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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.

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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.

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Emanuel Levy, credit, MHLivingNews.com

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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MHARR Issues a Call to Arms to Defeat the Enactment of DOE’s New Proposal

July 14th, 2016 Comments off

M_Mark_Weiss_MHARR_president__mhpronews__credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNoting the Department of Energy’s new proposal is critical to the manufactured home industry because “it is genuinely draconian and will have a drastically negative impact,” the Manufactured Housing for Regulatory Reform’s (MHARR) Mark Weiss, says its final adoption can be stopped with enough pushback.

Commenting on a meeting at DOE’s headquarters July 13, 2016, MHARR accuses the DOE of collaborating with non-MH special interest groups and the industry’s largest manufacturers in promulgating this rule to make it more expensive for smaller producers and operators to run their businesses. Ultimately. the consumer suffers. The selective “leak” of the proposed rule to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and others is further evidence of “sham ‘negotiated rulemaking.’”

Attending the meeting at DOE’s headquarters were representatives from MHARR, MHI, the Community Owners Business Alliance (COBA7), HUD’s MH administrator Pamela Danner, the DOE Manufactured Housing Working Group (MHWG), special interest groups and others.

In its remarks at the meeting, MHARR, called the proposed rule “the product of an unacceptable, scandalous standard-development process, as well as in and of itself flawed, and that it would take every opportunity to oppose it. COBA7’s representatives also criticized the rule for its impact on smaller operators, especially MHC owners who purchase MH for their communities.

Meanwhile, MHARR says the MHI and its affiliate, Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA), assisted in concocting the “sham ‘negotiated rulemaking’ process;” provided technical input to the MHWG; and after see-sawing, MHI said it could live with the new rule that would add thousands of dollars to the cost of a manufactured home.

In addition, MHARR says the meeting was noteworthy because there were four representatives from the U. S. Justice Dept. present, the agency that would defend the rule in court should there be a challenge (which MHARR suggests might happen).

Also, the rule’s calculation of life cycle costs, the cost benefit analysis, (the added cost of MH weighed against the long term benefit) does not account for the millions of people who will be excluded from home ownership altogether because of the rule, which DOE’s consultants admitted. The costs of this loss of business to the industry is not measured by DOE either.

Additionally, the DOE’s cost-benefit analysis does not include costs related to testing, enforcement and regulatory compliance, which means their numbers are flawed and statistically invalid. MHARR says the rule also does not satisfy legal requirements that deal with federal rulemaking activity.

MHARR tells MHProNews even its supporters are unable to defend this proposed rule on any kind of credible basis.” Noting the overwhelming impact this rule will have on the availability of affordable manufactured housing, MHARR has resolved to fight its implementation, and will be writing extensive, detailed comments opposing the proposed rule, and invites others to strongly oppose the proposal as well..

The public comment deadline is Aug. 16, 2016. ##

(Photo credit: MHProNews-Mark Weiss, president and CEO Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform)

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Tax Credit Extended for Energy Star rated Manufactured Homes

December 29th, 2014 Comments off

energystar-certified-manufactured-homes-image-credit-heritage-home-center-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) tells MHProNews that tax credits for ENERGY STAR ® rated Manufactured Homes has been extended through 2014. A few days ago, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Action, a.k.a. “Extender Bill,” retroactively extending the $1,000 per home tax credit for producers of ENERGY STAR ® manufactured homes.

The credit is available for homes certified through the end of 2014. To qualify, the home’s ENERGY STAR ® checklist must be completed and dated before January 1, 2015.

IMHA also advises that there are some important manufactured home program changes on the horizon.

First, the ENERGY STAR requirements adopted in 2005 will remain unchanged for 2015. This means that the process and requirements will remain the same for next year, despite the fact that ENERGY STAR requirements for site and modular builders have become more stringent over the past few years.”

IMHA states that ENERGY STAR for manufactured homes will almost certainly change in 2016, in step with the anticipated changes in the industry energy standards soon to be announced by the Department of Energy.

In addition, there are other incentives available in various states for ENERGY STAR manufactured homes.

The Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) is operating rebate programs for homes in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia. Generally, the rebate goes to the plant and ranges between $1,200 and $1,300.

There is also some debate within the industry on who should get the credit.  Should it go directly to consumers, or should it go the producting plant?  MHProNews  will monitor developments on the Energy Star program as they occur.  ##

(Graphic Credit: Heritage Home Center) 

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Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee to hold first meeting in 2 years

November 24th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-under-construction-credit=mhi-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) reminded industry professionals that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) is slated to meet December 2-4 in Arlington, Virginia. In a release to MHProNews, MHI said,

It will be the first in-person meeting since October 2012 and the MHCC is expected to meet for a full three days rather than the 2 1/2 in previous years.  MHI and its eight member representatives will participate during the meeting.”

HUD’s portal website describes the MHCC as follows:

Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) is a statutory Federal Advisory Committee body charged with providing recommendations to the Secretary on the revision and interpretation of HUD’s manufactured home construction and safety standards and related procedural and enforcement regulations. The MHCC is charged with developing proposed model installation standards for the manufactured housing industry. By regulation, HUD has included the MHCC in the process of revising the Manufactured Home Model Installation Standards, Installation Program Regulations, and Dispute Resolution Program regulations.

The MHCC is comprised of seven members represented in each of the following categories:

  • Producers- Producers or retailers of manufactured housing 

  • Users- Persons representing consumer interests, such as consumer organizations, recognized consumer leaders, and owners who are residents of manufactured homes

  • General Interest and Public Officials- General interest and public official members; three of the seven representatives must be Public Officials

In addition to the twenty-one voting members, there is a Designated Federal Official (DFO) that is appointed by the Secretary to represent the Secretary on the consensus committee.

MHI is said to plan public comments before the MHCC. The larger of the two national trade association body’s is based near Washington, DC in Arlington, VA and plans to make the following recommendations:

  • A recommendation to changes in the HUD regulations to further clarify that RV/Park Models are not manufactured homes and should not be regulated as such.

  • A recommendation that the MHCC thoroughly and seriously review the consensus recommendations of the DOE ASRAC Working Group on Manufactured Housing to ensure that the energy efficiency standards proposed take into consideration the affordability of manufactured homes to consumers.

  • A recommendation that DOE utilize HUD’s framework under the HUD Procedural and Enforcement regulations for compliance and enforcement of any new energy efficiency standards.

  • A recommendation that HUD reverse or substantially modify its current policy requiring costly, time consuming and unnecessary alternative construction approvals for attached garages, including retroactive Subpart I investigation and correction of homes previously sold with attached garages. (For more details, see related: http://www.MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/july-2014/138-general-manufactured-housing-industry-topics/7847-hud-code-manufactured-homes-and-attached-garages-a-regulatory-update

  • Greater flexibility for HUD Code homes to be utilized for certain multifamily purposes such as offices for retailers, certain types of farmworker housing and housing used by workers in the oil and gas industries.

  • Several proposed changes and updates to the HUD Code and procedural and enforcement regulations which will provide for more flexible, less costly, and more innovative design and construction methodologies.

MHI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Lois Starkey, tells MHProNews that the “…MHCC has a new Administering Organization, Home Innovations Research Labs, formerly known as the NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders Research) foundation.  Home Innovations was the sole bidder for the HUD RFP issued last year.  The Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) submitted a bid but withdrew because of prohibitive costs associated becoming a certified organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as required by the Manufactured Home Improvement Act of 2000.” ##

A download of the MHCC agenda is available at the link here.

A download of the MHCC’s current members and the Designated Federal Official (DFO), are linked here.

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