Improving Energy Efficiency, Enhancing Health & Well Being
Manufactured Home Weatherization & Rehabilitation
We're working on something new! In partnership with NeighborWorks Montana, the Human Resource Council and Home Resource, we're developing a pilot project to weatherize & rehabilitate manufactured homes in the Missoula area. Residents in manufactured (or "mobile") homes are typically among those most in need of improvements that reduce energy bills and improve health. By providing cost-effective services such as air-sealing doors & windows, energy efficient LED lighting and additional insulation, our goal is to increase energy efficiency, reduce the cost of energy, and improve overall well being for residents. As part of this project we plan to:
Develop a home assessment tool and process that works in accordance with the Human Resource Council
Develop a weatherization training program that can be replicated and has long term viability
Train at least 10 volunteers in weatherization and manufactured home rehabilitation services
Implement weatherization & manufactured home rehabilitation services for an estimated 30 units in the Missoula area.
Enable better coordination of existing efforts and resources in manufactured home rehabilitation
Identify vulnerable individuals and families who would significantly benefit from weatherization and home rehabilitation, establishing a shared database for potential recipients of weatherization services in our community
Learn more about the benefits of weatherization, and check back for updates as we continue to move this project forward!
What are the benefits of weatherization?
Health - One of the major benefits of weatherization is improved health and overall well being of occupied residents. For example, a recent study by E4TheFuture found 12% fewer asthma ED visits and a 48% decline in poor health among adults in households receiving weatherization services. The study also showed improvements in occupants heath are strongest among vulnerable groups: lower income households and residents with preexisting medical conditions. Check out the full study here.
Increased Comfort - Weatherizing a home can significantly enhance the comfort of residents. Weatherization helps eliminate rooms that are either too hot or too cold because weatherization services improve insulation and ventilation allowing for temperatures to remain consistent throughout the home. Furthermore, the services help mitigate or eliminate drafts in the home which can be annoying and uncomfortable.
Cost Savings - According to the Department of Energy you can save an estimated 5- 30 percent on your energy bills by implementing energy efficiency upgrades associated with weatherization. - Air sealing cracks in doors and windows, energy efficient LED lighting and added insulation are examples of weatherization services which tremendously reduce energy use and overall cost on your energy bill.
Why does Missoula need weatherization and home rehab services?
Filling Need - Currently Manufactured Home Rehab Services are provided through Missoula Human Resource Council Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The project is intended to work in accordance and expand the capacity of the weatherization services provided by HRC which installs energy conservation measures on around 300 homes each year.
Serving Vulnerable Communities- Manufactured Housing makes up less than 15 percent of total housing stock in Missoula. However, many service organizations in our community focus 50 percent of there effort on low income. elderly and disabled individuals living in manufactured housing. Clearly, there is major need to provide more weatherization and home rehabilitation services for residents in our community.
Climate Resiliency - Summers are becoming warmer with intensified wildfire smoke. Missoula needs to adapt manufactured housing too enhance insulation and ventilation in anticipation of more extreme wildfire seasons. Our services are intended to improve overall well being in the home
Building Community Partnerships: The community partnership on this project is designed to enhance the coordination of existing efforts and resources already working on weatherizing and rehabilitating manufactured homes in Missoula
The Manufactured Home Rehab project is just in its initial design stages. A committee comprised of community partners is hard at work drafting a project plan and time line. Much more to come !
If your interested in the overview of our Manufactured Home Weatherization & Rehabilation project and want more information, please contact Climate Smarts, Energy Corps member, Energy and Climate Coordinator - Max Longo