In the midst of all the gloom, we’re happy to report some very good news. Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, just announced its line of green prefab homes. These 1,000-square-foot prefab homes, dubbed “i-houses,” cost less than $75,000 to build.
Clayton Homes' green prefab homes are affordable and luxurious. Photo Courtesy Clayton Homes.
The green prefab homes have enough eco-friendly features to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating. These green prefab homes include low-flow faucets; low-VOC materials; high-efficiency heat pumps; dual-flush toilets; insulated exterior walls, roof and floors; and metal roofs designed for rainwater harvesting. If those aren’t enough, homeowners can upgrade to bamboo flooring, Energy Star-certified appliances and solar panels.
The i-house features spacious bedrooms and work areas. Photo Courtesy Clayton Homes.
The state-of-the-art green kitchen features low-flow faucets and Energy Star-certified appliances. Photo Courtesy Clayton Homes.
Despite the housing crunch, Clayton Homes is putting additional research-and-development funds into the green prefab homes, which CEO and president Kevin Clayton believes will keep the project thriving.
Exact pricing is still being determined for the green prefab homes. The designs will be slightly altered to fit personal needs and specific regions. Once this is completed, the Clayton team will put thousands of these green prefab homes homes up for sale.