Clayton Homes’ new industrial-chic “i-house” is about as far removed from a mobile home as an iPod from a record player.
The solar-powered, energy efficient prefab house features decks and bamboo floors, and was conceived as a moderately priced “plug and play” dwelling for environmentally conscious homebuyers. It went on sale nationwide Saturday with its presentation at the annual shareholders’ meeting of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire-Hathaway Inc. in Omaha, Neb.
“This is truly a home of the future,” Buffett wrote his shareholders. “Estimated costs for electricity and heating total only about $1 per day when the home is sited in an area like Omaha.”