technologies Showcase webinar series presents Manufactured Homes – New Efficiency for the Lowest Cost Housing Option.

Manufactured homes—those built in a factory and moved to a site—conform to federal code set by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) construction and safety standards rather than local building codes. Energy Star provides manufacturers with a higher voluntary standard they can meet to receive an Energy Star certification.

In anticipation of HUD updating its code to match the current voluntary efficiency standards, a partnership of utility and building industry professionals completed a study to develop the next generation of voluntary standards. Bonneville Power Administration, the Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction and Northwest Energy Works teamed up to collect and evaluate energy use data on eight high-performance manufactured homes.

This webinar will present the study’s findings and look at ways utilities could incorporate the higher standards into incentive programs for customers buying manufactured homes. Participants will also learn about different state and federal regulations governing manufactured housing. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Participation is free but registration is required. All webinars are recorded and available from Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies and Conduit, an energy-efficiency forum for the Northwest.

Bonneville Power Administration sponsors the Emerging Technologies Showcase series with support from Western Area Power Administration.

Source: Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies, 8/17/15