Energy efficient appliances & windows feature in Net Zero manufactured home
Photo courtesy of Champion Homes.
The energy performance of a manufactured home will be monitored in a demonstration project to encourage the development of more efficient, sustainable and affordable housing.
The home, manufactured by Champion Home Builders, will be one of few to earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) designation, and the first to do so in a cold climate. DOE notes that the ZERH designation “represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.”
The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program, with support from the Manufactured Housing Institute and the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA), was developed by a Building America project team led by The Levy Partnership, Inc. (TLP).
Whirlpool Corporation appliances are a vital part of one of the nation’s first net zero energy manufactured homes, a project that will be thoroughly researched over the next 18 months to encourage the development of more efficient, sustainable and affordable housing.
Whirlpool brand appliances that were used to help the home maintain energy efficiency include:5.0 Cu. Ft. Freestanding Gas Range
- 19.2 Cu. Ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator
- Dishwasher with AnyWare™ Plus Silver Basket
- 1.9 Cu. Ft. Microwave Hood Combination with Steam Cooking
- 4.2 Cu. Ft. Duet® Front-Load Washer with Eco-Sanitize Cycle
- 7.4 Cu. Ft. Duet Electric Dryer with EcoBoost™ Feature
“At Whirlpool Corporation we develop high-performance appliances that help our builder partners and homeowners achieve their energy conservation goals,” said Bob Bergeth, general manager of Contract Builder Sales at Whirlpool Corporation. “It’s an honor to be an essential component in this research project that will help develop long-term builder initiatives toward net zero energy homes.”
Lippert Components Inc. 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.
For the first six months, data will be collected while the home is unoccupied. Then data collection will continue for a year of occupation. These findings will then be applied to new net zero energy home designs.
Watch this video about the ReNEWW House, another high performance home using resource efficient appliances, windows and other technology:
“To reach net zero energy we need to make sure every component of the home is extremely efficient,” said Emanuel Levy, president of TLP. “Whirlpool appliances are integral in helping us reach this goal for sustainability.”
The home, located in Eatontown, New Jersey, is less than 50 miles south of New York City and was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Affordable Housing Alliance on April 15, 2016.
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