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. When up and running the project will offer a range of energy improvements for residents, from weatherization services such as air-sealing doors, LED lights and other basic energy-saving measures, to the more complex upgrades that boost insulation R-values and significantly reduce heat loss.
In the first year of our pilot project (2017-2018) we intend to:
Gain a comprehensive understanding for best practices of repairing or replacing aspects of manufactured homes underbelly & skirting.
Conduct an extensive survey of manufactured homes communities, Identifying vulnerable individuals and families who would significantly benefit from weatherization and home rehabilitation
Enable better coordination of existing efforts and resources in manufactured home weatherization & rehabilitation
Build a shared database for potential recipients of weatherization and home rehabilitation services in our community.
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
Provide education and resources on energy improvements for residents.
Implement weatherization & manufactured home rehabilitation services for an estimated 30 units in the Missoula area.
Project Update: we're moving forward in the assessment stage!
We're hosting a "charrette" on February 22 from 4-7 at Home ReSource. including builders, architects, weatherization professionals and manufactured home residents We 're bringing in experts from multiple sectors to brainstorm cost effective, substantial and eco-friendly improvements for skirting and underbelly of manufactured homes.
( Keep reading for information on the benefits and need for weatherization and manufactured home rehabilitation and check back for more updates! )
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?
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. More to come! If your interested in and want more information, please contact Climate Smart Missoula's, Energy Corps member, Energy and Climate Coordinator - Max Longo