About Clayton eBuilt® and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes™

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Learn more about how the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home™ program is evolving manufactured homes and how Clayton’s eBuilt® homes are meeting these energy-efficiency standards.

Energy efficiency continues to be top of mind for today’s home buyers who want to save time and money with more sustainable features and technology. Interest is also growing in Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Homes™, which are certified by the DOE to be more efficient. We’re breaking down what this means, what features these homes include and introducing Clayton’s eBuilt® homes.

Increasing our sustainable building practices and working to make housing more attainable continue to be priorities for Clayton. That’s why, along with our current sustainability efforts in areas like material recycling and energy use reduction, Clayton plans to have 39 of our home building facilities nationwide certified and building eBuilt® homes that meet DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ standards.

What are DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes™?

Imagine a home “so energy efficient that a renewable energy system could offset most or all the home's annual energy use.”* This home is also built to reduce energy consumption and help homeowners save on their utilities in the long term. And paired with a renewable energy system like solar panels, a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ could reduce 100% of the house’s energy use.**

The DOE has established certification requirements to qualify this type of home as a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™, building on requirements from EnergyStar® and the Environment Protection Agency’s indoor airPLUS to create a house with more energy-efficient features and improved indoor air quality.

The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ label means the home has upgraded energy-efficient features, including high-performance comfort systems, enhanced air quality and solar-ready construction to make it easy to install solar panels later. “Solar-ready” means a home already has the needed conduit and built-in room on the electrical panel if a homeowner chooses to add solar power components in the future.

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How do Clayton eBuilt® homes meet these standards?

For a manufactured home to meet DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ specifications, it must first be built in a certified facility. This certification means the home includes many high-performing, energy-efficient features built in, which can help homeowners save money. Clayton’s eBuilt® homes will be certified and equipped with enhanced energy-efficient features like:

  • Lux™ Low-E windows
  • All LED lighting
  • An ecobee® smart thermostat
  • A Rheem® hybrid heat pump water heater
  • ENERGY STAR® certified appliances
  • Additional insulation
  • Solar panel installation ready

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According to the DOE, studies have found DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ single-family homes can be up to 50% more efficient than typical new homes. They could also lead to $150B in utility savings nationwide.*** And when new homes come ready for a renewable energy system, like solar panels, sustainability becomes an attainable choice for more homeowners. Not only does it reduce a household’s impact on the environment, it also gives homeowners a higher level of comfort and quality of life. And these benefits are a huge part of our mission with eBuilt® homes.

At Clayton, we believe in driving change for the good of our communities. With this latest step, we hope to make sustainable, affordable housing more widely available for more people. To learn more about how we are committed to building a better tomorrow for you, you can visit our Sustainability page.

ENERGY STAR® is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

* ZERH Logo Use Guidelines (energy.gov)

** A Symbol of Excellence brochure (energy.gov)

*** Microsoft Word - ZERH one-page description 6-22-20 (energy.gov)

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