Clayton Homes New ehome Boasts Energy-Efficient, Waste Minimizing, Affordable Features
The nation’s largest homebuilder, Clayton Homes, is unveiling a new product in their line of energy-efficient housing, called the ehome. These fully customizable homes feature an Energy Saver Plus package which is proven to save homeowners money. The Clayton ehome also leverages the environmentally friendly values of off-site construction.
“These homes are built in climate-controlled building facilities, which drastically reduces waste,” says Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. “Having energy-efficient features is just one part of it; what sets us apart from any other builder out there is the building process.” Clayton estimates that construction waste is less than half what a traditional site-built home produces.
The ehome also addresses the changing culture surrounding green building. Earlier this year, Clayton Homes launched the i-house and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Clayton says, “We have confirmed that there is a demand for energy-efficient housing.” He says the ehome is an extension of that, bringing green features to Clayton Homes’ core customer. “We learned a lot in the i-house R&D process,” says Clayton. “We’re taking those best practices and applying them in a more traditional home.” Clayton Homes has been building manufactured homes since 1934.
From low “e” Energy Star® rated windows to compact fluorescent lighting, the Clayton ehome is equipped with energy-efficient features. “The cost savings that the homeowner will enjoy are as much as $600 a year,” says Clayton. Homeowners can maximize those savings by customizing their ehome, using the company’s online configuration tool. The homeowner can select from a variety of floor plans, exterior cladding materials, color schemes, kitchens, baths, window placements, and interior design schemes with the click of a mouse.
The Clayton ehome is now available for purchase. Customers can go to the dedicated ehome website and customize their energy-efficient home. The price point is lower than the cost of the i-house, starting at under $49,000. Model homes are open for tours in 100 cities throughout the United States.
Clayton is committed to energy efficiency not just in the homes it builds, but in all aspects of its operation. Its corporate headquarters was recently awarded LEED certification, one of only 14 certified buildings in the Southeast.