Reimagining HVAC in New Manufactured Housing

May 20, 2021 by Shannon Stendel

Slipstream, partnering with the University of Central Florida–FSEC Energy Research Center, Washington State University Energy Program, and Northwest Energy Works received nearly $1,000,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to reimagine HVAC in new manufactured housing (MH) over three years.

The project’s focus is evaluating, refining, and testing new approaches for delivering space heating and cooling in manufactured homes to improve energy efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality without significantly increasing production and MH siting costs.

The project team recently completed a feasibility assessment of several ductwork improvement and high-efficiency heat pump innovations. Stakeholder interviews and discussions helped identify the most promising innovations based on market drivers and barriers, energy impacts, and cost effectiveness. The project team selected four innovations to move into the innovation testing phase based on their feasibility for industry adoption and potential energy savings:

  1. Partial Factory-Install of Ducted Heat Pumps
  2. Improved HVAC Quality Assurance Protocols
  3. Improved Cross-Over Duct Designs
  4. Comparative Testing of Different Cross-Over Approaches

Want to learn more?

If you would like more information about the study, please download our feasibility assessment report, energy modeling and cost effectiveness reportdetailed flyer, or contact Shannon Stendel, Senior Researcher, at 608.729.6862 or