ARIES lab houses. Photo courtesy of The Levy Partnership Inc.

Lead Performer: The Levy Partnership, Inc.—New York, NY
-- Habitat for Humanity International /Habitat Research Foundation, Atlanta, GA
-- Columbia Count Habitat, NY
-- Habitat of Newburgh, NY
-- Habitat Greater Worcester, MA
-- Habitat of Greater Lowell, MA
-- Paterson Habitat, NJ
-- Merrimack Valley Habitat, MA
-- Green Mountain Habitat, VT
-- Habitat of Schenectady, NY
-- Habitat of Washington, DC
-- Philadelphia Habitat, PA
-- System Building Research Alliance, New York, NY
-- Clayton Homes, Knoxville, TN
-- Fleetwood Homes, Riverside, CA
-- Champion Home Builders, Kingston, PA
-- Cavco Industries, Phoenix, AZ
-- Palm Harbor Homes, Addison, TX
-- Hi-Tech Housing, Bristol, Indiana
-- Eagle River Homes, Leola, PA
-- Cavalier Home Builders, Addison, AL

Industry Partners:
-- Dow Corporation, Midland, MI
-- Johns Manville Corporation, Littleton, CO
-- Owens Corning, Granville, OH
-- Mitsubishi Electric U.S., New York, NY
-- Panasonic Corporation, Newark, NJ
-- Lippert Components, Elkhart, IN
-- Tjernlund Products, White Bear Lake, MN
DOE Total Funding: $749,987
Cost Share: $277,000
Project Term: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2018
Funding Opportunity: Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation


This project will develop low-cost, highly efficient comfort system designs to enable homes in two of the largest affordable housing market segments, manufactured housing and Habitat for Humanity, to use an efficient heat pump with superior air distribution system. The project scope includes developing alternatives for air flow system design, establishing a set of guidelines for design and construction, testing and refining, and studying how occupants influence performance and system operability.


This project will demonstrate the use of highly insulated envelopes and simplified high efficiency HVAC systems, which can routinely achieve 50% energy savings over 2009 International Energy Code Commission requirements. This impact is especially important in affordable housing, where occupants need to consistently have low utility bills.


DOE Technology Manager: Eric Werling
Principal Investigator: Emanuel Levy, The Levy Partnership, Inc.