ELKHART — Lippert Components (LCI) announced its collaboration on the construction of a Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home coordinated by the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) with support from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and led by The Levy Partnership (TLP).
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. 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, more or less acting as a selective mirror for thermal energy.
The home, built by Champion Home Builders, Inc. is one of only a few manufactured homes in the nation that qualifies for Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) designation. ZERH is a set of standards enforced by the U.S. Department of Energy that represents a new level of home performance, with requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. 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.
Lippert Components is proud to partner on a ground-breaking energy efficiency project such as this, highlighting its dedication to innovation and state-of-the-art products and services, a release from the company stated. LCI’s Director of Engineering for Building Products, Rob Luter, commented “We were pleased to partner with TLP, SBRA, and MHI on this project and to showcase energy efficient fenestration products that have been developed specifically for the factory built housing industry. These value-adding products demonstrate that cutting edge performance is a cost effective alternative in affordable factory-built housing.”
A ribbon-cutting/press event was held on April 15, in Eatontown, N.J., where the home is located, to celebrate the completion of construction on the home.
SOURCE: Lippert Components press release