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TDEC Welcomes Off-Site Homebuilder Clayton Savannah Into Green Star Partnership

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 08:51am

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today welcomed Clayton Savannah, a Tennessee-based off-site home builder, into the Tennessee Green Star Partnership.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is an environmental leadership program that recognizes manufacturers committed to sustainability and exhibiting continuous improvement throughout their entire operation.

“We are excited to welcome Clayton Savannah into the Tennessee Green Star Partnership,” said Kendra Abkowitz, director of TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. “From the organization’s commitment to the local community, to facility operations, to incorporating environmentally-friendly features into their products, they are a sterling example of responsible action in business.”

“We are delighted to be welcomed into the Green Star Partnership and to be recognized for our efforts in conservation and sustainability,” said Lisa Lujan, environmental, health and safety manager at Clayton Savannah. “Our team members are building more than homes, we are building communities; so, it’s only natural that we would place the same emphasis and care on our local community as we do in the homes we build each day. We look forward to growing in our partnership with TDEC and linking arms with fellow Tennessee Green Star partners to change the landscape of Tennessee manufacturing for the greater, greener, good.”

Clayton Home Building Group, Clayton Savannah’s parent company, has made significant commitments to sustainability across all operations and home building facilities across the state, especially at its Clayton Savannah location. In 2018, Clayton Savannah diverted 2,793 tons of waste from landfills through recycling efforts and green building practices, accounting for nearly 30 percent of Clayton’s eight home building facilities’ landfill diversion in Tennessee. The facility has also achieved 19 percent reductions of volatile organic compounds emissions, which are potentially harmful air pollutants.

In addition, the entire facility has gone through a lighting retrofit, converting all lights to LED. Clayton Savannah is going beyond adopting sustainability measures in its facility; it also passes those environmental and economic savings on to its customers by making homes more energy efficient. Clayton Built® homes are energy smart and come standard with LED lights, an ecobee brand smart thermostat and low-emissivity windows. The Clayton Savannah location can build homes ranging between 504 square feet to more than 2,500 square feet.

Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway Company and recently awarded BUILDER Magazine’s 2019 Home Builder of the Year, is the largest home builder of manufactured and modular homes in the United States. Clayton was founded in Tennessee and is headquartered in Maryville, Tenn.

To become a member in the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, a manufacturer must operate under an ISO 14001 certification, a voluntary environmental management standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, and/or an environmental management system that conforms to ISO 14001, and must have a minimum of three years of exceptional environmental compliance with TDEC.

For more information about TDEC’s Green Star Partnership program, please visit this site.