Secondary Author(s)

Chasar, David; Chandra, Subrato; Stroer, Dennis

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Manufactured Houses; Buildings; Energy Efficiency


In the U.S., factory-built housing greater than 400 square feet is built either to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code for mobile homes or site-built codes for modular housing. During the last few years, as the production of HUD code housing has dwindled, many leading edge factory builders have started building modular homes to compete with site-built housing and stay in business. As part of the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP) we have assisted in the design and construction of several 'green' and high performance modular homes that Palm Harbor Homes, Florida Division (PHH) has built for the International Builders' Show (IBS) in 2006, 2007, and 2008. This paper will summarize the design features and the 'green' and energy-efficient certification processes conducted for the 2008 show homes, one of which received the very first E-Scale produced by BAIHP for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Builders Challenge program.

Date Published



Original Publication: Thomas-Rees, S., Chasar, D., Chandra, S., and Stroer, D., "Green and High Performance Factory Crafted Housing", Sixteenth Symposium on Improving Building Systems in Hot and Humid Climates, December 15-17, 2008, in Dallas, TX.

Local Subjects

Buildings - Energy Efficiency; Buildings - Manufactured Houses


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