Join Efforts to Delay the Manufactured Housing Energy Efficiency Standards Compliance Date
The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a proposed rulemaking to amend the compliance date for its manufactured housing energy standards to allow the Department additional time to establish enforcement procedures that provides clarity for manufacturers and other stakeholders. Currently, home manufacturers must comply with these standards by May 31, 2023.
It is critical that DOE extends the compliance date for the manufactured housing energy efficiency standards until after the Department’s future enforcement procedures are created and take effect. MHI strongly recommends DOE take this action as without a clear understanding of how the Department intends to enforce these manufactured housing energy standards or how the standards will be evaluated for compliance, it is impossible for the industry to know whether or not its compliance efforts will be found satisfactory to DOE. DOE’s enforcement procedures should be created through robust consultation with the industry to apply the energy efficiency standards to the realities of manufactured home construction. The industry needs time to understand DOE’s enforcement procedures and prepare their operations to ensure compliance with the energy standards.
This proposed rulemaking comes on the heels of MHI’s lawsuit against the DOE and its multi-pronged advocacy strategy to address the problems posed by the rule. MHI is in favor of the standards proposed by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), which are currently under consideration by HUD. HUD is expected to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking on its energy standards sometime in June 2023. MHI is also pursuing a legislative solution to make HUD (with the collaboration of the MHCC) the primary regulator for manufactured housing energy standards.
Join MHI’s Efforts and Take Action Now!
It is critical that DOE hear from all sectors of the manufactured housing industry about the urgent need to delay the manufactured housing energy efficiency standards compliance date. Please join MHI’s efforts and tell DOE that this action will give the industry clarity on how best to comply with the standards and what to expect from DOE’s enforcement of such standards.
To participate in the Call to Action click the button below and follow the simple steps on MHI’s website. The letter to DOE has already been composed – all you have to do is insert your home address and click submit.