Top 5 Ways Hand-Built Homes are Going Green

Have you ever seen a home being built and thought to yourself, “Wow – that is some phenomenal ingenuity?” Alright, maybe not, but advanced methods of manufactured home-building are occurring right under your nose. Our industry’s practices are not only doubling the lifespan of our houses, but we’re also extending the Earth’s lifespan, too. Here are the top 5 ways in which our hand-built homes are going green and protecting our global home.

1. No Material Gets Left Behind

Normally extra materials often lead to extra waste, right? That’s not the case with manufactured homes. Effective in-plant recycling is utilized by our FMHA-affiliated builders and manufacturers when making a hand-built home. What this means is that all the excess materials are able to be recycled and used for future homes, ensuring that not one piece of debris is left behind.

2. Who Needs Landfills?

The answer is simple: not our members! According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study, an estimated 8,000 lbs of waste is created from the construction of a 2,000 square foot site-built home. And where does all of that waste go? Landfills. Because of manufactured housing’s recycling practices, they not only cut down on the waste produced, but help keep our landfills from rising. The EPA has estimated that waste from construction of site-built homes accounts for up to 40% of the nation’s solid waste in these landfills, which begs the question: how “green” are these site-built homes? Not very.

3. Efficiency is Key

Manufactured homes are hand-built in a controlled environment, which ensures construction is accurate, joints are tight, and that air infiltration and escape are minimized. This allows manufactured homes to be insulated to a higher level than site-built homes, and subsequently, more energy efficient. Less material without compromising the building’s structure – sounds like a win-win.

4. Bye Bye Carbon Emissions

Too much carbon emission is a situation no one wants to be in, so one of our FMHA members did something about it. Around 2008, Clayton Homes brought about the concept of a manufactured home that combats carbon emissions. This home was dubbed the “i-house.” With a price tag of less than $75,000, it is accessible to many potential home buyers. It has low-flow faucets, high-efficiency heat pumps, and roofs designed to collect rainwater.

5. Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design

Remember the “i-house” Clayton Homes was building? Well, the concept was a success, and it soon achieved a Platinum rating, the highest rating possible from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The rest of our industry is following these trials, leading to more homes that will reduce carbon emissions that pollute our global home.


So when we talk about the green practices we implement in manufactured homes and the hand-built process, we mean it. We see it like this: the world is one giant community, so why would we want to dirty it? Each of us lives on this planet, and each of us deserves a clean home and a clean Earth – we’re just doing our part to make that possible.

Interested in learning more about our FMHA-affiliated manufacturers and their eco-friendly hand-built home processes? Search our network to find them here.