What is a “Green Certified” RV?
I just returned from the 48th annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky. There was a good representation of exhibitors and manufacturers at the show and attendance was up from last year’s scaled down show. All good signs that the RV industry is on the rebound.
I put many miles on my walking shoes perusing all of the 2011 RV products that will soon be available to the RV consumer. As I walked through many of the manufacturer towable displays it was evident to me that light-weight trailers are filling a niche in the current RV market. Not that there was a shortage of larger and heavier towable trailers, but I could see there is definately a trend toward more light-weight trailers. This only makes sense when you consider the the direction the automobile industry is heading with vehicles capable of towing trailers, especially moving forward.
Green Certified RV’s
Something else that caught my eye was the “Green Certified” label adorned by many of the new RV’s on display in Louisville. I asked a couple of the manufacturer reps what this green certification badge entailed, but I didn’t get the response I was looking for so I decided to look into it further. The green certification labels posted on the RV’s indicated the RV was certified by TRA Certification. After some research I discovered TRA Certification Inc. is an independent third-party green certifier. Using well established consensus standards TRA analyzes, evaluates, measures and certifies RV manufacturers on energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
In an attempt to “go green” some RV manufacturers started building RV’s to these consensus standards used in the modular and manufactured housing industries. When an RV gets the “Certified Green” badge it means that TRA certified the manufacturer is capable of building green, and uses their process, materials and components to assemble a green RV. The certification also involves verification of materials and components suppliers used in the production process of the RV.
Note: Another company involved with “green certification” for Recreation Vehicles is NTA Inc. The NTA approved green program is based upon recognized green practices and award points to Recreation Vehicle Manufacturers that demonstrate stewardship in these areas.
But, what does a green RV really mean?
Six key factors are taken into account when building and certyfing a green RV. These factors are:
1) Resource Efficiency
2) Energy Eficiency
3) Indoor Environmental Quality
4) Water Efficiency
5) Operation & Maintenance
6) Innovative Practices.
For a better understaning of what each of these categories involve here is a TRA green certification label with more information on what goes into building and certifying a green RV.
So, if you are interested in “Green” and are considering purchasing a new RV look for the “Certified Green” label before you buy.
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