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Green, Modular Town Homes Reshaping Industry
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Developer and Architects Discover Greener Features Using Modular

Green, Modular Town Homes Helping Reshape Industry 



"Using the precision building method...the modular unit produces less than 4% scrap, which is 50% less waste than site-built construction."

Empire Construction and Clayton Building Solutions teamed up last July to design various multifamily building styles. These floor plans have been branded as E Living to highlight the energy efficiency of the units.

When searching for an apartment or condominium, options for green living are slim.  High efficiency air conditioning systems and Low E windows are most commonly found in single-family homes, like Clayton Homes' energy-efficient i-house, while apartment complexes and condominiums usually are built from long-established construction methods, not in climate-controlled building facilities which drastically reduce construction waste.  Recognizing this void in the marketplace, Clayton Homes (part of Clayton Building Solutions) and Empire Construction partnered to create the new e-living concept for multi-family housing.

Empire's partnership with Clayton is helping to reshape a large portion of the multi-family housing industry.  "Our skilled craftsmen build the units indoors, each focused on their specialized area of expertise.  And without exposure to Mother Nature's elements, we can ensure the highest quality," says Clayton.  Using the precision building method in this environment, the modular unit produces less than 4% scrap, which is 50% less waste than site-built construction. 

About Clayton Building Solutions: Clayton Building Solutions specializes in commercial, military, and multi-family modular construction projects throughout the United States. Through its family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases, and insures a full spectrum of affordable housing.  With 35 home building facilities and more than 1.5 million homes built, Clayton is the leading home builder in the country.  Visit Clayton at or

About Empire Construction: Empire Construction is a General Contractor that specializes in multi-family renovation and new construction.  Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, Empire has 31 years of experience in the construction industry and serves a nationwide client base of property owners, management companies and developers.  Visit Empire Construction at

Clayton Building Solutions is a member of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association for commercial modular construction. For more information on MBI, visit

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