We build with sustainability in mind.

At Clayton, we are dedicated to building a sustainable future. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our operations and building processes to the features and appliances you choose for your home.

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Sustainability at a Clayton Homes Home Building Facility

We build our homes indoors in a controlled environment where we can monitor material usage and reduce waste, while making sure our process and workspaces are efficient.

We reduce excess building waste by having exact dimensions and measurements for the majority of our building materials. Also, many of our facilities strive to recycle or reuse materials such as cardboard, plastic, vinyl siding, scrap wood, scrap metal and more. By building efficiently we reduce the amount of waste involved in the home-building process. This results in our ability to offer a more sustainable housing option to you, our customer.


ENERGY STAR is an energy efficiency program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). At Clayton, 39 of our 40 home-building facilities participate in the ENERGY STAR program through collaboration with the non-profit Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA). This means that each ENERGY STAR home we build is capable of being significantly more energy efficient than a comparable home built to code. From January 2020 through April 2021, we built over 20,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes.

Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Certified home:

  • Lower utility costs according to the U.S. EPA
  • More comfortable living environment with consistent temperatures
  • Energy-efficient features that deliver at least 10% energy savings compared to code
  • Reduced environmental impact from reduced energy demand

Features of an ENERGY STAR Certified home:

  • Increased insulation
  • High-performance windows
  • Tight construction and ducts
  • More efficient heating and cooling system

Learn more about ENERGY STAR Certified Homes with the ENERGY STAR fact sheet.

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Energy Smart® Home Package

At Clayton, we provide our customers with features that can increase the energy efficiency of their home. The Energy Smart Home package includes features like an ecobee smart thermostat®, upgraded insulation, Low-E windows and a Rheem® dual element water heater. These features make it possible for our customers to conserve natural resources and reduce energy usage throughout the life of their home, which can help with cost savings over time.

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ISO® 14001

ISO 14001 certification is one way Clayton demonstrates our commitment to the environment. All 40 of our Home Building facilities and 16 of our Clayton Supply locations are ISO 14001:2015 certified.

ISO 14001 is an international set of standards that specifies the requirements for an effective environmental management system. Our facilities apply ISO 14001 criteria to enhance their environmental performance and achieve objectives such as reducing material and natural resource usage, and minimizing waste. ISO 14001 has also led to the improvement of air quality at our facilities by reducing operations-related dust and mitigating process emissions (where applicable).

What does this mean? We are committed to environmentally responsible building practices across our facilities – by using less materials and resources, reducing waste, and improving the indoor work environment through concerted dust and process emissions reduction efforts.

LEED® Silver Certification

LEED an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

LEED certification provides a framework for buildings to achieve high performance in energy and resource efficiency. Clayton’s headquarters was the fourth building to be LEED-certified in the state of Tennessee and the 14th building to be certified in the Southeast.

  • Conserve energy and water
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Lower operating costs
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Our company vision is to develop housing innovations that improve lives and build a better tomorrow. Here are a few ways we practice that at our headquarters in Maryville, TN:

  • Energy efficient lighting and HVAC timers
  • Irrigation controls with touchless, flow control faucets
  • Recycling stations for team members
  • Optimized use of natural lighting
  • A green team that focuses on environmental initiatives such as composting, cafeteria food waste reduction, community outreach, and office renovation recycling.