Clayton Homes i-House. Green mobile home

Clayton Homes i-house

The i-House is a next-generation, green manufactured home. It’s from Clayton Homes, who have been building mobile homes for over 70 years. (They were bought by Warren Buffet in 2003.)

It’ll sell for about $100,000, which puts it above trailer park homes but below regular houses. And it definitely has some nice features.

Jetson Green

The butterfly roof was designed for a rainwater catchment system, as well as to carry the optional $8,000 solar pv system (depending on the orientation of house).  Amenities include Ikea fixtures, dual-flush toilets, bamboo flooring, recycled content decking material, Japanese-style climate control in each room, and low E efficient windows.  Plus, with Clayton Homes’ manufacturing prowess, they’ve found that construction waste is kept to a couple garbage cans or less per home.

Lloyd Alter at Treehugger used to be in the prefab house business, and has an insider’s view.

If Clayton is offering a green 100K mobile home, then they think that the mobile home park market is expanding beyond its traditionally blue collar base.

Clayton is either spectacularly well-timed or will spectacularly fail with this. There is a huge cohort of young people who can no longer get mortgages for traditional housing; the trailer park model of owning your home while renting your land works in that milieu.

Virtual tour of the i-House


  1. Great stuff here!
    Modular / prefab homes will offer solutions to the world’s housing shortage for the deprived, under-privileged and low income populations in society by providing a total system for basic, low-cost, quality built housing. The modular housing constructed with sandwich panels is the lowest in cost, most rapidly erected, simplest in design, and most structurally sound basic housing in existence today. Plus, you can ship 21 houses in a 40 foot container.

  2. While I like the idea of an eco mobile home I have to seriously disagree with the belief that this home is low priced . For a house this size,( 904 square feet) where I live there are many traditional concrete block homes selling for much less than $100,000 and the prices are still dropping every day. Sorry nice idea but overpriced.


  3. Unless you can deliver this green home for less than 60k you will not have a market. Inovation is bred by purchase. Young people and retirees would love this home if it could be purchased at a resonable price!

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