How Clayton is Building a More Sustainable Future

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Clayton designs our homes with sustainability in mind. We're taking a look at the ways we work to conserve resources, recycle construction materials and build homes with energy-efficient features.

Sustainability is becoming more important to both customers and companies. In fact, according to a recent report, “78% of U.S. consumers say that a sustainable lifestyle is important to them.”

We’re all becoming more aware of the impact we have on the environment, and Clayton is working to be more sustainable in both our building practices and in the homes we sell. Our focuses are on reducing waste and conserving energy to make a long-term impact.

“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,” says William Jenkins, Clayton Home Building Group® director of Environment and Sustainability.

Let's look at how we continue to keep the environment and our carbon footprint top of mind.

More Sustainable Building Practices


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 as efficient as possible. Clayton has 51 home building facilities and Clayton Supply facilities that are ISO® 14001:2015 certified. ISO 14001 is an international set of standards that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system, by providing a framework an organization can follow.

Here are some practices we use when building our homes to help make the construction more sustainable:

  • Ordering Precut Materials: By ordering materials in the specific sizes we need, Clayton reduces more waste than if the materials were cut to size in individual facilities. Also, builders save time by reducing the number of steps it takes to build our homes.
  • Purchasing Materials in Bulk: Along with ordering materials in specific sizes, Clayton also orders many of the precut materials we use most often in bulk to help save on packaging and shipping. These materials include lumber, siding and sheetrock.
  • Recycling and Reusing: Recycling excess materials helps ensure they’re 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.

Energy-Efficient Features in Clayton Homes

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A big benefit of homes built with energy-efficient features is they can help homeowners save energy and money on utilities from the day they move in. Because the features are already included, homeowners save time without the need for potentially expensive energy-efficiency upgrades or renovations.

Clayton's eBuilt® homes, built to the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home™ standards, require less energy than a traditional site-built home. They can help homeowners save up to 50% on their annual energy costs** and include energy-efficient features from trusted brands, like an ecobee smart thermostat®, quality insulation, Low-E argon gas windows and Rheem® heat pump water heater.

Partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation

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In 2022, Clayton announced we’re working with the Arbor Day Foundation® to further our commitment to sustainability. In partnership with them, Clayton has committed to planting 4.47 million trees by 2025 through large-scale reforestation projects in strategic locations to help restore vital ecosystems. The partnership is planting the majority of these trees on either public land, private conservation easements or in forests managed by a non-governmental organization.

“Clayton is dedicated to improving lives and building a better tomorrow,” says Clayton CEO Kevin Clayton.

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 and other local wildlife, and promote biodiversity.

Sustainability at Our Home Office

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Clayton’s corporate home office is also proud to be doing our part when it comes to conserving resources. We have recycling stations around the office for team members, and our own green team dedicated to environmental initiatives like composting, cafeteria food waste reduction, community outreach and office renovation recycling. Clayton is also expanding its use of renewable energy in its operations. During 2023, we will install several solar systems at home building facilities in east Tennessee and at Clayton’s home office.

So, from more sustainable construction at our facilities and providing energy-efficient home features, to recycling at our home office and planting millions of trees, we are dedicated to an environment-friendly home building future for both our customers and our communities. To learn more in depth about our efforts, check out Clayton’s Sustainability page. And to see more of the beautiful features in our homes, visit our Home Features category of our Studio blog.

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