Lippert Components and other companies in the manufactured home industry recently collaborated on the construction of a “Zero Energy Ready” manufactured home, Lippert said in a news release Monday (April 25).
Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) coordinated the collaboration, with support from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and led by The Levy Partnership (TLP).
Zero Energy Ready Homes standards are enforced by the U.S. Department of Energy, and include requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.
The high performance home, part of a U.S. Department of Energy-funded research project, is part of an effort to develop affordable energy efficient homes. LCI has partnered with the organizations spearheading the effort to provide the home with energy efficient windows and doors.
LCI provided six dual-glazed Low-E windows, highly energy efficient and uniquely suited to manufactured homes, as well as two energy efficient doors. LCI specifically selected the Low-E windows for the home because of their ability to efficiently radiate energy, according to the release.
The Low-E windows feature two coats of invisible metallic oxide on the surface to reflect heat, yet still allow light to pass through. The windows are double coated to prevent heat from escaping as well as to reflect room heat back inside during cold weather conditions.
The home, built by Champion Home Builders is one of only a few manufactured homes in the nation that qualifies for Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) designation.
The project used an “integrated design” approach, strategically combining high insulation levels with an ultra-efficient heating and cooling system as well as a wide variety of other energy efficient materials.
A ribbon-cutting/press event was held on April 15 in Eatontown, N.J., where the home is located, to celebrate the completion.