Energy-saving `i-house’ – Clayton Homes

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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.


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