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These homes have specific design specifications that exceed ENERGY STAR standards and meet the criteria of the following:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
  • Fannie Mae MH Select™


Why you should offer, promote and sell ENERGY STAR qualified homes and why a customer should buy one:

  1. Lower Operating Costs. ENERGY STAR qualified homes — because they are highly energy efficient — have lower monthly operating costs. This can reduce a homeowner's monthly out-of-pocket expenses and potentially increase the resale value of a home.
  2. Customer Satisfaction. The efficiency measures built into an ENERGY STAR qualified home have other benefits that increase customer satisfaction. They are typically more comfortable, durable, quiet, environmentally friendly and have superior moisture control compared to non-ENERGY STAR qualified homes.
  3. Parity with Site Built. Because there is a single ENERGY STAR label covering all types of housing, the program offers another opportunity for a manufactured housing retailer to demonstrate parity with or superiority to site-built competitors.
  4. Third-party Verified. ENERGY STAR is third-party verified. An EPA-authorized independent agent verifies the manufacturer's energy efficient design and compliance with ENERGY STAR construction requirements.
  5. Government Backed. The ENERGY STAR label can be a powerful sales tool. ENERGY STAR is a nationally recognized brand, backed and promoted by two federal agencies (US EPA and US DOE).
  6. Advanced Technology. ENERGY STAR qualified homes incorporate advanced technologies into their construction that have been demonstrated to reduce energy usage and expenditure.

Next Step Foundation Requirements-

Foundations are central for two important aspects of sustainability.

  1. A high quality permanent foundation improves the lifetime performance of the home, it’s energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
  2. A foundation that meets all lender requirements allows for a better initial mortgage and increases the potential for successful resale of the home. Although Next Step requires an FHA Title II Foundation for the majority of our homes, we recognize that alternative foundation systems may be adequate and appropriate in manufactured housing communities. Please contact Next Step staff for further details about alternative foundation systems.

FHA Title II Foundation -

  • Is required for a HUD FHA insured real estate mortgage loan for manufactured housing. This permanent foundation is designed by a professional engineer to FHA standards . (Title I is for Chattel finance and with no permanent foundation)
  • Meets highest quality standard for permanent foundation—meets all lender requirements.
  • Also must meet HUD specifications in the “Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing”.
  • A licensed professional engineer's seal and signature are required to certify design compliance with the Foundation Guide.
  • The lender should furnish the appraiser with a design engineer's inspection of the foundation prior to the appraisal.

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