“With the cost of homes skyrocketing, we want people to know that buying a beautiful new home at an affordable price is still an attainable dream.”
There is a genuine need for affordable housing in our country and Clayton is committed to finding ways to address it. We are continuously expanding our efforts, researching what is changing in the housing industry and what is not but should be.
We recognize there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Our team members look for ways to improve at every point in the home building journey, from our front door to yours.
Our efforts start at the beginning of the process by expanding internal supply chain management, and managing costs, efficiency and quality during the building process, resulting in affordable housing options for customers.
It continues with leaning into innovative building practices, like the new CrossMod™ homes, which are bridging the gap in the off-site built housing industry.
Diverted nearly 40,000* tons of waste
Diverted nearly 23,000** tons of waste
More than 60,000 tons of waste diverted from the landfill
*Total number in 2017 and 2018
**From 2017 to October 2019
Environmental stewardship is something we take seriously, and an area where we know we can continue to improve. Both at our home office and our home building facilities, we are always seeking out continuous improvement to become more environmentally friendly, whether it’s through recycling initiatives, sustainable technology we offer our customers or internal audits. By focusing on these efforts we build homes more efficiently.
In 2019 we included an ecobee smart thermostat standard in every new Clayton Built® home, offering the potential for energy savings year round.
During the summer of 2019 Clayton Home Building Group® and Carrier launched a national program to provide SmartComfort® by Carrier furnaces exclusively for all off-site Clayton Built® homes.
At our Clayton Sulphur Springs home building facility in Texas, installing solar panels will allow us to offset 30-40% of the facility’s electricity use, to be used on an on-demand basis. The new solar power grid system has the potential to help Sulphur Springs save $30,000 per year in power costs. By placing the panels in the parking lot, the system will not only provide shade for cars, but it's also safer when performing maintenance than placing them on the roof.
We build our homes with sustainability in mind, including focusing on areas such as reducing power usage and water consumption at our facilities.
Installing LED or CFL lights
Replacing old or inefficient equipment
Installing motion sensor lights and skylights
Turning off equipment at night or when not in use
Recycling wash water
Recycling water for plumbing leak testing
Installing motion sensor faucets
Installing waterless urinals
Our home office rolled out a Landfill Diversion Incentive earlier this year that places a heavier emphasis on reducing and reusing wastes, in addition to recycling.
As part of our ISO goals and objectives, we are lowering our VOC emissions by reducing, or in some cases completely eliminating, our use of aerosols and trading them for other more environmentally friendly materials at our building facilities.
We are able to minimize our building waste by using precise amounts of materials and cutting them to exact dimensions. Whenever possible, any excess material goes to a mulch company to keep it out of landfills.
Clayton continues to research outlets for difficult to recycle items and most facilities already recycle items such as cardboard, paper, wire, metal, vinyl siding and aluminum.
In 2019, Clayton Savannah became a member of the Tennessee Green Star Partnership through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It is the first manufacturer in Hardin County to receive the recognition for its dedication to continuous sustainability improvements. It was also awarded the 2019 Business Recycler of the Year by the Tennessee Recycling Coalition. These awards have also provided a little healthy competition as other home building facilities work toward the equivalent membership in their states.
Clayton strives to open doors to a better life by using our resources to be a force of good in the communities where we live and work. Our philanthropic giving focuses on three key pillars: community enrichment, educational enhancement and affordable homeownership engagement.
Create quality of life improvements for the communities in which Clayton team members work and live.
Create solutions that improve educational opportunities and experiences to benefit our future generations of workers.
Help families achieve affordable homeownership through national partnerships focused on financial literacy, home buyer education and quality home solutions.
We are so passionate about the mission to end family homelessness. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve homeownership and have a safe, secure home of their own.
Director of Philanthropy
With help from our partners, we provide donations, programs and resources aimed at helping families find a place to call their own. Through our partnership with Family Promise®, a national nonprofit that works to end family homelessness at the local level, we have created three initiatives aimed at helping more families.
Aiming to help families avoid homelessness, a new initiative with Family Promise focuses on prevention, stabilization and moving families away from shelters. The program offers educational outreach, case management and ongoing resources to support families within their communities.
We expanded our existing Partner in Housing program by providing more educational resources, training and microgrants to our partners. Our goal is to grow existing programs while establishing new ones that explore off-site built homes as a housing solution.
Clayton donated three homes to Family Promise affiliates throughout the year. Each affiliate selected a family that graduated from a financial literacy course, built a savings account and displayed career stability. Each family overcame obstacles and worked with case managers to prepare for the ownership of an affordable, safe home of their own.
Sara wanted to provide a more stable home environment for herself and her two children. She turned to Family Promise Colorado Springs to help her find a job and work toward her budgeting goals to make that a reality. After receiving her Clayton Built® home, Sara is now on the road to financial independence without having to worry about where her family will be staying.
After losing their home in April 2018, the Ryan/Zovak family entered the Family Promise Gainesville shelter in order to get back on their feet. The program provided them with a case manager, who even helped shelter their dogs while the couple focused on finding jobs and a home for them and their young daughter.
After being forced out of their unlivable rental unit, the Merritt family faced several setbacks before they found a place to call home. Through medical disabilities and negative bank balances, the couple worked relentlessly to complete their savings program, but were unsure if their dream of finding a home for their family of four was possible. Now, they know their boys will have a secure, safe place to grow up.
Since 2016, Clayton Home Building Group® has committed more than $500,000 to Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit that aids service members and their families. In 2019, Clayton Home Building Group® sponsored Hope For The Warriors’ newest transition service, Warrior’s Compass. The program helps veterans and their spouses looking for a new career to match their skills to civilian jobs and gives employers opportunities to find qualified veterans.
Oakwood Homes continued its support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in 2019 with the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway. The builder constructed the 3,400 sq.ft. Denver, CO., home. More than 14,000 raffle tickets were sold for St. Jude, raising more than $1.45 million for the hospital.
Harris Doyle® participated in the 2019 Habitat for Humanity® Greater Birmingham Home Builders Blitz, where home builders came together to help local families. Nine builders constructed fourteen homes in seven days. The Harris Doyle team contributed its time and resources to build two townhomes.
Summit Homes® partnered with several contractors for Home for Little Heroes benefiting Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, MO. Summit Homes built the house at nearly zero cost, then sold and donated the $686,000 profit to the children’s hospital.
Mungo Homes continued its partnership on the Community Builder program with WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., recognizing people who have made a difference in the community. After receiving honoree nominations, The Michael J. Mungo Foundation donated this year to various local organizations selected by the winners.
In 2019, $108,000 was raised through The Silverton Foundation to benefit parents whose children are undergoing medical treatment by helping with mortgage and rent assistance.
Clayton Bradley Academy broke ground on a 22,500 sq. ft. expansion in 2019 for the school’s “Student Union Educational Building” which includes multiple science labs, classrooms and outdoor learning spaces that will continue moving the school’s STEM program forward. In addition, Clayton constructed three new modular buildings to add six classrooms as part of the Upper School expansion plans, to be completed in 2020.”