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Champion Home Builders crafts Net-Zero-Energy home

September 8th, 2016 Comments off

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Champion Home Builders recently finished the construction of a net-zero demonstration home, reports Builder’s Jennifer Goodman.

The home is located at the Pine Tree Manufactured Home Park in Eatontown, NJ.  The plan is to gather data during the next 18 months, as a way to encourage the construction of more homes that will be more efficient, sustainable and yet affordable.

Data will initially be collected for six months while the home is unoccupied.  Information on energy use will continue for a year once the home has residents. Those results will then be used to help refine the design, with the goal of reducing the costs of future net-zero homes.

To reach net-zero-energy levels, the team applied an integrated design approach. It combined high insulation levels with a highly efficient heating and cooling systems, along with an innovative ductless air-moving system.


The home’s photovoltaic solar panel system allows the house to achieve net-zero-energy on an annual basis.

This project was a team effort.  Participants included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Building America Program. Support also came from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) and The Levy Partnership, Inc. (TLP).

The home is going to be one of the few to garner the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) designation, and the first manufactured home located in a cold climate to receive the honor.

The DOE believes the ZERH designation will symbolize a new level of home performance that’s the result of stringent requirements that will ensure high levels of comfort, durability, comfort and health.

To reach net zero energy we need to make sure every component of the home is extremely efficient,” The Levy Partnership president – and SBRA’s – Emanuel Levy told Builder.

As manufactured home professionals know, Champion is currently the number 3 producer of HUD Code manufactured homes in the U.S.


Emanuel Levy, credit,

Champion Home Builders was founded in 1953 and reports having produced over the years more than 1.7 million factory-built pre-HUD Code mobile homes, post HUD Code manufactured homes and modular homes or buildings throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom and western Canada. ##

Editor’s Note: for a related story on the DOE and their pending, controversial proposed changes for manufactured housing, please click here. ###

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Joe Dyton, for the Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Manufactured Housing Issues Remain from Hurricane Sandy

May 10th, 2016 Comments off

hurricane_sandy_aftermath__cnn_news_creditThree-and-a-half years after Hurricane Sandy ripped up the east coast of the U. S. in Oct. 2012, leaving 7.9 million businesses and households without power, causing 147 deaths in the U. S., Canada and the Caribbean, families are still facing obstacles in resolving housing issues.

An information session will be held May 11 at Metropolitan Mobile Home Park in Moonachie, New Jersey, specifically geared towards residents of manufactured homes as MHProNews has been told by nj. One-on-one assistance will be available for homeowners participating in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program as well as in the LMI Homeowners Rebuilding Program.

We encourage MHU homeowners in either housing recovery program to attend and take full advantage of all the Information Session has to offer,” Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles A. Richman said.

Additionally, representatives from the DCA Sandy Recovery Division and RREM program will be in attendance to answer questions. ##

(Photo credit: cnnnews–aftermath of Superstorm Sandy)

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New Factory Home Builder Closer to Production

October 28th, 2014 Comments off

mod homes  jersey city  hudson reporter  e. assata wright creditFollowing a story MHProNews last posted Aug. 18, 2014 regarding the conversion of an 83,000 square foot warehouse into a modular home manufacturing plant, the company, Renewable Jersey, LLC intends to hire 120 workers as part of the first phase, and received approval from the state’ finance board.

Economic Development Director Kevin Rabago said, “The approval clears the way for Titusville-based Renewable Jersey, LLC to move ahead with the long-planned adaptive reuse that will see the warehouse converted to accommodate the state’s first modular home manufacturing operation.”

The effort to sell the debt-ridden port of Bridgeport began over two years ago, and while there remains a $700,000 debt the city and the port authority need to resolve, the focus is on Renewable Jersey to get the modular facility up and running. Renewable is allegedly Bibeau & Rukenstein— says they have not seen that published – a firm that specializes in low-income, government-financed housing projects. ##

(Photo credit: E. Assata Wright/jerseycityhudson – modular home being sited in New Jersey)

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Homeless Veterans will Live in Modular Housing

May 20th, 2014 Comments off

Gloucester Township in Camden County, New Jersey will soon have three temporary modular units for homeless military veterans, according to The Home of the Brave is a partnership between the county and Volunteers of America, which will manage the 30-bed shelter. MHProNews has learned they intend to begin housing the vets in July. ##

(Image credit:–modular housing for veterans)

Manufactured Housing Communities Continue Sheltering Sandy Victims

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

As the federal housing assistance program for victims of Hurricane Sandy winds down to an end April 1, over 80 New Jersey families continue to live in temporary quarters, including in manufactured homes (MH) in manufactured housing communities (MHCs). Gov. Chris Christie has asked the federal government to extend the funding for six more months so “our hardest hit residents can continue to receive much needed financial and direct housing assistance until their homes are repaired or they can find more permanent housing.”

According to, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has housed 32 families in MHCs, and 42 in converted apartments at Fort Monmouth, NJ. The governor’s office said 75 of those are homeowners, and 31 of them have been approved for grants up to $150,000 under the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation grant program for rebuilding. However, has learned of long delays in the funding. Gov. Christie wrote, “Unfortunately, rebuilding does not happen overnight and these residents need additional time to return to permanent housing.”

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–Hurricane Sandy damage)

Modular Complex Serves Mentally Ill

October 7th, 2013 Comments off

A modular affordable housing project for 16 low-income people with mental illnesses will be dedicated Wed., Oct. 9 in Closter, New Jersey, in the far northeastern corner of the state. After seven years and $3.5 million from the state’s special needs housing trust fund and other state sources, the Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development looks more residential than institutional. Featuring a porous parking lot, as tells MHProNews, the use of sustainable materials like bamboo floors and rapid heating water heaters, the modular building has earned gold LEED-certified rating. The residents of Van Sciver will have to adjust the thermostat, turn off lights and close doors. Says David Griffith, of sponsor Vantage Health Systems, “Building the LEED standard is step one, living the LEED standard is step two.”

(Photo credit: Myles Ma/–modular home for mentally ill)