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Reimagining HVAC in New Manufactured Housing

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

Our project team seeks to evaluate, refine, and field test 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.

Project objectives

  1. Implement a feasibility assessment of several duct-sealing and high-efficiency heat pump innovations and through stakeholder interviews and discussions to identify the most promising innovations based on market drivers and barriers, energy impacts and cost effectiveness.
  2. Implement proof-of-concept testing and field trials on the most promising innovations to further demonstrate feasibility.
  3. Provide detailed guidance to the MH industry for widespread adoption of HVAC-related innovation.

The project team is seeking input from manufactured home industry partners to support the effort and ensure it produces results that will help the industry tap potential savings and deliver a superior product to its customers.

The innovations under consideration fall into two major categories: improving ductwork and incorporating high-efficiency heat pumps. While innovation around duct sealing seeks to address a shortcoming of current construction practices, innovation with heat pumps seeks to introduce an inherently more efficient technology into this housing segment.

Want to learn more?

If you would like more information about the study, please download our detailed flyer or contact Scott Pigg, Principal Researcher, at 608.210.7138 or