Seeking to domino the success of the i-house, Clayton Homes just announced a partnership with general contractor Empire Construction to create a new e-living concept for green, multi-family dwellings.  In a couple months, the e-living concept will be applied to the construction of six units at Raintree Apartments in West Knoxville.  With construction estimated to be complete by December 2009, five of the units will be occupied by families, while the remaining unit will serve as a model home. 



Speaking about the e-living concept, Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, said in a press release, "E-living isn’t just a ‘feel-good’ concept. The energy-efficient and green benefits are real, but this makes good business sense as well, particularly when you look at the savings associated with the time reduction in construction schedules."

The main strategy with e-living seems to be to marry the green benefits of factory construction with energy efficiency.  With construction in the factory, Clayton Homes produces less than 2% scrap, which the company estimates is 50% less than typical site-built construction.  E-living communities will also, as many would expect, have a property-wide recycling program. 

Of note, the multi-family strategy is popular with factory builders and prefab companies these days.  For instance, Michelle Kaufmann Designs closed its doors, but Michelle is continuing to work on prefab communities.  Also, a new company, ZETA Communities, is building net-zero energy, multi-family housing in Northern California.  Prefab, green multi-family is certainly the new black these days. 

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