New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses
Deteriorating mobile homes dot the landscape across Kentucky, with thousands of residents living in structures that are the epitome of inefficiency.
The intent of a new state program is to remove those dilapidated trailers and replace them with permanent, high-performing buildings that use little energy and promote occupant health and well-being. The homes erected as part of Recycling Our Outdated Trailer Sites (ROOTS) also are expected to appreciate in value and exceed local building codes, officials say.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., which oversees the program, will start by building three new homes on Main Street in Lexington, according to WKYT.
Highlands President Jerry Rickett told the TV station that he estimates some 12,000 trailers built prior to 1979 are still occupied around central Kentucky, amounting to about 36,000 people living in them.
ROOTS’ operational structure is to purchase manufactured housing communities. When the land is cleared and repopulated with energy-efficient housing, the properties are transitioned back to those families who resided there through rental and purchase agreements.
The organization plans to erect homes that meet state building code and Energy Star standards, compete with manufactured housing units on price and offer superior energy efficiency and the ability for expansion.