How Clayton Keeps Sustainability in Mind

From the shoulders down, a person in a Clayton jacket and brown gloves holds a small tree sapling to be planted.

Clayton designs our homes with sustainability in mind. Learn more about the ways we work to conserve resources as we build your home.

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to both customers and companies. According to a recent report, there has been a “71% rise in popularity of searches for sustainable goods over the past five years.”

We are all becoming more aware of the impact we have on the environment, and Clayton is striving to be more eco-friendly in our processes and in our homes. Our focuses are on reducing waste and conserving energy to make a long-term, sustainable impact.

Learn more below about how we continue to keep the environment and our carbon footprint top of mind.

Partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation

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In April, we were excited to announce we’re working with the Arbor Day Foundation® to further our commitment to sustainability. With its help, in 2022 we will plant 2.33 million trees in environmentally degraded areas — more than double the number of trees Clayton used to build homes in 2021*. Planting projects will take place to help restore critical ecosystems and habitats in Georgia, Pacific Northwest watersheds, Michigan state lands and at Tyndall Air Force Base.

“Clayton’s purpose extends beyond the homes we build to the planet we call home - it includes creating a better future through responsible building practices and impactful philanthropic partnerships,” says William Jenkins, Clayton Home Building Group® director of Environment and Sustainability. “It is our responsibility as a builder to drive change in our industry. This partnership allows us to reexamine our role as home builders and expand the scope of our environmental efforts.”

Through this partnership, these trees will not only replace the ones used to build our homes but can also help filter water, improve the air quality, shelter endangered species as well as other local wildlife and promote biodiversity.

In Our Home Building Processes


Our homes are built in a controlled environment where we can monitor material use and reduce waste, while also making sure our processes and workspaces are efficient as possible. All of Clayton’s home building facilities and Clayton Supply facilities are ISO® 14001:2015 certified. ISO 14001 is an international set of standards that specifies the requirements for an effective environmental management system by providing the framework an organization can follow.

We are also pursuing compliance with the ISO 50001 standard, setting ourselves to even higher standards for the future. And in 2020 alone, Clayton Supply diverted 4,768 tons of waste from landfills.

Here are some practices that we use when building our homes to help improve sustainability:

  • Ordering Precut Materials: By ordering materials in the specific sizes needed to build our homes, Clayton reduces the waste that would typically be generated if the materials were cut to size in individual facilities. Also, builders save time by reducing the number of steps needed to build our homes.
  • Purchasing Materials in Bulk: Similar to ordering materials to specific sizes, Clayton also orders precut materials we use the most often in bulk. These materials include copper wire, plumbing pipe and laminated veneer lumber.
  • Recycling and Reusing: Excess materials can be recycled to ensure they are disposed of properly or can potentially be reused. Materials that are often reusable in our facilities include cardboard, copper wire, vinyl siding, paper, aluminum, plastic, lumber, sheathing and more.

“From the building process to homeownership, we are excited to continue incorporating sustainability into our business,” Jenkins says. “As we look to the future, our national sustainability efforts will include improving the energy efficiency of our home building and supply operations, setting ongoing reduction targets for waste and water, and increasing our reliance on renewable energy.”

Doing Our Part at the Home Office

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Clayton’s corporate home office is proud to have achieved the Silver Certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ program. LEED® certification provides a framework for buildings to achieve high performance in energy and resource efficiency, such as conserving water, lowering operating costs and reducing waste.

In 2020, Clayton’s home office diverted over 225,997 pounds of waste from landfills and recycled over 4.79 metric tons of tech equipment. We also have recycling stations all around the office for team members and our own green team that is dedicated to environmental initiatives like composting, cafeteria food waste reduction, community outreach and office renovation recycling.

Energy-Efficient Features in Clayton Homes

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In 2021, Clayton built nearly 20,000 ENERGY STAR® certified homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR® certified homes are quieter and more comfortable, have lower utility bills and help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, 34 of Clayton’s home building facilities across the nation received the 2021 ENERGY STAR® Residential New Construction Market Leader Award for their contributions to the energy efficient construction of manufactured and modular homes.

And, exclusive to the Clayton family of brands retailers, our EnergySmart® Home package also offers home buyers energy-efficient options from trusted brands like an ecobee smart thermostat®, upgraded insulation, Low-E windows and a Rheem® dual element water heater.

“Clayton is dedicated to improving lives and building a better tomorrow,” says Clayton CEO Kevin Clayton. “For our team, this means building more than 60,000 homes with energy efficient features for families across the U.S. in 2021.”

So, from construction at our facilities that seeks to improve sustainability to providing energy-efficient features in your home, to recycling at our home office and planting millions of trees, we are dedicated to an environment-friendly future of home building for both our customers and our communities. To learn more in depth on how our homes are constructed, check out this post and the Home Building category on our Studio blog.

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*Based on two trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation for every estimated tree used in our home building process in the previous year; assuming estimated board feet used at 754 board feet per tree and average square footage of our homes built by type. Arbor Day Foundation is a registered service mark of Arbor Day Foundation Corporation.

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