I wrote about Green Bridge Farm, a sustainable community in Effingham County, in a post a few weeks ago.
Yesterday I went out again to Green Bridge Farm for the open house for Clayton Homes’ i-house, a zero energy home that utilizes a variety of sustainable technologies. It seems like kind of a no-brainer that we’ll see A LOT more homes like this in the future.
From the Clayton Homes press release for the event:
The August 12th and 13th open house will highlight the sustainable features that make the Green Bridge Farm i-house a net zero energy residence, the homeownerâ€™s brand new Chevrolet Volt and Earth Comfort System of geothermal heating and cooling. Open house guests will also receive a tasting of the sustainable community projectâ€™s fresh produce and a tour of the farm.
Claytonâ€™s ENERGY STARÂ® qualified i-house recently arrived in the Savannah area and can now be viewed, toured and purchased at Green Bridge Farm. The eco-friendly i-house launched nationally in 2009 when Warren Buffett unveiled the i-house to Berkshire-Hathaway Shareholders Meeting attendees.
While its sleek design and modern furnishings make the i-house easy on the eyes, its main attraction for home buyers are the sustainable options the home boasts, such as:
* Up to 30% reduced energy use
* Solar panels
* Rainwater collection systems
* Low-e windows
* Tankless water heaters
* Low-flow faucets
* Renewable bamboo flooring
Clayton Homes says energy costs for the i-house are less than $70 a month, but that figure drops to less than one dollar per day when the optional solar panel system is installed. By utilizing all available energy-saving features and Earth Comfort Systemâ€™s geothermal HVAC system, the Green Farms i-house will have no electric bill.
There’s lots more about the i-house here at Clayton Homes.
I could totally live in a house of this design and construction. There are a variety of sizes and configurations possible — and expect Clayton and other companies to expand their offerings dramatically in the years ahead.
A few shots: