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Why Prefabricated Homes Are Key To Our Net Zero Future

The average Canadian household uses 11,135 kWh of electricity per year. At the current average price of $0.174, that means that the average household spends nearly $2,000 a year in electricity!

On top of that, 1 kWh of electricity produces a little over 1 pound of CO2 pollution.

Is there a better way? Is there a way to save on your energy bills and help to save the planet at the same time?

We’re so glad you asked. We’d like to introduce you to a Net Zero Home and show you how prefabricated homes are key to the future of homebuilding!

What Is a Net Zero Home?

Put simply, a Net Zero Home produces at least as much energy as it consumes.

Building methods, material, and technology are typically used to reduce the amount of wasted energy in the home as much as possible. This is called sealing the building’s envelope.

For example, builders can use double or triple-paned windows with insulating argon or krypton gases inside to boost the R-value (a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat flow.)

In addition to lowering the home’s overall energy usage, net zero homes typically employ some method of producing their own renewable energy. Solar and wind energy are common.

Benefits of a Net Zero Home

For you as a homeowner, Net Zero Homes offer several benefits.

1. Energy Bill Savings

Most notably, you get to enjoy saving money on your energy bills. If you succeed in producing as much energy as you consume, that’s $2,000 dollars a year you get to spend on something else!

2. Price Protection

Not only that, but people connected to the grid are subject to the whims of the market. Energy prices fluctuate, that $2,000 can easily morph into a higher number in a few years. With your own source of renewable energy, you don’t have to worry about what happens to the price of energy.

On top of that, if you are still connected to the grid, many areas offer buyback programs. This means that if you contribute any excess energy you produce, you can get paid for it.

3. High-Quality Construction

To help reduce energy loss, builders naturally tend to use higher quality materials as these typically have a higher R-value. To that end, you get a more durable home and enjoy less maintenance.

Components of a Net Zero Home

To make a home Net Zero, you need to seal the building’s envelope as much as possible. You do this by adding extra insulation to the walls and the foundation and choosing multiple-paned windows with insulating gases and insulated doors.

Once you’ve got the home buttoned up tight, you need to think about ventilation. Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV) are both excellent options. The HRV captures the heat in outbound air and uses it to heat incoming air. The ERV does the same but also regulates humidity.

All appliances need to be electric so they can be run by your solar or wind energy system. Plus, you’ll need a battery bank to store electricity for days that aren’t sunny or windy enough.

Finally, you can reduce your energy needs significantly by relying on a geothermal heating and cooling system. This system uses the temperature of the earth to regulate the temperature inside your home, requiring far less energy.

Why Prefabricated Homes Are Ideal for Net Zero Building

If your goal is to build a Net Zero Home, then being environmentally friendly is important to you.

Unfortunately, traditional home building is a wasteful process. Just walk around a construction site before they finish cleaning up and you’ll see!

Prefabricated home building, on the other hand, is much more efficient and eco-friendlier. The bulk of the construction is done in our Wingham, Ontario factory, where unused materials are used in other projects or recycled. Plus, there’s no need for builders and contractors to drive back and forth from the building site day after day for months on end. The process reduces waste and pollution!

The home is built faster and the whole approach is more streamlined.

Additionally, since the pieces are being built in the factory, it is easier to inspect them and ensure that everything fits together well for the tight seal needed to avoid losing energy!

Want to learn more about building a Net Zero Home? Reach out to a Royal Homes Design Centre now and talk to a Design Expert!

I had high expectations. Your team lived up to them all. Overall a very stress free experience.Stephen
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  • FAQ

    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $250 sq-ft to over $350 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.