The i-house: An Environmentally-Friendly Home For Under $100K

by Mark Wellborn

The i-house: An Environmentally-Friendly Home For Under $100K: Figure 1

Unless you have shunned modern technology in recent years, you have heard of iTunes, the iPod and the iMac. However, you may not be familiar with the i-house. Earlier this month, Tennessee-based Clayton Homes launched the energy efficient yet compact home model that could prove to be a very cheap option for environmentally-conscious, first-time home buyers.

The selling point of the i-house is not only its low price tag, but that it can be powered for about $1/day. The home is outfitted with a variety of energy efficient features, including low-E windows, high-efficiency appliances, and solar panels that help cut electricity consumption in half. The homes also come with tankless hot-water heaters, and a cistern that collects rainwater to be used for various outdoor uses.

The i-house: An Environmentally-Friendly Home For Under $100K: Figure 2
Living Room at i-house Model

There are two options for models of the i-house: A 723 square-foot one-bedroom, one-bath model for about $74,000 and a 1,023 square-foot two-bedroom, one-bath model for about $93,000. Both of these models can be set up in about seven different ways depending on how you want the rooms and porch laid out. (There are additional costs based on the layout.) Delivery costs to the DC area average about $2,000 to $2,400.

For more information about the i-house, visit the Clayton Homes website here.

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  1. mdr said at 5:44 pm on Monday May 11, 2009:
    Wow--these look great. But for this kind of house to be truly environmentally friendly, it should ideally be built in a walkable neighborhood. Does anyone have an idea as to where one might be able to acquire (at a decent price) a decent plot of land in the DC area?
  1. Tom A. said at 10:04 pm on Monday May 11, 2009:
    Hey these look awesome! MDR- there's probably not a lot of vacant land in a walkable location- but keep looking. Maybe you can find an old crappy tear-down and use the lot for this?
  1. Guy Incognito said at 1:19 pm on Thursday May 14, 2009:
    Keep in mind that embodied energy is a big factor in environmental friendliness. So by tearing down an existing house, rather than renovating, you could be starting off with a pretty sizable deficit in the sustainability column. Sort of like selling an SUV and buying a new hybrid-- yes, the SUV got crappy gas mileage, but a hell of a lot of energy went into manufacturing that Prius.
  1. Sarah said at 3:38 pm on Monday May 18, 2009:
    Do these homes come with the kitchen and bathroom appliances and fixtures, or do you have to contract them separately?

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