Ritz-Craft Remains at the Forefront of Green Building

Ritz-Craft's Energy Star labeled modular homes are significantly more efficient than the minimum code built home.

by Myles Biggs

Ritz-Craft Energy Star labeled homes exceed EPA standards

A recent study, conducted by Certified Energy Raters, LLC, found that the average Ritz-Craft Energy Star® 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 home. 

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.

“The 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 labeled home.”

In 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 construction process.

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.