A breakthrough of energy saving homes or “i-house” is called Clayton Homes. They have designed a house that’s at least 30 percent more energy- efficient than a traditional home.
Clayton, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based maker of manufactured and modular homes, is a Berkshire-Hathaway company.
The i-house is Energy Star rated, this means that it’s at least 30 percent more energy-efficient according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
These amazing homes (crafted with a contemporary design) features solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, high-end “low e” windows, a tankless water heater, low-flow faucets, easily renewable bamboo flooring and a host of other energy-saving features.
The i-house “will change the way people look at our products – and housing in general” said company’s chief executive officer Kevin Clayton. in a recent statement, he also said that, “We build these homes in a controlled environment away from the weather, so there’s a huge quality benefit simply because of how we build a home,”
“We also have far less scrap in our building process than a traditional home, so there are tremendous cost savings we pass along to the homebuyer.”
Clayton Homes says the i-house’s energy costs are less than $70 a month, but that figure drops to less than $1 a day when the optional solar panel system is installed.
Director of the Southland region for Metrostudy, a real estate information and consulting firm, Steve Johnson said builders are trending toward more energy-efficient homes.
“The industry is embracing energy changes throughout all of its products and California has been a leader in energy efficiency in regard to construction challenges.” he said.
Johnson noted, however, that consumers are only willing to go so far when it comes to purchasing a home with energy retrofits that boost the price.
As many as 1.5 million homes has been built b Clayton since 1934. The homes are produced in 35 climate-controlled facilities throughout the United States.