thBecause of the way manufactured homes are constructed, they usually have about 30 to 50 percent less air leakage than stick-built homes,” states Bobby Campbell, Director of Engineering for Champion Homes, a national builder of manufactured homes.

Turns out he’s right, according to a recent study by The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA), and potential manufactured homeowners are taking notice.

The study showed that part of the reason modern manufactured homes often leak less air than conventionally constructed homes is because they’re built to a stricter national code. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets safety standards for manufactured home construction differentiated by thermal categories in different regions of the country. These standards are enforced by inspections conducted in manufactured home production facilities by third party inspectors under HUD.

In addition to the national and state codes manufactured homes are required to meet, many homeowners are choosing additional energy efficient features like high performance insulation, thermal-pane windows and sliding doors, and energy-efficient skirting under the home.

Along with tight building codes, these materials are reducing overall energy costs for homeowners, and use fewer natural resources, too.

Manufactured homes like those at Rose Lake Estates are a good initial investment, a good long-term investment — and good for environmentally and budget conscious Hoosier homeowners.