The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Manufactured Housing Energy Efficiency and Affordability Initiative to improve access to energy-efficient manufactured homes across the United States. NASEO, working with DOE, will convene State Energy Offices and partners for peer sharing and collaboration on: 

  • Addressing the high cost of heating and cooling manufactured homes; 

  • Creating lower-cost, public-private financing options for energy-efficient manufactured home purchases; 

  • Improving and expanding manufactured homebuyer education about home purchase, financing, and energy efficiency options; 

  • Creating opportunities for existing manufactured homeowners to replace their homes with more efficient manufactured homes, or improve their homes’ energy efficiency to lower energy costs; and, 

  • Improving the availability of affordable, energy-efficient housing options and promoting workforce development opportunities in local communities where manufactured homes are constructed and installed.  

 

States Participating in the Manufactured Housing Energy Efficiency and Affordability Initiative:  

 

State Energy Offices committed to the collaboration include the California Energy Commission, Colorado Energy Office, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, Maine Governor’s Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division, Montana Energy Office, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Energy Office, South Carolina Energy Office - Office of Regulatory Staff, and West Virginia Department of Economic Development's Office of Energy. Any State or Territory Energy Office that is interested in learning more or joining the initiative may do so by emailing Maddie Koewler at mkoewler@naseo.org.

 

Opportunities for State Energy Offices 

Newly built units: The graphic below is a representation of the stakeholders involved in the sales and distribution of newly built manufactured homes. These connections are an opportunity for a program or policy. 

Existing units: Weatherization, electrification, and replacement programs have emerged as priorities for State Energy Offices. The following are resources and funding opportunities for State Energy Offices to consider under each of these topics.  

 

Sources for State-Specific Manufactured Housing Data

Data Tables (census.gov): This is a link to the published data sets from the Manufactured Housing Survey administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. This contains information on shipment volumes, sales prices, size of shipped units, and other selected characteristics. 

2022 Manufactured Housing Institute Quick Facts: This infographic was developed by the Manufactured Housing Institute and provides is an overview of the manufactured housing industry in 2022. 

Annual Production | MHI | Manufactured Housing Institute: This is a link to annual state-based data published by the Manufactured Housing Institute on shipment and manufacturing volumes for manufactured homes. 

ENERGY_STAR_Manufactured_Homes_Market_Share_Report.pdf (research-alliance.org): This report by Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) captures 2020 data on the market share of ENERGY STAR Certified manufactured home shipments by state. 

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Maps: This is a link to an interactive map by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) that details home purchase loan origination types and application statuses by state for both manufactured homes and site-built homes. 

A Slight Increase In the Supply of New Manufactured Housing Communities | Fannie Mae Multifamily: This article published by Fannie Mae includes a heat map capturing the number of Manufactured Housing Communities by county. 

Mobile Home Parks | Mobile Home Parks | HIFLD Open Data (arcgis.com): This is a link to a map of all mobile home parks in the U.S. from the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) database. 

U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis: This is a link to the 2020 Residential Energy Consumption, with publicly accessible microdata that include anonymized responses from residents of manufactured homes on housing characteristics, fuel use, thermal comfort, and energy affordability.  

 

Additional Resources 

Manufactured Housing in Rural America  

A NASEO-authored report from April 2021 on how states are supporting the access of energy efficient and affordable manufactured homes for low-income and rural residents. 

DOE’s Role in Manufactured Housing 

The U.S. DOE funds research, demonstration, and field validation of energy-efficient construction methods; supports adoption of energy-efficient technologies and construction practices by manufacturers; and is collaborating with other federal agencies, states and utilities to support initiatives that make energy-efficient manufactured homes affordable for homebuyers. 

Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes | Department of Energy 

A DOE blog post that suggests energy efficiency improvements measures for manufactured homes, including strategies for optimizing insulation and installing renewable energy systems. 

ENERGY STAR Manufactured New Homes | ENERGY STAR 

The ENERGY STAR label for manufactured homes is based on specifications that would make a home at least 10% more efficient than a model built to minimum HUD manufactured housing code.