Today’s manufactured homes are much different than the mobile homes of the past, matching or even surpassing the quality of many comparable site-built homes.
This is what Clayton Homes, one of our manufacturers says:
A smarter way to build
Experienced craftsmen and skilled specialists build your manufactured home in one of our 39 state-of-the-art centers. The environment is completely controlled, with no weather delays, no lost time and no damaged or stolen materials. This saves you money.
Make it your own
With thousands of floor plans and endless options, you’ll find the modular home that’s just right for you and your family. High-end appliances, luxurious spas or custom cabinets – your new home will reflect you.
Even more benefits
Your manufactured home is inspected constantly while it’s built and after it’s delivered.
Energy-Efficient Benefits Of Manufactured Homes
Whole-House System Home Design When building a manufactured home, the whole-house system approach means that you can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home by taking into consideration the conditions of where the home will be, how you expect you will use your home, the windows and doors, insulation and climate. With these all in mind, you can create the manufactured home of your dreams that will enable you to save money on your utilities. Being involved in the process and choosing some of the materials and appliances in your manufactured home enables you to find green options.
Energy-Efficient Features When designing your new manufactured home, you can pick out features that are more likely to improve the home’s efficiency and save you money in the long run, including the home’s insulation. Since building a modular home is typically less expensive than a traditional home built on-site, you can choose materials to increase efficiency without breaking the bank.
In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, two modular homes were compared based on their energy use and costs. One of the modular homes was constructed with conventional materials and appliances, while the other was deemed to be more energy efficient. When equal energy use was simulated in the two homes, the manufactured home was able to save 55 percent of the cost with efficient materials.
Here are some features for better energy efficiency:
Windows Energy-efficient windows can improve heating and cooling with better insulation, allowing less air to escape in or out. In addition, windows can have a protective coating that makes them more efficient.
Appliances You can choose to have your home outfitted with Energy Star appliances that use less energy to run. You can save money with these appliances for heating, cooling and cooking as well as washing dishes or clothes.
Insulation Home insulation is the best way to regulate temperature indoors. Having the right kind and the proper amount of insulation will reduce the need to run heat or air conditioning during seasonal changes.
Using The Environment Another advantage of a home that is not built on-site is that homeowners can give their opinion in the floor plan and design of their manufactured home. This means that the natural landscape of the home’s setting can be incorporated into the design to improve energy efficiency. In a practice that is commonly referred to as passive solar design, a homeowner can position their home to keep it cooler or warmer, depending on the season. This means positioning windows and doors to maximize natural light or prevent overheating or overcooling. It is important to work with professionals when designing a modular home to improve energy efficiency. In addition, landscaping can also help keep a home cool during the summer, or warmer in the winter.
Clayton Homes is the largest builder of manufactured homes and can help you find the home of your dreams. With design choices to make a modular home your own, you can save money on energy costs by implementing some of the above options during the building process.
A quick guide to common terms
Manufactured home: refers to a home built entirely in a factory and covers single or multi-section homes, including transportation to and from your site as well as installation. Must meet the following federal regulations:
- Design and construction
- Strength and durability
- Fire resistance
- Energy Efficiency
Modular home: a home built to state, local or regional codes where the home will be located. Includes system-built homes transported and installed on-site.
Panelized home: a home built in a factory, with panels including windows, doors, wiring and siding, transported and assembled on-site according to state or local codes of that location.
Pre-cut home: materials for these homes are pre-cut to specification and then transported and assembled on-site according to state or local codes. Examples include kit, log or dome homes.
Mobile home: refers to homes built before June 15, 1976, when federal codes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took effect. Previously, standards and codes were voluntary. Clayton does not endorse the use of this term. Homes built by Clayton meet or exceed all local, municipal or federal codes. Our homes are best suited for permanent foundations and should not be considered “mobile”.