by Myles Biggs
A recent study, conducted by Certified Energy Raters, LLC, found that the average Ritz-Craft
labeled home built in 2012 exceeds the Energy Star® standards set by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All Energy Star® labeled homes
are performance tested and must meet or exceed certain standards set by the
EPA. Each home is given a score in two specific categories: a Home Energy Rating
System (HERS) score and a home air infiltration or air changes per hour (ACH)
score. A home built to the minimum codes has a HERS score of 100 and the EPA
considers a home with an ACH rating of 3.50 to have a "tight envelope" with low air infiltration. Lower
scores in each category indicate a higher level of energy efficiency in the
The average ACH for all Ritz-Craft Energy Star® labeled homes in
2012 was 2.82, which is approximately 19.5% better than what the EPA considers
to be a home with a tight envelope and low air infiltration. The average HERS
score for Ritz-Craft Energy Star®
homes built in 2012 was 50, which is 50% more energy efficient than the minimum
code built home.
energy efficiency of our modular homes is something that makes everyone here at
Ritz-Craft extremely proud,” remarks Dave Lovell, Director of Sales. “Our
Energy Star program allows new Ritz-Craft home owners to enjoy both higher
levels of energy efficiency, and a higher resale value of their Energy Star
addition to Energy Star®
labeled homes, it is important to note that system-built housing techniques
ensure that all modular homes are inherently green. Since Ritz-Craft has the ability to construct homes indoors, the wood
used to build a Ritz-Craft home is not subjected to changes in weather. This
results in true and straight walls, with less air infiltration where walls and
floors meet. Furthermore, instead of being thrown away, extra pieces of wood
and drywall are used to reinforce certain areas of every structure. What cannot
be used is recycled, further reducing the environmental impact of the
For additional listings of Ritz-Craft's energy
efficient construction practices, please visit the Green Building and Energy Star area of our website.
View the official Ritz-Craft press release.