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7 affordable green starter homes

By: Sidney Stevens on Jan. 27, 2011, 8:44 a.m.
white and orange modular homes with windows and balcony

Photo: Clayton Homes

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Clayton Homes

The sleek prefab i-house, available nationwide, won’t hurt your pocketbook and comes packed with an abundance of green goodies, including low-VOC building materials, low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a metal roof that allows rainwater harvesting, high-efficiency insulation and EnergyStar appliances. Optional features include solar panels and a tankless water heater. Retail price depends on the options chosen, but starts at $78,000 (final cost after construction ranges from $120,000 to $160,000). Also check out the even lower-priced Clayton e home, which comes in three sizes, starting at under $49,000 for the 900 square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath model. Energy Saver Plus models sport programmable thermostats, low-e windows, and compact fluorescent lighting. If that’s not incentive enough, consider this vote of confidence: Berkshire Hathaway, the firm owned by investment wizard Warren Buffett, bought Clayton Homes in 2003.