Clayton revealed its first net-zero electricity home to the public at the 2022 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
The home showcases energy-efficient features available to Clayton customers today, as well as new technologies Clayton is exploring for future innovation, including solar power.
“Clayton is committed to building sustainable and attainable homes," says Kevin Clayton, CEO. "Whether it's building this net-zero home or through our volunteer program, Clayton Impact, our team members aim to leave a lasting, positive impact on our communities and the planet."
The net-zero electricity home showcased at the shareholders meeting is the Pulse floor plan, paired with several energy-efficient upgrades and a solar roofing system. Features on the home currently available to customers include Energy Star appliances, LED lights, Lux windows with argon, 22-21-50 insulation package, and an ecobee smart thermostat. Additional upgrades, not currently offered through Clayton, include CertainTeed solar shingles and Benjamin Moore low-VOC paint.
The net-zero home costs roughly $230,000, before the cost of land and solar panels, reports the company, and with all of these upgrades combined, the home produces enough electricity to power itself.
In addition, one 64-gallon bin of waste was collected during the off-site building process of the net-zero electricity home, helping the meeting attendees conceptualize the low amount of waste accumulated during the building process.
“From the building process to homeownership, Clayton aims to incorporate sustainability across our business,” says William Jenkins, director of environment and sustainability. “While we are continuing to improve the energy efficiency of our homes, our sustainability efforts also include improving the energy and fuel efficiency of our operations, increasing our reliance on renewable energy, and setting ongoing reduction targets for waste and water consumption.”
Clayton’s building innovations are part of a larger commitment to social responsibility that spans across the entire enterprise. The company’s social responsibility focus includes delivering an outstanding team member experience, democratizing housing, investing in communities, and building a sustainable future.
The newly launched Clayton social responsibility website features stories across the company demonstrating Clayton’s growing commitment to be a “force for good.” The site highlights a new partnership between Clayton and The Arbor Day Foundation to plant 2.33 million trees in forests around the country in 2022.