expand and reshape the Manufactured Housing Technology Roadmap by overlaying a
comprehensive plan for improving manufactured home energy performance. The plan
will be based on an ambitious set of goals for future home performance; targets
that will set the standard for residential energy efficiency. The product of this
effort will be a prioritized list of research that will further the energy efficiency
goals of the US Department of Energy, the PATH program and the factory built housing
Work on developing
the Technology Roadmap for manufactured housing was started in FY2001 with the
forming of a Manufactured Housing Roadmap Oversight Committee. The Committee developed
a summary document containing five primary areas of research activity: the Home,
the Factory, the Site, the Market and the Consumer. The five major areas contain
a total of fifteen research topic sub areas that together provide a robust framework
for identifying and organizing future research.
The current Roadmap is
an overarching document containing a broad discussion of research directions.
Moving the Roadmap forward to a point where there is sufficient guidance on individual
projects that would advance PATH goals requires industry consensus on major research
thrusts in each of the fifteen sub areas discussed in the Roadmap. The resulting
document will guide manufactured housing research over the next five to 10 years.
Subcommittees of the Roadmapping Committee are being formed to develop research
recommendations in each of the five areas.
The current Roadmap recognizes
the importance of continually improving energy performance but takes an incremental
approach to accomplishing this goal. The proposed effort would seek to accelerate
the pace of energy innovation by setting short- and medium-term reach goals that
require a more ambitious and dynamic research development process. To facilitate
this process, a sixth Roadmap subcommittee will be convened responsible for investigation
and recommending approaches to improving energy performance of factory built housing
(HUD-code and modular). The recommendations of this subcommittee are expected
to span all five Roadmap areas. This process will be informed by leading researchers
and building scientists working on cutting edge energy efficiency technologies
with possible application to factory built housing.