Efficiency Vermont’s ZEM Program works with prospective home owners, start to finish, through the process of getting into a zero energy modular™ (ZEM™) home. Vermod is currently the program’s only partner builder. Although Efficiency Vermont works with any and all prospective buyers, the ZEM Program has a special focus on serving mobile home replacement customers and low-income homeowners.
Efficiency Vermont program staff:
- offer model home tours and one-on-one initial consultation
- connect homeowners with partner organizations that provide homebuyer education, incentives, and financing
- advocate on behalf of homeowners in talks with lenders, mobile home park owners, and ZEM builder
- provide training and ongoing support for homeowners during the move-in process and first few months in the new home
Contact Efficiency Vermont at (802) 540-7855 to speak with program staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont mobile home information:
What’s the difference between a mobile, manufactured, and modular home?
A mobile home is a factory-built home that is was built before 1976 and not to any uniform construction code. Although this term is technically outdated, it is still so commonly used that the Vermont state government and many non-profits and businesses use “mobile home” and “manufactured home” interchangeably.
A manufactured home is any home factory-built to the HUD Title 6 construction standards, which took effect in 1976. The HUD code overrules any local and state building and energy codes, so it’s possible for the same manufactured home to be sold in Vermont, Virginia, and Nevada. Manufactured homes are built on a steel chassis but often never moved from their initial site.
A modular home is factory-built and meets all local and state building and energy-efficiency codes. Modular homes are typically transported to the site in one or more pieces on flatbed trailers and lifted into place with a crane. Although all modular homes meet local code, levels of durability and energy-efficiency vary between modular builders, just as they do with site-built homes.