Bloomberg Law
May 18, 2022, 6:42 PMUpdated: May 18, 2022, 7:26 PM

Climate-Minded Housing Energy Efficiency Rule Finalized (1)

Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore

The Energy Department finalized on Wednesday a new energy conservation standard for manufactured homes, a sweeping rule that drew criticism from efficiency advocates who wanted a stronger update and from industry who argued it would worsen the country’s affordable housing crisis.

The standard comes as the department faces pressure from advocates to use efficiency standards as a tool to fight climate change and save consumers money. The rule will reduce carbon and methane emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 11.7 million homes over 30 years, the department said.

The department’s energy conservation team is also confronting a Trump-era backlog ...

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