Apple’s Steve Jobs (here's to a speedy recovery
!) must be darn proud of the branding name-game that iPods have spawned. Yesterday it was Kittypods
. Today it’s i-Houses
The world’s largest producer of manufactured/mobile homes, Clayton Homes
, is generating considerable advance buzz
over the i-House, a manufactured home with compelling green features; it's due to hit the market around May. Clayton — the Tennessee-based company has been around since 1934, the height of the Great Depression — was bought by Warren Buffet in 2003 and may (or may not) find considerable success with the i-House considering the dire state of the mortgage market and the economy in general. Individual i-Houses are rumored to sell in the ballpark of $100,000 via licensed Clayton dealers.
Before I go on to describe the impressive green specs of the i-House, it’s important to remember that, as TreeHugger
’s architecture and design guru Lloyd Atler points out
, the homes will not be made for urban or suburban lots. They will be made for mobile parks. Whether or not those who buy mobile homes, a traditionally blue collar bunch with relative disinterest in sustainability, will embrace these fancy green newbies on the block (or park, in this case) is yet to be seen.
The i-House gets its name from its blueprint (sorry, Steve). The main part of the home measures 992 square feet and contains the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and a bathroom. An additional “flex room” with a rooftop deck can be configured with the main portion of the home to resemble an “i” shape. The homes feature a butterfly roof with rainwater catchment system, an optional solar panel system (for an additional $8,000), dual-flush toilets, bamboo flooring, recycled content decking material, low E windows, and more.
Not sure if the mobile home lifestyle
is up my alley, but Clayton has certainly wooed me. And there’s no doubt that I’d swap my frigid fourth-floor walk-up for a quaint little i-House in Malibu
right about now. Do you think the mobile home world is ready to go green?
Via [Jetson Green]