ENERGY STAR® Manufactured Homes
ENERGY STAR® for savings and comfort you can count on!
Columbia Manufactured Homes offers the ENERGY STAR® option for your new home. Every Golden West and Marlette floor plan we offer can have the ENERGY STAR® option as an add-on. The savings for including this option add up year after year.
Golden West Homes are "certified" green by the State of Oregon Department of energy under its new ECO-Rated building program. Your home is built to comply with rigorous Green Creteria and Energy Performance thresholds:
- Resource Efficiency - Advanced framing techniques and home designs that effectively optimize the use of building materials.
- Energy Efficiency - We build a better building envelope and incorporate more energy efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting into a home, yielding long-term utility bill savings and increased homeowner comfort.
- Water Efficiency/Conservation - Our homes are constructed so your indoor and outdoor water use can be significantly reduced.
- Indoor Environmental Quality - Our effective management of moisture, ventilation, and more creates a healthier indoor living environment.
Put more green in your wallet while being green for the environment.
ENERGY STAR® certified manufactured homes are 30% more efficient than Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code. With a qualified home, you could save up to $400 a year from reduced energy use. How do we know this? To earn the ENERGY STAR®, all homes are inspected by an independent third-party to verify they meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR® label is your assurance for savings and comfort in your new home.
The energy used in Northwest homes is generated by burning fossil fuels that contribute to air polluting carbon. Did you know that an ENERGY STAR® manufactured home keeps 1,380 pounds of carbon out of our air each year? That's the equivalent of planting 132 trees! Choosing an ENERGY STAR® certified manufactured home is not only good for your pocketbook, it's good for the environment.
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Windows are the ultimate hole-in-the-wall. Microscopically thin Low-E coatings on the surface of the glass block more than 60% of UV (ultra-violet) rays that cause damage to interior furnishings, carpets and paint. It also dramatically slows the transfer of heat, keeping you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Energy efficient insulation is more R-Value and filling up walls, floors, and ceilings with insulation. Inspection for proper installation ensures consistent room temperatures and noise reduction. An ENERGY STAR® qualified manufactured home takes insulation seriously. Building scientists and energy experts have determined how much is needed, given our climate. The insulation is installed with no gaps and wraps around the wiring and junction boxes. Installers make sure the insulation completely fills the cavity where it is placed ("fully lofted") and is not compressed, which maximizes its thermal value.
Every home has its duct systems tested at the factory, ensuring your home has optimum performance. Tight seals reduce heat loss and drafts and keep irritating allergens out. Every certified ENERGY STAR® home has had its ducts blasted. The ductwork in every certified home is placed under pressure and measured for leakage, or lack thereof, before the home leaves the factory. Certified homes really do have their ducts in a row!
One of the leading causes of energy waste is air leakage. Every certified home is sealed tight. Walls are sealed to floors and ceilings as the home is built. Windows, doors, and skylights are sealed into their openings. Every place there might be an opening is sealed tight: electrical outlets, recessed ceiling lights, switches, etc. Even the plumbing, particularly areas with a lot of plumbing like tubs and shwoers, receive special attention. But it doesn't stop at the factory. When a certified home is installed on-site, the marriage lines are sealed and the cross-over ducts are securted. It all has to meet Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program (NEEM) set-up standards so that everything works as designed.
Given how tight a certified home is built, keeping fresh air circulating through the home is important. Every home has a quiet fresh-air ventilation system that keeps air moving. Special low-sone (very quiet) fans move the required amount of air out of the home and pull fresh air in. The ENERGY STAR® home fresh-air ventilation system keeps your home healthy. It's a breath of fresh air.
Certified homes have three levels of inspection:
- All homes are inspected as they go down the manufacturing line.
- All maufacturers are inspected on a quarterly basis. Building materials are checked, inventory is reviewed, plant processes are evealuated and all the details are gone over with the quality control and general managers.
- Every few years, homes are randomly selected for complete field testing. Energy bills are reviewed for energy use, homes are "blower door" tested, ducts are "duct blasted" for tightness and marriage line connections and cross-over ducts are inspected on-site.
Did you know ENERGY STAR® certified homes have energy-saving dishwashers that use 25% less energy and save up to 1,000 gallons of hot water a year? Your hot water heater is the second largest energy user in your home. High efficiency water heaters have built-in insulation and efficient burners to help cut those costs while keeping water hotter, longer.
WHO SAYS SO?
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
EnergyTrust of Oregon, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving Oregon customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Energy Trust's Efficient New Manufactred Homes program offers incentives and marketing support to encourage consumers to purchase NEEM certified homes.
NEEM (Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program) serves the four Northwest state energy offices and is managed by the Oregon Department of Energy. NEEM activities include specification development and evaluation, quarterly plant inspections, testing and training.