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One of our home manufacturers, Skyline Manufactured Homes ensures their homes are energy efficient in three ways: manufacturing the homes in a manner which is environmentally safe, building safety, and building the homes with many green features. We have included information from their website. Let’s take a closer look!
Manufacturing the Homes in a Manner Which is Environmentally Safe
- Skyline has over 65 permits with environmental agencies and is continuously inspected to verify strict adherence to permit requirements. Despite these stringent requirements, Skyline has not paid a single penny due to an environmental violation in more than a decade
- Skyline has completely eliminated generation of hazardous waste from all production materials. The only potentially-hazardous wastes generated are batteries from our walkies-talkies and fluorescent light bulbs. Both of these wastes are recycled through approved facilities
- Skyline has eliminated purchasing materials in drums wherever possible to eliminate the cost and potential liabilities associated with disposal of contaminated drums
- Each Skyline factory recycles all process waste materials, including wood, metal and plastic where feasible. At many factories, waste sawdust and drywall is used locally as a soil amendment and for animal bedding
- According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, Skyline is four times safer than the average manufactured home factory. Better safety translates to a happier and healthier employee and a better product
- Skyline invites OSHA to perform a voluntary inspection at each factory annually to continue to improve safety performance
- Skyline has implemented an ergonomics program throughout the company since 1999 to improve worker safety and indentify best practices despite OSHA withdrawing regulations requiring such
- Skyline has implemented a risk reduction program that has resulted in world-class safety performance. In recognition of this accomplishment, Skyline was requested to participate on the national advisory board of one of the nation’s largest insurance companies to indentify, promote, and share continuous improvement opportunities
Building the Homes with Many Green Features
- Use of Prefabricated components (trusses)
- Efficient framing practices through framing details and cut lists
- Water Resistive Barriers (Tyvek for example) are standard on some products available on others
- Ice Barriers available in cold climates
- Energy Star Homes available
- Energy Star appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer available.)
- Building envelope treated to limit air infiltration leakage (mating line gasket, caulking at major envelope joints and penetrations, etc.)
- Use of low flow fixtures (1.6 gpf toilets, 2.5 gpm showerheads and faucets.)
- Energy Star dishwashers and clothes washers available
Indoor Environmental Quality:
- Use low emissions wood (plywood meets PS-1, OSB meets PS-2)
- Low formaldehyde emitting products used (CARB, etc.)
- Water lines not installed in exterior walls
- Sealed combustion or direct vent fuel burning appliances available (furnaces and water heaters)
To learn more ways in which Skyline is going green check out their website at http://www.skylinecorp.com/green/building_green.php.
California is known for many hot topics, one of those hot topics being earthquakes. For a few years now, many have wondered when the next big earthquake will strike California. In recent weeks earthquakes having been striking and causing damage all over the world. These recent earthquakes have led many potential buyers to ponder how well a manufactured home will fair during one.
In an interview with Ara Sarkisian, a partner in Alliance Manufactured Homes, with an extensive background in engineering, architecture, and construction, addresses the safety features of manufactured homes.
What are some common misconceptions about the safety of manufactured homes?
“The biggest misconception is that manufactured homes are flimsy and fall apart easy. This is due to the videos we see on television about old mobile home parks in hurricanes. The fact of the matter is that the new manufactured homes are built as strong as or stronger than conventional homes.”
With the recent earthquakes hitting all over the world, how would manufactured homes fair in earthquakes?
“Manufactured homes fair very well during earthquakes. They are built with a high percentage of shear walls, which offers great structural support during any shaking or rattling from an earthquake.”
Do manufactured home parks have an emergency drill in place when earthquakes hit?
“Manufactured home parks have emergency procedures including evacuation procedures for any type of natural disaster. Here in the Bay Area, we would mostly be dealing with earthquakes, floods, or power outages. The manufactured home parks are required by the state of California to have on file Evacuation Procedures for their residents.”
How big of a magnitude does an earthquake need to cause major damage to manufactured homes?
“The answer to that remains unknown. We had an earthquake in 1989, that was 7.9 magnitude and the manufactured homes made it through that shake just fine.”
What is the difference between manufactured homes in mobile home parks versus residential homes foundation wise?
“Manufactured homes in mobile home parks are constructed onto a non-permanent foundation. They are not installed on a concrete foundation like residential homes are. They are installed onto a series of steel support piers. These piers offer structural foundation support as well as seismic support for any lateral forces caused by earthquakes. In some cases, this is actually preferred over a rigid concrete foundation system.”
Can older manufactured homes withstand earthquakes? If not, how often are manufactured homes replaced or upgraded?
“The newer the home the greater the structural integrity. The new manufactured homes are built to upgraded codes and higher engineering standards. These new homes replace the old manufactured homes every day throughout the area.”
Is there any reason you can think of that would cause someone not buy a manufactured home due to the threat of an earthquake?
“No. My experience is these homes are completely safe.”
Hopefully the interview shed light on the stability of manufactured homes and how well they withstand natural disasters. The foundation that manufactured homes stand on is one of the positives in purchasing a home! Safety is always a concern so – Why COMPROMISE? If you want more safety information of our homes call (888) 874-8692 to speak with one of our field agents today!